Bodensee is the vision of Chef Aurel Prodan who attended culinary school in Romania. He and his wife, Doina, worked in a local Romanian restaurant before moving to Bavaria, Germany, where Chef Aurel continued his culinary career. In 1990, the couple moved to Baden-Wuerttemberg where Chef built his reputation. Today, the couple operates Bodensee, bringing Old World Germany to the alpine village of Helen. Named for Lake Constance, whose name in German is Bodensee, the restaurant serves German fare such as sauerbraten, Hungarian goulash, smoked pork chops, and pork hocks. The house specials include the Mixed Grill for Two, Sampler Platter for Two, Tafelspitz, Holzfaellersteak and the Wurst Sampler Platter. The restaurant can be found at 64 Munich Street in Helen.
Cowboys and Angels Restaurant focuses on family fun with featured appetizers like the Bourbon Street Crab Cake and Fried Green Tomatoes. Their menu is designed around “southern class,” with items like center-cut filet, pork belly, buttermilk fried chicken and more. There is a full bar serving a large selection of local craft beers, an extensive wine list as well as specialty drinks. The restaurant is found at 60 Chattahoochee Street.
Village Crepe Haus offers a fresh twist on typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try one of their egg and cheese crepes or a breakfast croissant. They also offer sweet crepes including snickerdoodle, s’mores, and fruit. Or you can visit for lunch and dinner to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak crepe, gyro crepe, or veggie crepe. You will find them at 8661 North Main street.
Hofer’s Bakery and Café opened in 1973 when Hofer & Gerda Hofer, immigrants from Germany, decided to open their own bakery. Today, they are one of the most recognized retail bakeries in the United States. The bakery is housed in the former First National Bank of White County. The furnishings were all imported from Germany and a mural inside was painted by Joseph Mahler. All menu items are created from family recipes. All bread and desserts are baked fresh daily in the bakery. Find them at 8758 North Main Street.
Muller’s Famous Fried Cheese Café is family-owned and operated. Chef Zdenek Muller holds a certificate of the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Institute in Prague. The restaurant serves authentic German and Czech cuisine, including fried cheese, schnitzel, bread dumplings as well as spaetzle, a German egg noodle. They are located at 60 Chattahoochee Strasse.