My wife and I returned to Blue Ridge after several years' absence. We used to run up there from Atlanta nearly every weekend. Until a few years ago, there weren't a lot of places to eat in Blue Ridge, but over the past 3 - 4 years a bunch of new eateries have opened up, and all seem to be busy; in fact the whole town has received a very nicely-done, pedestrian-friendly makeover. The Serenity Garden used to be shoehorned into a very narrow space - with only a handful of tables inside, a couple of tables outside in a small garden, and a teeny-tiny kitchen. In our absence they have incorporated the garden space, and now have plenty of inside seating and a couple of sidewalk tables immediately in front of the restaurant.
In years past, our lunch favorite was the Rueben, so we decided to have the soup and sandwich special and save our appetites for a big dessert later. Our pleasant surprise at the Serenity's new look quickly faded when an obviously annoyed, or maybe irritated server took our order; actually her attitude was surly.
We both had the same thing: chicken with wild rice soup and a half Reuben. The soup was okay - I couldn't find any wild rice grains - and the Reuben was so-so - I couldn't find the Swiss cheese. It looked like we had halves of the same sandwich, and my wife got the bigger half - maybe she got the Swiss cheese.
Any way, I still recommend the Serenity Garden, but it's not quite as good as it used to be.