Back Porch Bistro

The Back Porch Bistro is located down town Ellijay on the Square / Circle inside/attached to the North-star Emporium Store. Main Entrance in the back area.

Back Porch Bistro is the "hidden gem" in downtown Ellijay. Located at the rear of the North Star Emporium, and with an entrance from the rear onto our spacious outside deck. We feature hand made sandwiches, panninis, homemade soups, vegetarian options and gluten free as well. All our sides, soups and desserts are homemade by Tami herself. One taste and you are assured it is homemade not called homemade. We also have pulled pork burritos and bowls, cuban sandwiches and bean and rice burritos and bowls as well. Come in and enjoy a first class food experience in downtown Ellijay

[09/18/17] Good news... the Bistro will now be open 7 days a week!!! Pete and I will continue to have our Wednesdays off. But, our wonderful manager, Christy, and our awesome new team member, Jessica, will be there to run the show.
For today we have the following:
Soup - Lemon Ginger Chicken & Tomato Corn Chowder
Special - Pork Bowl with Side $7.50

[09/16/17] And it looks like another glorious day here in Ellijay. The second day of garage sales downtown. So if you work up an appetite, drop in and have a panini, bowl of soup, salad, or burritto. We have them all and made fresh to order. Today's soups are coconut curry and ham and bean. YUM !!!

[09/15/17] Come downtown this weekend for the huge annual garage sale being held in the back parking lot. While shopping, refuel yourself with some of the fantastic food & desserts at the Bistro.
Soups: Rustic Vegetable & Fiesta Beef
Special: Taco Salad or "Taco-ritto"

[09/14/17] Still chilly and damp outside today, the perfect day for some hot soup and freshly baked liquor cakes. Soups today are rustic veg, cuban pork stew and a bit of corned beef and cabbage. My day off today so my hubby is is in charge today.. Keep him in line ya'll

[09/08/17] It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Pete's mother. As much as we knew it was getting near the end and that it was for the best, you never are truly prepared for the sadness and loss. Please pray for Pete in his time of grief.

[09/07/17] Hi to all our loyal followers. As you know Wednesdays are our day off, so we went to see Pete's mom. So hard to watch him with her. She has withered away to almost nothing and he gets so upset seeing her like this. The nurses say about a week is all she has left, so every time the phone rings the anxiety is killing him. Please pray for an easy goodbye for her, and Pete as well. But on another note, our soups on Thursday will be a bit of tomato corn chowder left, black bean veg, and corned beef and cabbage. My day off, so take it easy with the second string LOL

[09/04/17] Hope everyone is enjoying the long Labor Day weekend! We are open for business today so please come join us. It is perfect weather for enjoying lunch on the porch.
Soups: Ham & Bean / Summer Vegetable
Special: Tuna or Chicken Salad Sandwich with Side $7.50

[09/03/17] Yesterday was crisp... today it is downright chilly (53) for this former Florida girl. I am thinking of some hot soup or maybe a kick from our liqueur cakes to warm things up! Join us for some good eats and good "heats".
Soups: Cuban Pork & Black Bean, Tomato Corn Chowder, & Beef Barley
Liqueur Cakes: Lemoncello, Butter Rum, Chocolate Walnut, & Pistachio

[09/02/17] It's a nice crisp morning... guess that means Fall is just around the corner. Take the chill off with some hot, homemade soup. Today we are featuring Vegetable Beef and our fan favorite... Coconut Curry.
Special: Egg Salad Sandwich with Choice of Side

[09/01/17] Now that the rains have almost stopped, come on in for some great food, soups, and desserts. Soups today are pork and black bean stew and tomato corn chowder. Pray for Pete's mom in hospice care, she doesn't have much time.

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10 Northside Sq
Ellijay, GA

Opening Hours

Monday 11:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 11:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Thursday 11:30am - 3:30pm
Friday 11:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday 11:30am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 3pm
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