Blue Ridge Brunch Spots

Best Breakfast Places in Blue Ridge, GA

Brunch – the magical hybrid of breakfast and lunch – has charmingly woven its way into America’s heart. And why wouldn’t it? With a spread usually consisting of chicken, waffles, burgers, biscuits, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys… it’s practically irresistible. Sign. Me. Up. Amirite?

For those familiar with Blue Ridge (hometown kid here), you’ll know that our quaint mountain city doesn’t overflow with many breakfast (or brunch) options. A quick online search might lead you to the usual suspects featured on TripAdvisor, Yelp, or various cabin rental sites. While spots like Waffle House have their charm, they don’t spark the same amount of joy as a truly exceptional brunch experience.

What these lists often miss are the crucial details and insider tips – the kind of information that can transform an “fine” brunch into a great one. Do you need to make a reservation? What are the must-try menu items? Fret not, for we’ve done the legwork for ya. We’ve chatted with every rooster in town and compiled an essential guide of the crème de la crème of breakfast and brunch spots in and around Blue Ridge, GA.

In the guide below, you’ll find a curated list of exclusive brunch locations, breakfast-only eateries, and hidden gems just a stone’s throw from Blue Ridge. We’ve made sure to include something for every palate and preference. And if you think there’s a spot we’ve missed, don’t hesitate to comment and let us know. Dive in and discover the best brunch spots that Blue Ridge has to offer – your taste buds will thank you!

Brunch – Blue Ridge, GA

The Black Sheep

Nestled beneath a 200-year-old Oak, with the comforting shadows of an old house nearby, you’ll find yourself savoring a mimosa, embraced by the cool, crisp mountain air. At an elevation of 1800 feet in the heart of Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, there’s a sense of simplicity, a nostalgic nod to a bygone era. The ambiance is set by lively chatter, the rhythmic shake of cocktails at a modern bar, and the soulful tunes of classic New Orleans jazz, all converging to create an atmosphere that’s effortlessly cool and smooth. It’s as if the air itself is perfumed with the scent of refined, locally sourced ingredients, each dish seemingly crafted just for you. This sense of intimate belonging washes over you – you’ve arrived at your destination: The Black Sheep.

The Black Sheep, my go-to brunch retreat in Blue Ridge, also shines as a superb lunch and dinner spot. But their brunch – it slap (and if you’re born before 1990, that means it’s phenomenal, ha!). Black Sheep Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, and as a bonus, every other Sunday they spice things up with live music featuring Trevor Ciongoli (from Noon until 3 PM). HOWEVER, for those fancying a boozy brunch on Sundays, remember, we’re in the Bible Belt… which means that alcohol can’t be served until 12:30 PM when the church-goers can participate too ;).

As far as the food goes, I must confess… I have a borderline obsession with their Red Velvet Chicken & Waffles. Imagine a perfect harmony of Nashville-style hot sauce (spicy, yet tolerable) atop a fluffy red velvet waffle drizzled with cream cheese glaze, bourbon syrup, and candied pecans. It’s mouthwatering good, y’all.

Don’t miss out on other menu stars: the homemade Cinnamon Rolls (dangerously irresistible), the Fried Calamari (accompanied by my favorites – fried jalapeño and red peppers), and the robust French Press Coffee.

Their drink selection is a treasure trove of fine wines, innovative craft cocktails, and, crucially, mimosas and Hair of The Sheep – The Black Sheep’s unique take on a Bloody Mary. While the cocktails might lean towards the pricey side, they are the perfect complement to a high-quality brunch experience.

  • The Vibe: The ambiance at this spot leans towards “nice casual” – it’s relaxed yet tastefully refined. Here, you’re more likely to spot folks in chic, solid-colored tees with very few hats. Think casual but with a touch of elegance.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Red Velvet Chicken & Waffles
  • Pro Tips: Make a reservation for Saturday or Sunday Brunch. Otherwise, there is usually a 1-2 wait.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Reservations | Menu

In essence, The Black Sheep isn’t just a place to eat; it’s a culinary journey, a destination that promises an unparalleled brunch experience in the heart of Blue Ridge.

Bumblebee’s Cafe

Bumblebee’s Cafe has blossomed into a breakfast haven in Blue Ridge. Though they also dish out lunch favorites, it’s their breakfast offerings that are available all day that have won the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Open every day from 8 AM to 2 PM, this gem caters perfectly to early birds in search of a hearty start to their day.

For those seeking a quaint, cozy retreat with that small-town, mountain charm, Bumblebee’s Cafe is the ideal destination. While it may not be the place for a mimosa or Bloody Mary, as they don’t serve alcohol, they more than make up for it with a robust, soul-warming cup of drip coffee. A visit to Bumblebee’s is a delightful dive into the simpler, sweeter side of life.

  • The Vibe: This spot exudes a very casual vibe, capturing the quintessential essence of a small-town mountain brunch venue. It’s exactly what you’d envision for a laid-back, cozy morning in a charming, rustic setting.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Pancakes (with blueberries), but the Banana Nut are a close second.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

The Dogwood

The Dogwood presents an enchanting experience for aficionados of fine food and drinks. This unique dining oasis boasts 150 outdoor seats, set against the backdrop of a stunning, hand-painted mural and majestic trees that have stood for over a century. It’s more than just a place to eat; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of Georgia’s natural beauty. Here, you can bask in the glorious Georgia weather, relishing the ambiance and the camaraderie of fellow diners, making The Dogwood a truly unparalleled outdoor culinary adventure.

Long celebrated as a superb dinner destination, The Dogwood now tantalizes our taste buds with its morning offerings thanks to a delightful collaboration with Big Foot Biscuit Co. This isn’t your typical sit-down brunch; instead, it offers a unique “order and find your table” experience. This format only adds to the charm, making each visit an adventure in culinary delight. The breakfast here is nothing short of fantastic. Available Tuesday through Sunday from 7 AM to Noon, The Dogwood’s morning menu includes locally roasted coffee, cappuccino, espresso, and a selection of alcoholic beverages, ensuring a perfect start to your day.

  • The Vibe: Similar to The Black Sheep, the vibe for The Dogwood leans towards “nice casual” – it’s relaxed yet tastefully refined. Think casual but with a touch of elegance.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Biscuits & Gravy (made from scratch)
  • Pro Tips: Given its popularity and the “grab and go” breakfast style, arriving early at The Dogwood is advisable to ensure you snag a comfortable seat.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

The Tavern @ Old Toccoa Farm

Located just behind the 9th hole, The Tavern @ Old Toccoa Farm treats diners to breathtaking vistas of the Toccoa River valley and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re seated on the expansive covered patio, the inviting indoor bar area, or the outdoor bar with its crackling fireplace, you’re in for an unforgettable dining experience. Delight in a culinary journey like no other, where classic brunch favorites receive a tantalizing twist. And let’s not forget the cocktails – crafted to perfection, they’re the cherry on top of this exclusive dining affair. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this unparalleled dining experience.

  • The Vibe: Picture a blend of relaxed comfort and understated sophistication – that’s the vibe you’ll find at The Taven. Think “golf casual.” You won’t find many people wearing t-shirts, but rather polos and pullovers. Although some people will be wearing jeans, most stick to the “golfer attire.” Soak in the casual ambiance with a hint of elegance, where every detail is effortlessly refined.
  • Favorite Menu Item: OTF Wings (so good) or the Hot Chicken & Waffles
  • Pro Tips: This place is usually pretty busy. So, reservations are strongly encouraged! If you are an Old Fashion drinker, OTF has the best in town. Give it a try!
  • Need to Knows: Website/Menu | Reservations

Serenity Garden Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge, Serenity Garden Cafe beckons with its cozy charm. While they skip the alcohol and opt for a breakfast or lunch-centric menu, don’t let that deter you – this spot is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Offering a delightful fusion of “Waffle House-like” comfort and the homely allure of a Southern bed and breakfast, their menu promises a taste of nostalgia and warmth with every bite.

  • The Vibe: This spot exudes a laid-back vibe that captures the essence of a quintessential mountain brunch destination. With its charming ambiance, it embodies the rustic charm and small-town allure you’d expect from a mountain cafe.
  • Pro Tips: There is only street parking available, which is located in Downtown Blue Ridge, which is very limited. So, plan accordingly.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe

Nestled along Aska Road, just opposite the picturesque Shallowford Bridge spanning the Toccoa River, you’ll find the charming Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe.

With a menu as diverse as the river’s current, there’s something to tickle every taste bud. However, their hours can be as unpredictable as a swift current, so it’s always wise to double-check before planning your visit.

  • The Vibe: Super casual. In fact, the more casual the better.
  • Pro Tips: Check their Facebook page for daily specials.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

The Yellowphant

The Yellowphant is more than just a café – it’s a vibrant community hub where homemade goodness meets the perfect cup of cofee. They’re open 6ish days a week (closed on Thursdays during off-season) to welcome you for breakfast from 7 AM until 11:30 AM, and lunch from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM. Sundays are extra special with brunch served from 11 AM until 2:30 PM.

What sets them apart? Their commitment to serving Organic Fair Trade Coffee, paired with our house-made syrups, elevates your coffee experience to new heights.

As far as the menu goes – breakfast reigns supreme at The Yellowphant with their ‘Breakfast with Benefits’ being my absolute fav. It includes all of the breakfast items you love, PLUS their super yummy hashbrown casserole AND a fluffy waffle. To be honest, they had me at waffle though.

  • The Vibe: This spot effortlessly radiates a laid-back atmosphere, encapsulating the quintessential charm of a modern, trendy mountain brunch destination in a small-town setting.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Breakfast with Benefits
  • Pro Tips: Check their Facebook page (a.k.a. their website) before going as they will often close early.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

Breakfast Only Places (but still worth your time)

The Trailer Drive-In

This spot – in our humble opinion – takes the crown for serving up the best homemade biscuits in town, open Monday through Saturday from 6 AM to 2 PM. While I’ve long held my Nana’s biscuits as the “cream of the crop,” The Trailer biscuits come in at a close second.

Beyond the biscuit game, their menu boasts a delightful array of both breakfast and lunch options from hearty burgers to savory patty melts. And as if that weren’t enough, their milkshakes are absolute game-changers too. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out!

  • The Vibe: Super casual. In fact, the more casual the better.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Sausage Biscuit + Vanilla Milkshake
  • Pro Tips: There’s not sitting room, so play to hit the drive through and get your food “to go.”
  • Need to Knows: Website

Coffee+ Shops

Surprisingly, Blue Ridge isn’t overflowing with coffee shops. Sure, you’ll find the familiar faces like Dunkin’ Donuts (towards Morganton) and Starbucks (near Walmart), but the quaint, loungey cafes with delectable pastries are a rare find in our town. That said, the few we do have are nothing short of fantastic! Among these, Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge stands out as our top pick. One of the reasons it holds a special place in our hearts? They proudly feature some of our very own Roosters of Blue Ridge merchandise.

Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge

Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge transports you to a scene reminiscent of a cozy Colorado café. It embodies an enchanting mountain ambiance, blending artsy flair with a relaxed, warm atmosphere, creating a truly inviting space. Beyond their delightful array of coffee and tea, they offer a tempting selection of bakery treats – think pastries, bagels, focaccias, and more, each a delightful discovery for the taste buds.

This charming spot is also a haven for local culture, showcasing art for purchase, a welcoming fireplace for those chillier days, and a captivating mural adorning one of its walls. Everything on their menu is a standout, ensuring that every visit to Mountain Mama’s is a memorable one.

  • The Vibe: Casual, laid-back, and tranquil – this place is the ideal setting for settling down and getting some work done in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Mountain Mama (Espresso, Maple, Cinnamon, Milk)
  • Fun Fact: They also feature several of our Roosters of Blue Ridge “Morning Roost Mugs” for sale.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

Das Kaffee Haus

Nestled in the bustling heart of Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, on East Main Street, you’ll find Das Kaffee Haus, a charming coffee spot with a distinct tourist-friendly ambiance. Among the coffee shops in Blue Ridge, it stands out with its exceptional pastries – they’re scrumptious. Beyond their remarkable baked goods, Das Kaffee Haus also boasts an impressive array of coffee-themed merchandise. From unique blends of coffee to various brewing tools and delightful knick-knacks, there’s something for every coffee enthusiast.

While the space at Das Kaffee Haus is on the cozier side, making it less ideal for those looking to hunker down and work, it does offer SOME seating. Despite this, its quaint size only adds to its charm. This delightful coffee shop offers a wealth of choices, including an array of specialty coffee drinks that are sure to satisfy any coffee connoisseur.

  • The Vibe: Warm and welcoming, this spot strikes a delightful balance between cozy and casual, with a lively atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a bustling city cafe.
  • Favorite Menu Item: Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Latte (Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Milk, Whip Cream)
  • Need to Knows: Website

Other Brunchy Type Spots Closeby (Ellijay, McCaysville, Copperhill, etc.)

The following series of spots may not be nestled within Blue Ridge itself, but they’re just a short drive away and absolutely deserving of a spot on our cherished “Brunch Spots” list.

Ellijay Coffee House

Located in Ellijay, GA, a short 15-minute drive from Blue Ridge, this charming coffee shop is a true hidden gem for those exploring the area. Everything, from the assortment of freshly baked cookies, scones, and biscotti to the artisan bread used in their mouthwatering paninis, is made in-house. Yes, you heard that right – artisan bread!

What truly sets them apart is their wide variety of coffee styles. From espresso and French press to pour over and aeropress, they’ve got something to satisfy every coffee lover’s craving.

Open seven days a week from 7 AM to 5 PM, there’s no excuse not to give them a try!

  • The Vibe: A nice, cozy atmosphere that is a great spot to work or study, and has live music from time to time.
  • Need to Knows: Website | Menu

In Conclusion…

Blue Ridge may be a small dot on the map, but it’s a giant in the world of brunch. We’ve scoured the city, tasted the best, and gathered all the insider knowledge to bring you this comprehensive guide. From cozy, breakfast-only nooks to elegant spots perfect for a leisurely brunch, our list is your key to unlocking the best that our charming mountain city has to offer. Remember, whether you’re a local or just passing through, Blue Ridge’s brunch scene is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored.

So, grab your fork and your sense of adventure, and set off on a culinary journey through the heart of Blue Ridge. And, as always, if you discover a new gem or have a brunch spot you swear by, we’re all ears – your suggestions help us keep this guide as fresh and flavorful as the dishes we’re raving about.

Happy brunching!

1 thought on “Blue Ridge Brunch Spots”

  1. For an off the beaten path, don’t miss The Folk Collaborative in McCaysville and their second location in Copperhill. Delicious coffee, teas, lemonades, savory hand pies, sandwiches, soups and bakery items for breakfast (or all day). Pull up a chair, enjoy a laid back vibe, and stay a while.

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