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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

130 Main St E, Village Shops, Banner Elk, NC 28604-9238
828-898-8952
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Ranked #15 of 40 restaurants in Banner Elk
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Gainesville, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Am I crazy, why do I go these restaurants that are themed after Louisiana and Texas expect to get great New Orleans food? It's silly, you're in the North Carolina mountains. We went here for lunch and I ordered red beans and rice with sausage. They were very average and the sausage was almost non existent. For North Carolina they... More

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Mount Dora
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The menu has a great selection of cajun-style food or barbeque if you prefer... Although there is indoor seating, we chose to sit outside at a table on the lawn because we were able to bring our dog and there was a grassy area for kids to play. The ambiance of this place was so memorable and the food was... More

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clayton indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When traveling we always like to get recomendations from the locals to see what is popular in the area. We were assured that even though the name sounded cajun, there were many other choices on the menu and the food was good. So glad we gave it a try. The weather was beautiful that evening so we chose to eat... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Poor service. Charred meat, canned sides small, dried out portions oh.. Did I mention the service? Practically non existent. The price for the combo plate is laughable. Again, did I mention the service? Never in my day have I ever left less than a 25 percent tip on a bill. Tonight, this server, for whom we were evidently an inconvenience,... More

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Chesapeake, Va
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a family lunch while passing thru town. The staff was nice and friendly. They had a good selection of local craft beers. The gumbo was good but not as spicy hot as the menu would like you to believe. The pecan encrusted trout was a little disappointing.

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High Point, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We've eaten there many times over the years and the food has been and is excellent. It's now time for a new menu plus a little housekeeping. We went for lunch...the condiment tray they brought us was nasty...old food and other things that I don't want to mention were on the bottles. The menu had food all over it as... More

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was the third year we have eaten at this restaurant and the quality and taste has always been first rate. Our favorite dish is the appetizer platter filled with fried catfish pieces, chicken tenders, crawfish bites and shrimp. The batter is crispy and light and all food was super fresh and delicious. The smoked BBQ ribs were some of... More

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Cleveland, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Our first visit and our last. Service was lacking even though it was a slow night. Server was more interested in chatting up the boy-toy giving her the eye than taking care of the people actually ordering food. The brisket was, at-the-best, average, less than expected, fatty. The sides were so-so, the cowboy beans are simply pintos with way to... More

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I have been eating at Bayou for around two years and it's ALWAYS a good meal - especially when you can catch the Shrimp and Grits that are only available as a special. I really enjoy eating on their deck, especially since I can bring my dog along! During the warmer months, Knox (Great Pyrenees) and I come weekly. There... More

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Tallahassee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We are "part timers" in Banner Elk but have always found a welcome spot at the Bayou. It is a favorite with locals as well as tourists. It you want sport coats and fancy - don't come. If happy hour when the guys get off work is okay, a warm welcome on a snowy night after skiing or sitting and... More

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