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The Kernel

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1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
507 451 2585
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Branson, Missouri
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A group of relatives and friends often meet at the Kernel for meals. The friendly atmosphere and wide variety of food meets the needs of everyone.

Thank sn0wflakes63
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went for a weekday lunch. The average age of the customers had to be in the 70s. It made us feel like kids in a grownup restaurant. The food was bland. The service was just barely adequate. The building itself was rundown on the inside. We had our choice between Buffalo Wild Wings or a local independant. We love... More 

Thank Michael J
Woodbury, Minnesota
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117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped off here on our way back home to the Twin Cities from a long road trip to South Dakota. The food was great--real home cooking. The service was excellent as well and the pie was outstanding. If you're in the area and in need of any meal, stop at The Kernel..you won't be disappointed.

Thank Jen A
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told by our hotel about The Kernel and it turned out to be a good recommendation. The menu has a lot of different selections and our table of 5 all had great meals and plenty of food for the money!

Thank Donna H
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If I was going anywhere for breakfast; I would go there. the omlettes are really good but I like the pancakes the best. and if you are there midday, I would have the home made chocolate malt with French fries. made with scoop ice cream and real malt powder.

Thank clipper13
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think they have almost every type of American food. Everything is like home cooked from the soups, daily specials, to the desserts. We have never been disappointed with our food.

Thank Mark M
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

The Kernel has been an Owatonna standard for decades. It's always reasonably clean, the service is always good and food is always solid. I've never been wowed by the Kernel but I can't say I've ever been disappointed. Great location, on Hoffman Drive close to Exit 42 on I-35. Handy to get to from downtown or the Industrial Park.

Thank Dave K
Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Dan and I go there probably twice a month. Just there last week and had the fish fry on Friday night. It was fabulous..and our waitstaff was adorable. Prompt and attentive. They also have the best Swiss/mushroom burger!

Thank Pat K
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We were traveling through and stopped for breakfast. Most of our party had a meal that included a muffin, and we all found them delicious. The rest of our meals were good, too, especially the strawberry fritter french toast special. Prompt, attentive service.

Thank SarahLynnDee
Owatonna, MN.
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

We have been going to the Kernal for over 25 years. The food has always been great. The breakfast had always been outstanding. Biscuts and gravy = 5 stars! Add two eggs over easy with hashbrowns and its complete.

Thank sdschmidt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Owatonna
  • Phone Number: 507 451 2585

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?