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Gingham Inn & Colonial Lounge

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100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
+1 712-336-2347
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Eastherville, Iowa 51334
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Years ago when I was but a young man, we would drive to the north edge of Spirit Lake, Iowa to a café that was famous for pan fried chicken. the best in the whole area in the Lakes area bar none. .And now the area all around he café has changed, the camp ground across the road is now... More 

Thank Virgil H
Sioux City, Iowa
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

What a find in spirit lake. The food is so good. It reminds me of the food my grandma used to make. The Fresh bread with your meal is to die for. Service is great and people are very friendly. The world needs more restaurants like this!!

Thank Eitzy820
Godfrey, Illinois
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Locals rave about the fried chicken at the Gingham Inn, but I'll happily stick with KFC, thanks. Chicken was pretty hard, dry and overcooked. Salad bar is OK. Mashed potatoes and gravy were very disappointing.

Thank damcfa
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We have been here many times. The food is always good. They are known for their excellent chicken dishes but the steaks are terrific as is everything we have had. The service is exceptional and friendly. And only one block away from the largest natural lake in Iowa. You will not go wrong eating here!

Thank Brian F
Ankeny, Iowa
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62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Great place near the lake for really good home cooked meal. Try the fried chicken! Comes with salad bar, homemade bread and real mashed potatoes and real chicken gravy just like my moms.

Thank mhelmick2016
Fort Worth, Texas
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98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The chicken is the star at the Gingham inn. It was falling off the bone, delicious. I loved the mashed potatoes., the chicken gravy was superb! They accommodated our group of 20 and did it well. Definitely recommended!

Thank spawithlisab
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562 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

This restaurant has a supper club feel. The service was excellent and the food arrived quickly. The homemade bread was great! There is a salad bar with traditional toppings and salad. The chicken was good but arrived somewhat cold. The mash potatoes were ok. The portions are large. The shrimp was excellent!

Thank MinnesotaRandy
Bali, Indonesia
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101 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Super local and fun. Great walleye and fried chicken. Rib are not bad, but not great. Really fun spot.

Thank rye726
Superior, IA
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

I submitted a review previously, but need to update/edit it. I raved about their chicken and ribs. The last few times I ordered ribs they've been dry and tasteless, (except for the fantastic homemade BBQ sauce they slather on the top after they put the ribs on the plate.) The chicken is fantastic and they have a very good salad... More 

Thank Neala R
Champaign, Illinois
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149 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

My family has been coming to this place for over 40 years. You get the fried chicken, you eat the salad bar, and if possible you sit in the colonial lounge, where you can feel like you're in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. But you're not - you're in Spirit Lake, Iowa, enjoying the finest fried chicken in the Lakes area!... More 

Thank Danno251

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Buffet, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spirit Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 712-336-2347

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