Best Plates in North Georgia

When it comes to selecting outstanding plates from around the state, Georgians know best. With the help of nominations from enthusiastic eaters, here are some of the tastiest local dishes in North Georgia that speak to Georgia’s diverse culinary scene, from Southern specialties to meals with international influences. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch, fine dining or a sweet treat, this list has it all.


Cotton Calf Kitchen, Braselton

Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Cotton Calf Kitchen, Braselton. Bacon, sweet scallops, and creamy Parmesan risotto— topped with a delicate scampi sauce—account for this entree’s delectable flavor profile.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

The Hole in the Wall, Blairsville

Stuffed N.Y. Style French Toast, Hole in the Wall, Blairsville. Is it breakfast or dessert? Does it matter? French toast oozes with a cheesecake filling that’s made from scratch daily using locally purveyed eggs.

Ball Ground Burger Bus,
Ball Ground

Fried Green Jacket Burger, Ball Ground Burger Bus, Ball Ground. You don’t need the novelty of eating on a restored vintage bus (though that’s pretty cool) to appreciate a hormone- and steroid-free black Angus burger that nods to two Georgia classics—fried green tomatoes and the famous pimento cheese sandwich served at the Masters.

River Street Tavern, 

Try a Wonton Burger, @ River Street Tavern, Ellijay. The tangy vinegar slaw, sweet yum-yum sauce, and salty teriyaki pack a flavor punch, while fried wontons add crunch. For a few extra dollars, upgrade to local Ellijay beef from Bear Creek Cattle Company.


Mullys Nacoochee Grill
Helen, GA

Grilled Rainbow Trout, Mully’s Nacoochee Grill, Helen. Taste the freshness of streamside cooking — and a bit more — in this dish of woodfire-grilled trout with lemon caper beurre blanc and local grits.

Rainbow Trout



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