Monday, January 5, 2015

Return to The Cabin Restaurant

On one of our visits to East Tennessee we’d stopped at a local restaurant for lunch and we’d ordered BBQ.  We didn’t think that it was very good so, we just never returned to that restaurant.  Then it burned to the ground and it was rebuilt. 

One fall day, we decided to stop in and give it another try…

After it was rebuilt, we noticed that it seemed to have a lot of customers so we’d decided that maybe our first impression was perhaps too hasty and we should try it again.  This is The Cabin Restaurant on TN Hwy. 72 in Loudon Tennessee.

This is the friendly sign near the front door that welcomes diners to The Cabin Restaurant.
For this visit, we’d decided to go with non-BBQ items from the menu and if we liked what we ordered, we’d come back and give the BBQ another chance….

As you can see, the interior of The Cabin Restaurant is wood, wood and more wood.  It reminded us of some of the places in northern Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The restaurant was very neat and clean and our server was very pleasant…

Laurie violated our BBQ ban just a little… She ordered The Smokehouse Burger. ($8.99) This was a hickory smoked hamburger topped with cheese, bacon and an onion ring, along with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.  She was worried that it would be overcooked as the restaurant’s policy is to cook burgers to medium well.  Our waitress said that she’d ask the cook to stop with medium and it should be juicy enough to still have lots of flavor.
It turned out that she was right.  It was a good burger and Laurie liked the French fries too!  They actually approached McDonald’s French fries in quality… The BBQ sauce on her hamburger was too sweet for my taste.  I also tasted the other sauces on the table and they just weren’t up my alley.

I went with our original plan and I ordered the Catfish Sandwich ($6.59).  As you can see it was a big hunk of lightly breaded catfish served on a hoagie bun.  I opted for the coleslaw instead of the French fries.  The catfish sandwich was big and very satisfactory plus I liked the coleslaw…

We’ll have to return to The Cabin to try some of their other sandwich offerings or their dinner specialties.  Some of the latter include a Southern Fried Steak, Country Fried Pork Chops, Turkey and Dressing and Homemade Meatloaf.  Some of the sides include Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Casserole, Turnip Greens, Mac n’ Cheese and Fried Green Beans.  Laurie will probably try the BBQ…

The Cabin Restaurant is located at 10058 Tennessee Highway 72 in Loudon Tennessee.  Phone: 865-458-9919.  Website:

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. We ate there years ago (not BBQ) and as I recall, we liked it.

  2. I am continually amazed at how many restaurants there are in your area. Looks like it was smart to return and give it another try. Things change.

  3. maybe you dont believe David but I love the cheeseburger Laurie askede!!
    with all these fries, I would be happy to eat right now lol

  4. Dave, I just had to stop by and wish you and Laurie a Happy New Year. I hope 2015 has wonderful things in store for both of you. Hugs and blessings...Mary