North Georgia restaurants

Top Choice Southern US in Athens

Home.made from Scratch

Home.made is upping the game when it comes to nouveau-Southern cuisine. The menu constantly changes based on ingredient availability, but whatever these folks source is always turned into something creative, delicio…
Top Choice Breakfast in Blairsville

Sawmill Place

This farm-to-table cabin eatery does high-quality, creative breakfast scrambles, sandwiches, biscuits and pancakes that will sooth a breakfast-lover's soul – with sweet, country-style service to boot. The Notterly S…
Top Choice Burgers in Dahlonega

Spirits Tavern

This full bar dishes up surprisingly creative burgers made from Angus beef or free-range, hormone-free turkey and veggies, including gooey mac 'n' cheese, Greek and Cajun versions. With eight taps and a seasonally c…
New American in Clayton

Fortify Kitchen & Bar

Clayton's best night out is this stylish farm-to-table supper club from chef Jamie Allred, North Georgia's top kitchen dog. Some of the Southeast's best purveyors form the foundation for incredible fried green tomat…
American in Athens

Five & Ten

Sustainably driven, James Beard Award–winning Five & Ten ranks among the South's best restaurants. Its menu is earthy and slightly gamey: Georgia quail with pickled yacón and white-miso aioli, and Frogmore stew …
Breakfast in Athens

Ideal Bagel Co

They may never allow us past the Hudson River again after writing this, but the bagels here give anything in New York a run for its money. There, we said it! And we stand by it, and dare you, dear reader, to try one…
Barbecue in Athens

White Tiger

The 100-year-old structure doesn't invite confidence, but this off-the-beaten-path local favorite does killer wood-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches – add pimento cheese (and send us a thank-you note!) – plus burgers an…
Barbecue in North Georgia

Pink Pig

Pork, ribs and chicken are served in a log cabin with a chimney pumping out smoky essence of pit BBQ. In addition to BBQ, the Pink Pig does soul food such as chicken and dumplings, chicken livers, cured ham and frie…
American in Helen

Mully's Nacoochee Grill

Occupying a relocated rural farmhouse, Helen's foodie find serves a classic menu of globally influenced dishes stereotypically considered fine dining before the New American culinary movement (wedge salads, chicken …
Italian in Blairsville

Michaelee’s Italian Life Cafe

This BYOB (nice wine shop next door) town-square mainstay is everything that's wrong and right with Italian-American restaurants. Michelangelo would be turning over in his grave, but this fusion mix of totally unort…