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The Kernel

1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
507 451 2585
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Ranked #22 of 60 restaurants in Owatonna
Cuisines: American
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English first
Owatonna, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

good food and fair prices and good service really great pies and other specials always good with a variety of options

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We eat here often for a quick lunch. Service is ok. Food is average. Would be considered a diner type restaurant. Has good homemade pies and cakes. Good choice for breakfast. Coffee not so great.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

breakfast , eggs, toast, bacon OK sometimes the bacon is real strong smoked flavoring, I think certain cooks may be adding liquid smoke to it, but eggs are good. The toast is horrible, well not the toast itself but the liquid oil they brush on it. Last time I was there I asked that they not use that and put... More

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Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

A little after 8 pm my husband and I were on the way home to Iowa and used Trip Advisor to find somewhere to eat. We like local diners, they usually are quick and if you research you can find the ones that have good food. The reviews on The Kernel were very good so we went there. Only two... More

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West Concord, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

If you are looking for a good salad with delicious dressing, The Kernel is the place to go. They make their dressing homemade and they are very good. If going through town, I will swing in to buying salad dressing to go (would never buy it in a store if I lived in town). Staff is friendly, it's a nice... More

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Chaska, Minnesota
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Every time we are in Owatonna, we meet the family for breakfast at The Kernel. Yes, it is a family restaurant with home cooking. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner you will not be disappointed. They also have a sign up for coupons and deals online.

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Cordova, MD
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Kernel is always a favorite of ours. Servers are always pleasant, great selection & prices. Easy access, good parking.

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Twin Cities, MN, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you like more of a mom-and-pop, small town greasy spoon, this place is for you. Had a huge breakfast of biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, and coffee for $8.20!

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Ordered breakfast omelette. The nice thing was that the beverage was included. The bad was that they completely undercooked the eggs for my omelette. I sent it back and got it back hard and tasting like it had been put in the microwave ten minutes. What kind of cook can't even cook eggs? Pancakes were nothing special. The locals like... More

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Sandie is a great waitress. The food is just good ole' home cooking. The senior menu is ample. Liver and onions is a favorite.

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