Restaurants -> American

  • 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.

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    akademiabc.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 150 Crane Dr. Bogart, GA 30622. No # specified

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Beer. The Look: Brewpub due to open in the fall, with a big, barrel-shaped bar and crowlers to go. Menu: Chef Josh Aaron previously ran the Savory Spoon in Jefferson, where he served farm-fresh vegetables, good burgers and the like. Expect something beer-inspired and good. Drinks: Craft beers made in house.

  • AMC Athens 12

    amctheatres.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1570 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-354-0584

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: The former Carmike Cinemas dine-in is now an AMC. All 12 theaters have call buttons to order food/drink, plus there's a bar/dining area in the lobby (where you don't have to have tickets to eat). Menu: Candy and popcorn, yes, but also burgers, flatbreads, some sushi and poutine. Drinks: Mostly domestics on draft, imports, domestics and local in the bottle, wine and full bar.

  • American Deli

    americandeli.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2139 West Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-395-6615

    • 3700 Atlanta Hwy. Ste. 4 Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-3009

    • 1055 Gaines School Road, Ste. 102 Athens, GA 30605. 706-714-1212

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. 

  • Applebee's

    applebees.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2226 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-1339 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days.

  • Beef 'O' Brady's

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-1916 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Catering, outside seating, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Family-friendly pub franchise with lots of TVs. Menu: Sports-bar fare: burgers and sliders, sandwiches, wraps, salads, tasty wings, fried shrimp and fish and chips. Drinks: 22 beers on tap, 44 in the bottle. Try the signature sangria, mint mojito or spiked frozen lemonade.

  • Big Family Cafe

    thebigfamilycafe.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2467 Jefferson Road Athens, GA. 706-355-3102

    File Under: American. Features: Take-out. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Sun, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. The Look: Warm and welcoming in an informal atmosphere. Menu: Think California diner. Big Family will make you a scramble, burrito, sandwich, order of pancakes, crepes, huevos rancheros, burger, eggs Benedict and more any time it's open. Everything is made in house, and it shows. The food is genuinely fresh, reliably delicious and has a healthy accent (lots of whole grains). Hot berry cobbler is always available for dessert.

  • Bone Island Grillhouse

    boneislandgrillhouse.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Ste. 108 Athens, GA 30606. 706-623-0255

    File Under: American. Features: Catering, take-out, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Upscale-ish surf-and-turf out of Eatonton with a fancy fireplace and nice lighting. Menu: Fried and grilled seafood and steaks plus sandwiches, a whole bunch of American restaurant-style apps, Key lime pie and a tasty house salad dressing it sells bottled. Drinks: Plenty of beer in bottle and on draft. Tropical frozen drinks by the glass or pitcher. 

  • Brett's Casual American Restaurant

    brettscasualamerican.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3190 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-1395 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Beer and wine, curbside pick-up, catering, outside seating, delivery, take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Tucked into a strip mall, Brett's is casual and family-friendly in a way few places in Athens can match. Menu: The kitchen makes pretty much everything from scratch, including the salad dressings, on a large menu that ranges from grilled seafood to burgers, tacos, chili dogs, steaks, big salads, nachos and artichoke dip. Kids' meals start at $2 and are served for both lunch and dinner.

  • Catch 22 Gastropub

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1021 Parkway Blvd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-6333 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: A rare independent restaurant in the Epps Bridge area with a large wooden bar and relaxed atmosphere. Menu: Bar food done with lots of creativity. Pretzels come with wasabi honey mustard, and the "Porknado Burger" includes bacon jam and smoked pork. Fun snacks, lots of specials, cute kids' menu. Drinks: Serious about beer, with many on draft and even more canned (gose, witbier, many IPAs), plus regular beer dinners and tastings.

  • Charlie Graingers

    charliegraingers.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-521-5767

    File Under: American. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. Lunch, Sun. The Look: Hot-dog franchise out of North Carolina with a rustic aesthetic. Fast eats near the movie theater. Menu: A whole bunch of different combinations of hot-dog toppings, from cheese to tomatoes, jalapenos and "Jamaican relish," plus brisket, pimento cheese and turkey salad. House strawberry lemonade is a point of pride.

  • Cheddar's Casual Cafe

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0217

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Chili's Grill & Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 183 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-5405 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Chops and Hops

    chopsandhops.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2 S. Main St. Watkinsville 30677. 706-310-1101 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, reservations, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: White-tablecloth dining and a big bar with TVs. Menu: Steaks and beer are a strong point, but not the only option by a long shot. You can also eat salmon tacos, chicken banh mi, grilled fish and fun, chef-crafted burgers. Lots of specials. Drinks: Big selection of beer and wine, well-priced and well-chosen, tap takeovers.

  • Clarke's Standard

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 225 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-5152

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Preppy but not aggressively so. Menu: This reinvention of the former Branded Butcher isn't quite as upscale. Instead, it offers burgers, sandwiches, avocado toast, some nice salads and waffles for dessert, all made much better than they need to be. The Scotch egg remains. Drinks: Big list of bottled beer, a few nice wines, some cute cocktails.

  • Courtyard Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-542-2633 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. The Look: Cafeteria inside the UGA Hotel but open to all. Validated parking for up to one hour is available at the South Campus Parking Deck. Menu: Breakfast in the a.m., made-to-order deli sandwiches in the p.m. Southern standards from a steam table and a soup and salad bar on weekdays. Coffee, muffins and bagels are available around the corner at Georgia Java.

  • 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.

  • Craft Public House

    craftathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1040 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-4363

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full Bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: Gastropub in the Ansonborough development. Menu: Menu changes seasonally but tends to feature nice vegetables, like a roasted beet salad with curry-spiced carrot purée and housemade ricotta. Great pork-belly sandwich. Good options for vegetarians and meat-eaters; kids menu. Drinks: Local beers on draft, craft beers in bottle or can, some wines and cocktails.

  • Em's Kitchen

    emskitchenathawthorne.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 975 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-206-9322 View Map

    File Under: American, Bakeries. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Saturday brunch. The Look: A separate room within Hawthorne Drugs, with sweet decorations and children's books to read. Menu: Breakfast brings biscuits, omelets and homemade muffins and scones, as well as egg plates; brunch has more options. Lunch is mostly classic sandwiches (chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad) but also a good Cuban and a BLT with homemade chipotle mayo on Texas toast.

  • Fatz Café

    fatz.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4115 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-425-8780 View Map

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

  • The Fish Shack

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1660 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-521-8333

    File Under: American. Features: Take-out, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sat. The Look: Tiny vintage building with nets and a boat, some booths outside, warm family service. Menu: A few different kinds of tasty, fried white-fleshed fish, plus classic sides like hush puppies and coleslaw. Homemade cake by the register.

  • Five Bar

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 269 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5515 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Full bar. Hours: Dinner, Tue–Sun. Late night, Fri and Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Two levels of dining, lit by multiple chandeliers, but not formal. The Menu: Five options of snacks and entrees, plus nightly specials, are a little bit Southern, a little bit Asian and all bar. Baked avocado, gyoza, cheeseburger, market catch from Destin and more. Brunch brings breakfast cheeseburgers and chicken and waffles. Drinks: Wine, beer and signature cocktails (all in groups of five, again).

  • The Foundry

    thefoundryathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 295 E. Dougherty St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-7051 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Live music, outside seating, reservations, Wi-Fi. Hours: Dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: You can eat at this music-venue restaurant until the start of a show if you don't have tickets. Hotel guests and ticket holders can dine until late. Menu: Revamped bar standards: salads, lots of burgers, barbecue sandwich, steaks, shrimp and grits, snacks. Drinks: A wide selection of wines, scotches, microbrews and craft beers.

  • The Garden Grille

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 390 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-6800 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, buffet, catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and dinner, seven days. The Look: Full-service restaurant inside the Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Menu: Breakfast can be cooked to order or assembled from the buffet (kids under 12 eat free). Steaks, burgers, pasta, salads and other all-American staples for dinner.

  • George's Lowcountry Table

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2095 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-3359 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, catering, live music, reservations, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: Quiet atmosphere, white tablecloths and attentive service. Menu: Gulf and Carolina Coast cuisine: étouffée, shrimp and grits, sherry crab bisque, oysters (raw and cooked), peel-and-eat shrimp and more. Every table gets a basket of warm, housemade cheddar biscuits. Drinks: Wines from all over, a few beers and Southern-accented cocktails.

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

    hiloathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1354 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8561

    File Under: American, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, counter service, trivia. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sun. Lunch, Fri and Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Family-friendly neighborhood bar with eats. TVs for sporting events. Menu: Hot dogs with lots of toppings, plus veggie and vegan versions of most menu items. Pierogi scramble and tempeh hash for brunch, plus housemade caramel corn and more. Drinks: Full bar with 14 draft beers (with one rotating nitro line) and a well-curated selection of bottles and cans; half pours; classic cocktails.

  • Hilltop Grille

    hilltopgrille.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2310 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7667 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, live music, full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. Dinner, Mon. Sunday brunch. The Look: Big, Craftsman-style building with warm atmosphere, fireplaces, a Jack Davis mural and a large patio. Menu: A step up from chains that go for the same kind of feeling, Hilltop Grille serves American comfort cuisine: artichoke dip, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, Key lime pie, steaks, wedge salad, fried pork chop. Drinks: Large wooden bar serving beer, wine and cocktails with weekly happy hour specials.

  • home.made

    homemadeathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1072 Baxter St. Athens, Georgia 30606. 706-206-9216 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, delivery, take-out, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: Kinfolk-esque combination of rustic and sophisticated. Menu: Mimi Maumus' food has a Southern accent and a New Orleans influence; it's also seasonal, fresh and well-informed. Lunch brings variations on classics like the BLT (pepper-jelly-glazed pork belly!), beautiful salads, grain bowls and veggie sides. Dinner is relaxed fine dining. Dessert is a highlight. You can also buy casseroles, sides, snacks and take-away meals. Drinks: Crafty cocktails, good wine list and beer selection.

  • J & J Flea Market

    jandjfleamarket.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 11661 Hwy. 441 N. Athens, GA 30622. 706-613-2410 View Map

    File Under: American, Mexican. Features: Outside seating, counter service, cash only. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Sat and Sun. The Look: Georgia's biggest flea market has several large buildings with regular eateries and a ton of tables outside selling fresh, well-priced produce. Menu: Biscuits and burgers at the Flea Bite Cafe, barbecue, boiled peanuts, pizza and the wonderful Taqueria Mi Tierra, serving up excellent and authentic Mexican food, including fantastic pollo a la brasa. The big building in the back houses Backwoods Grill, serving homemade burgers, smoked pork and brisket, veggies and breakfast.

  • J. Christopher's

    jchristophers.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1650 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3520

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days. Features: Outdoor seating, Wi-Fi. 

  • Jersey Mike's

    jerseymikes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 690 US Highway 29, Suite 125 Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-4655

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Jerzees Sports Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 420 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 443-579-5566 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Live music/DJs. Hours: Dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Sports bar by day, dance club by night frequented by students, athletes and locals. This huge space features a multitude of TVs for catching a game or watching music videos. Menu: All-American staples like burgers, wings and fries. Sunday brunch. Drinks: Ten beers on draft and many more in bottle.

  • Last Resort Grill

    lastresortgrill.com

    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.

  • Lighthouse Seafood

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 585 Vine St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-5364

    File Under: American. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, WedSat. The Look: Small seafood store in a shopping center. Festooned with lighthouses. Menu: Fresh seafood from the case can be purchased to take home or steamed while you wait and served in a Styrofoam container with garlic butter. No frills, but the food is tasty and fast. Crab legs, low country boil, tilapia, shrimp, salmon. Fish by the pound, too. Closed the first Saturday of the month.

  • Lindsey's Culinary Market

    lindseysculinarymarket.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1238 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0558 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, take-out, counter service. Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon–Fri. The Look: Mostly pick-up operation in Normaltown. Menu: Best known for its frozen casseroles you can take home or bring to an ailing friend or new parents, Lindsey's also does biscuits and grits for breakfast and homemade soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch. Pimentoless cheese and chicken salad are highlights. Move planned for later this year to Thomas Street downtown, at which point options will expand.

  • Little City Diner

    littlecitydiner.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 135 Cherokee Road Winterville, GA 30683. 706-742-7590 View Map

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. Dinner, Fri. Sunday brunch. The Look: Pretty, sunny little restaurant in the middle of Winterville. Menu: The younger sibling of Big City Bread, Little City Diner does great food without the wait. Southern breakfast and brunch include country-ham biscuits, hotcakes, Red Mule grits and sawmill gravy. Lunch has a hot blue-plate special, plus soup, salads and sandwiches. Dinner one night a week offers burgers and a lot of local veggies. Fab pie.

  • Locos Grill & Pub

    locosgrill.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2020 Timothy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-7700 View Map

    • 1985 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-0911 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Curbside pick-up (Timothy), delivery, live music (Timothy), trivia, catering, Wi-Fi, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Local chain gone statewide has a focus on sports. Menu: Deli sandwiches, burgers with lots of toppings, salads, grilled cheese and chili combo, wings, fish tacos, and, surprisingly, lots of vegetarian options. Drinks: Fully stocked bar with inexpensive domestic beer available in pitchers or by the glass.

  • Logan's Roadhouse

    logansroadhouse.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3668 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-9890 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Longhorn Steakhouse

    longhornsteakhouse.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2170 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-0054 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • LRG Provisions

    lrgprovisions.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1653 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA. 706-850-2020

    File Under: American. Features: Catering, full bar, reservations. Hours: Dinner, Tue-Thu. The Look: Modern, open space with an enclosed porch. Menu: The catering base for Last Resort Grill also does dinner three nights a week (meat-and-three-inspired on Tuesday; dishes related to its big sister Wednesday and Thursday), plus UGA home games, tailgate boxed lunches and other special events. Drinks: Local beers, specialty cocktails and fine wines.

  • Marker 7 Coastal Grill

    marker7coastalgrill.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1195 Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-3451 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. Dinner, Mon. Sunday brunch. The Look: Lots of outdoor seating in a beautifully renovated historic house. Menu: Georgia and Gulf seafood: lightly fried baskets, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters (raw or cooked), grilled or blackened entrees and sides like coleslaw and hush puppies. A few options if you hate seafood. Cornhole on the lawn. Park at the fire station if you need to; they have an agreement. Drinks: Beachy cocktails, beer and wine.

  • Outback Steakhouse

    outback.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3585 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-6015 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Outtakes

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1793 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-355-9122 View Map

    • 196 Alps Road Athens GA 30606. 706-546-1011

    File Under: American. Features: Beer and wine (Watkinsville), full bar (Athens). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: A full-service restaurant in the University 16 and Beechwood cinemas. Menu: Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, pizzas and salads, plus Georgia Street Tacos with tilapia. View movies in a dine-in theater with servers (one at University 16, five at Beechwood), or pick up meals ahead of time to bring into the other theaters. Drinks: Mostly domestics on drafts, imports and domestics in the bottle, wine; full bar with cocktails in Athens.

  • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1199 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-475-7000 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Two eateries that welcome the general public as well as visitors or staff. The Dogwood Bistro Cafeteria is on the basement floor of Talmadge Tower 1; the Dogwood Deli is on the first floor of Prince Tower. Menu: Cafeteria selections rotate daily and are relatively nutritious. The deli does sandwiches, salads, smoothies and Jittery Joe's coffee.

  • The Pine

    thepineathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1235 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605 . 706-208-0059

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, outdoor seating. Hours: Lunch, Tue-Sat. Dinner and late night, Tue-Sun. Weekend brunch. The Look: New South eats fueled by a visible wood-fired oven behind the long bar. Menu: Flatbreads with creative toppings make good use of the oven. Daily burger special, quinoa salad with veggies and some heartier stuff for dinner. Brunch highlights biscuits. Drinks: Five Points Bottle's owners are involved, which means a great list of beer and wine and some cocktails that might include two kinds of fancy gin, among other ingredients.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    porterhouseathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 459 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-369-0990 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, outside seating, live music. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Mon–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Locally owned steakhouse is dark and quiet, a grown-up space downtown. Menu: Lunch has lots that isn't steak: fish tacos, grilled salmon BLT, turkey club, crab-avocado salad. Dinner is fancier, with steaks alongside surf-and-turf, traditional à la carte sides and a classic wedge salad. Brunch is all-you-can-eat Southern, with made-to-order omelets and pancakes, special entrees and a carving station. Drinks: Four beers on tap, long wine list, full bar.

  • Pour Restaurant and Bar

    pouruga.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 22 N. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6064

    File Under: American, Italian and Pizza. Features: Full bar, outdoor seating. Hours: Dinner Mon–Sat, lunch Sun. The Look: Tries to encourage a date-night atmosphere; kids aren't welcome; dress up a little. Menu: Flatbreads are a cornerstone, with ingredients like prosciutto, figs and goat cheese, plus seafood entrees, filet mignon, white-truffle macaroni and the like.

  • Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

    raffertys.com

    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.

  • Red Lobster

    redlobster.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1956 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-5376 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. 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 à la carte lunch. Evening entrees include a New York strip steak, sun-dried-tomato ravioli, fried chicken and balsamic-glazed pork chops.

  • The Rooftop

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 215 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-7670 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Counter service, outside seating, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Cool bar/restaurant on top of the historic Georgia Theatre; take the elevator up to see fantastic views. DJs and bands regularly. Menu: Open both during shows and not, the Rooftop makes grass-fed burgers, a veggie banh mi, pork or tofu barbecue and a few other things ready in a jiffy. Drinks: Full bar, draft and canned/bottled beer.

  • 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.

  • South Kitchen and Bar

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 247 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6125

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, catering. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Mon–Sun. Sunday brunch. Late night, Fri–Sat. The Look: Beautiful historic space with vintage tile and stained glass. Menu: New South cuisine from a polished team. The deviled eggs incorporate Masala curry. The tater tots are made with duck jus. Small plates and large ones. Brunch has egg scramblers and meaty skillets, plus pancakes and special cocktails. Gluten-free menu. Drinks: Draft beers in full or half pours, good wines by the glass (and bottle) and regularly changing craft cocktails with housemade ingredients.

  • The Office Sports Bar and Grill

    theofficecolumbusga.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 135 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. No # specified

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. The Look: Second location of a Columbus sports bar, opening soon. Menu: Fancier sports-bar fare, from burgers to salads that incorporate kale, oranges and blue cheese. Steaky entrees, too.

  • The Traveling Hobo Cafe

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 20 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-4323

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Hours: Lunch, seven days. Dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Lots of train paraphernalia in a cozy downtown Watkinsville space. Menu: Burgers are the biggest attraction, and they're large and varied: lamb, bison, doughnuts for patties, etc. Not much in the way of health food, but the fries with gravy are great.

  • Wok Star

    wintervillewokstar.blogspot.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 225 Cherokee Road Winterville, GA 30683. 706-742-2555 View Map

    File Under: American, Asian. Features: Delivery, take-out. The Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue-Mon. The Look: American standards plus real Chinese food, hidden in a Winterville shopping center. Menu: Chinese dishes such as moo goo gai pan, lo mein, spicy garlic eggplant and sesame shrimp. Curiosity is rewarded with hot pot, boiled fish, interesting soups, cumin lamb and more.

  • The World Famous

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 351 N. Hull St. Athens GA 30601. 706-543-4002 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, live music/DJs, art, full bar. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Bright and cute, with funky art and fresh flowers. Menu: Smart bar food with good veggie options: tacos on Tuesday, steamed bao, fat sandwiches. Home football games for Georgia bring early hours and tasty breakfast specials. Drinks: Creative but not intimidating cocktails, well-priced beer (including lots of canned craft brews), wine, housemade nonalcoholic sodas.