Jim Oliver

If you live near Franklin, Grundy, and Marion counties or are passing through Monteagle, Tennessee, then Jim Oliver’s Smoke House Restaurant, Lodge & Trading Post is a must visit destination, in my opinion.

I live in Nashville, Tennessee and the Smoke House is my favorite place to get away and relax to great food and entertainment.  I am going to give you my thoughts on The Smoke House with some interesting personal experiences thrown in for good measure.

First off lets start with the food.  The restaurant offers home-style cooking served by friendly folks with a full menu to choose from.  They offer some of the best smoked meats anywhere that are reason enough to visit and stay a while. They also have a self service food bar/buffet loaded with all the most popular food items like juicy fried chicken, catfish, greens, salad, homemade soups and more.  You better come hungry ’cause it’s all you can eat!

My last meal there was so wonderful with the best fried chicken (crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside), the best beef and vegetable soup I have ever had (I had 3 bowls), and their biscuits…which are the best I have tasted hands down!  Click here for more information and menus.

By the way, the prices are very reasonable for such high quality food.

The Smoke House lodge consists of over 85 newly remodeled over-sized rooms featuring either two queen beds or one king bed with amenities like free wireless Internet access.   Extra amenities such as hairdryers, iron & ironing boards, and coffee makers are featured in all of their room accommodations.  King rooms offer couches, sofa sleepers, business desk with office chair, and extra space for moving around.  Suites have living rooms, separate and private bedroom & bath, refrigerators and some have Jacuzzi Tubs and hard-wired Internet service.

Forty of the Lodge rooms open up onto the huge backside deck overlooking the pool, recreation area, Lake and cabins which makes for a great place to read, relax, or gather with friends and family.  The deck features rocking chairs, outdoor eating tables and great scenery.  It’s a great place to gather with family, friends or business associates to discuss the day’s activities or just chill out.

Ask for an Upgrade to the Lakeside Cabin Suites which all have Blue Limestone Slate over Mountain Stone Enclosed Jacuzzi Tubs, Refrigerator/Microwave/Sink Mini Bar, Rustic Antique Iron King Beds with Handcrafted Bed Quilts, Large Mountain Stone Wood Burning Fireplaces complete with a supply of firewood, Wood Plank Paneling Walls stained Milkweed, Old Pine Plank Floors, Leather Sofa, Dining Table, and Front Porches right on the Lake…complete with rockers!

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