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“Family style, generous portions, country decor”

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 95 Restaurants in Urbandale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Menu, decor and atmosphere focus on farm food and fixins. A more sophisticated CrackerBarrel with tastier food (but at twice the price.) Meals served family style sides of slaw, cottage cheese and simple bread basket with a roll and some type of fruit bread. Generous portions. Dinner for 2 = $25. Gift shop. Desserts. Country decor - wood booths or tables in large open dining room. Servers wear overalls. Iowa pork chop, real mashed potatoes, fried chicken, meat loaf, ribs etc. Good soups. Biggest complaint is lack of multiple vegetable options - prefer green beans or corn be available as well as daily choice. Ran out of mashed potatoes when we ate there on a Saturday night.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Ate here with business colleagues. We had a large group and the service was excellent. Food was very good

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This restaurant has a charming "farm" atmosphere. Servers are dressed in overalls, the food is served family style and everything is down home. Excellent place to entertain with an Iowa flavor.

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1  Thank Karen F
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

When I think of the Machine Shed, I remember times of coming here with family and friends on Saturday and Sunday mornings to have their breakfast brunch. From grits to gravy, this place has many breakfast flavors in a buffet for a reasonable price compared to other buffets. This is the spot I always take visitors to when they come to Des Moines.

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Thank Darin J
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is the greatest family restaurant and store. My husband and I always make a stop there when we travel to Des Moines for business. This trip it was with my sister and Mom and we were on a 4,200 mile trip across the country & back from Colorado. It was their first time there and they loved it! We brought back many souvenirs from the store and our meals was great after a 12 hr day of traveling. Will always go back!

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Thank Terry S
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