Mountain View Restaurant: Hit and miss
When staying at other Lodges throughout the system, one of the highlights has been the dining. It's not been 4-star, but good food for the price and lots of it.
I realized after we checked it out the first night that with such a small Lodge, they couldn't afford to do a buffet every evening. Weekday nights, it was a simple menu. We decided to head to town those evenings.
On the weekends, we tried the dinner buffet twice. The first night, I could order the buffet, but the kids were allowed to eat off the kids menu. They had burgers that they enjoyed. The problem for my wife was she has gluten intolerance, and a buffet doesn't work. They couldn't offer a menu for her, so she basically got shut out of dinner that night. That first night, the dinner was fried chicken, roast beef, frogs legs, salad, and sides. Unfortunately, very little was done that well - it was very overdone and tough. Salad and sides were OK, but even the dessert offerings were uninspired. At $13.99, it was a disappointment.
Sunday night, we tried again. They truly redeemed themselves. The chicken was great, the beef was decent, and they had some tasty fried catfish. They had great fried okra. And dessert included a wonderful fresh berry cobbler, Hard to believe it was the same place.
As far as breakfast went, we ate here four times - twice there was a buffet, and twice we went off the menu. The menu has a number of standard breakfast offerings - the portions are huge for what you pay, and almost everything was great. You'll really get your energy here. On days of the buffet, the offerings were fairly standard as well - scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, grits, sausage, bacon...fit for a king. Once again - if the buffet was up, the menu was down.
Service was never an issue at any of the six meals. Nor was getting a seat. Some meals were a little busier than others, but I don't think there were ever more than 20 diners in the room at once.
Breakfast is a solid recommendation. Dinner was hit and miss - but the hits make it worth trying for.
Dining Room: Herndon J. Evans Lodge: Great Southern Home Cooking
The lodge's dining room offers splendid views. We enjoyed watching the early morning fog lift off the mountains as we relished a hearty breakfast. The dinner buffet was a feast of down home cooking, and only $11.95 for all you can eat.
Favorite Dish: Try the fried chicken - and also the catfish!
If you have grits with your breakfast don't forget to season them with salt and butter. Cheese grits is even better.. People who think they don't like grits have never had them prepared properly.
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