In Helen, Georgia’s mini Bavaria, Oktoberfest begins mid-September. LC and I made plans to visit my folks on the first official day, unaware of the parade on Main Street. The weather was gorgeous but the crowd of visitors was anything but, sporting fitted denim shorts and mullets (dudes and chicks!).
We arrived right after the parade, effectively missing the traffic and just in time for lunch with my Mom. Hoping to snag one of only four balcony tables at Olde Heidelberg, we quickly made our way across the street and into their smoky bar downstairs. One picnic style table remained, overlooking the square where beer drinkers gathered to listen to a guy sing and play a keyboard that was the rest of his “band”.
LC likes to order appetizers, even at lunch, so we started off with the sauerkraut roll-ups topped with crispy bacon that we enjoyed a couple of years ago. Tangy, salty, and a good pairing with my Warsteiner Oktoberfest draft.
Mom ordered a salad with grilled chicken breast which looked pretty good, especially for a restaurant that specializes in spaetzle. LC and I split the wurst platter, a combination of knackwurst, bratwurst, and smoked pork chop with sauerkraut and coarsely mashed potatoes with brown gravy, plus an additional side of red cabbage. Can’t have too much cabbage….or can you?
We didn’t make it to the Festhalle this trip, but plan to visit again soon and have more beer….and less cabbage.
8660 N. Main Street, Helen 706-878-3273