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Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia
Jun
07

Las Dos Huastecas

Las Dos Huastecas

The first time I ate at Las Dos Huastecas was with my friend, Deborah. As this is as genuine a Mexican restaurant as you’re likely to find, down to occasionally having to guess at what you’re eating if you don’t speak Spanish, I was a little intimidated, but thankfully, I am not a picky eater and, since everything was delicious, it didn’t really matter if I could understand the menu!

Owned by Angelina Hernandez and in operation for nine years in our fair town, it is a combination of restaurant and Mexican grocery. It is simple, clean, down home and fantastic. Located in the same shopping center as former business of the week, N&N Florist, just west a bit of the intersection of Old Hwy 76/First Street and Collins Ave (the “T” intersection by Pizza Hut), it is easy to find and convenient.

My Spanish is minimal, at best, and I’m a nerd. If you ask Google to translate Las Dos Huastecas, it gives you “the two Huastecas.” Well, that wasn’t very satisfying for my insatiable need to know. I was able to turn up, courtesy of Wikipedia, that: “Huasteca is a geographical and cultural region located in Mexico along the Gulf of Mexico which includes parts of the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Guanajuato.” Since Las is a feminine article, I’m going out on a limb with a translation “two women from Hueastecas” as the meaning of the name! But I digress. What really matters here is the food, and there you will not be disappointed, whether you speak Spanish or not. Chips and salsa are provided, naturally, and I highly recommend you get the guacamole, which is to die for, and made fresh for each order. That freshness shows in every bite.

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Apr
22

The Village Restaurant

The Village Restaurant

Every once in a while, I get a hankering for a veggie omelet that will not be denied. When the craving hit two weeks ago, I headed out with David to our favorite breakfast place, only to discover a “we’ve closed” sign on the door. I was heartbroken. David suggested we try The Village Restaurant, and off we went. 

Now, Blue Ridge has been a part of my life at some level for over 18 years. The Village has been there that entire time, and yet for whatever reason, I’d never been. I am so deeply grateful that we have now remedied that situation!

If you’re looking for high falutin’, ostentatious or pretentious, The Village Restaurant is not for you. Move along. BUT, if you’re looking for a place with vintage charm, down home grub, and local atmosphere, then keep reading!

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Feb
25

Blue Ridge Brewery

Blue Ridge Brewery

Pat and Polena Walker met in Austria. Pat was from Florida, but his parents were teaching abroad at the time. Polena, originally from Russia, happened to be there at the same time. They met, fell in love, married, and eventually returned to the U.S., landing in Fannin County. (Pat’s father had since bought land and a home here, so it seemed a natural choice.) 

How fortunate for us! As owners of the popular Blue Ridge Brewery, Pat and Polena have created a restaurant that is part casual-but-chic dining (front), and part bar/local hangout (back). The combination works beautifully. 

We have dined at the Brewery many times, and stopped in last night for a late dinner, opting to eat in the back bar (there are two) where the stage for the live music is located. While no one was performing last night, it was lively and packed with patrons of all ages. (Those preferring a quieter dining experience, and there were many, were having their meal in the front of the house.)

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Jan
05

Mesquite Grill

Mesquite Grill

I distinctly remember, several years back, having friends visit and heading out to one of our favorite ‘kid-friendly’ haunts, Monte Alban, for dinner. When the server came around to take our drink orders, one of our guests asked for a Corona Light, and we had to chuckle and advise that wasn’t an option. My how times have changed!

While Monte Alban still does not offer beer/wine (I believe their proximity to the church just a few doors down precludes them from obtaining a license), the owners have worked around this by opening a new establishment, The Mesquite Grill, in the former KFC building.

When you visit, you’ll quickly realize this is NOT just Monte Alban with a bar. The menu items are similar, but the food is distinctively more upscale. Don’t misunderstand, we love Monte Alban, but Mesquite’s offerings seem fresher with delicious herbs, interesting flavor combinations and the salad isn’t just a piece of tomato over a few leaves of iceberg lettuce.

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Dec
12

Alpine Deli & Cafe

Alpine Deli & Cafe

There’s a new taste sensation on the block, especially if your taste runs to authentic German cuisine! 

Alpine Deli & Cafe, located in the former SunTrust Bank building at 204 W Main Street, is the real deal. Owner Henry Ferhmann came to the United States in 1955, and has a long history in the restaurant/deli business. His father developed the recipes for Schaller Weber and Boars Head brand sausages, the latter the brand of meats that are well known and loved in this area, and which he uses in their deli platters when providing catering services.

Henry retired to the Blue Ridge area in January of 2015, but quickly found himself eager to be in business again. “I’m a people person,” he said. “I enjoy providing jobs to young people and training/developing them.”

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Dec
05

L&L Beanery

L&L Beanery

Continuing our "Getting to Know Blue Ridge" Series!

When you come to Blue Ridge, you won’t find a lot of franchises crowding the streets, but that isn’t to say we don’t have a fine coffee shop. 

L & L Beanery, located in historic downtown Blue Ridge, offers gourmet coffee, drinks and a whole lot more.

Housed in the town’s historic bank building, it’s not surprising that in the original bank’s walk-in safe you find an amply supply of their valuables: coffee. With a huge stone fireplace and hearth, high pressed-tin ceilings and an eclectic mix of antique seating, L & L Beanery exudes the ‘olde tyme’ charm that abounds in Blue Ridge.

At The Beanery, as the locals call it, the coffee is always fresh, but blends vary each week. Grab a steaming cup of coffee, a smoothie, frappe, cappuccino, or latte, settle in with a newspaper, enjoy the free Wi-Fi, and chat with your neighbors.

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Nov
25

Fightingtown Tavern

Fightingtown Tavern

If you’re seeking something a little different, a little funky, and a lot FRESH for lunch or dinner, then you will want to check out Fightingtown Tavern, located at 511 E Main Street (above the Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company) in downtown Blue Ridge. 

Proprietors Rhonda & Jim Caruthers are all about the fresh in their menu offerings. Our extremely knowledgeable server, Jackie, explained, “Nothing is processed or frozen. The beef is local from Ellijay and grass-fed. We source local greens, and we even make our own sauces.” She wasn’t kidding either: they make their own ketchup and it is delish! 

Their website slogan is “Hard Rock Cold Brew” and the music is pumped up, so if you’re looking for a place to quietly snuggle and romance your honey, this might not be the best choice. But the tunes are great (grunge, rock classics) and the bar and patio are set up for fun!

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