On our recent visit to Des Moines, Iowa we were fortunate enough to have stayed at the Renovo Hotel in Ubandale, Iowa, on the west side of Des Moines. Next to our hotel was the Machine shed restaurant.
The Machine shed is a farm themed restaurant “dedicated to the American farmer”. Serving locally sourced food items, it is true “down home”cooking that any farmer can be proud of.
The Machine shed serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with huge portions worthy of a group of thrashers! We had breakfast before we headed out to see the Iowa Living History Farms next door.
The Machine Shed is famous for its $13.00 breakfast buffet. I took one look and decided it was too much for me. It was huge display of breakfast favorites and I would have eaten way too much!
Our very pleasant waitress, dressed in bib overalls, was very efficient. We ordered from the menu and it took a while to decide what we wanted because there are so many delicious items to choose from. Sue had the cinnamon french toast made from their home made cinnamon rolls and served with a generous slice of country ham. I had the country breakfast, a country fried steak (you could also choose a pork chop or chicken) two eggs, and your choice of hash browns, country fries or cheddar potato casserole. I chose the country fries. It was all good!
The coffee was hot and tasty and no problems with refills on the coffee or water. In fact the water comes to the table in a large metal pitcher.
The Machine Shed is definitely a family restaurant with many extras, including a well stock gift shop with everything cast iron skillets and cook books on how to use them, novelty items, jams and jellies, fresh baked pies and cakes and more. There are even free tractor and wagon rides!
The Machine Shed has restaurants in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the one located at 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322 P: 515.270.6818