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1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
507 451 2585
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food and local atmosphere

Stopped here on our way home from MOA. Good local food and people. They were fairly busy. It seems to be a retiree favorite. Good food for reasonable prices.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Allen G
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Faribault, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Definitely the place for homeade pies. Haven't had a bad one yet. There are so many varieties. You mist come early though as many of the more popular disappear quickly.

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West Liberty, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is one of the best family style restaurants I've ever eaten in. I didn't get a chance to try the pie so I'll have to go back because I'm sure it's excellent. If you're a fan of this kind of restaurant you'll love this. They had a Lenten special of a "jambalya fritter" that was amazing! I split a... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Stopped here on our way home from MOA. Good local food and people. They were fairly busy. It seems to be a retiree favorite. Good food for reasonable prices.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Kernel is nothing particularly outstanding, but the friendly staff prepare and serve a consistent variety of nourishing, down-home, balanced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in a clean, informal, well lit setting. You are certain to see family and/or neighbor groups enjoying a birthday or anniversary celebration in a 'laid back' 'family table' sort of atmosphere. You can judge the quality... More 

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Northfield, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Kernel restaurant is an extremely pleasant no-frills sit-down restaurant. It has the feel of a local gathering place and was quite busy both times we visited. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day. The menu is pretty much what you would expect from a local family restaurant in the midwest--comfort food and good desserts. The service was good, the... More 

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Husband and I ate here after going to the county fair and were seated quickly..husband had patty melt and i had cuban sandwich both were not good very dry meat and small beverage plastic glasses quite worn looking restaurant needs a serious remodel

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Owatonna
  • Phone Number: 507 451 2585

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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