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How a road-food afficionado like myself has managed to not discover this place for so long is a puzzle for the ages. Housed in an actual log cabin originally built in Chattanooga, the Log Cabin Inn serves up unpretentious comfort food with a southern flair at unbeatable prices. My first experience at The Log Cabin Inn was a business day lunch. Located out on Madison Pike near the southern edge of Covington, the Inn is a little hard to find as it sits back a bit off the main road, and made for a bit of a long trek from downtown. But the food, ah the food. My two comerades and I ate more than we should have and spent less than we normally would for a lunch most anywhere else. I had the “Cabin Burger” which is basically their version of the ubiquitous double-decker cheeseburger that typically goes by the “[Insert Chain Here] Boy” moniker. The Log Cabin Inn’s version was bigger than most, comprised of what were probably two quarter pound patties, and comes with fries for the bargain-basement price of $3.75. One of my coworkers went with one of the lunch specials, the “Burger Basket.” The “Burger Basket” was two (Yes, TWO!) chessebugers and fries for $4.50. And these weren’t White Castle’s two-bites-and-you’re-done burgers. These were two full sized cheeseburgers like you’ll find at any burger place that doesn’t have a drive-through. The third in our party went with another special, 2 pork chops and 2 sides for $5.75. The pork chops came out breaded and fried and were reportedly delicious. Total damage for the three of us stuffing ourselves silly: $14 plus tip.
Thrilled at my first experience at the Inn, I dragged my wife Shelly down there for dinner. We started with an appetizer of fried cheese sticks. At $5.75 these are a bit pricey compared to other menu items, but still less than you’ll find them most anywhere else. These were delicious and appeared to homemade. For our entrees, Shelly had the country-fried steak and I went with the ham steak and a tall glass of Bud Light. Both entrees came with a salad, rolls, and two sides. For sides, I got mashed potatoes and gravy and corn. The mashed potatoes were probably the only disappointing item I ate. They tasted distinctly from a box which didn’t seem in keeping with the delicious home-cooked feel of everything else. The corn was delightful — juicy and just a little sweet. Shelly had mashed potatoes also and green beans which had that wonderful long-simmered taste. The ham steak was average. I’ve had better, but I’ve had worse and for the price I think it’s a heck of a deal. Shelly’s country fried steak on the other hand was a knock-out. Having burned myself out on country fried steak over the years I rarely order it anymore, but this was fantastic country fried steak. Service was quick and friendly…we felt like regulars right away and left with smiles on our faces. I had been looking forward to sampling one of their cobblers (peach or blackberry) for dessert, but after that mountain of food neither of us had room for more. So, we’ll have to go back! Total damage for dinner for both of us clocked in at just under $20 + tip.
The Log Cabin Inn
322 Madison Pike
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