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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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Florahome, FL
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120 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 

Thank Zuhrah S
Wayzata, Minnesota
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104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the road for awhile and hungry? This restaurant is the perfect place. The country fried steak and country fried chicken are delightful and well prepared. The staff is good even at night.

Thank justin l
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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532 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Albert Lea Minnesota for twelve days prior to going to Forest City Iowa for the Winnebago's GNR. Had dinner here last night. Lots of carbs on the buffet. Food was plentiful and good tasting. Very large venue with gifts, souvineers, take out foods and auto parts. Since located off of I90 I reccomend.

Thank Iralgo
Spokane, Washington
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here on our way to Buffalo, New York. We looked at the buffet line of food and decided to try it out. It was mostly good, except for the turkey; the turkey was dry. We saw that they are now roasting chicken, ribs and brisket. It looks like The Iron Skillet is upgrading to better... More 

Thank Noraine2014
Albert Lea, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Impressive for a truck stop restaurant and buffet. Generally quality selection of entrees and man course meats on the buffet. Service has always been prompt and friendly. Buffet staff are usually on top of restocking and service at the buffet stations. I haven't been disappointed for the price.

Thank Michael J
Appleton, Wisconsin
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90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a great looking building that was very clean! Love the buffets and staff. It is a one stop shop for traveling in that direction. Will stop of again.

Thank Honesty1977
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for a quick Breakfast at 9 in the morning. Very few Customers with 2 Waitresses. Service was slow and many Tables were had empty Plates and Glasses from other Customers. Buffet looked bad. Food all over and dried looking so we ordered off menu. My Husband's Biscuit was ok, but Gravy like paste. The Cinnamon Roll was a large... More 

Thank Krdrury
Lewis Center, Ohio
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225 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

The Pepper Pot Beef Soup was great, the salad bar was good and the entrees and sides were great American food - mashed potatoes, potatoes Au gratin, dressing, ham, chicken and more. For under $15 including a generous tip, I left stuffed.

1 Thank Mark R

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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, Buffet
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
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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