I've been there a couple of times; once for a week at a time-share swap just nw of Helen in 2005. The food was tolerable, the traffic and parking were less so. A tourist town by design. Think "South of the Border" in lederhosen. There was a place under a bridge called The Troll Tavern where we spent a pleasant afternoon consuming pitchers of Margaritas and watching the folks (mostly kids) "tubing the river" glide by. I think one needs a slight buzz to get anything out of Helen.