We were told to try The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa, because they had outstanding barbecue.
Following our visit to the Living History Farms next door, we sat down to a nice lunch. Lisa had BBQ pulled pork and I had the barbecue brisket sandwich. Both entrees were large. They each came with two sides. Neither of us could finish our dishes. This is a case where splitting a meal would be perfect.
The food was excellent. We each had a cup of their corn chowder. I could have gotten by with a bowl of this stuff. It was outstanding soup.
Service is outstanding. The servers dress like farmers – bib overalls and farm caps. It added to the décor.
The restaurant has a lot of farm-related artwork. I loved the John Deere sign near the entrance to the dining area. I always think of my dad when I see that name. He was a big fan of John Deere. The restaurant sells a lot of desserts and souvenirs in the store section.
Visitors are welcomed to The Machine Shed with a great outdoor display. Tractors and other farm equipment are displayed around the grounds.
The first restaurant in the six-location chain opened in Davenport, Iowa, in 1978. Its founders are committed to having a product that would make farmers proud.
We had an enjoyable visit to the restaurant. We’d recommend it if you are in the area. The barbecue was good, but I think you’d be OK trying anything on the menu.
For more information on The Machine Shed, see its website at www.machineshed.com.