Nestled within the Rich Mountain Wilderness and Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia, Blue Ridge offers a rustic getaway filled with fresh air and mountain breezes. However, vacationing among nature doesn’t mean you have to go without phenomenal food. Here are some of the top kid-friendly restaurants situated well within range of many Blue Ridge vacation rentals.
1. Southern Charm
Southern Charm is all about Deep South hospitality and comfort food. Its menu includes favorites for all ages, including chicken pot pie with a buttery biscuit topping, Southern fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, and country fried steak. For picky eaters, there’s a kid’s menu that includes fried taters and fried chicken. Don’t leave without trying the Southern favorites of fried green tomatoes and fried pickles while the kids feast on fresh mozzarella bites. There are also burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, paninis, and salads available for the eating.
2. Joe’s BBQ
Experience another aspect of the Southern lifestyle with some authentic barbecue. Joe’s BBQ is all exposed beams and wooden flooring, giving it a charming, rustic look. The menu boasts barbecue basics such as pulled pork, ribs, and pulled chicken. Even the kids can get small pulled pork or chicken sandwiches, or if they’re not that adventurous, they can opt for a hot dog or peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With sides of mac and cheese, chips, and cinnamon apples, the little ones get more than enough food to fill their bellies.
3. BumbleBee’s Cafe
BumbleBee’s Cafe is a light, airy place perfect for a late breakfast or lunch before heading out for some family fun. Kids love the French toast cut into manageable triangles and topped with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar, and they gobble up the home fries that are cooked to crispiness. The food is as enticing to adults, with eggs and country fried steak, poached eggs Florentine, and biscuits with sausage gravy on the menu.
Cantaberry has a simple set-up with classic soup, salad, and sandwich offerings. Take a bite out of Cantaberry’s signature chicken salad, which contains white breast meat, pecans, and grapes on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. The kids can opt for a ham and cheese or grilled cheese sandwich, but the latter isn’t a simple American cheese melt. It contains cheddar, Swiss, and American cheeses for ultimate cheesiness. Grab a freshly-baked pastry on the way back to your vacation rental.
5. C Bolts
C Bolts is a family owned and operated eatery that encourages family gatherings with its charming and eclectic decor and an ice cream case front and center. They serve hamburgers, sandwiches, and deli items. Get a hot dog and a cup of ice cream for the kids and an almond chicken melt for yourself. Imagine an open-face sandwich loaded with chicken and melted cheese and sprinkled with almonds.
6. Harvest on Main
Harvest on Main has a charmingly rough quality with its lodge-like facade, mounted animals that kids love to look at, and rough wooden furniture. Get the kids baked mac and cheese, a hamburger, or a beef hot dog. Meanwhile, indulge in some blackened trout topped with black bean hummus or some hand-carved, house-smoked turkey with Swiss cheese and crab.
7. Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
The quaint checkered tablecloths, simple decor, and pizza and pasta menu warmly invite families to step inside. Kids have nearly unlimited food options, such as hamburgers and fries, sandwiches, ravioli, spaghetti, and chicken tenders. Adults have even more options with thin-crust pizza, build-your-own calzones, and baked pasta. Indulge in a melty hot sub for lunch. Try the Philly cheese steak (get the added mushrooms and peppers) or nibble on some beer-battered fried shrimp and fried pickles. No dinner is complete without a slice of sinfully decadent four-layer chocolate cake.
8. Sue’s Burgers
Sue’s Burgers is the ideal place for a quick bite to eat during a day of fun. Get a corndog and crinkle fries for the little ones and a burger with onion rings for yourself. While you’re there, pick up some treats; think homemade fudge.
9. Mike’s Trackside Bar-B-Q
Mike’s Trackside Bar-B-Q is all about a low-key family dining experience and relaxation. Take a table on the deck to enjoy the foot traffic and weather. Mike’s specializes in rib or wing baskets, which are literally baskets of meat with a slab of Texas garlic toast on the side and kielbasa sausage. You can also opt for a smoked beef brisket, pulled chicken, or pulled pork sandwich with favorite southern sides that include baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. The kids can get an all-beef hot dog, chicken, mac and cheese, or corn on the cob.
10. Mesquite Grill
Because no vacation is complete without a little American-Mexican food, head to Mesquite Grill, where you can share a family-sized helping of nachos topped with beef, chicken, or steak. There’s an extensive menu for children that includes the standbys of mac and cheese and chicken fingers with house specialties such as quesadillas and fries, tacos, enchiladas, and burrito dogs. For kids with picky palates, order a regular hamburger or ham sandwich. Get some fried ice cream to share. This unique treat includes ice cream rolled in flour tortilla dough and deep fried, then it’s smothered in whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
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