Restaurants -> Catering

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

    agualindarestaurant.com

    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).

  • Amici

    amici-cafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 233 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0000 View Map

    File Under: Pizza, Bars. Features: Trivia, catering, outside seating, art, take-out, delivery, full bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Casual dining space with dark wood, long bar and brick walls. Menu: This small Georgia chain focuses mostly on pizza and wings, but also does sandwiches, pasta, salads and soup. Lots of pizzas with exciting topping combos, like the Pineapple Express (white pizza with grilled chicken, bacon, feta, pineapple and fresh basil). Drinks: Full bar with lots of draft choices. The Beer of the Month is usually a good craft brew.

  • Athens Bagel Co.

    athensbagel.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 268 N. Jackson St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5001 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days. The Look: Locally owned bagel bakery in a nice, open space downtown. Menu: Big, good bagels boiled and baked in-house, in a wide variety of flavors. Top with hummus, butter (whipped, honey, peanut) or cream cheese (bacon and chive, jalapeño, snickerdoodle, sundried tomato and basil). Breakfast and lunch sandwiches on bagels: smoked pork, reuben or egg salad.

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

    barberitos.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-0300 View Map

    • 1739 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1866 View Map

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-9954 View Map

    • 259 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-9008 View Map

    • 2 S. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1228 View Map

    • 680 N. Hwy 29 Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5299

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer (Clayton St.), catering, outside seating, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Locally owned burrito chain. Menu: Health-oriented Mexican fare. Build your own burrito (or quesadilla, fajitas, tacos, nachos or salads) as you walk down the counter. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, plus the "7 Under 7" menu that has seven options with less than seven grams of fat each and a salsa bar.

  • Bee's Knees Bakery & Gifts

    beeskneesbakeryandgifts.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-3633 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries, Delivery. Features: Catering, counter service. Hours: 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Mon–Sat. The Look: Order a custom cake for any occasion (including weddings), or drop by this cute bakery to see what's in store. Menu: Special orders, or pick up something from the display case (cake, iced cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cake pops and more). Box lunches with a sandwich, cheese straws and a cupcake are available without pre-ordering.

  • Beef 'O' Brady's

    beefobradys.com

    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.

  • Bella Noche

    bellanochewatkinsville.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-4414 View Map

    File Under: Italian, Mexican and South American. Features: Reservations, catering, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Quiet dining in a Watkinsville shopping center with a covered patio. Menu: Many Italian standards but some Latin accents, too, especially in the sides section, where you can get sweet or savory plantains to go with your chicken piccata. Gluten-free pastas, kids' menu and lunch specials on pastas and sandwiches.

  • Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop

    benjerrys.com/athens

    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

    bigcitybreadcafe.com

    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.

  • Blind Pig Tavern

    blindpigtavern.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 312 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-3442

    • 2440 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-7979 View Map

    • 2301 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-4919

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, outside seating, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Three locations of a longtime Athens sports bar. Downtown is the newest, migrated from the old location on Baldwin. Menu: Tasty bar food: burgers, wings, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, fried pickles and chili cheese fries. Tuesdays bring po'boys, Cajun burgers and more. The Hot Healthy Mama plate includes blackened fish, spinach and black beans. Drinks: Beer on tap, more in the bottle including local brews, plus standard cocktails. A Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday.

  • 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.

  • Bubble Café

    bubblecafeathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 154 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-355-3002 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Tiny eatery tucked underneath a shoe-repair shop is cozy and cute. Menu: Bubble tea and other drinks, of course, but also gyoza, some hearty noodle soups, tasty Taiwanese-style snacks and rice bowls. Prepackaged snacks by the register.

  • Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q

    butthuttathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 480 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8511 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Full bar, live music, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Casual, as you'd think. Menu: Giggle about the name, but the pulled pork is excellent, even without sauce. Ribs are on point. A great salty, creamy potato salad incorporates bacon, and the chicken mull is popular. Drinks: Beer, liquor, frozen drinks.

  • Cafe Istanbul

    facebook.com/cafeistanbul4

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 430 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-6444

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, take-out, catering, live music, reservations. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSat. Dinner, Sun. The Look: Athens' only Turkish eatery is in a long space with a big bar and murals. Menu: Lots of Mediterranean standards (dolmeh, hummus, baba ghanouj) but some things you can't get anywhere else in town, like a wonderful Turkish pizza topped with lamb, tomatoes, onion, garlic and feta. Options for meat-eaters and vegans alike. Don't snooze on the eggplant dishes. Drinks: A full bar, with fruity specialty cocktails and a lively, clublike vibe at night.

  • Carrabba's Italian Grill

    carrabbas.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3194 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-9938 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Lunch, Sat and Sun.

  • Cecilia Villaveces Cakes

    ceciliascakes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 610 N. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-3308 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Catering. The Look: Family-owned cake bakery that supplies many restaurants. Menu: All cakes are made to order; specialty and wedding cakes require more advance notice and can be custom-designed. Popular flavors include lemon, tres leches, Hummingbird, mocha, caramel, coconut and red velvet.

  • Champy's Famous Fried Chicken

    champyschicken.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1120 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3092

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Delta-style juke joint with crazy, chicken-themed yard art. Menu: Fried chicken is the main offering, but don't miss the Delta hot tamales, served with slaw and saltines. Other fried food, like jalapenos, pickle spears, green tomatoes and catfish, plus frogs' legs and wings. Drinks: 40s of beer, plus a full bar and local brews on tap.

  • Chef Ming

    chefmingathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-3233 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: A shopping-center space that feels more elegant than it should. Menu: Lots of standards, but all prepared with a lighter touch and less grease than usual. Lunch specials come with rice, spring roll, crab rangoon or chicken wings and your choice of hot and sour, egg drop or wonton soup.

  • Chili's Grill & Bar

    chilis.com

    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.

  • China 1

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2026 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-7788 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSun. The Look: Quick service is key at this small Chinese restaurant that focuses on to-go food. Menu: Lo mein, pancit, teriyaki, egg foo young, sweet and sour, moo shu and meat entrees, plus chef's special Cantonese dishes.

  • Chipotle

    chipotle.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 165 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-7210 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Counter service, take-out, catering, outside seating. 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.

  • Cici's Pizza

    cicis.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3190 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-2424 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Buffet, catering, counter service, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Clarke's Standard

    facebook.com/clarkesstandard

    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.

  • Copper Creek Brewing Company

    coppercreekathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 140 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-1102 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Catering, trivia, delivery. Hours: Dinner and late night, Tue–Sun. Weekend brunch. The Look: With plenty of booth seating, this brewpub has a dark, quiet environment. Menu: Pub stuff with some international accents and American standards. Brunch includes hot wings alongside omelets and amaretto French toast. Drinks: Housemade beers may be Belgian, English, German, Scottish or American in style, and the long list of options changes constantly. Guest beers, too. You can buy a growler full to take home.

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

    crackerbarrel.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • D.P. Dough

    dpdough.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 180 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-842-2828

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Delivery, take-out, catering, counter service, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Calzone franchise on the ground floor of the Georgia Heights apartments. Menu: Calzones, wings (bone-in and boneless), tots, breadsticks (savory and cinnamon sugar), pints of ice cream. Online ordering for late-night delivery.

  • Dawg Gone Good BBQ

    facebook.com/dawggonegoodbbq

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 224 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-9799 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Late night Thu–Sat. The Look: Take-out downtown, with tables inside and out to eat on site. Menu: Ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and sausage dogs, plus sides like baked-potato salad, creamed spinach, yams, coleslaw, baked beans and mac and cheese.

  • DePalma's Italian Cafe

    depalmasitaliancafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2080 Timothy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-1237 View Map

    • 1965 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-369-0085 View Map

    • 401 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-6966 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Classic Italian with a little ritz but family-friendly. Menu: Each location is different, but all have New York-style pizza, calzones, pasta, salads and desserts. The menu expands at dinner, with regular specials and nice entrees like shrimp charmaine or tortelloni with grilled chicken sausage. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free customers are given full consideration. Drinks: Long wine list, mostly Italian. Really good beer list and cocktails.

  • Diablo's Southwest Grill

    diablossouthwestgrill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Bogart, GA 30622. 706-543-3399

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. The Look: Fast-casual burrito chain with a saddle by the door to sit on and free charging stations for your phone. Menu: Basically the intersection of Moe's, Willy's and Barberitos: Pick a protein, then have it as a burrito, tacos, salad, etc., with a wide variety of toppings and a few different salsas.

  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit

    dickeys.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2131 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1326 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Texas-based chain with trademark big yellow cups for drinks. Menu: Brisket, pulled pork, honey-glazed ham, smoked sausage, pork ribs, turkey and chicken. Homestyle sides, sandwiches, giant baked potatoes, family meals and pecan pie.

  • Dolce Vita Trattoria Italiana

    ladolcevitaathens.com

    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.

  • Dominick's Italian

    dominicksitalian.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-6255 View Map

    File Under: Italian. Features: Catering, Full bar, Reservations, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Family-style upscale Italian. Menu: Classics like eggplant parmigiana, lasagna, stuffed pork chops, chicken saltimbocca and steaks, most available in full or half servings. Tiramisu, cannoli and a kids' menu. Drinks: Big wine list, limoncello, frozen drinks, beers, monthly wine dinners.

  • Donderos' Kitchen

    donderoskitchen.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Weekend brunch. 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. Brunch on the weekends. 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.

  • Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina

    athens-dospalmas.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3523 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7771 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Big, beachy mural, chill atmosphere in a shopping center. Menu: Americanized Mexican staples: tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, big burritos, enchiladas, queso, fish tacos, fried ice cream. Drinks: More than 30 tequilas, a couple of draft beers, more in bottles.

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels

    einsteinbros.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 259 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0027 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: 6 a.m.–4 p.m., seven days.

  • 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.

  • Firehouse Subs

    firehousesubs.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-4266 View Map

    • 1226 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-357-4994 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Franchised sub shop originally founded by firefighters. Menu: Classic hot and cold subs.

  • Five & Ten

    fiveandten.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 1073 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-7300 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Full bar, reservations, catering, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Hugh Acheson's flagship restaurant is on one of Athens' most beautiful streets in a superlatively renovated historic home. Menu: Serious dining that stays up on trends and pushes the envelope without being obnoxiously hip. Some items recur frequently, but there's always something new to eat, based on the season. The early-evening three-course prix-fixe is a great deal. Drinks: Wine list by James Beard nominee; unpretentious but smart cocktails; excellent after-dinner drinks.

  • Food for the Soul

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1965 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-0052 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, catering. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Fri. and Sun. The Look: Small, homey eatery with a self-service buffet and a cool new mural. Menu: Soul-food staples that rotate daily, like pork chops, fried chicken livers, mac and cheese and country-fried steak. Pair a meat and two sides for a hearty meal, or take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet.

  • Fox's Pizza Den

    foxspizzaoconee.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2971 Monroe Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 678-661-0220 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, take-out, catering, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Fresh Air Bar-B-Que

    freshairbbq.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 5170 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, GA 30622. 770-725-5227 View Map

    • 1110 Hull Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-6060 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Buffet (Hull Road), catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days (Atlanta Hwy.). Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sat (Hull Road). The Look: Wood paneling, shack-like exterior. Menu: The Hull location does an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch Wednesday through Friday, with ribs, shrimp and catfish respectively on the menu. Otherwise, it's chopped pork and chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans, chicken tenders and banana pudding. Family and tailgating specials for take-out.

  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop

    fuzzystacoshop.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 265 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0305 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat.

  • The Garden Grille

    hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

    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

    georgeslowcountrytable.com

    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.

  • Gigi's Cupcakes

    gigiscupcakesusa.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 296 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-7879 View Map

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-3727

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Catering, delivery, gluten-free options. Hours: Open seven days.

  • Girasoles

    girasoleswatkinsville.com

    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.

  • Golden Dragon

    athensgoldendragon.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 126 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-1688 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, buffet, delivery, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Chinese restaurant in a shopping center. Menu: Big lunch buffet daily. Tons of standard Chinese options. Dragon Dinners feature combinations of dishes for two to 10 people.

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 815 N. Chase St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-7901 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Tue–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: Converted gas station includes a bocce court and a wonderful patio in a historic neighborhood. Menu: Lunch in the light-filled space is casual but refined, with soups, salads, sandwiches and quiche. The dinner menu changes more often, with interesting influences on Southern cuisine. Local providers are listed on a chalkboard. Brunch is busy for good reason. Very accommodating of diet restrictions. Drinks: Artisan cocktails, good wines, some non-frou-frou beers. Regular wine tastings.

  • 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.

  • HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café

    honeybaked.com

    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. 

  • Ike and Jane

    ikeandjane.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1307 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-1580 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days. The Look: Extreme cuteness in Normaltown. Menu: Doughnuts are the big thing, with a gazillion varieties that change out regularly, as well as many other baked goodies (try a cranberry bar instead of the standard lemon). Build your own biscuit for breakfast. Lunch brings soups, salads and sandwiches.

  • Insomnia Cookies

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 228 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 877-632-6654 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Catering, delivery. Hours: Noon–3 a.m., seven days.

  • Jason's Deli

    jasonsdeli.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 140 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-425-4950 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs

    jimmyjohns.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 600 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-0500 View Map

    • 2301 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-5411 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Drive-thru (Baxter), delivery, catering, counter service, outside seating (Baxter). Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days.

  • Johnny's New York Style Pizza

    johnnyspizza.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1040 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-354-1515 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, delivery, outside seating, trivia, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • KEBA Spitfire Grill

    kebagrill.com

    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, gelato for dessert, low-carb choices.

  • Kelly's Jamaican Food

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    Price: $$

    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, mac and cheese.

  • Kiki's Bakeshop

    kikisbakeshop.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 20 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-6766

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., MonFri. 8 a.m.4 p.m. Sat. Menu: Fresh breads (loaf-style, baguettes, bagels), muffins, scones (sweet and savory), cinnamon rolls and sweets from cheesecake to bar desserts, cupcakes, layer cakes and cookies. The deli case holds pimento cheese, chicken salad, tuna salad and hummus, all made in-house. Specialty cakes and pies orderable in advance.

  • 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.

  • La Fiesta

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1395 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-5933 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Eastside restaurant with colorful decor and a large covered outdoor patio. Menu: Popular Americanized Mexican fare: burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, taquitos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Special entrees and combo plates. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers, domestics and house wines.

  • Larry's Giant Subs

    larryssubs.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-7298 View Map

    • 1959 S. Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-4926 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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.

  • Main Moon Restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Experiment Station Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-8686 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Quick and casual counter service is the focus. Menu: Chow mein, stir fry, fried rice, lo mein, egg foo yung, Mongolian chicken, Szechuan beef and Hunan shrimp, all ready for take-out or eat-in. Menu has a Weight Watchers section.

  • Mama Jewel's Kitchen

    mamajewelskitchen.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1075 Baxter St. Athens, GA. 706-850-9797

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Fri. Weekend brunch. The Look: Big space with homey touches like a giant bookshelf filled with cookbooks. Menu: Breakfast is served all day, with biscuit plates and eggs. Lunch and dinner are Southern but not exclusively, from ladies-who-lunch fare to a very good corned beef and hot platters. Housemade cinnamon whipped cream is great. Take-and-bake casseroles and food to-go.

  • Mama's Boy

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 197 Oak St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-6249 View Map

    • 8851 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. No # specified

    File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, outside seating, reservations, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Thu. Brunch, Fri-Sun. The Look: Modern Southern with a pretty patio by the Greenway. Long line on weekends. Location No. 2 newly opened on Macon Highway. Menu: Breakfast all day (biscuits, of course, but also scramblers, chocolate cake, omelets and more); lunch (fried chicken plate, pimento cheese-topped burger, fried green tomato sandwich, salads) in the second half of the day. Pancake Tuesdays. Strawberry lemonade. Very accommodating to those with special dietary needs.

  • 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. 

  • Mediterranean Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1591 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-5000 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Small chain from Decatur cooks Mediterranean standards in an open kitchen. Menu: Grilled meats and veggies (lamb, chicken, kufta, gyros) and tons of vegetarian choices, like falafel, salads, dolmas, hummus and tabbouleh, all of which can be mixed and matched into good combos. Kids' meals and business lunch specials. Baklava and other desserts.

  • Mellow Mushroom

    mellowmushroom.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-0892 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, delivery, outside seating, trivia, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Big airy space filled with psychedelic decorations. TVs for sports. Menu: This Atlanta-based chain founded in 1974 has been in Athens a long time. Lots of toppings and specialty pies, plus pretzels made with the same dough, salads, subs, calzones and munchies. Drinks: More than 40 beers on tap, including regional, craft and high-gravity brews; bottled/canned beers, too, as well wine and liquor.

  • Mirko Pasta

    mirkopasta.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2 S. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-1233 View Map

    File Under: Italian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Athens-based casual dining franchise. Menu: Pick a fresh pasta and a sauce (you can also add a protein: chicken, sausage, meatballs, shrimp) or choose a seasonal entree (like Pollo Marsala and Lasagna Verde). Add on a salad, some antipasti and dessert. White-bean hummus comes complimentary with bread.

  • Moe's Southwest Grill

    moes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1320 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-7776 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • The National

    thenationalrestaurant.com

    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.

  • The Olive Garden

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3666 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-2225 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full bar, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

    ontheborder.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3640 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-247-7290 View Map

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

  • Panera Bread

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3151 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-6812 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Planet Smoothie

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Rd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-316-3090 View Map

    • 1993 Barnett Shoals Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-353-8181 View Map

    File Under: Smoothies. Features: Catering. Hours: Open seven days.

  • 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 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.

  • Pulaski Heights BBQ

    pulaskiheightsbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 675 Pulaski St. Athens, GA 30601 . 706-583-9600 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: BYOB, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Next to the railroad tracks in the Leathers building, with great views from upstairs and a family-friendly patio with sidewalk chalk. Menu: Chef-interpreted barbecue, which sounds pretentious but isn't. Excellent meats smoked out back, but pescatarians and vegetarians will find plenty to eat, too. Ramen, kids-eat-free Mondays and other specials are well publicized. Housemade pickles, vinegar-lime slaw, smoked potato salad, tacos and a family dinner for take-out that feeds four for $32.

  • Rachel's Southern Style Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1021 Jamestown Blvd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0091 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonFri. Lunch, Sun. The Look: Country cooking in a strip mall in Watkinsville. Menu: Traditional Southern cuisine with a rotating menu written on a whiteboard. Choose among pork chops, chicken, fish and more, grilled or fried, plus fried chicken livers and a host of vegetable sides (rutabagas, cabbage, carrot-and-raisin salad, turnip greens, hash-brown casserole). Homemade desserts.

  • Rashe's Cuisine

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 211 Tallassee Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-4164

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Live music, take-out, catering, counter service, outdoor seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, WedSat. The Look: Mostly outdoor space (some of which is covered), with a stage for music and comedy. Menu: Jamaican food from jerk chicken to ribs, plantains, veggies, salmon, salads, oxtail and more. It's all well priced, and Friday fish specials come with wonderful peppers. Sometimes makes an appearance at the West Broad Farmers Market.

  • 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.

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 830 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-363-3351 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Bars/Clubs. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, outside seating, take-out, trivia. Hours: Breakfast, TueSun. Lunch, dinner and late night, WedSun. The Look: Big complex, with a great patio and a bar that serves a different menu from the restaurant proper. Menu: Chicken, pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, heftily topped baked potatoes; classic sides like mac and cheese, slaw and baked beans; a ton of different kinds of sauce. Breakfast brings eggs, gravy, meats and grits. The bar has snacks like pork nachos and fried mac-and-cheese balls. Drinks: The bar is housed in a separate building and is open seven nights a week serving local beers, cocktails and wine with plenty of weekly specials.

  • Schlotzsky's Deli

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1490 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-2518 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Drive-thru, catering, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Seabear Oyster Bar

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 297 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-4367 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating. Hours: Daily, 3 p.m.–midnight. The Look: Beautifully appointed, intimate oyster bar in the Bottleworks. Menu: Oysters change daily and are from places familiar and not. The rest of the menu is mostly small plates: a fantastic grilled cheese; mini lobster roll; Parker House rolls. Monday is ramen night (vegan and delicious). Oyster deals at daily happy hours, 3–6 p.m. and 10 p.m.–midnight. Drinks: Beer, wine, absinthe, sake, serious cocktails, ever-changing punch and frozen Negronis.

  • Shane's Rib Shack

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 680 U.S. Hwy 29 N Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-9135

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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 (Prince Ave.), 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 at the Bottleworks location, which serves American food as well.

  • Smoothie King

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2361 W. Broad St. (The Omni Club) Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-3111 View Map

    • 1591 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-2600 View Map

    File Under: Smoothies. Features: Catering, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. Open seven days.

  • Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3755 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30622. 706-546-0385 View Map

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Sultan

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1074 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7725 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Great big shady patio and a welcoming atmosphere in this restaurant that sells some Middle Eastern dry goods. Menu: Lunch specials include Lebanese-style flatbreads topped with cheese, tomato or za'atar. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options (big salads, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel) good enough to please even meatatarians, plus shawarma and kebabs of grilled beef, chicken and lamb.

  • Sweetie Pie by Savie

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 150 E. Whitehall Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-9255 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Tue–Sat. The Look: Historic grocery renovated into cute bakery. Menu: European, American and Asian sweets, including fancy custom cakes, taro croissants, cupcakes, mini pies, bar cookies and anything you can imagine with fondant. Savory things, too, including scones and tiny pies. Espresso and drip coffee in the a.m. Custom orders of all kinds.

  • The Table

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1075 Baxter St., B102 Athens, GA 30606. 706-395-6599

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonSat. The Look: Sweet hidden gem on Baxter that attracts grown-ups. Menu: Asian-accented quick bistro with an emphasis on fresh flavors and beautiful presentation. Lots of veggies and seafood, little in the way of salt. Gluten-free and dairy-free options.

  • Takorea

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 311 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-521-8131

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, full bar, take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night Thu-Sat. The Look: Athens branch of Atlanta restaurant that combines Korean and Mexican cuisine. Menu: "Takos" and burritos filled with Korean specialties like bulgogi, as well as tofu and veggies, bibimbap, nachos, rice, beans and some snacks. The sesame fries are good eats, late at night or as a side earlier in the day. Kids menu.

  • Taqueria Del Sol

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 334 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3890 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Atlanta-based chef-crafted taqueria in a wonderfully renovated gas station. Menu: This location of the franchise is run by the original owners, with an eye toward consistency and quality. The menu is small, but everything is good, and a few fun specials change weekly. Pork, brisket, fried chicken, carnitas, fish and veggie tacos are small and intensely flavored. Guacamole is made fresh. Everything runs like a top. Drinks: High-end tequilas, bottled beers.

  • Taste of India

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 131 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-559-0000 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, buffet, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Tablecloths, tapestries and statues. Menu: Big menu of Indian standards, from samosas and pakoras to poori, chat, tandoori and many vegetarian options. There's goat if you want it, and combination dinners if you want to try a bunch of things (the daily lunch buffet works, too). Lassis, chai and Indian tea to drink. Grab a pinch of the spices by the door on your way out instead of popping an Altoid. Drinks: Wine and beer, including Indian varieties of both.

  • Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 227 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-247-7619

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Two-level corner space in The Bottleworks. Menu: Mediterranean quick-service franchise does healthful grilled food, including gyros, entree-size salads and "feasts" (grilled veggies or protein, salad, side). Soups, baklava, daily specials, family take-home meals, hummus and spicy pimento cheese, too.

  • Team Biscuits and Burgers

    teambandb.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 745 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8326 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, drive-thru, catering, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Thu–Sat. The Look: Red and black, football theme. The Menu: Breakfast biscuits with sausage, bacon, bologna, steak, chicken, country ham, tenderloin, smoke-link or salmon. Beef, chicken, salmon and shrimp burgers. Some healthier options, too. Wings available in large quantities geared to tailgating.

  • The Varsity

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1000 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-6325 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Drive-thru, catering, counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat. The Look: "What'll ya have?!" greets you at the door of this retro fast-food eatery, still going strong after 80 years of business. Menu: Hot dogs (with cheese, slaw or chili), burgers, BLTs, grilled cheeses, chicken sandwiches, french fries and onion rings; wash it down with a famous Varsity frosted-orange drink. Fried apple or peach pies, 16 flavors of ice cream and brownies for dessert.

  • Weaver D's Fine Foods

    weaverds.com

    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: 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 is still serving up 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

    whitetigergourmet.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 217 Hiawassee 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, Mon–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: 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; great daily specials and seasonal sides. At brunch, try a biscuit sandwich or stack of pancakes covered in pulled pork.

  • Willy's Mexicana Grill

    willys.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1920 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, delivery, outside seating, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Your Pie

    yourpie.com

    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

    • 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsvile, GA 30677. 706-705-1510

    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 U.S. 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 barbecue 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.

  • Zoe's Kitchen

    zoeskitchen.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 145 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3400 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, drive-thru, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.