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A Foodie’s Ultimate Lunch Guide to Helen, Georgia

If you’re hiking around Unicoi State Park, shopping in downtown Helen, or touring wine country, hunger is sure to strike in the middle of the day. Luckily for you, there are tons of great lunchtime eateries that will satisfy any craving you may have. From BBQ to Thai and everything in between, here are the best lunchtime eateries in Helen.


Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizza

A blend between small town tavern and farm-to-table craft pizzeria, Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizza is the place to go when you’re craving a slice of pie. The crust, made in house daily, is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and topped with local ingredients from all over Northern Georgia. If you’re not in the mood for a midday slice of pie don’t worry, you can also grab an enormous and delicious hoagie. No matter what you order, bring an appetite.


Spice 55 Thai and Sushi

This favorite dinner & date night spot in town is often overlooked for lunch. Head into Spice 55 during lunchtime and you’ll find your favorite entrees for a steal. Soups and appetizers come in anywhere between $5-7 and entrees are all under $10. During the warmer months, you can dine out on their patio and soak in the sun while enjoying your lunch.


Cowboys & Angels

With the best patio in town, Cowboys & Angels is the place to go if you want to enjoy your lunch outside. This steakhouse knows how to dress up a rib-eye. However, if you’re looking for something lighter, you can still find plenty of tasty options on the menu. Grab a burger and some fries or plan your visit on a Tuesday. Their Tapas Tuesday menu has multiple tasty bites from Bayou Green Tomatoes to Philly Cheesesteak Sliders to Jumbo Hawg Wings, grilled pork shanks with dipping sauces.


Cafe International

Cafe International is nestled right on the Chattahoochee River. This lively European eatery features great sandwiches and plates from all over the world. Try a slice of lasagna with traditional marinara sauce or a schlact platter from their carefully curated menu. Arguably the best Reuben in the entire state of Georgia, make sure to order at least one of these melty specialties and a tall pint of beer to accompany it.


Helen & Back Food Tour

Can’t decide which of these tasty lunchtime eateries to visit? Don’t make a decision and try several with the Helen & Back Food Tour! This walking tour leads you around the town and offers samples of each restaurant’s most popular dishes. From schnitzels to sausages, you’ll taste the best of Helen. Plus, you’ll learn more about the unique and interesting history behind the town.

From mouthwatering Reubens to farm-to-table pizzas and craft beer, there is a lunch spot for everyone here in Helen. The best part about hitting these spots for lunch is that you can head back for seconds at dinnertime if you can’t get enough (and we wouldn’t blame you).

Eat your way through Helen, GA and book a stay at Sylvan Valley Lodge & Cellars, a winery bed & breakfast located along the Unicoi Wine Trail just minutes from Helen’s many restaurants, shops, and attractions.