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Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern

I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007
+1 507-373-4600
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible10%
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“smoked meat” (4 reviews)
“fudge” (3 reviews)
“ribs” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff is very efficient. The buffet is stocked and kept clean. The food is like home cooked. Salads, veggies, meat all prepared well. Restaurant is clean.

Thank jserediuk
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Conveniently located next to the Comfort Inn right off I35. The food was great. I had the Broasted Chicken off the Skol Tavern menu and my husband had the pork chop dinner off the Iron Skillet. They smoke their meats and they are really tasty....More

Thank WinterTexanfromMN
Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Always a delight to stop in. Every day they serve a different meat so we never know what we’ll have till we are there. The aroma is so tantalizing! And their meats are so moist and so tender and seasoned so perfectly! Last night they...More

Thank joyhope
Reviewed January 18, 2018

Our hockey team stayed at the hotel next to the Iron Skillet and both nights the restaurant was visited for some late night eats. The service was great, the food was great, and they even have a salad bar in the middle of the night...More

Thank kauralobs
Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

Always a place we look forward to visiting. This time the smoked meat happened to be turkey. So tender it just about melted in your mouth. We love coming here. Best smoked meats anywhere!

Thank joyhope
Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Easy off i35 this travel center has it all. Parking, fuel for your vehicle and the Iron Skillet for your family. Varied menu from breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything perfectly prepared. Plus there’s a huge buffet Go hungry leave full

Thank David W
Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

Good option for a fairly quick meal that is not greasy. Fries look better on the tv commercials. Buffet and salad bar are simple but ok. I liked the hot beef sandwich. Small town cozy service. Lots of tvs. Wish they had more of a...More

Thank Travel R
Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

The place is a good pit stop. Everything under one roof here! I never get buffets, so I ordered from the menu...shouldve just gotten salad bar. I can't eat the large portions from most places either. The tacos were huge, and they give you 4!...More

Thank adamwaultee
Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Always a place we look forward to visiting. This time the smoked meat was pork. I usually don't care for pork, but wow! So tender it just about melted in your mouth. We love coming here.

Thank joyhope
Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

Went there tonight. Took longer than 10 minutes to get a beer, which I ended up going 2 the bar to pick up. Plus over 20 minutes on top of that for a turkey melt sandwich. The wait staff was disorganized and somewhat lazy. I...More

Thank flaviawhosoever
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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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