Everyone knows when it comes to our stomach our taste buds start to long for our favorite food.
Since we’re always hungry, let’s start by telling you about the Top 10 Fall Places to Eat & Drink and why we love them so much.
It’s no accident that Flowery Branch’s marquee fine dining restaurant has been awarded Top 100 Restaurants in the USA honors for the past five years. Chef Nick St Clair carefully selects locally sourced foods for his seasonal menus and creates flavors sure to please. Don’t miss their masterful cocktails and expertly crafted pastries.
Barrett’s Baked Goods
Did somebody say baked goods? Look no further than Barrett’s where their bakery showcase is always filled with delightfully fun treats inspired by our favorite pop culture snacks. Indulged is a whoopie pie while stocking up on homemade pop-tarts for breakfast. Don’t miss their custom made to order cakes worthy of a top spot on any baking competition show.
Landshark Bar & Grill
Cheeseburger in Paradise vibes and Landshark Bar & Grill located at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Resort is making it easier for us to chow down. They are opening a pop up restaurant near the entrance to the waterpark parking area making it oh so easy to celebrate where it’s always five o’clock.
Left Nut Brewing
The pints are pouring over at Left Nut Brewing! Lake Lanier’s only brewery has been designing custom suds full of the best flavors of fall for you to enjoy at their taproom. Don’t miss their special events including corn hole tournaments, live music and food truck nights.
Mountain Fresh Creamery
Why is Mountain Fresh Creamery on top of the list. The answer is easy. Calls for fresh milk, butter, cream and eggs! Those hearty weekend breakfasts are made even better with locally sourced sausage, cheese and grains. Don’t miss their gift shop filled with delicious favorites including. And if you get a scoop of ice cream while you’re there, well, that’s your business.
Sweet Acre Farms Winery
Who says apple pie has to be baked into a crust? We drink apple pie when we visit Sweet Acre Farms Winery! They’ve turned their tasting room into a wine based cocktail creation lab and we love it. Over the spring and summer they stepped up their wine slushy game with tasty drinks featuring all the best tastes of summer. Don’t miss their flavors of the day wine slushies and be sure to stop in for a wine tasting flight so you can narrow down your favorites for enjoying at home and gift giving.
Whole Being Cafe
You don’t have to run to that other coffee shop for your latte fix. Why not make that purchase at a locally owned small business instead? Gail and her team at Whole Being truly do have your total wellness in mind. Open for breakfast and lunch, Whole Being Cafe offers an array of freshly prepared bakery items, specialty soups and sandwiches. Don’t miss their vegan menu, one of the only places in the area to find truly delicious vegan options.
Loretta’s Country Kitchen
Greens, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, yams, ham – yeah, they’ve got all of those plus the most delicious farm hand breakfast in town with biscuits so big you’ll have to see them to believe them. When we’re looking for a home style breakfast, lunch or dinner like our Granny used to make, we head to Loretta’s. Don’t miss their turkey and dressing. They also have full service catering and family size meals to go.
Savory breads and sweet treats fresh from the oven to pair with handcrafted coffees and teas – sign us up. Diletto Bakery is the new kid on the block and we are so happy to have them in our neighborhood. Their Latin flavors have turned up the volume on baked goods. Don’t miss their conchas, empanadas and homemade flan.
The Inked Pig
Inked Pig has the best BBQ in town. Their beef brisket is the stuff dreams are made of – we cannot get enough. Go ahead and plan your weekend around a visit to their dining room or drop by to pick up a pound of smoked meat and sides. Don’t miss their fried okra. We seriously dream about it all the time.
Try the Blue Ridge Blood at Blue Ridge Brewery, along with other handcrafted suds – the Hiawassee Golden Ale, Sandy Bottom and Toccoa Brown. Seasonal beers are featured on a regular basis. Pair sips with upscale eats like shrimp mac and cheese and catch live entertainment on the weekends without ever worrying about a cover charge. At Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Blue Ridge’s premier nanobrewery, co-owners Jim McKnight and Steve Weber – fraternity brothers at Georgia Tech in the, embody their business name and tout the motto, “If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it.” Signature brews include: Aska Pale Ale, Moon over Blue Ridge Wheat Ale, and the soon to be released Hell’s Holler Porter.
Thanks for the awesome suggestions of places to enjoy in Blue Ridge!