9 Popular Places to Eat in Helen
Get the full experience of visiting Bavaria by trying authentic German food and drink in Helen's many restaurants. Or, if you long for more familiar fare, you'll find Southern favorites prepared with local ingredients as well as creative twists on all-American standards. Browse the list below for a few places to start your culinary adventures in Alpine Helen.
Hofer's of Helen
The baked goods and deli sandwiches at award-winning Hofer's of Helen Bakery and Cafe make it a favorite in town for taking to-go before a hike or staying to savor. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Bavarian dining room, featuring entrees specially prepared European staff and breads baked in a stone hearth oven. Hofer's Biergarten offers traditional light German meals and a variety of beers, and is open on weekends (weather permitting) May through early November and daily during Oktoberfest.
For authentic German fare, there's nowhere better than Bodensee Restaurant, which carries German beers and wines as well as spaetzle, goulash and wursts. Owned by Master Chef Aurel Prodan and his wife Doina, Bodensee brings the flavors of Old World Germany to Alpine Helen, Georgia.
Bigg Daddys appeals to just about everyone with its full lineup of creative burgers, tacos, wings, pizzas, kids menus and an extensive craft beer menu with a focus on local breweries. They play all the major sporting events on the big screen TVs and have weekly live music.
Valhalla Resort Hotel
The Caledonia Room and Sky Bar at the Valhalla Resort Hotel offer “farm to fork” dishes using local ingredients, paired with local wines. Special menus can be prepared for dietary restrictions as well as multi-course dinners for special occasions. Enjoy international to contemporary Southern cuisine at candlelit dinners in the dining room, private dinners in the Abbey Wine Cellar or al fresco at the roof-top Sky Bar.
The mother-daughter team at Bernie's Restaurant at Nacoochee Valley Guest House makes you feel like family at the cozy inn with chef-inspired dishes and wine pairings from nearby vineyards. The signature menus feature decadent soups, quiches, specialty sandwiches on breads baked fresh in-house and entrees made with local, seasonal ingredients. Call ahead for reservations because the restaurant often has private events that change the public dining hours.
Cowboys & Angels
Cowboys & Angels is Helen's riverside steakhouse with Southern hospitality. Menu favorites include crab cakes, smoked Gouda pimento cheese, lobster tails, fried chicken and New York strips. Pair your meal with a craft beer, a selection from the extensive wine menu or the full bar. Reservations are recommended.
The Troll Tavern
Set under the bridge just like the storybook troll, The Troll Tavern specializes in German fare as well as salads, sandwiches, seafood and soups. Located on the Chattahoochee River, the restaurant is popular for its view and crowd-pleasing menu, full-service bar and sports lounge.
Sit outside at Cafe International for a meal overlooking the river. The restaurant is known for its sandwiches, especially “The Best Reuben Ever,” along with German-inspired dishes and daily specials.