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Machine Shed

11151 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA - (515) 270-6818
Breakfast is especially impressive at the Machine Shed, featuring fruit-filled sweet rolls scooped from the pan dripping with frosting and cinnamon rolls as big as a bread box. There is a vast selection of sausage, bacon, ham, and pork chops to accompany eggs; and the flapjacks are Frisbee-sized. For lunch or supper, the Iowa pork chop is required eating.
84% Approval Rating (26 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
porktenderloin sandwich
Iceberg Lettuce Salad
cinnamon roll
Country Chop & Eggs
Iowa pork chop
Pork Producer's Breakfast
Stuffed Pork Chop
Pie
Fried Chicken
Country Fried Chicken Salad

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (11)
Roadfood.com Editor
"There are eight Machine Shed restaurants in the heartland. The Urbandale branch on the outskirts of Des Moines adjoins Living History Farms, a celebration of rural life in the form of restored log cabins, Native-American crafts displays, and a whole small town built to ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

11151 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA
(515) 270-6818

http://www.machineshed.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
THIS is a serious pork chop, the way they like them in Iowa (America's top pork producer).
"THIS is a serious pork chop, the way they like them in Iowa (America's top pork producer)."
Michael Stern





The picture makes the caramel nut roll look small. That is a huge steak knife underneath it.
"The picture makes the caramel nut roll look small. That is a huge steak knife underneath it."
Terry Kruse


Chocolate pie: suprisingly temperate, not a chocoholic orgy
"Chocolate pie: suprisingly temperate, not a chocoholic orgy"
Michael Stern


This banana cream pie IS as big as it appears!
"This banana cream pie IS as big as it appears!"
Michael Stern


That's a full-size dinner plate beneath the cinnamon roll, which is more than enough for two.
"That's a full-size dinner plate beneath the cinnamon roll, which is more than enough for two."
Michael Stern


The waitress warned us that this serving of chocolate raspberry layer cake was big enough to feed four people.  Doggie bags are provided.
"The waitress warned us that this serving of chocolate raspberry layer cake was big enough to feed four people. Doggie bags are provided."
Michael Stern


Coconut cream pie is a little strange on its graham cracker crust. Not bad at all, just different.
"Coconut cream pie is a little strange on its graham cracker crust. Not bad at all, just different."
Michael Stern


We thought of Machine Shed as a dinner place first, but they put out some fine breakfasts, too. This is one juicy, flavorful pork chop.
"We thought of Machine Shed as a dinner place first, but they put out some fine breakfasts, too. This is one juicy, flavorful pork chop."
Cliff Strutz


Every supper starts with bowls of cottage cheese and cole slaw to be dished out family style.
"Every supper starts with bowls of cottage cheese and cole slaw to be dished out family style."
Michael Stern


Beverages are served in jelly jars.
"Beverages are served in jelly jars."
Michael Stern


This honking huge roasted pork chop is split in half and filled with apple raisin stuffing. That's apple-whiskey gravy pooled out on the plate.
"This honking huge roasted pork chop is split in half and filled with apple raisin stuffing. That's apple-whiskey gravy pooled out on the plate."
Michael Stern


The Pork Producer's Breakfast features thick-cut smoked ham, crispy bacon, and country sausage. The biscuits and gravy is an option as a side and also comes highly recommended.
"The Pork Producer's Breakfast features thick-cut smoked ham, crispy bacon, and country sausage. The biscuits and gravy is an option as a side and also comes highly recommended."
Cliff Strutz


Water pitcher and condiments are set at every table in an old-fashioned wooden seed box.
"Water pitcher and condiments are set at every table in an old-fashioned wooden seed box."
Michael Stern


This restaurant is an ode to America's farmers.
"This restaurant is an ode to America's farmers."
Michael Stern



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