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“Good food, fair service.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Kernel

The Kernel
1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
507 451 2585
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Ranked #17 of 61 Restaurants in Owatonna
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner
Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good food, fair service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Eating with friends while in town. Food was good. Service could have been slightly better, but overall it worked.

Visited October 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“Home cooking and friendly staff!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Some of the best pies and homemade soups! You will be able to sit and visit long after your meal is done. They keep the coffee coming and never make you feel like you have overstayed your welcome! Some of the wait staff have been around over 20 years!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Home cooking at reasonable price.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

The food isn't anything to rave about, but the locals seem to enjoy it. It is a senior hangout. The prices are reasonable for the portions. We ate there once: Enough said.

Visited February 2012
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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Best pie of any type in town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Any pie is amazing. Rest of the food is just ok. Sandwiches are plain and boring.

Visited March 2012
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Mankato, Minnesota
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Upon first glance, it seems like your typical mom-and-pop diner. It is very Perkins-esque. However, this is the real deal. The wait staff is polite, and genuinely happy to see you and have your business. The restaurant manages to fit many tables (which are always full - a testament to their success) into the one large dining room, but manages to make it not seem as crowded as it actually is.

The services is great, the food is excellent, and we will definitely return.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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