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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed December 18, 2021 via mobile

Best breakfast I’ve had in a long time!!! Friendly staff, Christian restaurant. Everything was clean and food was delicious.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 30, 2021

Delicious food. Friendly staff. Even with the shortage of staff great service. Convenient location to the Great Smokey Mountain Train depot.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2021

This was the worst dining experience I've had in years. The food was served cold (fries), the chicken tenders were uncooked (cold and pink inside), the ceiling lights were half burned out and had water dripping from them, and when we looked ip to see...what dripped on us we saw mold all over the ceiling lights. We had to wait an inordinant amount of time for the waitress to "have to go to the back" to get us bbq sauce then we only received 3 out of the 5 we asked for, and she acted like we were asking too much by requesting it. Waitress was rude. And she was not busy. Bc there were only 3 other diners in the restaurant at the time. We had a party of 7. After experiencing the uncooked disgusting food, we asked for our check. We told her earlier that the chicken wasn't cooked properly on 4 of our dishes, yet she only took 1 child size order off our check and insisted on charging us for 3 adult orders. We had company from out of state visiting and had planned to go to Everett St diner, but they were closed so we decided to try this place. Never again. It was a dump. Disgusting food and bitchy waitress.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 6, 2021 via mobile

There was a bit of a wait because of short staffing, but service was amazing and the food was good. Would highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

My wife and I were reluctant to go here because of all the bad reviews. We walked all over town trying to get served breakfast but all had long waiting times so we decided to make our own decisions on the Iron Skillet. We were...greeted by the nicest young girl that explained we had to stand outside until a table was ready, maybe 10 minuets. After we were seated a very pleasant young girl took our order The breakfast was on the table in a very short time and was exactly what we had ordered. The meal was great the young girl would not let my wife's cup go empty of coffee. I had ham and cheese omelet with country fries my wife had country ham and biscuit with country fries and they were delicious. Our last day we went to the other place in town and my thoughts were I wished I had gone back to the Iron SkilletMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

My wife, daughter, and I ate breakfast here, June 15. We had never been there before, so I guess we weren't up to speed on how they work. As we approached the restaurant there was a line down the sidewalk, so we got in line....I noticed that the front door was plastered with very unpleasant messages from the owner or manager, things like "If you can't be nice to our staff leave!". After waiting outside for a very long time a very unpleasant server/manager/owner? came out with a clip board and asked our name, I told her we had not signed the clipboard and neither had any of the other people in line, of course she didn't believe me and spent the next five minutes determining that the list of names on her clipboard were not the people standing in front of the restaurant. She once again chided us for not signing in, I explained that we had never been there and no one told us to sign in, which again prompted yet a third lecture about signing in. After being seated we had to wait for our food for over half an hour, with the half hour outside we'd now been there an hour and hadn't eaten a thing. When the food finally came it was quite bland and largely forgettable. I've rarely ever been treated so rudely in a restaurant. Note to whoever put the aforementioned sign on the door, maybe the problem you have there isn't rude customers, maybe the problem is actually you!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 12, 2021

exceedingly long wait for breakfast, food was so so. Watch when you pay, as they don't want to offer a receipt. We found out why, the individual had padded the bill over charging us for some items we ordered.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 31, 2021

Looking for a place to have breakfast, we went to the Iron Skillet. No one to greet you in. A sign in sheet at entrance. Just about two customers sitting. My husband noticed a note on the wall saying "We are short on staff and...if you cannot be patient don't come in" That felt like a slap on my face! Places like this will not survive! So SAD! We left!!! We went to another restaurant close by. Beautiful people, very kind and welcoming! Food was excellent!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 8, 2021

We've eaten here several times over the last few years. It's one of our favorites when visiting Bryson City.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed January 23, 2021 via mobile

No employees wore masks. There were signs on the door requiring masks for customers, guess employees were exempt.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 2, 2021 via mobile

Great breakfast place. Food was great service was excellent short wait with social distancing in place but still great service and food.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 21, 2020

We went here because the Everett Street Diner was closed and other places were packed. This was the start of a 4 day trip to the BR Parkway. We wanted breakfast but missed it by minutes. Ok no problem. Lunch then. I had a grilled...cheese and soup. The grilled cheese was gross. You could tell it had been grilled on a griddle with some kind of greasy meat. It wasn’t toasted and brown. The soup was definitely canned not homemade. I think hubby had a Philly. What ever it was, it wasn’t memorable. Service was not good and waitress did not wear masks. We did. Would never in a million years go back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 29, 2020

Every place in town is crowded with families going on the Polar Express, this place was nearly empty. We ordered the daily special. Can't go wrong, right? Wrong! Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy. More like meatloaf, bad meatloaf. No sides. Yikes! Young, bored waiter...asked us at least 5 times if we were ok. Never againMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 22, 2020 via mobile

Tasty breakfast of delicious eggs, omelets, sausages, bacon, grits, and gigantic pancakes! Fun decor. Thank you

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 25, 2020

None of the servers wore face masks. Otherwise the food was decent and commensurate with the price. Service itself was also good.

Date of visit: August 2020
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I don't believe so. We went for breakfast, and passed by during lunch on another day and they were open.
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Yes, The Iron Skillet offers takeout services.

The Iron Skillet is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4