My husband and I enjoy Chinese and Japanese food. When we travel I always research the available restaurants. During our visit to Blue Ridge, Georgia in the spring, I ran across the Tin Loong Restaurant, which serves Chinese and Japanese, as well as American food. We found so many other restaurants we wanted to try we made a list. We put the Tin Loong on that list, but never made it there.
During our first visit to Blue Ridge, GA we were not at all pleased with our rental cottage, which put quite a damper on our stay. We did enjoy the lovely scenery and the great restaurants. We decided to give Blue Ridge, GA another try this fall. I had a list of things we wanted to do, places we wanted to see and restaurants we wanted to try. Our rental cottage was a short ride to the Tin Loong, so that was our choice for our fist night of our stay. Unfortunately, it was a mistake.
The building itself is quite interesting for an oriental restaurant, as it is a log structure. Seeing it on their website I wasn’t sure how that would work and in my opinion, it didn’t. Once we entered the building there was no warm and welcoming feeling by the hostess or the atmosphere. The hostess asked, “Hibachi, sushi or buffet?” and when we said buffet she nodded us to follow her and she led us to a booth, with no further conversation. We did not know if we needed to wait for a server or to just help ourselves to the buffet. After at least a 5 minute wait, our server appeared, took our drink orders and told us to help ourselves.
There are two long buffet stations. The table to the left as you enter the buffet area was mostly American, consisting of a salad bar that took up a half of the buffet, followed by peel-and-eat shrimp and a few muscles, and that section finished off with cakes and other sweets.
The opposite line was about one-third American food consisting of mashed potatoes, fried chicken and something I believe was meatloaf. Not all food items had signs describing the contents and they really needed them! The remainder was oriental food. There was not a huge assortment, and again, not many items were labeled. I am very cautious as to what I eat and I normally stick with chicken. They did have chicken-on-a-stick, which turned out to be fairly good. The peel-and-eat shrimp were obviously frozen and some were not fully cooked. I tried a few but was not happy with them.
I tasted the lo mein and it was a poor example of lo mein. It was not made with lo mein noodles, it tasted like spaghetti noodles loaded with garlic. The soups, which neither of us tried, did not look appetizing at all. The won ton soup had a grease slick on the top.
My husband has a Teflon-coated stomach and can eat anything without a problem. I am a picky eater and my dinner at Tin Loong consisted of chicken-on-a-stick, cold mashed potatoes and jello. It’s a sad state of affairs when the rubber, restaurant brand of gelatin turned out to be the highlight of my meal!
The Tin Loong advertises that tour buses are welcome and the bus driver eats for free! If I were the tour bus driver, I would drive right by The Tin Loong and find another restaurant in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The price was right, $9.95 a person. I would prefer to pay more money for edible oriental food. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the Tin Loong Restaurant a 3 at best. I gave it a 3 for ‘location’.
In case you are really hungry and have an “I can eat anything” attitude, then give it a try. Perhaps their hibachi room is good, but I’ll never know. I have hit the “delete” button on Tin Loong of Blue Ridge.
Tin Loong of Blue Ridge
5771 Appalachian Highway
Blue Ridge, GA 30513