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The Kernel

American, Diner
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1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
507 451 2585
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Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We love the Kernel. Tried the Friday Fish Fry and it was excellent. This week, Dan tried the Patty Melt and I had Breakfast! Both were excellent!

Thank Pat K
Owatonna, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food excellent service. Very reasonably priced. A lot to choose from. No hassles if you want to sit and talk awhile either!!

Thank No1im
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've eaten here many, many times, and always get great food with great service. There's something on the menu for everyone, though breakfasts, soups and desserts are especially good.

Thank Michael W
Branson, Missouri
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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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45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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

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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
American, Diner
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
  • 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?