October, or rather, Oktober is here! Residents of Atlanta can celebrate Germany’s famous beer festival in nearby Helen, the quaint north Georgia town devoted to all things Bavarian, especially beer and bratwurst. The bikers are purely American.
My family spends quite a bit of time in Helen, and I frequently visit them there. A recent trip proved to be the perfect occasion to try Hofbrauhaus, a lovely spot just beyond all the shops on Main Street.
The restaurant is located in one of Helen’s historic buildings, decorated with authentic murals. It was just after Labor Day so my Mom, LC and I chose a picnic table on the patio situated along the Chattahoochee so we could watch the last of the summer’s tubers float by. I ordered a refreshing hefeweizen, one of a dozen beers on draft.
In addition to sandwiches and burgers, Hofbrauhaus offers a selection of German favorites like schnitzel and knockwurst with all of the sides you would expect. A few local specialties like trout are available for less adventurous diners. We started with a somewhat greasy appetizer of crispy potato pancakes served with the traditional accompaniments of sour cream and applesauce.
My Mom often orders goulash, a hearty beef stew flavored with paprika, when we dine at other German restaurants in Helen. She was pleased with Hofbrauhaus’ version, full of tender beef and chunks of potato and carrot. Plates are generous and certainly enough to share for lunch. LC and I ordered the schlachthaus platte, a butcher shop platter with bratwurst and knockwurst. The sausages were paired with traditional sides; sauerkraut, red cabbage and potato salad.
Helen is a tourist town and as such, most restaurant prices are high. Hofbrauhaus is no exception, however, we found the dishes better than their competitors’ and the location along the river was fantastic.
9001 N. Main Street 706-878-2248