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Review of Trails End Lodge

Trails End Lodge
Ranked #5 of 11 Restaurants in Cobden
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse, Bar
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating
Description: The use of stones or rocks for cooking is not altogether new...It goes back to 18,000 B.C. The natural ability of stones to retain and radiate heat has made it the ideal cooking source through a diverse range of cultures. Lava rocks are pieces of crushed volcanic stone placed under the food on a special grate or plate. They collect juices and fat that drip down from the cooking area. When the juices contact the hot rocks, they produce smoke, which wafts up around the food. The result is a flavor closer to that from charcoal grilling than from conventional gas grilling. Using lava rock lets you enjoy the convenience of gas without loss of flavor. Volcanic rocks used at the Trails End Lodge are heated in a special oven and are then placed onto specially-designed stoneware plates made to withstand the intense heat. The rocks are then delivered to your table along with your entree selection. Start cooking your steak, fish and veggies and soon you'll be hearing the sizzle and smell the aroma of your meal cooking right before your very eyes. Each bite is hot, juicy and delicious. The best part is...You control it all!
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

One of the most delicious, and unusual dining experiences we've had in this part of the country. A really cool place! On our way to Shawnee Hills Lavender Farm, we decided to give it a try on a Sunday afternoon. So glad we did. Sat outside on a shady deck, chatted with our lovely, friendly waitress, and enjoyed cooking our steaks, lamb chops, and scallops on 700* lava stones at our table. She said this was one of only four places in the US that uses this technique, and it was very simple and FUN! We loved the adventure and will definitely return!

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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped here because it was nearby skyline view cabin rental. Gorgeous views from outside patio. I have never heard of lava stones for cooking before. So waitress explained everything thoroughly even made to check on table multiple times to see if I needed help. I recommend the steak fabulous.

Plus two bull mastiffs greet you at the door. Very sweet friendly dogs.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

I can't believe anyone who ate here actually was impressed. It was pricey and food was awful. The place is run down and dirty. I guess there is no competition in the forest only locals might enjoy or just want to support them.

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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here on a Sunday evening and dined outside. Our friendly waiter, Taylor, explained the menu and the table top grilling to a "T". We had never experienced grilling on a hot lava stone at our table. Tip: if you want your steak cooked above medium rare, order a second stone. Our meal came with a baked potato, small salad and vegetables for grilling. My wife ordered a cranberry walnut salad which was also delicious.
Note: this is a restaurant in a bar setting and not a eligible sit down restaurant.
We enjoyed the experience

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Reviewed 23 September 2016

This place was a great unexpected experience! I was unaware of the process until we arrived. I love that you can cook your meal at the table! The food, drink selection and atmosphere was great. Not to mention the fantastic prices! Great meal and experience for a very reasonable amount of money. We will most definitely return on our next trip South.

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