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  • Add Drug Store

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1695 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-2239 View Map

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Sat. The Look: An old-fashioned neighborhood soda fountain and lunch counter inside a Five Points pharmacy. Menu: Southern staples for breakfast. Burgers, hot dogs, simple sandwiches (egg salad, tuna salad, pimento cheese, BLT) and small baskets of fresh, hot french fries at low prices for lunch. Malts, milkshakes, floats and classic vanilla and cherry sodas made in front of you.

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2080 Timothy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-0154 View Map

    • 1376 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1500 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Friendly and family-owned, Agua Linda has two locations: Prince and Timothy. Menu: Lots of Ameri-Mex standards (burrito supreme, etc.). Your kids can get chicken fingers, but if you're willing to be more adventurous, there's also horchata, Mexican-style tacos with al pastor or barbacoa, tortas and more. Drinks: Margaritas (frozen and non), bottled and draft beer, sangria and micheladas (beer cocktails).

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4320 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-6752 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Checks, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu–Sat. The Look: Old-school barbecue establishment with picnic tables covered in checkered tablecloths. Menu: Barbecue chicken, pork and rib plates served with coleslaw, stew, chips and bread. Great sweet tea. Don't leave without trying the famous banana pudding. Thursday night bluegrass.

  • Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 105 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-0031 View Map

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features: Outside seating, counter service. Hours: 11 a.m.–12 a.m., Sun–Thu. 11 a.m.–1 a.m., Fri–Sat.

  • Big City Bread Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 393 N. Finley St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0029 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries, Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service (breakfast and lunch), outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, six days. Sunday brunch. The Look: One of the best patios in Athens has sidewalk chalk for the kids and plenty of shade. Menu: Big City does good business all day, starting with early a.m. biscuits, not-too-sweet French toast, omelets and more. Mid-day brings sandwiches, burgers and salads, with a few bigger entrees, and in the evening there's a shift to table service and brasserie-style French standards. The bakery makes fresh breads, pastries, muffins and cakes daily, and bakes special items for order during holiday seasons. Drinks: Small but good selection of bottled, canned and draft beer; wine by the glass or bottle.

  • Blazer's Hot Wings

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1462 Glenn Carrie Road Hull, GA 30646. 706-208-0705 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Little red stand that serves wings and chicken fingers to-go. Covered picnic-style seating outside. Menu: Boneless or traditional wings, tossed in any combination of 13 sauces (lemon pepper, honey mustard, sweet and sour, Rajin Cajun) and available in bulk. Blazer's also has hamburgers, corn dogs, fried shrimp and fried chicken salads. Onion rings, fries and fried apple pies on the side. Other locations are in Statham, Lexington, Commerce, Elberton and Hartwell.

  • Bread Basket

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 723 Boulevard Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-3412 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look: Grab something to go from this kitchen inside a neighborhood gas station and convenience store. Menu: Buttery biscuit sandwiches with your choice of sausage, ham, eggs, tenderloin, cheese and gravy. Complete your hearty country breakfast with a side of grits or hashbrowns. Rotating lunch items include corn dogs, chicken fingers, pork chops and fish on Fridays.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1427 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-227-9979 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Cash and Checks Only. Features: BYOB, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Tons of outdoor seating (covered and not), boats to play in and sometimes a parrot; it's like nothing else. Menu: Latin American food with a Peruvian influence, from tacu tacu (rice and beans topped with eggs) to lomo saltado (steak, french fries, tomato, red onions), big delicious sandwiches, yuca frita, plantains two ways (sweet and savory), fish burrito and more. Lots of veggie choices. Show up early if the weather's nice; the lines can get long.

  • China Star Super Buffet

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3567 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-316-3382 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Buffet, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Eight buffet tables including a sushi bar and a hibachi area; take-out priced by the pound. Menu: Choose from over 300 Chinese, American and Japanese dishes from the buffets or order from a menu of Chinese fare like General Tso's Chicken, Mongolian beef, green mussels with black bean sauce and Singapore chow mein. Crab legs are available daily after 4 p.m.

  • Clocked!

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 259 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-9175 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat. The Look: Cute and vintage, with lots of fun things to look at. Menu: Diner fare updated. Burgers are what Clocked is best known for, made with 100 percent all-natural, humanely raised, antibiotic-free beef and creative toppings: bacon jam, peanut butter, gouda, grilled mushrooms and more. Round it out with tater tots and a milkshake. Lots of gluten-free options. Drinks: Five varieties of Bell's, on draft.

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1913 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-0304 View Map

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Dolce Vita Trattoria Italiana

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 323 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3911 View Map

    File Under: Italian. Features: Beer and wine, reservations, catering. Hours: Dinner, seven days. The Look: Hidden space up a steep staircase with a great view of UGA's North Campus. Menu: Traditional Italian with carpaccio, ragu, handmade gnocchi, carpaccio, whole branzino poached in white wine, seafood risotto and veal marsala. Cannoli, tiramisu and gelato finish off your meal. Drinks: Italian wine, of course.

  • Donderos' Kitchen

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 590 N. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-8688 View Map

    • 2450 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-542-6359 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days. The Look: Big, sunny rooms in a historic house and a playroom with toys for kids. Menu: Hot breakfast and lunch to order until 2 p.m. but open later on weekdays for pick-up of pre-made items. To-go meals in the fridge and the freezer include breakfast stratas, casseroles, desserts and more. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5 percent discount.

  • Earth Fare Café

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1689 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-1717 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Buffet, counter service, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Restaurant inside the grocery store; great deals for kids' meals. Menu: Items are created with the same kind of natural ingredients the store sells: salads with organic ingredients, sushi, fresh-made sandwiches and a hot bar, plus smoothies, juice, coffee, soups and baked goods.

  • Girasoles

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 24 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0410 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Beer and wine, reservations, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch Tue–Fri. Dinner, Tue–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Cozy space in downtown Watkinsville. Menu: Mexican-accented fusion. Tapas, entrees and frequently changing specials: crab cakes, Cajun pasta, fish and grits. Sunday brunch includes waffles, omelets cooked to order and a buffet.

  • The Grit

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    Locations

    • 199 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-6592 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: An Athens classic, with tons of character and local art on the walls. Menu: Vegetarian and vegan deliciousness that can convert meat eaters. The Golden Bowl is the signature item, a huge serving of brown rice tossed with double-fried tofu and soy sauce and topped with veggies and cheese. Make your own veggie plate from the chalkboard or eat around the world (tabbouleh, stir fries, dal, pasta, etc.). Breakfast and brunch bring burritos, pancakes, omelets and more. Don't skip dessert. Whole housemade cakes and pies are available with 48 hours notice.

  • Hodgson's Pharmacy

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1260 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-7386 View Map

    File Under: Ice Cream. Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The Look: Old-fashioned drugstore with soda fountain counter. Menu: Scoops of Edy's ice cream in a cup or cone for just $1. Malts, shakes and floats, too. Sit on the hill outside for the best experience.

  • HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3690 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-8800 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Delivery, catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat.

  • Hot Thomas Barbecue

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3753 Hwy. 15 Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-6550 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, checks. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Fri and Sat. The Look: Country barbecue since 1984; vintage soda bottles for decoration. Menu: It's short: chopped pork, ribs, chicken, hamburgers and chili dogs, plus chicken mull, slaw and Brunswick stew. Slices of pecan or chocolate pie for dessert. 

  • Jittery Joe's Coffee

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • UGA Miller Learning Center Athens, GA 30602. 706-549-2124 View Map

    • 27 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-4280 View Map

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-354-8000 View Map

    • 1480 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1099 View Map

    • 1230 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-1979 View Map

    • 297 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-7449 View Map

    • 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-8900 View Map

    • 425 Barber St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-2161

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru (Baxter, Greensboro and Epps Bridge), outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. Open seven days. The Look: Serving coffee roasted right here in town, each location of this local franchise is different, but all are welcoming and orange-accented. Menu: Wide range of specialty roasts that benefit different causes. Lots of hot and cold drinks and premium teas. Locally baked goodies like bagels, giant brownies, parfaits, scones and muffins. Heartier fare at some locations.

  • KEBA Spitfire Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1021 Jamestown Blvd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-7222 View Map

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-8210 View Map

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-7285 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, drive-thru (Watkinsville), delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Local franchised sandwich shop (KAY-ba, not KEY-ba). Menu: The signature sandwich includes tons of veggies and your choice of beef, chicken, pork, feta, falafel, corned beef or tuna. Add Belgian fries and a dipping sauce to create a combo. Kids' meals, and gelato for dessert, plus low-carb choices.

  • Kelly's Jamaican Food

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    Price: $$☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    Locations

    • 1583 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-0000 View Map

    • 145 Epps Bridge Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-5399 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSun (Five Points), Mon–Sat (Epps Bridge). The Look: Lumpkin Street is bigger, with a covered patio. The Epps Bridge offshoot is hidden away. Menu: Kelly's does tasty Jamaican food in a meat-and-two format that includes very sweet tea and cornbread. Entrees may include jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs or salmon. Sides are veggie-friendly: spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, macaroni and cheese. Drinks: Bottled beer.

  • Krimson Kafe

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 40 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0888 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, art. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. The Look: Friendly small-town café. Menu: Homemade soups, salads and deli sandwiches. Chicken salad, egg salad, ham salad and pimento cheese are all homemade daily. Nice selection of veggie options. Fresh-squeezed apple and carrot juice.

  • Last Resort Grill

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 184 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0810 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside seating, art. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Lunch, Mon–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Exposed brick walls, tight but cheerful quarters. Menu: Southern meets Southwestern, with lots of black beans, corn, avocado and peppers alongside fried green tomatoes, peaches, black-eyed peas and bacon. Brunch has a line out the door for breakfast enchiladas, stuffed French toast and crab benedict. Drinks: American vodkas, gins and vermouths, as well as Armagnac, ice wine, Madeira, sherry and lots of wines by the bottle.

  • Mama Sid's Pizza

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2240 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-6100 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: BYOB, buffet, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Casual family-run pizzeria that has been open for more than 30 years of business. Menu: An all-you-can-eat buffet is perfect for pizza lovers with a large appetite and a small budget. Order from the menu for salads, subs, pasta, hot wings, calzones and more.

  • Marti's at Midday

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1280 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-3541 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. The Look: Sunny rooms in a pretty white house in Normaltown. Menu: Southern-style lunch and take-home entrees and casseroles are what Marti's is known for, although it also does breakfast weekdays with homemade muffins and more. Highlights include tarragon chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad, chicken gumbo and mint sweet tea, all of which can be bought in bulk. 

  • The National

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    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 232 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-3450 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Reservations, catering, outside seating, Wi-Fi, full bar. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Big windows and blue-and-white oilcloth on the tables. Not intimidatingly fancy but good for date night. Menu: Spanish-Mediterranean with small plates and regular-sized entrees. The "power lunch" features an ever-changing array of healthy, colorful veggie items. Dinner includes classic tapas (anchovies, olives, patatas bravas) plus large plates and great dessert. Drinks: Wine by the glass selection is bigger and more interesting than most places, due to the Enomatic wine system. Finely crafted cocktails change seasonally. The bar has its own scene and hosts the occasional late-night dance party.

  • Peking Restaurant

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2725 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-9333 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, buffet, delivery. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri and Sun. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Resembles a large Chinese palace with an ornate interior. Menu: Wide range of Chinese cuisine: all the standards and more on the huge menu. Lots of vegetarian options. Pre-set dinners based on the quantity of guests makes sharing dishes in large parties easy. The expansive weekday lunch buffet is all-you-can-eat and the best bang for your buck.

  • Plantation Buffet

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1119 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3663 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Buffet, catering, counter service, take-out, checks. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. The Look: Casual atmosphere, unassuming space. Menu: Country cooking with a buffet that changes its offerings daily. Expect fried chicken, steak and gravy, barbecue pork, meatloaf, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, yams and southern desserts. Goat makes an appearance on the menu sometimes.

  • Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 15 Huntington Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-0045 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Redfearn Grille

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 197 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-4433 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Buffet, catering. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Inside the Holiday Inn and serving hotel guests and the public alike. Menu: Stuffed French toast, waffles, biscuit sandwiches and omelets in the morning. Buffet or a la carte lunch. Evening entrees include a New York strip steak, sun-dried tomato ravioli, fried chicken and balsamic glazed pork chops.

  • The Savannah Room

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-542-6341 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Country club-style dining in the UGA Hotel, with attentive servers, nice tablecloths and butter mints. Menu: Southern-accented food includes standards like Celestial Chicken (breaded chicken tenders over rice pilaf with a special sauce) and strawberry ice cream pie, but also steak, grilled fish, shrimp and grits and good vegetarian choices. Sustainable options are highlighted, and parking is validated for up to two hours in the South Campus Deck.

  • Scott & BJ's BBQ

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4007 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-1005 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Cash and checks only. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu–Sat. The Look: Country 'cue spot with a few booths, a lunch counter and the motto "Where the Food Speaks for Itself."  Menu: Barbecue pork, chicken, beef and ribs with sides like baked beans, hash, slaw, potato salad, collard greens and seasonal vegetables. Sauce is hot and thin.

  • Siri Thai Cuisine

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 367 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-7667 View Map

    • 1040 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-3500 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, full bar (Bottleworks location), catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Wed–Mon. The Look: Both locations feature photos of Thailand and a slightly upscale atmosphere. Menu: Large menu, with tons of vegetarian options and many dishes that can be built around chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, seafood, tofu or vegetables. Noodles, rice entrees, soups, hot pot, salads, curries and a big Thai dessert selection. Spice level can be serious. Lunch specials. Drinks: A couple of Thai beers among the domestics, sakes and a section of organic wines. Full bar recently added at the Bottleworks location which will serve American food as well. 

  • Starbucks

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1761 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-2206 View Map

    • 10 Huntington Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-6632 View Map

    • 2301 College Station Road (Kroger) Athens, GA 30605. 706-353-8543 View Map

    • 100 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-0114 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru (Epps Bridge Pkwy. and Huntington Road), Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. Open seven days.

  • Strickland's Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 4723 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, GA 30622. 706-548-7003 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, checks. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look: Family-run half-century-old operation. Look for the big billboard to find it. Menu: Southern comfort food done perfectly. Big buttermilk biscuit sandwiches (filled with eggs, cheese or many meats), pancakes, grits and hashbrowns in the morning. Meat 'n' three lunches off a steam table may include fried chicken, ribs, catfish, pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and greens. Excellent desserts made in town.

  • Taqueria El Agave

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1280 Oconee St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-2639 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Lots of booths, bar in the back, soccer on the TV. Menu: Some Americanized Mexican standards but also Mexican tacos (lengua, al pastor), seafood, aguas frescas and weekend specials including menudo and seafood soups. Drinks: Mexican beers, margaritas.

  • Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1225 N. Chase St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-9301 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Brightly colored cinder-block building near the loop on Chase Street; some picnic tables outside by the substation. Menu: Named for the Aztec rain god, this restaurant has a cult following for its Central American specialties and real-deal Mexican food. Pupusas, massive tortas, regular specials and fantastic mole. Breakast starts at 9 a.m. and features eggs, beans and pork products. Drinks: Margaritas, beer.

  • Transmetropolitan

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    Locations

    • 145 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-8773 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside seating, art. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Pizza with table service. Big bar upstairs plus rooms for private parties. Menu: Large thin-crust slices that aren't as floppy as classic New York-style 'za and have a puffier crust at the edge. Lots of toppings and specialty pies. Also: pastas, salads, panini, burgers and delicious oven-roasted potatoes with plenty of garlic. Drinks: Draft beer, craft beer in bottles/cans, wine, build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar on Sunday.

  • Weaver D's Fine Foods

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1016 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-7797 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner (11 a.m.–6 p.m.), Mon–Sat. The Look: Look for the bright-green cinderblock building and the sign that reads "Automatic for the People." Few frills. Be snappy with your order or you'll hear about it. Menu: Dexter Weaver keeps threatening to close his eponymous soul food restaurant, but for now it's still serving fantastic fried chicken, squash casserole, mac and cheese, collards and the like. The James Beard Foundation named it an "America's Classic." Damn right.

  • White Tiger Gourmet

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 217 Hiawasee Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-6847 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, live music, BYOB, delivery, take-out, art, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Thu–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: In a historic building in a historic neighborhood, White Tiger supplies toys and crayons for kids and many artistic renderings of its namesake. Menu: Both carnivores and vegetarians will be equally happy. Good ingredients shine in the Happy Top cheeseburger (simple and perfect, with grilled onions, field greens and mayo) or a seared salmon ciabatta. Smoked pork barbecue and tofu-q; dinner menu changes constantly. At brunch, try a biscuit sandwich or stack of pancakes covered in pulled pork.

  • Your Pie

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1591 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7424 View Map

    • 196 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-3179 View Map

    • 1045 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-355-7048 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Locally based franchise lets you customize a personalized pizza baked in a brick oven right in front of you. Menu: Lots of topping, sauce and cheese choices, as well as several doughs. Pick a specialty pie or build your own. Vegan and gluten-free pizzas are available. Panini, bread bowl salads and gelato, too. Beer and wine available.

  • Zeb Dean's Barbecue

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 5742 Hwy. 29 N. Danielsville, GA 30633. 706-795-2701 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, checks. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed–Sat. Lunch, Sun. The Look: Country 'cue joint with awesome signage, un-fancy environs. Menu: Dean's signature pepper-vinegar sauce attracts 'cue hounds from far and wide, and the creamed-corn-based Brunswick stew has also contributed to its reputation as worthy of a drive. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, tots and slaw, too. Brightly colored slices of soda cake by the register.