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The Machine Shed Restaurant

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Sun, 11/29
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$21 - $30
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American
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Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went out tonight to the Machine Shed 8515 Hudson Boulevard Lake Elmo MN (something like Cracker barrel), and for the first time the two of us SPLIT a dinner (country Fried Steak). This serving was SOOOOOO much better than any Cracker Barrel as the steak...was 3 X thicker, or was it the honey flavored Jack libation that morphed us into the appreciation.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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LVTersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Tommy, we are so glad you enjoy our down-home cooking at the Shed! We have remained dedicated to the American Farmer since 1978 and make our food from scratch daily. We appreciate that you took the time to post your amazing review!

Reviewed October 2, 2020 via mobile

Was super disappointed. My family has eaten here many times before Covid. We visited here tonight, the first time since everything was shut down. We had the fish fry, fried and broiled. The fish was overdone, the portion sizes were pathetic. We never got served...the 2 sides that used to come with your meal (usually squash/zucchini and cottage cheese). They no longer give you a second helping of bread. I understand times are tough right now, but quality and service should not change if you want to remain a good restaurant. My family will be dining elsewhere for a $45 meal.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2020

I am very disappointed to hear your experience did not meet the expectations we strive to meet. We appreciate hearing from our guests on what we could do better. I assure you I will pass your feedback to our executive team so we can address...More

Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

We’re doing Friday fish fries this year Not just fries and slaw here. Mixed veg, cinnamon apples, huge dinner roll, mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, applesauce bread, choice of deep fried or broiled cod. I feel like I’m missing something. Great service, fast&freindly

Date of visit: March 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2020

Thank you for joining us for you all you care to eat fish fry! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed January 26, 2020

We had to wait about 20 minutes and when we were taken into the dining room there was several open tables. The dining room was dirty and the carpet really needed to be vacuumed. My husband ordered the steak tips with stuffing and he said...it tasted nasty. The next morning he had food poison. We won't be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. At this time, we have not received any other inquiries, but we will make sure our team is aware and that this is documented. We would like to speak further with you - can you please email...More

Reviewed January 24, 2020 via mobile

I saw the menu and chose this restaurant because I was wanting more than burgers. Locals tried to dissuade me saying other nearby restaurants were better. I should have listened to them. The food came with large portions and family style extras like bread, pumpkin...bread, apples and slaw. That was the highlight. The main food was just average. The fried chicken salads had cold, tough fried chicken on them. The prices are higher than average as well so it’s a double whammy. They get an average score from me because the server was nice and good. I would not returnMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2020

Hi Linda, I am very sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your meal. We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and still remain dedicated to the American Farmer after 40 years. We locally source products each season from farmers in our community...More

Reviewed December 11, 2019

This used to be a nice place for a family style meal but the interior of the building, booths, tables, etc. Look worn out, like they're many decades old and not cared for. We ordered 3 different meals and the food was about average for...2 out of 3 meals however the chicken strips had so much breading on them the breading was still uncooked on the inside. I've eaten chicken strips at many restaurants and in many cities and states and these were the worst I've ever been served. On the plus side the server was friendly and attentive to keep the glasses filled and move the used dishes off the table quickly. Still, we won't even go back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2019

Hello, thank you for providing us with all of this information. We take pride in our restaurant and we want to make sure everything is consistently up to expectations. I have shared your feedback with our executive team to make the necessary changes going forward....More

Reviewed December 5, 2019

My friends and I enjoy delicious reasonably priced lunch here except for the mashed potatoes. We have complained and were given the explanation that their machine peeler does not always remove the potato eyes completely but this past visit I believe that the potato masher...failed also. A great place to eat if you don't mind the mashed potatoes.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2019

Hi Richard, thank you for providing your comments to us! We appreciate that you provide your feedback about the potatoes - and we are so thrilled you enjoyed the rest of your experience!

Reviewed November 4, 2019

I am staying at the Holiday Inn that the restaurant is attached to. After a long travel day, I didn't really want to go too far, so why not check this place out. I looked at the reviews and figured, it should be ok, at...least. Well, first off, the staff is really super nice, especially my server, Tonya! They start you off with a plate that has a large roll, coleslaw, baked apples and a piece of banana bread. So, I was thinking, this could be bad for my A1C, LOL! Anyway, they have quite the menu, but I was drawn to the daily specials, Monday, smoked pork chops (this is what I had today), Tues-Fri is several All You Can Eat specials and they all look great. My pork chops were tender and juicy, just delicious, the coleslaw was outstanding and a little on the sweet side (love that), honestly the whole thing was delicious. People compare this to Cracker Barrel, but this place was better in my opinion. You won't go wrong. It's not the Four Seasons or Ruth Chris, but you should know that going in... but for the type of restaurant it is, it is very good. I'll go back, at least once for dinner and I also have breakfast coupons, so I'll try at least one breakfast.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2019

Hello, thank you for providing your wonderful feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We have been honoring the American Farmer since 1978 and we make our food from scratch daily. Thank you for stopping in to dine with us during your stay!

Reviewed October 16, 2019

Stopped in for Breakfast very early before the work meetings started. Waitress was very courteous and very nice. Was a very good breakfast and a very reasonable price. Was quick in getting me meal but I was very early with not very many people there....Would recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2019

Thank you for the fantastic rating, Darrell!

Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

I ate here during a business trip recently, I picked this location for convenience and being from Iowa I am familiar with the chain- the restaurant is attached to a Holiday Inn Express, so it was a bit confusing at first. I had a ribeye...and potatoes. The seasonal vegetables were good, even though a couple of my carrots were not fully cooked, and the ribeye was ok- it was a bit tough to cut and chew through. The portions of everything are ample to walk away feeling full! Overall the food and dining experience was ok, but not sure that I would stop at this location again.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2019

Thank you for your honest feedback, sounds like we were having an off night. I can 100% guarantee your concerns will be shared with our entire staff. I would love to invite you back, on us, so you can experience the Machine Shed as it...More

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