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“Not too impressed”

Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant Trading post
Ranked #3 of 26 Restaurants in Monteagle
Price range: $2 - $18
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Since 1960 Family owned & operated Authentic Unique Vintage Nostalgic Restaurant, Gift Shop, Meeting Center, Mountain Lodge, & Cabins. Farm to Table Local Foods. Regional Authentic Menu & Cooking. Smoked Meats BBQ Ribs Brisket Chicken Hams Bacon Turkey. Full Menu & Generous Buffet w/Salad Bar + Skillet Corn Bread & Bread Pudding. Family & Group Friendly. Meetings Reunions Weddings Receptions Groups Indoor & Outdoor 20 acre campus. Large portions fair prices children's pricing. Live Music Fri & Sat nights, no admission, food & beverages served during show, family friendly & room for groups. Vacation Cabins for Couples Families & Groups on 20 acres of recreation. Close to Bluegrass Underground, The Caverns, Fall Creek Falls, South Cumberland State Park, Sewanee, Tim's Ford, Nickajack, Manchester, South Pittsburgh, Jack Daniels, Chattanooga, Nissan, Decherd, Winchester, Fiery Gizzard Trail, Savage Gulf, Stone Door. As seen in Southern Living, Tennessee Crossroads, Tennessee Magazine.
Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

I always go to trip advisor for places to eat in new areas and well I should have listened to recent reviews on this place. Going in I saw trip advisor voted it one of the best places so I was positive about it. You have to walk past all these yummy jellies and sauces to get to the resturant it's self which was fine, you are able to sample some tasty toppings! The buffet didn't look too bad so my hubby and I got that and the girls got burgers off the menu.

The fried chicken wasn't too bad, a little dry. They had a chicken covered in some thick sauce, a bit sweet and spicy. Sad to say that chicken died twice. It wad really over cooked. The pulled pork wasn't bad but needed more of a smokey flavor to it. The side dishes were ok for the most part but the green beans tasted off somehow. I did try the cookies and cream bread pudding which was very comforting. The girls felt their burgers were overcooked as well.

We paid $50 for two week day priced buffets and their burgers. I would have been more upset if I paid a weekend price for that meal.

I do have to say the staff was friendly though. It was fairly quiet while we ate and the place is clean and the various wood work inside and out was cool. However I don't see us coming back.

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Thank v_christy
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hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant Trading post, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2012

The title doesn't coincide with the high rating. Our weekday all you can eat buffet is only $9.95, this is for 3 meats, 6 hot vegetables, 2 breads, dessert, salad bar, homemade soup ALL you can eat; we think this is a modest price for the amount of food out there; some places you'll pay this for soup and salad. The full size large burgers are $$7.95, which include 2 vegetable sides and choice of breads for the burgers, can't get that at fast food. Usually people don't order thier burgers rare-meduim-done, so we always opt for done, VS rare; looks like a matter of taste to me, not the preperation.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

The food was okay. I probably would not go back. Just didnt like it. There wasnt much to choose from. It was a Saturday night and there was singing. But the food just was not good.

Thank Constance F
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hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant Trading post, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2012

Don't have much to choose from? We have over 130 items you can order off the breakfast, dinner, dessert, and appetizer menus, plus the buffet and salad bar featuring 3 meats, 6 hot vegetables, 21 item salad bar, homemade vegetable soup, dessert, 2 breads, and over 40 sauces and comdiments to choose from. I'm sorry, but I'd have to dissagree with "not much to choose from".

The Smoke House is good ole Southern blue collar comfort food, it's not for everyone. Our seafood is catfish and frog legs, we serve one good Rib Eye steak, mostly we serve Country Ham, hand pulled BBQ, Ribs, Fried Chicken, beef brisket, breakfast all day, omlets, 16 types of sandwiches, 12 appetizers, turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, plus the food bar with homemade casseroles, 3 meats, and all the other I've already mentioned, plus children's menu.

We've been here since 1960, and obviously some folks like what we have, and they keep coming back everytime they are traveling in our area. We serve over 300,000 meals every year and we do it every day, all year long.

Thank you for stopping, and come see us again next time you're traveling over Monteagle Mt.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We did order off the menu after looking at the buffet. The food on the buffet looked very dried out, even at the bottom of the pan, and also looked as if it had been sitting there for days. At $14 per person, the buffet was very overpriced. We both ordered the bbq plate. I had a huge chunk of weird meat in my portion of bbq - not exactly fat, not exactly like the other meat, just different and looked to be a combination of the end or bits & pieces. That "piece" once removed was half of my meat portion on the plate. The remaining bbq was good if you had the outside pieces, but a lot of the meat was very dried out. The fries were soggy like that were from the first batch cooked at lunch and left under the heat lamp for a few hours. Next time in the area we will bypass this place and try something else.

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hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant Trading post, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

We're so sorry for the less than expected experience with your food.

Our BBQ pork is pulled apart, eliminating most of the chunks of fat, some bbq places just run it thru a chopper and shread it all up together and you eat fat and all. The fat keeps the meat from drying out as fast, but we don't leave the fat in, so our BBQ sometimes looks more dried out. The chunk of meat you had in your plate was just a chunk of pork that had not been pulled apart.

Anytime you get bad our unacceptable food here or anywhere, just send it back for a redo, no one sends out perfect plates every time.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Some things don't change and this motel/restaurant/store only subtly upgrades instead of changing. The rooms are well-priced, and CLEAN. The restaurant is best for breakfast with country ham, grits and red-eye gravy. The general store is stocked with those things we think we have to have one of each of. A good place to stay and eat. Oh yes, in the back is a pool shaped like a ham together with private cottages.

Thank Ray S
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hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant Trading post, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Thank you so much, it feels really good when we get positive comments. So many people forget to say the positive, and highlight any negatives more often.

Our father, Jim Oliver started this business in 1960, and we are the ongoing custodians now; we strive to keep his legacy alive and moving foward. Changes for the better are happening, but we will keep to his theme and his goal to deliver more than expected.

Come see us!

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

Very helpful and friendly wait staff. Busy Saturday night, buffet was great. Even though the place was crowded the wait staff stayed calm and efficient, we never felt rushed. We'll stop again on our next trip to Florida in February.

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Thank Jeff D
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hamper1960, Owner at Jim Oliver's Smoke House Restaurant Trading post, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

THANK YOU for your positive review of our staff and restaurant. We will pass this on to the staff for their review also. Come see us again soon.

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