Restaurants -> Counter Service

  • 180°F Cafe

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 650 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-521-5380

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri, dinner, seven days. The Look: Unpromising location gives way to nicely appointed small space with free Wi-Fi and personable staff. Menu: Snacky Taiwanese street food, like steamed bao, fish balls and chicken nuggets scented with five-spice. Also bubble tea, smoothies, coffee and some larger dishes.

  • Ahi Hibachi & Poke

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 489 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8898

    File Under: Asian, vegetarian friendly. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Menu: 

  • Automatic Pizza

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1397 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606 . 706-850-2037

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Small but efficient Normaltown space with lots of character. Menu: Excellent, large, floppy, New York-style slices or whole pies, topped with quality stuff, including great anchovies and, should you be vegan, dal cheese; good salads; nice subs on Luna bread; cannoli. Drinks: Local and mainstream draft beer, wine, half-pours of either for half-price while you wait on a to-go order.

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

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    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.

  • Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 771 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-3444 View Map

    • 2081 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-8363 View Map

    • 1055 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-353-7166 View Map

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru (Prince Ave. and Watkinsville). Wi-Fi (Prince Ave. and Watkinsville), counter service. Hours: 5 a.m.–12 a.m. (Prince Ave.), 6 a.m.–10 p.m., seven days (Watkinsville and Gaines School Road).

  • Bee's Knees Bakery & Gifts

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    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.

  • Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Big City Bread Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Bread Basket

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Bubble Café

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    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.

  • Bulldawg Pizza, Wings & More

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2026 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-355-3294 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: No-frills restaurant in a shopping center; booth seating. Menu: Order pizzas as big as 24 inches in diameter on Bulldawg Pizza's website, with up to 20 toppings, as well as wings (15 sauces), hot and cold subs, calzones, fried apps, pasta, salads, breadsticks and dessert.

  • Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q

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    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.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's Eastside

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1254 Cedar Shoals Dr. Athens, GA 30605. 706-355-7087 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Outside seating, beer and wine, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue-Sun. The Look: Take a left at the palm trees across from Cedar Shoals High School and enter another world, with coin-operated children's rides, vintage Mexican movie posters, an airplane hanging from the ceiling, a full-size fountain and much more. Menu: The menu is almost the same as at the original Cali ‘N' Tito’s, but there are some differences, like chicken dishes under the heading Pollo Criollo and, of course, beer, wine and margaritas. La Michoacana… es Natural operates a booth with ice cream, paletas and street snacks inside the restaurant.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Charlie Graingers

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    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.

  • 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.

  • China Wok

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2475 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-353-3399 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Counter service, take-out. The Look: Limited seating means get your food to go. Menu: Americanized quick-service Chinese dishes, including chop suey, lo mein, mai fun, moo shu and egg fu yung, make up the primary order of business here.

  • Chipotle

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    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.

  • Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1055 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-8888 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and sake, counter service, delivery, trivia, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Counter service, big booths and hibachi-style cooking. Menu: Generous servings of Korean and Japanese noodle and rice entrees prepared with chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp or tofu. Traditional dishes include bibimbap, bulgogi and tonkatsu. Korean tacos come stuffed with jae yuk (marinated pork), kimchi or calamari.

  • Cici's Pizza

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    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.

  • 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.

  • D.P. Dough

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    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

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    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.

  • Diablo's Southwest Grill

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    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

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    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.

  • Donderos' Kitchen

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    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.

  • Earth Fare Café

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Eddie's Calzones

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 265 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-9676

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: No-frills calzone franchise focusing on delivery and take-out. Menu: Calzones in many varieties (including dessert), wings, tater tots, curly fries, mozzarella sticks and pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Open until 4 a.m. every day. Order online.

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels

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    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

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Fresh Air Bar-B-Que

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    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

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    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.

  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1553 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-612-9327 View Map

    File Under: Burgers, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Full bar, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Two-floor small chain out of Atlanta. Menu: Burgers are small, flat and tasty, made with beef, turkey or beans and quinoa; lots of topping choices. Handspun milkshakes, crinkle-cut fries, fried pimento cheese nuggets, salads, chili. Drinks: Domestics, imports and craft beers, wine, boozy milkshakes.

  • Groove Burgers

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 762-499-5699

    File Under: Burgers, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Sleek local business seems ready to franchise. Menu: Burgers (beef, turkey, chicken, veggie) are the centerpiece, but the sides ("street corn," asparagus, brussels sprouts, fabulous onion rings) are what set this place apart. Clever toppings and smart choice of ingredients like chicken thighs and chimichurri sauce.

  • Gyro Wrap

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 175 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-9071 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, counter service, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: No frills. Tables in one room, a few outside and some seats at the counter. Menu: Tortilla and pita wraps, salads and Phillies.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 237 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3050 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, art, Wi-Fi, outside seating. Hours: Open seven days. Lunch, seven days. Dinner Mon-Sat. The Look: Eclectic coffeehouse/restaurant/bar/music club in the Bottleworks. Menu: Coffee drinks, nitro coffee, teas and juices all day pair with muffins, cookies and savory scones or tasty pre-packed chicken salad and zippy pimento cheese. Good burgers, hot sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner. Drinks: Draft and bottled/canned craft beers, wine, craft cocktails (some involving coffee).

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

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    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.

  • Hungry Howie's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 529 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-826-2600

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days.

  • Ideal Bagel

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 815 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0005 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries, Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Sun. The Look: Homage to a classic deli. Menu: Breakfast and lunch sandwiches, some on bagels and some on bread. The scrambled egg and ketchup sandwich on white toast sounds strange but induces nostalgia. House-smoked fish is great. Deli meats are sliced in full view from the stuff in the big refrigerated case.

  • Ike and Jane

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    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.

  • Inoko Express

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2061 Experiment Station Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-7088 View Map

    • 3190 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-425-8828 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Ideal for meals to go. Menu: Steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, tofu and "Ultimate Vegetarian" prepared hibachi style or with teriyaki sauce. Entrees come with fried rice, vegetables and two sauces. 

  • Inoko Sushi Express

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2301 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-546-5662 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Thu–Sat. The Look: Fast sushi in a casual environment. Menu: No bells and whistles, but the sushi is surprisingly good and very well priced. Choose among nigiri, maki and specialty rolls, then accessorize with katsu, edamame, seaweed salad, etc. Teriyaki and tempura too.

  • J & J Flea Market

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    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.

  • Jason's Deli

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    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.

  • JB's Smokin' Pig Barbeque

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 64 N. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6116

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Not too rustic, not too fancy, with a large covered patio on the edge of downtown Watkinsville. Menu: Pulled and chopped pork, a small but good array of sauces, good barbecue chicken and great beans. Slices of pie in the case up front, and ribs on special.

  • Jennings Mill Drug Company

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1360 Caduceus Way Building 400 Suite 105 Watkinsville, Georgia 30677. 706-621-5996

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. The Look: Soda fountain in an independent drugstore. Menu: Bagels for breakfast. Lunch expands to offer classic sandwiches (pimento cheese, chicken salad, grilled cheese) and less traditional stuff (southwestern chicken wrap, spinach salad with egg, bacon and poppyseed dressing). Also chili dogs, slaw dogs, good soups, PB&J, fro-yo and milkshakes.

  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs

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    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.

  • KEBA Spitfire Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

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

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

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    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 Michoacana… es Natural

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1635 Glenn Carrie Road Hull, GA 30646. 706-521-8008

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Mexican. Features: Outside seating. Hours: Noon–9 p.m., seven days. The Look: Bright pink and green environs connected to the gas station in front of the Ingles. Second location inside Eastside Cali 'N' Tito's. Menu: This ice-cream chain popular in Mexico makes flavors fresh in-store daily (try the tequila ice cream), as well as gorgeous paletas full of fruit, smoothies, aguas frescas and a variety of Mexican street-food snacks like Dorilocos and loaded potato chips. Tostadas de ceviche on Fridays. Paletas available in a cooler at Los Compadres in Normaltown.

  • La Superior

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 9029 Hwy. 29 S. Hull, GA 30646. 706-521-8244

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Mon, Wed–Sat, 6 a.m.–9p.m., Sun, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. 

  • La Tienda Los Amigos

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 109 Rowe Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-9637

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Small counter in a Mexican grocery store with a few booths. Menu: Meaty tacos, mostly, plus horchata and aguas frescas with tamarind, pineapple and hibiscus. It wouldn't hurt to know a little Spanish, but pointing works well, too. Cash is preferred.

  • Larry's Giant Subs

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    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.

  • Lay-Z-Shopper

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 351 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-6000

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Lunch, dinner, and late night, seven days. The Look: Big downtown convenience store with a sandwich counter that also sells beer-pong accessories, cat food and the like. Menu: Big deli sandwiches made with fresh sliced Boar's Head meats and cheeses, in a hurry. Plenty of choice for beverages. Free high fives if you leave a tip.

  • Little Italy

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 125 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-7100 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, Mon–Sat. The Look: Traditional New York-style pizzeria. Menu: Choose your own toppings and order by the slice or by the pie. Massive subs, antipasti, salads, stromboli and calzones, too. Everything, including pitchers of beer, is priced for the penny-pincher.

  • 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

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    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.

  • Mannaweenta

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1055 Gaines School Road Athens GA 30605. 706-850-8422

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Wonderfully hospitable Ethiopian in a nondescript shopping center. Menu: Lots of beef dishes, but also tons of vegetarian and vegan options, all served with chewy, pancake-like injera bread. You'll be surprised how many ways lentils, tomatoes and onions can come together to make something delicious. Ethiopian tea and coffee, plus cookies.

  • 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.

  • Moe's Southwest Grill

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    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.

  • Panadería Tacuari

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2131 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6333

    File Under: Mexican and South American, Bakeries. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Mon–Wed, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Thu–Sat, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The Look: Lovely bakery/restaurant in a Watkinsville strip mall, across from Publix, with a nice kids' area. Menu: Uruguayan choripan, chicken milanesa torta, breakfast all day. The baked goods are excellent, with a huge array of Latin American sweet breads at super-cheap prices, and don't miss the empanadas, both sweet and savory. Some things are made with rice flour.

  • Peppino's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 950 Whitehall Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-1616 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Family-friendly pizza parlor with quick counter service and big TVs. Same folks as Little Italy. Menu: Standard New York-style staples: huge slices of thin- and thick-crust pizza (or get a whole pie), calzones, giant subs (Italian sausage, Philly cheesesteak, eggplant parmigiana), stromboli, pasta and a salad bar.

  • Pita Pit

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 123 N. Jackson St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-552-0051 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: 10:30 a.m.–late night, seven days.

  • Pouch Savory World of Pies

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 151 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6696

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, take-out, full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, MonSat. The Look: Community tables, long bar, highboy tables and regular seating in a long space. Menu: Savory pies with fillings inspired by South Africa, Russia, the Mediterranean, Portugal and more. Good sides, some larger entrees, sweet pies and soup and salad. Drinks: Draft beer, some cocktails, wine.

  • Raising Cane's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 795 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-2008 View Map

    File Under: Chicken. Features: Counter service, drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and dinner, late night, seven days.

  • 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.

  • 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 Rook and Pawn

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 294 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5040

    File Under: Bars and Clubs, Something Different. Features: Full bar, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Board-game café with a floor-to-ceiling shelf stocked with games and intimate tables in a long space. Kids under 13 play for free. Free bar games. Food: Lots of things you can eat with one hand while you roll dice with the other: panini, cold sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, bowls of salty and sweet snacks. Drinks: Rotating beers, wines and spirits, including cocktails. Coffee, tea and smoothies, too.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Tacos los Plebes

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3077 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-1930

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Counter service, take-out. The Look: Food counter in the back of a small but well-stocked supermarket with a few tables. Menu: Limited but well-executed choices, cooked right in front of you on the flat top. Pollo, lengua, cabeza, al pastor, chorizo, carnitas, barbacoa, asada and tripa prepared as tacos, sopes, tortas, burritos or quesadillas; menudo on weekends and a big cooler of horchata. Credit cards accepted, cash preferred.

  • 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.

  • Taqueria La Jalisco

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3750 Old Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-316-3560 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: A small taqueria housed inside a Mexican grocery store. Menu: Authentically prepared Mexican cuisine, including menudo, carnitas, chorizo tacos, tortas, al pastor and a few freshly made salsas. Great baked goods in the grocery section.

  • 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

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    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.

  • Ted's Most Best

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 254 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1523 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, counter service, outside seating, live music, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: One of the best patios around, with a bocce court converted into a giant sandbox. Menu: Individually sized thin-crust pizzas are light as a feather. Build your own or pick a predetermined arrangement of toppings, all of which are refined and beautiful. Sandwiches, calzones, pastas, sliders and a great beet salad, too. Desserts in the refrigerated case. Drinks: Five taps, $1 PBR at happy hour, good beer in cans and bottles, a few wines by the glass.

  • Teriyaki 101

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1805 Epps Bridge Pkwy., Suite 103 Athens, Georgia 30606. 706-353-0823

    File Under: Asian. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Simple, clean space; looks like a franchise but isn't. Menu: Teriyaki bowls or wraps (essentially a Korean burrito) come with beef, shrimp, chicken or pork, your choice of veggies and a sauce (spicy Korean, yum yum, wasabi mayo, teriyaki). Fried shrimp, fried fish, wings, chicken tenders and fried rice. Kids' menu.

  • Tokyo Express

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 690 U.S. Hwy. 29 Athens, GA 30646. 706-543-8833

    File Under: Asian. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Counter service, take-out. The Look: Quick-service hibachi and sushi in the new large development anchored by the Space Kroger on Highway 29. Menu: A decent selection of sushi rolls, including specialty ones, plus wings, bento box specials at lunch and dinner, hibachi, soup, edamame and some fried apps.

  • 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.

  • Walker's Coffee & Pub

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 128 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1433 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, outside seating, counter service, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Open seven days. The Look: Big space turns from a coffeehouse into a bar at night. Menu: The a.m. brings locally roasted coffees, pastries, bagels, breakfast burritos and drunken waffles (Guinness and chocolate chips). Afternoon means sandwiches, quesadillas and nice compact burgers. Drinks: Six beers on draft and over 70 in bottles, including many microbrews.

  • Weaver D's Fine Foods

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, delivery. Hours: 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

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    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.

  • Wingster Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 521 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-583-9611 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Located near the high-rise freshman dorms, this is a popular late-night spot for pick-up-and-go service. Menu: Wings and chicken tenders (for an individual or in bulk), wraps (including one with french fries, cool ranch, cheese and bacon), sandwiches and some Asian options (sesame chicken, tonkatsu, teriyaki).

  • Wok's Up

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Bogart, GA 30622. 706-521-5486

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Epps Bridge fast-casual Asian; part of a planned franchise. Menu: Made-to-order stir-fry. Pick a protein (steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, tofu), some veggies, a sauce and a base (rice, noodles, salad), then watch the flames leap high as the dudes behind the counter toss it together.

  • 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.

  • 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

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    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.