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Gingham Inn & Colonial Lounge

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100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
+1 712-336-2347
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Like stepping back in time. The interior is definitely circa 1960-70s. The fried chicken is excellent. Portions are large, most will find plenty on the plate.

Thank jennifer l
Eastherville, Iowa 51334
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Years ago when I was but a young man, we would drive to the north edge of Spirit Lake, Iowa to a café that was famous for pan fried chicken. the best in the whole area in the Lakes area bar none. .And now the area all around he café has changed, the camp ground across the road is now... More 

Thank Virgil H
Sioux City, Iowa
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

What a find in spirit lake. The food is so good. It reminds me of the food my grandma used to make. The Fresh bread with your meal is to die for. Service is great and people are very friendly. The world needs more restaurants like this!!

Thank Eitzy820
Godfrey, Illinois
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Locals rave about the fried chicken at the Gingham Inn, but I'll happily stick with KFC, thanks. Chicken was pretty hard, dry and overcooked. Salad bar is OK. Mashed potatoes and gravy were very disappointing.

Thank damcfa
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We have been here many times. The food is always good. They are known for their excellent chicken dishes but the steaks are terrific as is everything we have had. The service is exceptional and friendly. And only one block away from the largest natural lake in Iowa. You will not go wrong eating here!

Thank Brian F
Ankeny, Iowa
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71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Great place near the lake for really good home cooked meal. Try the fried chicken! Comes with salad bar, homemade bread and real mashed potatoes and real chicken gravy just like my moms.

Thank mhelmick2016
Fort Worth, Texas
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110 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The chicken is the star at the Gingham inn. It was falling off the bone, delicious. I loved the mashed potatoes., the chicken gravy was superb! They accommodated our group of 20 and did it well. Definitely recommended!

Thank spawithlisab
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329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

This restaurant has a supper club feel. The service was excellent and the food arrived quickly. The homemade bread was great! There is a salad bar with traditional toppings and salad. The chicken was good but arrived somewhat cold. The mash potatoes were ok. The portions are large. The shrimp was excellent!

Thank MinnesotaRandy
Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Super local and fun. Great walleye and fried chicken. Rib are not bad, but not great. Really fun spot.

Thank OysterAddict
Superior, IA
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

I submitted a review previously, but need to update/edit it. I raved about their chicken and ribs. The last few times I ordered ribs they've been dry and tasteless, (except for the fantastic homemade BBQ sauce they slather on the top after they put the ribs on the plate.) The chicken is fantastic and they have a very good salad... More 

Thank Neala R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Buffet, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spirit Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 712-336-2347

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?