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“Lost the charm- LHF Pre-race” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant
11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
515-270-6818
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Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Urbandale
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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“Lost the charm- LHF Pre-race”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Having dined here in the Friday night before each of the past four years of the Living History Farms race the charm of the restaurant has worn off. The staff was generally fun but the waitress couldn't smile if I paid her- which I did of course. The steak was cooked wrong twice and didn't want to wait for a third. The biggest bummer though is that the pasta bar was taken away because of apparent lack of interest. Each of the past three years it has been very popular and tasty. This year I think the restaurant was just lazy and wanted to get through the night. I am likely to test out other options next year. The charm isn't there any longer.

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Minneapolis, MN
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Wow, wow, wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I rarely give out 5 stars! There is a reason this is the #1 restaurant in Urbandale. If you look good, home-cooked, bone-warming meals...this is your place! The ambiance is great, portions huge, and the food is some of the best we've ever had. In fact, we went back a second time during our three day stay just to have the breakfast buffet. Everything on the menu looked great and we all tried different things...everything was great. I just wish I had an excuse to come back to eat here again. I did get a souvenir mug to remember my visit. You WILL NOT be disapointed!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Liberty, Missouri
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Family hearty breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We had the plentiful breakfast buffet today with our grandchildren. Food was prepared well, and served hot from a station-type buffet. Often service is skimpy at buffets, but not so here! Plates were cleared quickly. Coffee and water were checked. Servers checked on our table frequently. Our 1+ and 3+ grandchildren were welcomed, and there were selections appropriate for them. Highly recommended for families.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great Place for Breakfast!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

You need to make sure you get there early, if you want to get one of the biggest Cinnamon Rolls you have ever seen! They go fast. If you are lucky enough to get one you will know why this is a REALLY BIG deal. We have ate dinner there also, but the Breakfast is the best. Don't forget to say "I like eggs" to get an extra egg for no charge.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Boring American food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We've started going to a grocery store and buying salad items to have in our room rather than enduring this kind of food day after day on our trips. Cabbage salad kits served rolled in a tortilla is so much better economically, calorie and taste-wise.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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