I was at Tallulah Gorge State Park on a sunny Saturday, desperate for a cup of coffee, when this oasis appeared before me in the shape of an Airstream trailer. It turned out to be The Flying Cloud Café. The owner explained that this is the first food truck in a Georgia State Park; they've been there on weekends since the beginning of summer. She also showed me the inside of their beautiful trailer, which sported a hardwood floor. Their menu features both breakfast items and lunch sandwiches, including both hot and cold varieties. They don't open until 11 AM, so don't expect to pick up breakfast at the crack of dawn. The trailer seemed to attract a steady stream of customers while I was there. Food trucks in state parks fill a real need and The Flying Cloud is a welcome addition.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.