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Uptown Dining in a Small Town Setting
Discover Amazing Eating Choices
Local food is an essential part of the trip when you visit Georgia’s Blue Ridge. You’ll find a common ingredient shared by local restauranteurs – a passion for the outdoorsy, earthy, upscale, fresh, historical town – a mixing bowl of town and country flavors that meld just right to create amazing eating choices. Add three local breweries to the mix and you’ve got a pretty eclectic dining experience in a small town setting. But don’t forget, there are some things you just have to eat when you come to the mountains: local mountain trout, barbeque, fried apple pies, biscuits, grits and sausage gravy – just to name a few.
For a full listing of restaurants in the area, download our Restaurant guide here: Get the guide here.
Blue Ridge is becoming known as the Culinary Capital of the Mountains. Tripadvisor.com recently rated Joe's Barbeque as #1 in the U.S. based on reviews on the travel internet site. The Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge won the Food Network's Cupcake Wars in 2014. Harvest on Main was listed as one of the Top 11 Best Restaurants Outside Atlanta in 2014 by ThrilList.com. More recently, two Blue Ridge Restaurants were listed in Georgia Tourism's 100 Plates Locals Love: Toccoa Riverside Restaurant for local mountain trout and The Sweet Shoppe for yummy cupcakes and caramel pretzels.
For a sampling of gourmet dinners, sweets or brews, try Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours. There are too many great restaurants to list, but here's a sampling of what to expect when you visit Blue Ridge.
Upscale Casual & Locally Sourced Dining
Black Sheep, Christy Lee's Courtyard Grille, Harvest on Main, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant and Cucina Rustica.
Fun Pubs and Eateries
Blue Ridge Brewery, Chester Brunnemeyer's Bar & Grill, Fightingtown Tavern, The Boro Inn Irish Pub, The Vine of Blue Ridge, Black Bear Bear Garten and the Whistlestop Grill.
Breakfast, Brunch & Deli
Blue Ridge Bagel Depot, L & L Beanery, Blue Ridge Grocery, Mercier Orchards, Serenity Garden, Waffle House, Danielle's Great Eats, Cantaberry Restaurant.
Traditional, Southern and Homestyle Cooking
Southern Charm, Pat's Country Kitchen, The Village Restaurant, Cider House Cafe, Pete's Place, Bumblebee's Cafe and the Yellow Jacket Restaurant.
Barbeque & Burgers
Blue Ridge Mountain Bar B Q, Joe's BBQ, Mike's Trackside Barbeque, The Pink Pig, Sue's Cafeteria & Ice Cream Parlor.
Pizza & Italian/Mediterranean
Angelina's Italian Gourmet Market & Deli, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta, La Pizzeria, Papa's Pizza and Masseria Kitchen & Bar.
Monte Alban, El Rio Mexican Restaurant, Habaneros, Mesquite Grill.
Tin Loong of Blue Ridge
Some folks prefer to kick back and relax in the cabin with a romantic picnic supper from some fantastic gourmet catering shops. Or buy some homegrown tomatoes at a roadside stand and make tomato sandwiches for lunch! In any event -- eating is a treat in the Georgia mountains. It's part of the trip!
For a full list of restaurants, please see Area Restaurants & Food Spots
And check out our full restaurant member listings here: Restaurants