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The Kernel

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) #8 of 52 Restaurants in Owatonna $$ - $$$ American,
1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
+1 507-451-2585
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good49%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“pies” (6 reviews)
“ham soup” (2 reviews)
“patty melt” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Diner
$$ - $$$
1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time my in-laws come to visit this is a "must see"! They like the homemade cooking and the family style restaurant. Good choices and Excellent service!

Thank Dawn W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Friends of Rice Lake State Park met at the Kernel to plan our summer activities. It included the Steele County Free Fair and updates to several ongoing projects at the park. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. It was a bit...More

Thank Marquisman
Reviewed February 14, 2017

very good resteraunt and great service good food and nice prices waitress very attentive to the table and our needs.

Thank Jim M
Reviewed February 9, 2017

Had lunch here several times through the years. Good variety meals and specials. Home-style cooking in an average place. Save room for the great pies, or take some home

Thank Carl W
Reviewed December 29, 2016

I found this restaurant to be very similar to a Perkins. Decor is even similar to a Perkins near us. The prices are more reasonable, though. This place was in serious need of a good cleaning and updating. Not that it was dirty, per se,...More

Thank Candee S
Reviewed December 3, 2016

This place is tucked in and can be hard to get to. The staff is very nice and the food is excellent. I will go again.

Thank Bill C
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

We met the family there for brunch. The food was very good and the cost was very reasonable. I've also heard the pies here are incredibly good.

Thank coldnorth55
Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Wow!!! Best Cabbage and Ham Soup!! Others had wonderful Chili and corn bread, roasted pork, fake potatoes, gravy with choice of soup or salad!! Home Made pies like coconut cream, cherry and many other and only $2.98 a piece!!! So delicious!! Will stop again!!!!

Thank Mary G
Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

We had a really great lunch today. My husband had the Club and kept saying it was too big! My BLT was really good too. The server was pleasant and efficient.

Thank Boppa11
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Excellent home cooking, with great service. Had the Sunday special of a hot turkey sandwich. Wonderful! Didn't partake of the fresh pie, but it looked great!

1  Thank Rebecca B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Owatonna
  • Phone Number: +1 507-451-2585
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