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“I'm a local too .. this place is the worst.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge
Ranked #4 of 48 Restaurants in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Boone, North Carolina
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“I'm a local too .. this place is the worst.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 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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Urbana, Illinois
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“great food with outdoor patio seating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

We ate there twice. The food was excellent both times. The service was great the first time but very slow the second time. I highly recommend the salmon.

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
1 review
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“input from a local”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2010

My wife and i barred this place ages ago. The burgers are okay, just another greasy burger, but sometimes its what you crave. They are a bit pricey for what they are. The service is always terrible so we only get take out and sometime they will overcharge so look at your bill. I would say their salads are probably the best thing they have going, If you come to Banner Elk the places i recommend are Zusda's or Stonewalls for the atmosphere as well as the food and service. The Puerto Nuveo (mexican), Pappys (barb), Bella's (great Italian), China Wok (Chinese) Tokyo express (Japanese) and the Bayou (american) are the places we dine at...depending on our mood. If your on Beech Mtn...make sure you stop at Freds Backside Deli,,,,Their food and service is always great and their is so much to look at in the store.

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Oviedo, Florida
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“This became our favorite place to relax”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2010

With all the great places to eat in the area, this became our "home away from home". We ended up having breakfast there three times and dinner there twice. The breakfast menu offers everything from healthy to enjoyable. The muffins are fresh and served hot out of the oven. Evening meals offer a wide variety of choices. The outdoor patio is like a garden with wide screen TV's. Everyone was very friendly, and the servers even remembered us each time we returned. Don't miss the fresh made desserts,

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Richmond, Virginia
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“Bad food and Bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2010

The cafe is in a great location right in the middle of town and has a cool atmosphere with there outdoor patio. The foo is very average no thrills. I went with a large group and the service was not good at all. The food came out in about 15 minute intervals. They might just not cater to groups very often but there service was just terrible.

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