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The Kernel

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
+1 507-451-2585
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We met the family there for brunch. The food was very good and the cost was very reasonable. I've also heard the pies here are incredibly good.

Thank coldnorth55
Lakeville, Minnesota
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Wow!!! Best Cabbage and Ham Soup!! Others had wonderful Chili and corn bread, roasted pork, fake potatoes, gravy with choice of soup or salad!! Home Made pies like coconut cream, cherry and many other and only $2.98 a piece!!! So delicious!! Will stop again!!!!

Thank Mary G
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We had a really great lunch today. My husband had the Club and kept saying it was too big! My BLT was really good too. The server was pleasant and efficient.

Thank Boppa11
North Dakota
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent home cooking, with great service. Had the Sunday special of a hot turkey sandwich. Wonderful! Didn't partake of the fresh pie, but it looked great!

1 Thank Rebecca B
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

The best family style restaurant in Owatonna. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Greg their cook has been there several years and never disappoints! Highly recommend when your are in town!

Thank Smelly1971
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I have tried this place several times, last straw. Ordered the fish. Noticed they had Mac and cheese as a side now. They charged an up charge for it though. Decided to order it anyway. What I got was a bowl of what appeared to be Kraft Mac and cheese. The upcharge alone I could have bought a box at... More 

Thank Michelle H
Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We love the Kernel. Tried the Friday Fish Fry and it was excellent. This week, Dan tried the Patty Melt and I had Breakfast! Both were excellent!

Thank Pat K
Owatonna, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Great food excellent service. Very reasonably priced. A lot to choose from. No hassles if you want to sit and talk awhile either!!

1 Thank No1im
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

I've eaten here many, many times, and always get great food with great service. There's something on the menu for everyone, though breakfasts, soups and desserts are especially good.

Thank Michael W
Branson, Missouri
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

A group of relatives and friends often meet at the Kernel for meals. The friendly atmosphere and wide variety of food meets the needs of everyone.

Thank sn0wflakes63

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Owatonna
  • Phone Number: +1 507-451-2585

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