Since 1960, the Oliver family has been serving great food to travelers crossing Monteagle Mountain. It all started out at a little Drive-In called the “Bee Hive”, young Jim Oliver honed his skills of barbequing and customer service. Now, well over 50 years later, two of Jim’s children are still carrying on that same tradition of service and cooking that was there from the beginning, now it’s called Jim Oliver’s Smoke House. Located in Monteagle, 45 miles from Chattanooga, 80 miles from Nashville, on Interstate 24 at Exit 134, turn left off the exit 1000 to the Smoke House.
The Menu features a lot of Smoked Meats; such as BBQ Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Hams – Honey Baked & Country, Smoked Bacon, and Smoked Roast Beef. Southern Fried items include some of the best Deep Fried Chicken & Farm raised Catfish that you’ll put in your mouth, fried Green Tomatoes, Hushpuppies & Corn fritters, pork skins, French fried potatoes, Frog Legs, Chicken Livers, Chicken Strips, for real Onion Rings, Fried Pickles, and oh yes . . . those famous Fried Pies. Lots of the food is cooked in old cast iron skillets, which impart that traditional “crispy around the edges” fried taste of country cooking; such as fresh buttermilk cornbread, and the tasty sweet skillet cake in several flavors, corn fritters, chicken, bacon, country ham, omelets, and the vegetable & meat casseroles made with fresh ingredients.
All during the growing season, local farmers and neighbors with gardens bring in their fresh vegetables & herbs to sell Betsy (Jim’s daughter), who over sees the food purchasing and preparation at the Smoke House; leaf lettuce, kale, carrots, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, corn on the cob, beets, turnip greens, collard greens, potatoes, yams, cabbage, apples, cherries, strawberries, peaches, black berries, and apples.
Breakfast is served all day and night; so if your taste buds are turned toward fried eggs, omelets, hot homemade biscuits, country ham, smoked bacon, loaded grits, pancakes, French toast, milk gravy, and smothered hash browns, and more, you can get it anytime of day.
Great grill items & sandwiches which made Jim famous at the Bee Hive are still served at the Smoke House including the huge Club Sandwich (almost too thick to put in your mouth), drive-in grilled cheese, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, smoked turkey, catfish sandwiches, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, fried green tomato sandwiches, beef brisket sandwiches, “truck stop” open faced roast beef and turkey sandwich dinner plates, country ham sandwiches, and of course the french fries, fried pickles, real sho’nuf onion rings, & fried green tomatoes all to accompany your sandwich.
Also you can get flat iron grilled chicken strips, loaded potatoes, plain baked potatoes, pinto beans, turnip greens, collard greens, fried apples, green beans, 21 item salad/fruit bar, homemade vegetable & beef soup (another famous Jim Oliver signature), vegetable & meat casseroles, real mac & cheese, & Cole slaw.
Desserts include the now famous homemade every day “Fried Pies” featuring over 5 flavors or more daily filled with delicious peach – apple – chocolate – coconut – Strawberry - & cherry fillings, “Buy 6 – Get 1 free”, homemade ice cream in 8 flavors, and Betsy’s Bread Pudding with your choice of fruit toppings made by the Smoke House.
All the famous Smoke House 20+ BBQ & Hot sauces are offered to every guest for sampling on their food, also offered are mild to “HOT” pickles & relishes, 30+ jams (mild and hot jams too), salad dressings, fruit dessert toppings, 6 flavors of ketchup, 4 flavors of mustard, 3 wing sauces, and rubs and spices for the meats. These condiments are here for all guest to enjoy, and if you like any of them, they are all for sale in the store at the Smoke House, and also on the Smoke House on line store.
If that’s not enough, the Old General Store is a place you can spend the whole day looking around. Sample one of the 16 flavors of freshly made fudge at the front counter, last year the Smoke House made 9+ tons of fudge! Several nostalgic candies, 20 flavors of salt water taffy, assorted jaw breakers, candy sticks, lollypops and swirl pops, 40 flavors of soft drinks in real glass bottles just like the old days, fresh fried pork skins in 6 flavors, pork cracklings’, real bacon bits, and a whole lot more. Wait, there's more; local crafts & honey, toys, music, novelties, the museum of the Country Music's legendary "Louvin Brothers", and the entertaining Hamper McBee Moonshine artifact exhibit area; learn how to make moonshine lik'er, and get away with it.
The Smoke House lodging facilities offer a variety of accommodations in vacation Cabins and Lodge rooms for travelers; it is an excellent & affordable quiet place for one night stop overs, weekend getaways, family or business retreats, couples night out, or family vacations. The Log & Timber Frame Cabins feature wood burning fireplaces, private jacuzzi tubs, kitchens, front porches, and lots of privacy. The Lodge is Timber Frame style construction with wood plank boardwalks, wooden spindles, post & beam support timbers, which all enhance the rugged Mountain Lodge experience. The lodge room furnishings are mission style dark mahogany, wood floors, slate limestone vanity areas, new comfortable beds, flat screen TV, wireless internet, and complete room upgrades done in 2014. All features and accommodations are shown and described on the web page at TheSmokeHouse.com; see text, video, and virtual tours at the web site. Also described here you can find out about all the area attractions, shopping, historic, and scenic features around Monteagle Mountain. For Lodging Reservations, call 1-800/489-2091 to speak with a reservations operator. The Smoke House is pet friendly.
Every weekend Live Music is featured at the Smoke House Restaurant in the music room, cabaret style seating w/tables, no cover charge, doors open at 6pm, food & beverages are served during the show, a cozy candle lit room for couples, but if you have your family with you bring the kids, it's family friendly. Legendary as well as up & coming Singer Songwriter Music Artist perform music and lyrics they have written; and they’ll tell you their story about how they came about to write the lyrics and if any noted major music artist have recorded it. The music varies from pop, to blues, to soul, some bluegrass, folk, and a little country makes the all the shows unique every time. Each show features the primary artist or group first, starting at 7pm for 2 hours. Then, another featured artist or group may perform for 30 minutes. To end up the evening, a Nashville style songwriter round is next which features 3 or 4 songwriters singing and performing their songs in rotation for about an hour or more. What's unique about songwriters is that you are actually watching and hearing songs sung by the original songwriter artist who wrote them; its really interesting to hear their version of the song. You may be watching a person sing their song which was ultimately recorded by great artist such as Toby Keith, or Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Jr., Elton John, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, and many, many others. The songwriters say that the Smoke House venue is as good as or better than the famous Nashville music venues such as The Bluebird Cafe, Tootsies, the Wagon Wheel, and others in the Nashville Music scene.
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