Every time we visit Davenport we make sure we have breakfast at the Machine Shed. Without a doubt our favorite item would be their cinnamon rolls - which are as big as a salad plate. But remember to get their early before they run out of them.
We recently stayed at the Quality Inn in Eldridge and the desk cleark referred us to this place as one of her favorite restraunts. We were very impressed!
We loved the service and the amount of food that we were given for the price. Not to mention since we are from the south, we loved how all the food tasted like it was made from our own kitchen.
We wished we had a place like this in Nashville.
I live in Illinois, and everytime I am driving through Iowa, it is a favorite place to stop to have a bite to eat, but my favorite is the Loaded Baked Potato Soup, and am usually bringing home 4 containers for family at home. Wish we had one in Illinois so I didn't have to drive 3 hours to get there. I love the items for sale and usually find something to bring back.
Like any place that Mike Whalen has his hands in this place is WONDERFUL! Casual, down on the farm decor, menu, and service. The food NEVER disappoints.
If you leave without the baked potato soup with bacon, cheese, and green onions you are doing yourself a great disservice.
All meals come family style with cottage cheese, cole slaw, breads & butter, all that good stuff.
Steaks are wonderful, the pan fried chicken is to die for, and if you can get desert down after one of their meals go for it!
I have been going to the shed since I was a youngster with my family. I always enjoyed going there after a ball game with my Mom, Dad, and 3 Brothers. I now take my family there, and they all love it as much as I used to. Have spent some time away from the QC, and the closest I have ever come to the ambiance and family style dining was in a Po' Folks restaurant, which they don't have around here. The Shed is a rare treat that that you should endulge in. The wait on a weekend at dinner time may be a while, but spend time in the gift shop while you wait. If you have young children that like chicken strips, the shed has the best. The breading is flavored with ranch (every kid's favorite dipping sauce), and come to the table in a small John Deere (style) wagon, along with a healthy portion of steak sized fries.
The decor reminds me of The Cracker Barrel. The waitstaff were very friendly. I was there for breakfast I found the food adequate. Based on the one meal I would say that the decor was more of a draw for ME