Machine Shed: "Come Hungry, Leave Happy" Urbandale Restaurant Tip by worldglobetrotter

Urbandale Restaurants: 3 reviews and 6 photos

  Machine Shed restaurant
by worldglobetrotter
  • Machine Shed restaurant - Urbandale
      Machine Shed restaurant
    by worldglobetrotter
  • Huge portions - Urbandale
      Huge portions
    by worldglobetrotter

After a full day of sightseeing at Living History Farms, located next door, you can refuel at the Machine Shed restaurant. Warning: Come hungry.

The decor of the Machine Shed is old-style, farm decor. Servers are dressed in overalls. On the table is a wooden basket with your condiments as well as a pitcher of water to wet your whistle.

So far, there are 7 Machine Sheds, with the very first one springing up outside Davenport, Iowa.

Favorite Dish: I try to order something different each time I dine at a Machine Shed (which isn't very often, unfortunately). We ordered the Country Fair Onion Rings ($4.99), which was nearly a meal in itself. I ordered the Old-Fashioned Pot Roast "just like mom used to make" ($8.49). Could not finish it all. With a meal, you get family-style portions of cole slaw and cottage cheese. Between the four of us, we couldn't finish everything. There is a lot of food available.

Have never been able to order dessert, but it sounds tempting: a thick slice of homemade pie (Apple, cherry, blueberry, peach, red raspberry, pecan, lemon, chocolate cream, coconut cream, banana cream) for $2.99; a heaping scoop of vanilla, chocolate or cinnamon ice cream for $1.99; hot fudge brownie sundae for $3.49; and a chocolate chip cookie sundae $3.49, to name a few.

Address: 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Directions: I-80/35 - Exit 125
Phone: (515) 270-6818
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 19, 2005
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