Bodensee Restaurant: Authentic German Cooking in Helen, Georgia

For a surprisingly authentic European dining experience in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia, look no further than Bodensee Restaurant in Helen. Location: 64 Munich Strasse (Street), Helen, Georgia Menu: Just saying words such as “schnitzel,” “spaetzle,” “goulash” and “schweinebraten” will put a smile on your face, but sampling those dishes,…

Bernie’s at Nacoochee Valley Guest House: Helen, Georgia Gem

For an exceptional meal served with elegance, Bernie’s at Nacoochee Valley Guest House near Helen, Georgia, is a perfect choice. Location: 2220 Highway 17, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia Menu: Chef Monda Dodge has complete creative freedom in the kitchen of Bernie’s at Nacoochee Valley Guest House, a restaurant and bed and breakfast owned by her mother, Bernie…

Mully’s Nacoochee Grill: Cozy Eatery in Helen, Georgia

Mully’s Nacoochee Grill in Helen, Georgia, is attracting diners from all over north Georgia with its wood-fire grilled entrees, trout and great music. Location: 7277 South Main Street, Helen, Georgia Menu: North Carolina trout is the best seller on Mully’s menu, but the shrimp and grits and baby back ribs come in a close second…

Smokin Chikin: Exotic Flavors in Clarksville, Tennessee

Rotisserie chicken has been all dressed up with international flavors at Smokin Chikin in Clarksville, Tennessee, a fast-growing eatery with the goal of “bringing the world to our food and worldly food to our guests.” Location: 1820 Tiny Town Road, Clarksville, Tennessee Menu: The menu is simple – chicken, chicken and more chicken. Rotisserie chicken…

The Catfish House, Clarksville, Tennessee: Epitome of Comfort Food

Combine the personal touches of a restaurant that is family-owned and family-operated with a menu full of popular Southern specialties nestled in the hills of Tennessee, and the result is The Catfish House in Clarksville. Address: 1461 Zinc Plant Road, Clarksville, Tennessee Menu: The entree offerings at The Catfish House are simple: catfish, steaks, seafood…

Jaleo: Rousing Success in Disney Springs, Florida

The long-awaited Orlando opening of Jaleo by Jose Andres is a stunning success. The largest of his restaurants, so far, gleams and amazes its diners, both visually and gastronomically. Location: 1482 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, Florida (inside Disney Springs) Menu: The menu at Jaleo consists of Spanish cuisine presented in an extensive variety of tapas,…

Ol’ Tom’s Pub: Dining at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga, Alabama

Ol’ Tom’s Pub inside The Inn at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama, is a delightful gastronomic treat in a peaceful, bucolic setting. The Pub and its companion restaurant, Arrington, combine to meet all of the needs of guests at this exceptional retreat. Location: 386 Talledega Spring Road, Sylacauga, Alabama Menu: The menu offerings at Ol’…

Made-From-Scratch Goodness: home.made, Athens, Georgia

For Southern dishes a cut above what your grandmother might have served, home.made in Athens, Georgia, is serving up some surprising twists on traditional favorites. Location: 1072 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia Menu: home.made actually has a number of menus beyond lunch and dinner. Those include Meat and Tuesdays Dinner, Saturday Brunch, Supper Club and Happy…

Five and Ten: Creative Southern Dining in Athens, Georgia

A meal at Five and Ten is guaranteed to be an outstanding experience from walking through the door to the last bite of dessert. Afterall, Five and Ten’s Executive Chef and Owner, Hugh Acheson, was a James Beard nominee for Best Chef in the Southeast in 2012 and has just been announced as a 2019…