#1 – Chili Jalapeño Burger
Start with a 6.6 oz. pub steak burger, slather it with Mama’s homemade chili, add your choice of cheese and top it all off with a handful of jalapeños. Then serve it up with potato salad, cole slaw or chips — and you’ve got the makings of a bellybuster! Still have room? Wash it all down with a handmade shake or malt, or delicious banana split.
644 E. Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
#2 – Cuban Comfort Food
Grab a fresh-off-the-press Cuban sandwich, some sweet plantains and a café con leche just like “mami” used to make at this family-owned Cuban cafe. Saturdays are for ham croquetas, and any time is the right time for one of the Rum Cake Lady’s golden rum cakes. You can take home a whole, half or mini-bundt cake.
205 W. First St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
11 Strauss Village Ln., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
#3 – Philly Cheese Steak
Fast, friendly and fun is the name of the game here, where the hot dogs have flair, the wings are perfectly spiced and the Philly cheese steak comes loaded. Add in some battered onion rings or chili cheese fries, and top it off with a root beer float or milkshake. Close to Morganton Point, it’s the perfect spot for an after-the-lake lunch or dinner.
45 Bypass Rd., Morganton, GA 30560
#4 – Dockside Delights
A tiki bar in Blue Ridge? You bet! Stop by for lunch, or savor a sunset cocktail overlooking Lake Blue Ridge. Smoked wings, craft-blend burgers, shrimp tacos and a fried grouper basket top the menu. Enjoy beer, wine and specialty cocktails (try the Blue Ridge Boat Wreck — Malibu Rum, Midori, Blue Curacao and pineapple). Open seven days during the season.
335 Marina Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 30513
#5 – Orchard-Fresh Favs
Gear up for a big day downtown at Mercier Orchard’s new Main Street location. Open at 7 a.m., you can stop in for a hearty mountain breakfast, including fresh bakery goods. Or, grab a lunchtime specialty sandwich (chicken pecan salad or pimento cheese) paired with soup or salad. Be sure to save room for a fried pie and a hard cider tasting.
260 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513