Georgia getaways are not complete without a few new restaurants. Helen is a charming tourist town decked out like a Bavarian village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are a wide range of restaurant options on Main Street. From classic American fare to Mexican to German, there is something that fits the bill for every budget and taste preference. As you plan future Georgia getaways, consider including one or more of the following Main Street establishments in your itinerary.
Mully's Nacoochee Grill
7277 S. Main Street, 706-878-1020
Mully offers modern American cuisine at Nacoochee Grill. He and his staff offer friendly service in a relaxed environment. It is fine dining with casual dress at its best. You're sure to get a greeting from the owner himself during your meal if he's in the restaurant. The hostesses and wait staff do a great job with delivering a personal touch for the customers, too. Expect big portions of top quality pasta, ribs, steak, and rainbow trout. The chowder is also outstanding. Make sure that you save room for dessert as they offer homemade classics like apple pie.
The Troll Tavern
8590 N. Main St., 706-878-3117
The Troll Tavern advertises that they are under the bridge and on the river in downtown Helen. With a wide selection of appetizers, pasta, seafood, chicken, German, and Mexican, there is something for everyone. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will be happy here. Make sure to inquire about the daily dessert specials. If you're in the mood for a drink, the full service bar offers draft and bottled beer as well as specialty cocktails.
La Cabana Mexican Restaurant Inc.
8160 S. Main St., 706-878-3456
The Valadez family serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere at La Cabana.. They offer inexpensive portions of classic dishes with plenty of chips and salsa on the side. If you want a a meal with rice and beans, get an entree. Don't forget to order a margarita or Dos Equis to enjoy with your lunch or dinner. La Cabana often features live music on the patio on warm evenings. The musicians are funny and not afraid to get the customers to participate.
Old Bavaria Inn
8619 N. Main St., 706-878-3729
There is no better place to get German food in the area than Old Bavaria Inn. They offer authentic German decor, a classic menu, and an extensive drink list with over 96 imported and domestic beers. They have a number of specialty dishes, such as German pretzels and apple strudel, which are worth trying. All of their house specials are German entrees that come with warm bread and butter. Their menu also includes a selection of schnitzels. You'll have a hard time picking just one. Don't forget to ask about their happy hour specials from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
8546 S. Main St., 706-878-3102
Cafe International has been in business for nearly 30 years with the same stellar food and service that they had when they first started. They are well known in the area for The Best Reuben Ever. All of their sandwiches, salads, and German selections are well done with plenty of offerings for vegetarians. They have daily specials and an extensive beer and wine menu as well as fabulous desserts. Kids are always welcome at Cafe International. The location has a beautiful view of the Chattahoochee River.
Best Bar & Grill
7934 S. Main St., 706-878-2291
Formerly the Southside Bar & Grill, the Best Bar & Grill is the perfect spot for inexpensive, tasty appetizers, sandwiches, wings, and drinks. As is expected, it doesn't have a lot of frills. On the weekends they sometimes have karaoke or a live band.
Hogpen Gap Grill
8735 N. Main St., 706-878-1822
You may have to wait a little bit for your food at this small burger joint establishment during the tourist season, but it will be well worth it. You can't go wrong with the burgers and fries. The Big Kahuna burger is one of their most popular meals. They offer tasty sandwiches as well including Reubens and bratwurst. After a long morning or afternoon of shopping in Helen, it's the perfect place to stop and enjoy a quick meal and a cold beer or two.
Hofer's of Helen: Bakery – Konditorei – Cafe
8758 N. Main St., 706-878-8200
Finally, Georgia getaways are the perfect opportunity to pick up some German bakery goods. Hofer's is housed in the old home of a First National Bank, which required extensive remodeling to turn it into an authentic Bavarian Konditorei and Cafe. Horst and Gerda Hofer have been running bakeries and wholesale operations since they arrived in the United States in the late 1950s. Hofer's of Helen has been in operation since 1991.