Spice 55 Brings a Taste of Thai to North Georgia Mountains

It often surprises our Inn guests, nestled up here miles away
from a city, that they have such delightful options for dining. In the little
town of Helen, just five miles away, there are several restaurants we like to
recommend, one of which is Spice 55.
Anyone familiar with Thai food knows the traditional
flavors: chiles, coconut milk, fish sauce and lime to name a few key ingredients.
At Spice 55 the restaurant has put its own spin on the country’s well-known
dishes, and added a few of their own too.
Favorite appetizers top the starter menu, such as spring
rolls filled with a rice noodle-veggies mix that are served with a mild Spice
55 special sauce. Mieng Kum is a refreshing bite of spinach wrapped around a
mixture of lime, ginger, onions, roasted peanuts and coconut in a caramelized
palm sugar sauce. Salad lovers can choose from four traditional options,
including one with flame-broiled sirloin strip dressed with lime, lemongrass,
mint and hot peppers.
Sharing is a great option, as choosing just one entrée out
of so many is never easy! The Chef’s Selections are a good option, and offer a
variety of protein dishes. Spice 55 Chicken, served in a pineapple shell, mixes
sweet and heat with chunks of pineapple, cashews, mushrooms and chicken tossed
in a spicy sauce. Lightly battered jumbo shrimp and sea scallops combine with
crispy okra, eggplant for another entree.
If you enjoy the kick of curry, Spice 55 gives you several
options, including chicken or beef in a red curry or sweet curry sauce, and a
chicken masman curry dish that has a cool addition of avocado. Thai Noodle and
rice dishes round out the main menu.
Spice 55 also has a menu of sushi, including all the basics
and some distinctly unique ones as well. One example is the JB Roll, a popular
choice that combines smoked salmon, avocado and cream cheese. Helen on the
Beach Roll is a treasure trove of tuna, salmon and yellowtail mixed with cream
cheese and avocado, then wrapped in soy paper and flash fried, served with a
sweet miso sauce and a wasabi crunch.
Spice 55
705 Brucken Strasse, Helen
Tuesday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed Monday
Oh, and don’t worry about dessert. We’ve got you covered back here
at Lucille’s where we serve a complimentary homemade sweet every night. Enjoy it on our deck, and you’ll have a perfect ending to a day in
the mountains!