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Bayou Smokehouse & Grill

Banner Elk, NC | American | Price Range: $$

Serves: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Price Range: $$

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler at the Bayou, a New Orleans Restaurant and Bar.

Authentic Louisiana and Texas Food, including Beef BBQ, Hand Cut Ribeyes, and Spicy Shrimp Gumbo.

Wine and Beer Lists, including 10 Draft Beers and over 55 different bottle beers.

Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar...Every Sunday!

Large Menu with Sandwiches, Dinner Entrees, and Chef Specials.

Open For Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a Week. Brunch is also offered on Saturdays and Sundays!

Bar Open Late!

Monday thru Friday and Brunch Saturday and Sunday.


Kitchen Hours:

- Monday: 11:30am to 11:00pm
- Tuesday: 11:30am to 11:00pm
- Wednesday: 11:30am to 11:00pm
- Thursday: 11:30am to 11:00pm
- Friday: 11:30am to Midnight
- Saturday: 11:30am to Midnight
- Sunday: 11:30am to 11:00pm


Contact Restaurant

130 East Main Street P. O. Box 2191
Banner Elk, NC 28604


Visit their Website


Bayou General Store:
Authentic Texas and Louisiana General Store

• Now Selling: Kitchen Ware, Cook Books, Authentic Bayou Smokehouse Sauces and Seasonings, Clothing, and More

• Beer and Wine ~ including many we sell in the restaurant!

• Located in the same building as Bayou Smokehouse and Grill

• Open:
– Monday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
– Tuesday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
– Wednesday: CLOSED
– Thursday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
– Friday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
– Saturday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
– Sunday: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Types of Catering We Provide . . .

We can provide delicious yet cost-effective catering with a delivery straight from our kitchen to yours. This method works well with groups from 2 up to approximately 75. We can help you design a specific menu for your event, or you can simply order from our restaurant menu.

• 24 guests or less, we will deliver boxed lunches/dinners.

• 25 guests or more, food items will arrive packed in bulk disposable containers (aluminum for hot foods, plastic for cold items).

• We will provide plates and dining kits, each of which includes a knife, fork, spoon, salt, pepper, and a napkin.

• There is a delivery charge - please ask when you speak to our catering representative.

The most cost-effective method of catering from the Bayou. All terms for deliveries apply to pickup orders, but you save on the delivery charge.

After being in business for 18 years, we have found it impossible to come up with a catering menu simply because we are capable of offering you so many different items! Call and speak to our catering representative for examples of our onsite work. We will be happy to design a menu specialized to your event.

From the Heart Of Texas:

12oz. House Cut Ribeyes: Grilled or Blackened
BBQ Baby Back Ribs: Whole and Half Racks
Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket
Chicken Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy
Down Home Chicken Fried Steak
Texas Chili
1/2 Pound Burgers

From the Bayous of Acadiana:

Louisiana Shrimp Gumbo
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Crawfish, Catfish, Shrimp, or Chicken Etouffees
Crawfish, Catfish, Shrimp, or Chicken Creoles
Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage
Catfish, Shrimp, and Sausage Po'Boys
Mama 'Nita's Homemade Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce


Fried Crawfish Tails
Shrimp Remoulade with Fried Green Tomatoes
Alligator Boulettes
Grilled Brie with French Bread
Queso and Tortilla Chips
Fried Catfish Fingers
Shrimp, Chicken, or Chili Nachos

These are just a few items off of our Dinner Menu. Stop in any time to pick up a ToGo Menu or browse over any of our Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Beer, or Wine Menus!

“Can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars     Reviewed September 1, 2011      We lucked up and had Winston take care of us. The nachos were awesome, the fried okra was the most fresh I had ever eaten, and my husband said those were the best ribs he had eaten in a long, long time. We will definitely eat here again the next time we stay in the area!

"This is a locals bar/hang out that has a full-bar and serves cajun/creole food along with the usual bar food.

They have a store attached where they sell stuff and also artisanal sodas and hard to find soft drinks - Cheerwine!

I had a cup of red beans and rice with sausage and a Cheerwine for lunch. It was mostly rice with 2 small pieces of sausage. It was tasty but could have been more generous on the sausage and beans. My tab was $5.66 and I got some directions and driving tips from a local man. I especially liked the sign by the kitchen that read: "You don't have to be crazy to work here, we train you."
There's outdoor seating on the patio and the waitresses were nice and friendly. They also had a lot of interesting looking beers, but I was driving so I hopped up on the Cheerwine instead."
-Danielle P. Culver City, CA

"Best brisket I have ever had. Locals like it here."
-Gordon C. Newport, NC

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