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Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern

American, Bar
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I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
+1 507-373-4600
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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127 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Specials were great, portions were very large, salad bar was average. Our server was very nice and answered our questions thoughtfully. Well worth it!

Thank jmc1958
Box Elder, South Dakota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great food and great location just in back of the Comfort Inn Hotel. Dinning included off menu or a very good buffet.

Thank yodaskat
North Branch, Minnesota
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145 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cute place. All day may be a bit long for a Buffet. Had an early dinner and seemed as though some of the Buffet items had been out a while, but overall an adequate selection. Salad bar, several meats and fish to choose from as well as dessert bar. Not a huge selection, but adequate enough to fill up on.... More 

Thank Marla M
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truck stop with a good restaurant. Waitress was friendly. Breakfast was tasty and enjoyable with family. Seemed a little slow but we were on a mission for the day. I needed to realize. We are on vacation.

Thank Sadekok
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93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late night breakfast here while staying in town a couple of nights. The waitress was sweet, the food was great,& the atmosphere was fun. It's located inside a petro truck stop, but it's a very clean location. The restaurant is 24 hrs & the people are friendly & the truck stop itself is pretty fun too. Prices... More 

Thank PermaVacationer78
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good. Very surprised when we realized it was part of a service ststion. Food was great and service even better. Was open late which was great bc didn't get to hotel til 10.00. Wish we new there was a hotel next door, we were 8iles away.

Thank Cindy M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at hotel next to the restaurant and wanted some dinner so we walked over to it. Got seated right away and was told that they had buffet going on or could order off menu. We went with the buffet. They had a good selection of items on the buffet and it was very good. Would go back... More 

Thank Harleyrider2010
Florahome, FL
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121 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

A unique combination of buffet and table service. Food was very good with a wide variety. Neither of us felt like a buffet, but it sure looked good. We were disappointed in the Key lime cheesecake and Skillet cookie but the meals were delicious, price low for the quality and quantity. If you are into heavy beer, the oatmeal stout... More 

Thank Mooseman_9
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We ate at this restaurant and we wish we had not - The buffet food was cold and it looked and tasted like it had sat out all day - The service was terrible and the server was rude - Please do not make our mistake and eat at this restraint - We do not recommend it

Thank oliverchicago
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47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

For a "truck stop" diner this is a hidden gem in Albert Lea, the service was good, and the food was great. They offer a buffet and menu service. Breakfast served all day! Along with a bar if that fits your fancy. Everything we ate in our group was well received the chicken was tasty, the steak was good and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $14
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Buffet
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Albert Lea
  • Phone Number: +1 507-373-4600
The Viking themed atmosphere and aroma of the Iron Skillet Restaurant & Skol Tavern will amaze the whole family! Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Full menu, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Variety of meats cooked on the areas only wood fire rotisserie. Located at Exit 11 on I-35 in in Trail's Travel Center, Albert Lea, MN.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?