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“Probably the best in Banner Elk”

Bayou Smokehouse & Grill
Ranked #6 of 48 Restaurants in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$20
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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Good for: Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, 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.
Leland, North Carolina
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162 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Probably the best in Banner Elk”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stopped here after a trek to Grandfather Mountain, just for an afternoon snack. We reviewed the menu and decided to come back for dinner.
While the Jalapeño Queso we had at our first stop was just okay, dinner was great! I had the Smoked Sausage plate and hubby had the étouffée (crawfish). With my dinner I went truly southern and enjoyed the best fried okra I have ever ever had In a place besides my own kitchen! The collard greens were yummy too. The sausage, bbq'd in the Texas style I prefer was delicious! We topped off the meal with the daily cobbler choice, blackberry, served with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. Scrumptious!
Kudos to the chefs for the evening, Jack and Joe, as well as our sweet but somewhat timid waitress, Tracie. Good luck to you sweet thing as you continue to pursue your life goals!
Do try this place, as you won't be disappointed with the extensive menu, reasonably priced and well prepared. Wish I lived closer!

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Charlotte, NC
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Poor Service at the Bar”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We stopped by on July 4th for drinks and may have ordered food had the service at the bar not been so bad. One bartender, Chris, was pleasant enough when he gave us menus but then totally disappeared. We did see him much later helping a waitress with a heavy tray. The other bartender wouldn't make eye contact and pretty much ignored us. We finally flagged him down to place our drink order after about 20 minutes. The bad thing was it wasn't even busy. The only plus is they have a beer/wine store where you can buy a bottle and drink at the bar with no corkage fee. I purchased a bottle of wine at $15 that was listed at $9 a glass on the menu. The lady in the store was very nice and helpful, too bad she wasn't working at the bar.

  • Visited July 2014
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Orange City
1 review
“Good times & Good people!”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We visited the Bayou while on vacation. Our server Tracey gave us great recommendations and was super sweet. The Texas Brisket Nachos were amazing!!! The band playing outside and the free wine tasting was also a plus! The owner, Winston, was beyond helpful and amazing in helping us find out other things to do around town. We will def be back!

  • Visited July 2014
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“FAVORITE PLACE IN BANNER ELK”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

This place is awesome! Give your taste buds a favor and order the chicken fried chicken. Topped with gravy I usually order it with the zucchini fries and mashed potatoes. So delicious! My family has been customers for years and it isn't a complete family vacation without some chicken fried chicken from the bayou!

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Thank abbiebel
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Banner elk
1 review
“Great place”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Food was excellent. Our table was a party of 12 woman and everyone was happy with their food. Tabitha was great server and very attentive. Would eat here again in a flash!

  • Visited July 2014
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