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“Great Place to Hang Out”

Bayou Smokehouse & Grill
Ranked #6 of 49 Restaurants in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: Open since 2003, The Bayou offers Authentic Cajun and Texas Cuisine served in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Outdoor, dog-friendly deck dining in the summer, fireplace dining in the winter. Free WiFi, Children's Menu and Wine Amnesty available. Adjacent Bayou General Store offering Beer, Wine, Locally Made Items, Souvenir Mementos and more. Please see the Bayou Smokehouse & Grill, Banner Elk Facebook Page for Specials, Live Music, Events and area information.
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Being from Boone, we usually stick to places we know, but we came up for a ski weekend with some friends and stayed at our first bed and breakfast. They suggested this place and said it was a "must" for locals or visitors.

The BBQ was excellent. The service was a little slow but the place was pretty busy and it was a weekend night. The service was very good and the young lady said she was sorry about the order taking so long. We didn't mind too much. It meant more beer.

We ended up seeing people we know from Boone and had a great time shooting pool, eating, and drinking.

Great little place with nice people.

1  Thank FunCityGirl
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I have visited here many time over the last couple of years and only recently found out the owners are "real cajun" people. That explains why the Po Boys are so good, along with everything else on the menu. But, it's not all Cajun food. The BBQ is wonderful and the burgers are excellent as well, but the best part of the Bayou is the service. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. This is a great little restaurant with great food and service. If you're looking for something good, try the Sampler Platter.

1  Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

After reading the really positive reviews on Tripadvisor, we were completely shocked at the horrible time that we had at this restaurant. While our waitress was ok (nothing above and beyond, just an ok waitress), the food, cleanliness and friendliness of the hostess was enough to make anyone run for the hills. Now, after reading the bad reviews, I realize we should have read them first. Also, after going to two other local restaurants that were both completely full and had an hour or longer wait, that should have been a sign. The Bayou was completely empty, except for a couple at the bar, and two other tables. The food was all disgusting. I had the sampler platter that was nothing even as good as a box of Zatarans. The children's food was not even edible, except for the french fries that they ended up eating just because they were hungry. The wall at the end of the booth that we were seated in was covered with so much food, grim and nastiness that, again, we should have decided to leave before ordering. Sadly, the last thing to mention was how horrifying the restrooms and kitchen were. The bathrooms were so filthy that I didn't even want my children to wash their hands. Yes, pretty bad when a sink is so dirty that you don't want to use it. As we were leaving the restrooms, I took an unfortunate glimpse into the kitchen, that is located directly across from the restrooms. The floors were covered in so much muck that the only thing I can think is how surprised I am that we didn't all get sick from our food (what little of it was actually eaten). Please. Take the advise of the other reviewers and make your decision wisely before you attempt to feed yourself or your family here.

1  Thank Ann-William
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

The food was great, along with the service! Great place to watch a game! Even the other customers were friendly. This was just a great little friendly place to hang out while waiting on check in time at the Blueberry Villa!

Thank skcox
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We probably ate there 3-4 times during our weeks stay. Great cajun food and selection of beers. A family atmosphere pub/tavern.

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1  Thank F1LOCO
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