I have already posted this tip in the "General Tip" section, but as it applies to resturants, I felt I should post it here as well.
Unless the resturant you are going to is located in the city limits of Helen you may need to plan ahead if you want wine or beer with you dinner.
White County where Helen is located, has just begun issuing beer and wine licenses for business located in the unincorporated areas of the county. Started Jan 2009
If they do not have a license yet, most all of the resturants outside the Helen city limits will allow you to "brown bag". For those of you unfamiliar with that term, it means you can bring your own beer and wine. The resturant's generally charge you a $3 "cork" fee.
So plan ahead before you go to dinner outside of Helen. In addition to the resturants in town, there are some GREAT resturants just outside the city limits: Edelweiss, Nachochee Valley Guest House, Stoval House and Nachochee Grill are a few of them.
The presentation was good, with about 7-8 vegetable dishes, and 3-4 meats. For dessert, they offered apple cobbler with ice cream. The meals are family style and the restaurant serves as much as you want to eat. People rave over the food, and many come from Atlanta to eat here, just for a day ride. Price is set at $18.95 an adult person, fixed. That is for lunch or dinner times.
The Dillard is a complex of restaurant, chalet village for 25 cottages and 70 rooms, and trails to hike in the area, horse riding, and all amenities as swimming pool tennis courts, etc. The Dillards' have controlled the area since 1794 when 1,000 acres was granted after the Revolutionary War. In 1917, Carrie Dillard started the house for boarding. Later they expanded the restaurant and it all became a destination point, and basically the only large complex for 30-40 miles.
Favorite Dish: I would say the country ham is my normal favorite choice because it is hard to find around Kansas City. Dillard also features the country ham as a specialty in shipping around the country. I have had better family style food, probably none better than the Mom from north Georgia, who knew how to cook a good home style meal and it was very tasty.
Dillard has mail order packages of ham, jams, honey, various other items from the South and various gift baskets. The ham starts in price of around $7.00 a lb. and goes up from there. The baskets are $13-$80 depending of the items included. The items are fairly expensive; like a jar of jam for $5.00.
the north georgia bar-b-cue company is an excellent bar-b-cue restaurant in helen. when i travel around the state of georgia i try to sample as many bar-b-cue joints as i can. i would rate the north georgia bar-b-cue company in the top 10 in the state.
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.
If uploading of pics get improved, I will put some on the site. Until then, I could die waiting.
It is a drive-in alongside the road. The tradition for many Georgia people is to have one for the road. Prices are the best at maybe spend $5.00 to get full. The breakfasts are said to be very good also. For 40 years nothing has changed inside, or out. It looks a bit worn now, and the clientele may not be the choosing of some, but it is worth a visit. Hours are around 6AM til 3 in the afternoon.
Favorite Dish: Obviously the burger would be that special item, but the fries are good, tasty and hot.
Cafe International has an extensive menu with a variety of choices and, while I would not call it fine dininng, it is good basic fare. We had a very enjoyable dinner here sitting right over the Chattahoochee River on their large deck. There is a dining room inside which is acceptable but not notable so I recommend the outside choice. The staff was cordial and competent and the atmosphere is definitely family friendly. They have a good basic kid's menu (they all seem to be similar) and our grandson enjoyed both the meal and the setting.
Favorite Dish: I had the international salad which was quite tasty and large - a nice combination of greens and lots of other things including bits of ham and cheese on top. My wife had trout which she said was very good and my grandson seemed pleased with his spaghetti. The food is good if basic and the atmosphere and setting make it a very pleasant experience.
As with most restaurants in Helen, you can get a decent German beer. I had a Dinkle Acker dark which was very good.
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.
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.
If VT fixes the problem for upload of pics, I will add some.
Located right in the middle of little Sautee community. It is next to the Old Sautee Store to shop for local goods and some foreign. The menu offers sandwiches and specialty plates. SAndwiches are normal type, and the plates are more Southern food tastes
Favorite Dish: BAr B Que may be the more popular item to select. Though they have country fried steak, one of my favorites too. Sandwiches range $5-7, and the plates $7-8.Open only 7-3 WEd-Sunday
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 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.
This little shop is adjacent to the Alpine Golf mini course and is ice cream only. No sandwiches or other snacks although I am sure you can get milkshakes and some softdrinks. They serve Mayfield brand ice cream which, while not gormet, is very tasty.
If you play mini golf next door, they give you a 10% discount.
Favorite Dish: They have probaly 15 or 20 flavors including one of my favorites which you can't get everywhere - black walnut. They also offer 3 kinds of cones including my favorite, waffle cones.
As many of the town's restaurants, this one specializes in German cuisine. The highlight, however, is their baked goods- all kinds of Danishes, eclairs, wedding cookies, crusty breads and rolls. They also do custom order special occasion cakes.
Hint: In the late afternoon they mark down the price of the pastries which you can stash away for the next day's breakfast ;)
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.
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).