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North Georgia Dining & Restaurants

The Tavern

Ellijay, GA

Located in historic down-town Ellijay, The River Street Tavern is open for lunch, dinner and evening get-together’s. We are well known for our award winning burgers and featured local brews but we have something for just about everyone with a large menu selection, kids menu and a large selection of beer, wine, cider and mixed drinks! We are a small, intimate tavern that offers a family-friendly atmosphere which is loved by locals and visitors alike. You will love our staff and our tavern! We may get a little busy during peak times but we work hard to make sure every experience is a positive one. We will always try to not disappoint you!


Market Cafe at Mercier Orchards

Blue Ridge, GA

Mercier’s Market Café is open all year, 7 AM – 6 PM, for home-style breakfasts, delicious lunch’s (sandwiches, soup and salads) including daily specials.  A delectable breakfast buffet is available, Saturday-Sundays. Homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese are some of our specialties along with our famous fried pies. Call ahead for a to-go order or a party, picnic or holiday tray. Breakfast 7am-11am Lunch 11am-6pm 706-632-3411


Cucina Rustica

Morganton, GA

Located in Morganton, Georgia, only a few minutes from Blue Ridge Georgia, Cucina Rustica serves Country Style Italian Dishes in an Old-World Atmosphere. Cucina Rustica is a restuarant focused on a fine dining experience with Chef Danny Mellman’s interpretation of Old World Italian foods from Sicilian fish dishes to Northern Italian pastas and everything in between.


Corner Stone Cafe

Ellijay, GA

If you’re in search of a delicious breakfast or lunch, look no further than Corner Stone Cafe in Ellijay, Georgia. Proudly serving the community since 2006, our passion is filling your plate with delicious food and giving you a reason to smile. No matter what you’re craving, you can find it at our place. Each meal is homemade using fresh, quality ingredients. Our menu includes stuffed omelettes, fluffy pancakes, juicy burgers, crisp salads and many other classic American meals. And don’t forget to save room for dessert! Our rotating selections are made with fruits that are fresh and in season, so you know you’re getting the best. At Cornerstone Cafe, you can expect fresh cooking, generous portions, warm hospitality, and a homey, welcoming atmosphere. We invite you to join us and enjoy Southern home cooking at its finest at Cornerstone Cafe.


Cajun Depot

Ellijay, GA

Cajun Depot Grill offers a large variety of cajun cookin’ in a relaxed New Orleans environment. We have many sandwiches on our lunch menu, from oyster po-boys to muffulettas, down to a good old Black Angus hamburger. Not that hungry? Try a nice, fresh salad and a bowl of our homemade seafood gumbo. Our daily lunch specials start at just $4.99! Dinner at the Cajun Depot Grill has even more to offer! We are best known for our made from scratch crab cakes. They are golden fried then topped with a delicate crawfish cream to give it that cajun flare. Grill lover? Try one of our hand-cut Rib Eye steaks, or some fall-off-the-bone Cajun Style Ribs. For the fried food lover, our seafood platters are for you! Try the Bayou Platter, a little bit of everything with enough to share (but thats up to you). And of course, we have to good old, New Orleans style Jambalaya, Etouffee, Barbecue Shrimp, pastas and we’ll blacken anything we can! Children’s menu is also available. Seafood, steak, chicken or ribs, we are sure to have something you will love!


Cantaberry

Ellijay, GA

The Cantaberry Restaurant now has two locations.  Historic Downtown Ellijay and Blue Ridge Georgia. The Restaurants are owned by Case and Jessica Bruner, since 2008, they are originally from Athens, Georgia.  They are married with two Children Matthew and Mason.  Chef Case studied Culinary Arts in Charleston, South Carolina at Johnson and Wales University.  Our restaurant specializes in Homemade Soups, Gourmet Sandwiches, and Fresh Salads, and features delicious desserts.  The Tomato Basil soup and Chicken Salad are the crowd pleaser, we hope you can come by and enjoy all we have to offer.


The Sweet Shoppe of the South

Blue Ridge, GA

The Sweet Shoppe was founded on FAITH by friends Nikki Gribble and Susan Catron! A chance encounter landed the two Georgia girls in a long conversation about the passion they both shared for being in the kitchen. With Nikki growing up in her grandmother’s kitchen making chocolate candies with all the women of the family, and Susan baking homemade cakes and frostings alongside her mother, spurred each to pursue their dream of one day owning a shop where others could enjoy their God-given talents of baking.


 Charlie’s Italian

Ellijay, GA

An Ellijay favorite for authentic Italian food. At Charlie’s we honor value and tradition. Every meal is hand-prepared just the way you like it, using only the finest quality ingredients. Our goal is to create a truly authentic dinning experience. Family friendly locally owned and operated. Charlie’s is known around town as the place to go for that perfect slice of pizza or that flavorful pasta dish. Definitely the place to have dinner when in town.

Pink Pig

Cherry Log, GA

The building now known as the Pink Pig was originally built around 1950 for a country store and gristmill. It was Pink Pig Cherry Log purchased by the Holloway’s in 1967. Pit cooked B-B-Q with Bud’s special sauce and homemade Brunswick Stew cooked in an iron pot has made this unique place known far and wide. It has been said that the Pink Pig is to North Georgia what the Varsity is to Atlanta. Located between Ellijay and Blue Ridge just off Hwy 515 on the old party of Hwy 5. It is conveniently located to the many who come to enjoy. Ask any local where to eat and they will give you directions to the Pink Pig. The fried chicken and onion rings are almost as well known as the garlic salad made with the “secret recipe”. All food is prepared to order so be prepared to wait for your fresh hamburger or steak to cook. Fresh cut Bud’s Spuds are cooked to order from “real” potatoes. The iced tea is rumored to be the best iced tea in the world according to former Governor Zell Miller and radio talk show host Ludlow Porch.


Taccoa Riverside Restaurant

Blue Ridge, GA

It started as a dream:  Living in the mountains, serving great food in a spectacular riverside setting… Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. In 1992 a location was selected along the scenic Toccoa River in the north Georgia mountains with a dining experience of really great food in a beautiful place. Maybe even some live bluegrass music on weekends in a rustic, peaceful setting. Soon the dream became a reality and Toccoa Riverside Restaurant opened to great fanfare by locals and visitors alike. Over almost 20 years we have hosted thousands of folks who came for the great food, peaceful riverside setting and just plain family fun. In fact, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant became a legendary ‘must do’ on many visitors’ vacation activities lists. On February 13, 2012, a tragic night time fire swept through the restaurant, burning it to the ground. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but we had to start over. With a vision to make the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant even better than ever, on February 8, 2013 the doors opened to an all new dining experience along the banks of the Toccoa River!


Back Porch Bistro

Ellijay, GA

Back Porch Bistro is the “hidden gem” in downtown Ellijay. Located at the rear of the North Star Emporium, and with an entrance from the rear onto our spacious outside deck. We feature hand made sandwiches, paninis, homemade soups, vegetarian options and gluten free as well. All our sides, soups and desserts are homemade by Tami herself. One taste and you are assured it is homemade not called homemade. We also have pulled pork burritos and bowls, cuban sandwiches and bean and rice burritos and bowls as well. Come in and enjoy a first class food experience in downtown Ellijay.


Chester’s Bar and Grill

Blue Ridge, GA

Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill is owned and operated by Chester’s grandson, Stuart Arp and Stacy Heath.  Chester’s parents, John and Lena, owned and operated a saloon in the small town of Washington, IL, from 1896 until 1906, when the town went dry. They then turned the business into Brunnenmeyer’s grocery store, where Chester delivered groceries for many years. In 1944 Chester inherited the building and transformed it into a tavern called The Spot, where on October 5, 1952, his daughter, Mary Brunnenmeyer, and her new husband, Harlan K. Arp, had their wedding reception. Chester operated The Spot until he sold the building shortly after Mary and Harlan’s wedding.