LIFESTYLE: Genny’s Is Worth a Stop in Chimney Rock

By D. Lanier Shook                                   May 12, 2014

Gatlinburg is a great place to visit because of the shopping, the dining, and the nature that surrounds it. Unfortunately its also about two hours away from Asheville. Fortunately we have our own version of Gatlinburg about half an hour away in the Hickory Nut Gorge.

The Hickory Nut Gorge is a beautiful area that wraps around the shores of Lake Lure. It’s home to the towns of Bat Cave, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure. I’m going to include the community of Edneyville since its located along Highway 64, my preferred route in and out of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Edneyville is also a great place to find wonderful roadside fruit stands and antique shops that help create memories.

There’s a great restaurant in Chimney Rock you should visit at least once. Its the perfect place to enjoy classic American food while relaxing beside the Broad River. Here’s the view you can expect to enjoy while dining.


Their menu is classic American food. Here’s some of what you can expect to find.

  • Center Cut Kountry Ham
  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Hamburger Steak
  • Liver and onions
  • Stuffed Crabcakes
  • Filet of Flounder
  • Jumbo Fried Shimp
  • Local Rainbow Trout
  • Homemade Cole Slaw
  • Fried Okra
  • Loaded Chicken Sandwich
  • Phily Cheesesteak Sandwich
  • Kounty Ham Sandwich
  • Mushroom and Swiss Burger
  • Bacon and Cheddar Burger
  • Blackberry Cobbler
  • Apple Pie
  • CoconutMeringue Pie
  • Peanut butter and jelly (Kids menu)
  • Hot dog (Kids menu)
  • Pizza (Kids menu)

I enjoyed the broiled trout with a side of cole slaw and hushpuppies. The trout was fall-off-the-skin well done and the cole slaw was just right without being too sweet. The hushpuppies were crisp, warm, and had just the right flavor without being too sweet. It was a great meal.

Of course Genny’s is more than just a restaurant. They feature a wonderful gift shop and — most appealing — an incredible family atmosphere. If you look to your left by the door you’ll see pictures colored by some of the younger patrons.

Genny’s is open from 8 to 7:30 Monday through Thursday, 8 to 8 on Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

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