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Iron Skillet Restaurant

I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007
+1 507-379-2616
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
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“smoked meat” (5 reviews)
“fudge” (3 reviews)
“chicken” (5 reviews)
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I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007
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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here last Sunday around 4pm traveling from MO back home. When you walk in; seat yourself service. While mostly empty, many of the tables were still dirty as if a huge crowd just left. We found one clean booth and the server was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Navigator362263
Reviewed September 28, 2018

The menu is overwhelming! So many options and they all sounded so good. I had the 1/4 chicken with Skol seasoning and it was so juicy. My husband had the shrimp and said they were tasty. My brother had the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and said...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 285mkp
Reviewed September 12, 2018

They didn't have their smoked meats on the buffet as we were too early. But we certainly enjoyed our meals. I had the country egg & potatoes, which were done exactly as I ordered. And we had the brisket sandwich with fries. Also most delicious....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank joyhope
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Looks impressive but...had the buffet about 8pm. Not well stocked, messy and when I asked if they were going to restock it, I got nasty attitude. If your not going to keep it stocked then STOP selling it. As far as what they advertise fresh...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Driverjoe
Reviewed September 6, 2018

We were staying at the Comfort Inn next door, walked over to the Iron Skillet for dinner. The service was very good. The salad bar was a bit skimpy but the meal was nice portions and quite tasty. There is a bar separate from the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 2014Rita54
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Initially, I came here because it was close to the hotel, and I was tired. They have a fairly diverse buffet, the servers were attentive, and the "Buffet Line Ninja" kept everything clean & filled. You can't go wrong by going right into the Iron...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank RedBear
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Walking in I loved the exterior, lit up with nice theme, really nice outdoor seating considering the location. Inside was clean and comfortable. We sat in the bar area and had burgers and bbq. The food was decent. Bbq was better than the burger. The...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Phil B
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

I had the brisket sandwich which was fantastic, choice of BBQ sauce but it was perfect and tender. Somehow managed to eat the whole thing. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere and some fun Viking cocktails on the menu.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank robynh280
Reviewed June 1, 2018

The staff is very efficient. The buffet is stocked and kept clean. The food is like home cooked. Salads, veggies, meat all prepared well. Restaurant is clean.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank jserediuk
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Conveniently located next to the Comfort Inn right off I35. The food was great. I had the Broasted Chicken off the Skol Tavern menu and my husband had the pork chop dinner off the Iron Skillet. They smoke their meats and they are really tasty....More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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5:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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5:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: I-35 and I-90, 820 Happy Trail's Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Formerly Trails Tavel Center truck stop)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Albert Lea
  • Phone Number: +1 507-379-2616
  • E-mail
Since 1975, the Iron Skillet Restaurant has been cooking up fresh food served by friendly folks. From our hand-cut steaks to hand peeled, fresh mashed potatoes, to the Best Buffet on the highway, you'll see why professional drivers vote Iron Skillet their favorite restaurant year after year!
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