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“Must refute some reviews! We had a great meal here!”

Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge
Ranked #4 of 49 Restaurants in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed January 20, 2011

I was a bit worried because of some bad reviews but most of the others did not open until 5. Our food was very good and fresh and the service was very good. It was a little chilly especially in the bathrooms. Meatloaf and homemade potatoes were awesome highly recommend it for lunch!

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1  Thank nanasandi3
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

I've really tried to like this place, thinking my first 2 visits were flukes, maybe I was in a poor mood and too critical, etc. No, visit number 3 sealed the deal - I really don't like this place.

First, the 2 menus handed to you from 2 side-by-side restaurants. Common sense tells you this isn't going to work! Just split this conglomerate into 2 establishments. Customers shouldn't have to eat at vastly different times because they ordered from 2 different kitchens while at the same table. The whole idea is preposterous and asinine.

The food coming out. is fair at best, certainly not worth the wait nor the price. Pricing I would describe as "tourist scalping", like many other places in downtown Banner Elk. They figure if the well to do from all over can afford to vacation and ski at Beech or Sugar, they can afford to be swindled a bit too.

The bar, what a joke. Try ordering anything other than beer or something simple like gin and tonic, something "complex" like a margarita to go with your nachos. Absolutely the worst I've ever had. Drinking some margarita mix purchased at Lowes Grocery and mixing in the cheapest tequila you can lay our hands on is worlds better.

Salad bar. Wind your away around this place and take a look at the meager selection before opting to add that to your meal. It's a joke.

The only thing this whole enclave gets right is the baked goods/sweets in the coffee house.

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3  Thank Meisterburger
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

for the person from boone,lauranlolzzz. i have never had a bad expiernce, and the prices fit anyones budget, and all the servers do tell you that when ordering from both kitchens it will take different times, but any person who cooks should know that! Friendly staff always smiling!

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Reviewed September 15, 2010

The proprietors, if you can call them that, are more like tourists from Florida who don't know how to run an establishment. They hire servers with no experience and what do they care if they do a bad job or not because they are paying $2.13 an hour out of pocket. Not to mention the staff looks so annoyed and pissed off anytime a customer walks through the door. Did I mention there are 2 separate kitchens for 2 separate menus? If members of your party order from the separate menus your food WILL come out at different times .. which the servers neglect to tell you. This is why one person gets food in 10 minutes and the other has to wait 45 minutes. Did I also mention the price discrepancies for the SAME ITEM between the 2 menus? What cost $3.50 on one menu .. might be $4.25 on the other. Basically ...

THIS PLACE SUCKS, IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME OR MONEY. THERE ARE BETTER PLACES TO EAT.

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2  Thank laurenlolzzzz
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

The proprietors, if you can call them that, are more like tourists from Florida who don't know how to run an establishment. They hire servers with no experience and what do they care if they do a bad job or not because they are paying $2.13 an hour out of pocket. Not to mention the staff looks so annoyed and pissed off anytime a customer walks through the door. Did I mention there are 2 separate kitchens for 2 separate menus? If members of your party order from the separate menus your food WILL come out at different times .. which the servers neglect to tell you. This is why one person gets food in 10 minutes and the other has to wait 45 minutes. Did I also mention the price discrepancies for the SAME ITEM between the 2 menus? What cost $3.50 on one menu .. might be $4.25 on the other. Basically ...

THIS PLACE SUCKS, IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME OR MONEY. THERE ARE BETTER PLACES TO EAT.

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3  Thank laurenlolzzzz
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