Helen does not seem to wake up very early and most places seem to open about 10:00. However we found a wonderful place for breakfast or lunch. Hofer's is an authentic German bakery started originally in Atlanta in 1973 by Horst and Gerda Hofer who moved to the US from Germany in the late 1950's. The Helen bakery was established in 1991.
We found the place delightful and the food wonderful. They have an extensive case of breads and pastries and are recognized purveyors of custom wedding cakes, even having been featured on the Food Network recently. We liked it so well we ate breakfast here both mornings we were in Helen and one day picked up some of their rolls, ham, cheese and donuts for a picnic lunch.
Favorite Dish: The Belgian waffles are delicious and served with real maple syrup as well as either pecans, blueberries or strawberries. The Apfelkuechle is a large serving of apples battered and grilled then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream. The Morning Delight is scrambled eggs with ham and cheese and served with freshly baked breads. Also their coffee is excellent.
The Troll Tavern is set right at riverside so eating on the terrace is great as you have the river which during the day is filled with people floating by in tubes. The cuisine is not elaborate or upscale but tasty. Upon arriving we stopped here for lunch and I had an alfredo pasta with salad which was quite tasty, my wife had what she described as a good muffaletta sandwich and our grandson had (of course) a cheeseburger and fries. One bonus was that I also had a decent German beer, a Paulaner Octoberfest. Total for the 3 of us including tax and tip was $40.
the hofbrauhaus restaurant is located on the chattahoochee river in the heart of helen georgia. the hofbrauhaus specializes in german fare but you can also order american food. i personally suggest the local rainbow trout. the hofbrauhaus offers outdoor seating on the bank of the chattahoochee river.
Almost everything is made right there in their own kitchens.
For starters, try their House Cream of Mushroom Salad Dressing- it is nothing like the soup- very tasty and not overpoweringly, then try their rack of ribs or their pork schnitzel or even better, their fresh Georgia Mountain Trout! For dessert, try the Black Forest Cheesecake- YUM!
They had a house special last time that I went- their rack of lamb- haven't had it in years- but it was even better then I remember my mom's being.
The wait staff is attired in German dirndl's which makes for a fun and authentic atmosphere. The portions are large and the prices are about average for the area.
You can sit on the glassed in porch for dinner and look at the river roll on by.
I enjoyed it, my kids enjoyed it. I believe that you will enjoy it.
Favorite Dish: My favorite of favorite's would have to be their ribs- falling off the bone goodness!
This is not a diet food, it is a comfort food- and it delivers!
Unfortunatlye Alice closed in April 05. It was located out of town and I guess not enough people found it to keep it in business. I know a lot of people who will miss Alice and her restaurant!
You can get anything you want at Alice's Resturant
Well that is not exactly true. You cannot get beer or wine (it is outside the city limits), but you can bring your own.
The food here is very good. They have everything from steak to seafood. It comes with two vegis and a salad.
The prices are good to. And, not being right in town, you can usually get seated and served right away.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the pork tenderloin! But, everything I have ever had is very good.
The food here is very mediocre and the prices are very high.
The worst part of the whole experience is the POOR service in the bar / lounge area. The bartender / waitress is the same person! I guess the owners are trying to save money. By being so cheap, they are losing business. The bartender cannot (or will not) keep up with the business. You have to wait forever for a drink and then you have to put up with their poor attitude.
The house wine sucks and is expensive. For a German bar, their choice of beer is poor and as everything else, it's expensive.
I have been here on several different occassions. I have been there when it was crowded and when it was almost empty. The food has always been consistant (mediocre and expensive) and depending upon who is working the bar, the service has been terrible.
When you are only in town for a few days, why would you want to put up with this type of service when there are so many more good places to go. I won't waste my time or money to bother going back and seeing it they have gotten any better.
5 stars is not enough. Everything at the Edelweiss is absolutely wonderful. It is an authentic German Gasthaus. They have rooms and cabins and the "ONLY" real German restruant in Helen. You will think you are dining in Europe. The food is a authentic as it gets.
Not only is is a restruant and accomodations, it is also a meat market. They make all of their meats - in house. YOu can purchase some to take home with you.
Favorite Dish: The Ziegunerschnitzle is absoutly fabulous. Loosly translated it means the farmer's schnitzle. They put all the vegtable on this pork cutlet with a wonderful gravy!!
The wurst is excellent. They make it for most of the restruants in town.
My wife and I found a little bit of Bavaria in the Georgia Mountains! Hofer's is just like the Cafes we remember our trips to Germany. Real German Food and they have the most awesome Bakery right on premises. Nothing out of a can at this place. They have a real friendly staff that takes good care of you. We ate breakfast and lunch there several times during our stay and were never disappointed. Thumbs up all the way!!!
Favorite Dish: My favorite meal was the Jagerschnitzel (Pork Cutlett with mushroon gravy) with German Noodles accompanied by some great Paualaner beer. We finished the meal with some fresh baked Apple Strudel and wonderful German coffee.
The Nacoochee grill has local ambiance with big city sophistication. The local people that serve us are always very polite, clean, and if not too busy can share some local tips on things to see and do.
Favorite Dish: Crab cakes are good, they have a nice flavor and lots of crab meat. I like the Pan Sauteed Crabcakes. My wife likes the Cobb salad with the house dressing. I have had good Burgers and Sandwiches during lunch hours. Their desserts, Homemade Keylime Pie, & Chocolate Decadence Cake are very good. I like the Chocolate Decadence Cake with a cup of hot coffee.
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Inn International
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Inn International is located in Downtown Helen on the banks of the River. The Innkeeper Mr. Christian Hammersen and his staff offer a very romantic and intimate atmosphere for those who wish to enjoy all of the ambiance the village has to offer. During Oktoberfest the restaurant turns into an authentic Beer Garden with brews from the village and imports direct from Germany.
Favorite Dish: Bratwurst Reuben - Juicy Bratwurst grilled on an open flame and served open-faced on Rye toast with Alpine (Swiss) Cheese and Weinkraut (Sour Kraut marinated in Bavarian Wine).
The Edelweiss Inn and Restaurant. It has a great view and fantastic German Beer. Great place to sip on an brew. There's also the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen where you can see prepare the fudge for thier wonderful candies. Gabriella's favorite shop.
Its on the River. People sit on the rocks and play guitars and banjos. Also, the best place for OCTOBERFEST. After dinner there is a two floor dance area with a DJ.
Favorite Dish: Definitely the steak!
I have a personal funnel cake tradition every time I'm in Helen. Flossie always makes your funnel cake to order, with your choice of powdered sugar or fruit toppings.