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“A Lakes tradition for fried chicken” 4 of 5 stars
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The Gingham Inn
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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Ranked #7 of 22 Restaurants in Spirit Lake
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet
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“A Lakes tradition for fried chicken”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

There aren't many places you can get pan fried chicken, but that is their specialty. I wouldn't order it anywhere else (never like "chewing on the bones") but that is the only thing I order at Gingham Inn. It's a step back to the past as you enter the restaurant - it hasn't changed much in over 30 years. The menu includes many choices, but I don't remember much about them - we always get some form of fried chicken - available in a number of sizes from baskets through family style dinners. The kids will appreciate that one of the salad choices is jello!

Visited October 2011
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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Awesome Fried Chicken”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

great fried chicken, the four of us had fried chicken. the pie lady was sick or something, but i hear they have good pie also.
nice place to get a good meal

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Spirit Lake, Iowa
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“Great home cooking - best pan fried chicken”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

We live in Spirit Lake and enjoy eating at the Gingham Inn it has been there since I can remember, great pan fried chicken, mashed potatoes and full salad bar. Great food and service.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Spirit Lake, Iowa
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“Real Pan Fried Chicken”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2009

Great chicken, made fresh each order. Real mashed potatoes and gravy. Just like mom used to make. Good salad bar with homemade salads and a great chicken salad. Try the chicken salad on the homemade toasts. Just plain good food.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best food on the South shore of Big Spirit Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2008

We live in the area year round and this is one of our favorite places to dine. Very casual and the staff is so personal. Dine in the lounge and meet locals. The panfried chicken is the best along with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. Check out the bar steak and charbuger...some of the best. If your lucky Bill will whip up some of his famous chicken salad on the salad bar. Kid friendly and layed back, give them a try. You will be hooked.

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