End of the Line
By Polly Dean
Photos by Jimmy Jacobs
Located just outside Blue Ridge, Georgia on scenic Aska Road, which skirts its namesake river, the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant has been a dining destination for anglers, families and couples for generations. I remember long ago, before Blue Ridge was the popular mountain town destination it is today, traveling to the eatery just to have a memorable meal with family and friends. Judging from the number of cars and motorcycles in the parking lot during evenings and afternoons, it remains a destination worth making the trip.
It is a special place, serving a variety of items from fresh trout to mouth-watering steaks. Offerings include appetizers such as smoked fish dip, crab-stuffed mushrooms and blackened scallops. Main dishes include fresh local rainbow trout prepared in a variety of ways, pork chops, baby back ribs, chicken breast and ribeye steak. An assortment of side dishes and vegetables are also available. Pasta lovers have a variety to choose from, as well as salads, sandwiches and desserts.
The restaurant has a casual, yet special atmosphere that pays homage to southern fine dining in the country-side. It offers a comfortable and rustic welcoming decor. Prior to alcohol sales being allowed in restaurants in Fannin County, Toccoa Riverside was BYOB, with patrons carrying in their own wine or even rolling in a cooler of beer. Today, the popular riverside restaurant has a large assortment of wines and beers, including those locally crafted.
In recent years, the restaurant created a section called the River Rest, which offers seating and tables down by the river, where guests can enjoy an assortment of appetizers and wine or beer. There is also a cozy indoor space if conditions aren’t favorable for enjoying the sounds of the water. A “Pooch patio” is also offered for patrons that desire to have their furry companion alongside them while they dine. The restaurant even encourages you to tag a photo of you and your pet on their Instagram site.
Plan a visit to the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant on the Toccoa River whether arriving by car or planning to grab a bite during a paddle or float down the river. See for yourself what generations have known for years. You and your guests won’t be disappointed.
For more details and to see their menu, visit their website.