Located about 80 miles north of Atlanta, Blue Ridge, Georgia, is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are beautiful mountain views, bubbling streams and a friendly atmosphere. The city downtown area encompasses East and West 1st Streets and East and West Main Streets. 1st Street is a pedestrian friendly array of shops, restaurants, gift and antique shops. Parking on East 1st can be tight. Try West 1st Street as an alternative.
The restaurants include wines bars, taverns, pizza, down home Southern and, of course, bar-b-cue. Not all have web sites.
Here are the best of the Blue Ridge brunch stops:
Black Sheep Bar & Patio
480 West Main Street
The Black Sheep is housed in a converted house and has patio outdoor seating. It has a laid back, modern feel. The restaurant has a black and white theme that extends to the outside of the building and the inside décor. A relative newcomer to the Blue Ridge restaurant scene, Black Sheep offers a Sunday Brunch with a wide array of choices. There are the traditional omelets, as well as a carving station with beef, turkey, ham and pork. The buffet offers Southern fare, such are fried chicken and sausage and gravy biscuits. There are muffins and cornbread and cold salads. It carries a local craft beer, Grumpy Old Men. The brunch is $19.95 for adults and $6.95 for children over five.
L & L Beanery Café and Coffee Shop
260 W. Main Street
Just down the street from Black Sheep, The Beanery, a favorite with tourist and locals alike, is housed in two attractive brick store front buildings. The coffee shop is a warm, cozy place that serves coffees drinks such as the scrumptious Ghirardelli Caramel Espresso and Cookies and Cream. Next door, the café has tables and high tops. WiFi is available. The staff is young and friendly. Brunch items (served all day) include chicken salad on a croissant and stuffed French toast. The Beanery has been featured in Southern Living Magazine.
Serenity Garden Café
657 E. Main Street
Located in the heart of Blue Ridge’s downtown area, Serenity has a basic, clean feel with lots of brick work and wood. There is a stylized mural of the city and plain wooden tables and chairs. There is outdoor seating. Sunday brunch time sees a traditional offering of pancakes, French toast and omelets. The Spanish omelet is very good.