This is a highly
selective list based on personal experience and tastes (and information
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The four-lane referred to in the directions below is the extension of
575 variously designated as 515, 5, the APD Hwy, and 76.
of Some Repute for Dinner
6321 Highway 76, Young Harris
Just off the four-lane
east of Young Harris. Very good food in an elegant mountain setting.
Also good for lunch. Beer and wine. Lots of folks like the Friday
evening seafood buffet.
Dogwood Lane, Young Harris
This is past the Brasstown
Valley Resort, on the right. Start to look for it when you get in
the vicinity of the lake. Beer, wine, liquor. A lot of people think
this is the best restaurant in the area.
8055 Aska Road, Blue Ridge
On Aska Road near
the Shallowford Bridge. Great deck overlooking the river. Brown bag.
There can be a wait on Friday and Saturday nights.
50 Ocoee Street, Copperhill
Bass and Guinness on tap.
El Rio Mexican
23 Ocoee Street, Copperhill
Beer and wine.
67 Depot Street, Ellijay
From the four-lane at the
Burger King/Food Lion exit, cross the river and turn left, heading
toward the old town square. Restaurant is to the right as you cross
the tracks. Good seafood in a place that feels like a restaurant.
Beer and wine.
As you go back
to Ellijay from Blue Ridge, turn right at the second traffic light.
The restaurant is next to the cinema. Lots of people think this is
the best Mexican restaurant in the area. Beer and wine.
107 Peachtree, Murphy
In the old downtown.
Sometimes, a piano bar. Beer and wine.
That Great Mountain Tradition, Barbecue
(Most mountain barbecues
are closed Monday, Tuesday, and sometimes Wednesday. They are usually
open Sunday. They usually do not serve alcohol. Call for hours.)
Nottely Dam Road, Ivy Log
In Ivy Log (between
Blairsville and Murphy) just off 29/129 on the road to Nottely Dam.
Take out and outdoor dining only.
824 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log
Cherry Log is
between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. The Pink Pig is one block south of
the four-lane, on the old highway. Table service. For my money, the
best local barbecue.
164 Craig Street, East Ellijay
turn right at the first light in East Ellijay (at the Wal-Mart). Take
the first left. Counter service. Something of a rarity, Republican
373 Young Harris Road, Blairsville
On the four-lane
on the east end of Blairsville, near the Home Depot. Table service.
Ribs are good. Barbecue is pork loin, not pork butts.
Hwy 5, Ball Ground
Off the old highway,
1 mile north of the old downtown. Table service/counter service. Ball
Ground is about halfway between Atlanta and Blue Ridge. This is the
one for ambiance. Sawdust on the floor, tons of antique implements,
good ribs and cue.