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“This is the food I miss in the South.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 88 Restaurants in Urbandale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
indiana
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“This is the food I miss in the South.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant is good old-fashioned Midwest style cooking. Maybe some people go there for the folksy atmosphere and to see waitresses dressed in "hogwashers"--not me! This is delicious, home-style food that has real preparation in it. These are the meals you would've gotten if you walked home from school for lunch when you were a kid in Nebraska. We shared an enormous chicken pot pie with big pieces of veggies and chicken breast in a chicken gravy, and then ordered biscuits to soak up the sauce. There is an excellent chilled salad bar so you don't have to feel guilty about the carbs. Even though it's not Midwestern style, there is a scrumptious French onion soup on the menu which I highly recommend. I don't want to miss this restaurant when I drive through Iowa!

Visited September 2013
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Plainwell, Michigan
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143 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Never fails to fill us up with good Iowa food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

If you leave the Machine Shed hungry, you must have stopped into the gift shop without sitting down (admittedly, it's a fun gift shop!). They have generous portions of tasty Iowa food - sirloin tips, steaks, pork tenderloin - you name it, they've got it! There are six pork entrees alone. Their children's meals are varied enough to suit even the pickiest eaters - and they were even kind enough to switch out my daughter's meal (at no additional charge) when she turned her nose up at it.
They serve their side dishes family-style, so there's enough cole slaw, bread and cottage cheese for everyone at the table. We have eaten here about four times now, and will keep coming back for more.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Overland Park, Kansas
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent Food and Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

We recently went to Iowa Machine Shed and was more than pleased with our selection. It was a Saturday evening and we had a mixed group of adults, teens and younger children. Our group numbered 30, but they did not hesitate to tell us over the phone that they could accommodate our group. When we arrived was pleasantly surprised that we were seated almost immediately, but of course our group size being 30 had to sit at 3 tables, which was no problem with us. All our teens (16) sat at 1 very large round table and really enjoyed themselves as the waitress was probably close to their age. The food was served family style, which consisted of coleslaw, cottage cheese and bread and pumpkin bread. The food arrived quickly and was hot. We really appreciated that they served our girls first. The food was great with not one negative remark.

When we got ready to leave a kind gentleman asked if the girls wanted to ride the tractor and wagon. They all had a great time and enjoyed themselves immensely.

All in all we would definately go back when we are in area again next year.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank futbofam
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NYC
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139 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great Home Cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Wow. Great food! Well prepared and enourmous quantities. You will not go hungry. Had the roast Turkey dinner and it was some of the best tasting, juicy and tender turkey i've ever had. Don't miss if you're in the area.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian C
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lunch in the shed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stopped at the Machine Shed on our way to Minneapolis. We were there about 2:00 pm. The restaurant still had about 25 people in their dining room. The lunch was good. The french fries were a little undercooked. I loved the mason jars for the drinks. Really enjoyed shopping in the store in the front of the restaurant. Our server was nice and polite. It was a little more expensive than I thought it needed to be, especially for lunch.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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