Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Machine Shed in Urbandale Iowa
The Machine Shed is probably the busiest restaurant in all of Iowa. I can't think of any place that gets through as many guests as this place, and it has a giant parking lot and multiple dining areas to keep the flow of people moving. The Machine Shed gets a lot of visitors with out-of-state license plates, and has a bit of a reputation as a place where visitors go to eat when driving through on the interstate.
Location: 11151 Hickman Road in Urbandale, Iowa, in suburban Des Moines
Directions: Its right off the Hickman exit from 80/35 in Urbandale, in the Western suburbs of Des Moines.
Online at: Website for Des Moines location is HERE.
Price: $8.99 with soup and a side. I went with the chili and sweet potato fries.
Also on the menu: The menu is huge and filled with simple midwestern American foods like double cut porkchops. The breakfast or brunch buffets are decadent and huge, and prices are always very reasonable. There are also desserts like pies and giant cinnamon rolls available at a to-go counter.
Ambiance: The giant building right off the highway is filled with farm themed antiques, and there is a gift shop to walk through before getting to the dining area.
Final Thoughts: The menu claims the breaded pork tenderloin is their most popular sandwich, I thought it was everybody's most popular sandwich.