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Restaurants Downhome and BBQ

  • Auntee's Home Cooking

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 645 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-255-6198 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Debit cards, cash, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Small home-cooking place attached to a convenience store does classic Southern meat and veggie plates on weekends. Great cornbread dressing, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, cabbage, fried chicken, baked ham, etc.

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Thu-Sat. Old-school barbeque, with chicken, pork and rib plates served with coleslaw, stew, chips and bread, which is all you need. Famous banana pudding for dessert. Currently drive-thru only.

  • Bill's Bar-B-Que

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 10010 Fortson Store Road Hull, GA 30646. 706-549-4949

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Long-time barbeque joint is known for hash (halfway between Brunswick stew and chopped pork), which you can get in a sandwich, and chicken mull, but also has slaw dogs, hash dogs, pork, beef, burgers, hush puppies and fried catfish. Sauce is vinegary and thin. Cokes in glass bottles.

  • Bread Basket

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. Downhome cooking from a counter inside a neighborhood convenience store. Fat biscuits with sausage, ham, eggs, tenderloin, cheese, gravy and more. Grits, eggs or hashbrowns on the side. Lunch items rotate and include corn dogs, chicken fingers, pork chops and fish on Fridays.

  • Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Full bar, live music, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Divey atmosphere and consistently good pulled pork and ribs, even without sauce, plus tasty sides like chicken mull, corn nuggets, fried okra, meat skins, meaty potato salad.

  • Cabin Creek BBQ

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 199 Memorial Dr. Nicholson, GA 30565. 706-757-2267

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Worth the drive a bit outside of Athens to Nicholson for some of the best barbecue around. Also: chicken mull, Sunday buffet with Southern standards and cobbler for dessert. Holiday specials.

  • The Carriage House of Athens

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3755 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-0385

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Buffet, catering, take-out. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. All-you-can-eat Southern-style cooking off the buffet, featuring Fish Fridays and BBQ Saturdays. Lots of dessert choices.

  • Dawg Gone Good BBQ

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Hard-working family cooks up ribs, chicken, pork and sausage, plus southern-style veggies (available in small, medium and large) and fruit cobblers. Very sweet tea. Picnic tables out front.

  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Food for the Soul

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch. Meat-and-three staples that rotate daily, like pork chops, fried chicken livers, catfish, mac and cheese and tons of good vegetables. You’ll often see UGA football players chowing down here.

  • 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: BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Hull location has an expanded menu, with ribs, shrimp or catfish depending on the day. Both locations have classics like chopped pork and chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans, chicken tenders and banana pudding. Family and tailgating specials.

  • G Brand BBQ

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1140 Athens Road Crawford, GA 30630. 706-743-7000

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take out, drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Downtown Crawford eatery prides itself on brisket but also offers pork, chicken and ribs. Five different sauces, great green beans among the sides and a kids’ menu that offers grilled cheese or a hot dog.

  • 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. 706-850-8550

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    File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, curbside pick-up, counter service, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tues–Sun. Two locations help spread out the diners at this popular updated Southern resto that focuses on breakfast all day. Chow down on biscuits, chocolate cake, strawberry lemonade, various egg dishes, pimento cheese-topped burgers and more. Lots of great sides and family meals for pick-up. Very accommodating to those with special dietary needs.

  • Mayflower Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 171 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-1692 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Cash only, delivery. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. The oldest restaurant in Athens (since 1948), with Southern comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Try the hotcakes. Lunch options rotate and include pot roast, fried chicken livers and lemon pepper tilapia alongside vegetables like fried okra, cabbage, sweet potato souffle and squash casserole.

  • Off the Vine Produce

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 302 Athens Road Winterville, GA 30683. 706-899-0400

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Take-out, vegetarian friendly, drive-thru. Hours: Breakfast and lunch Mon–Sat. Country store in Winterville does hot lunch, fresh produce, grab-and-go stuff from a cold case, biscuits in the morning and excellent homemade ice cream on Saturdays, often with fresh fruit.

  • Peach Pit Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 321 Athens Road Winterville, GA 30628. 706-899-0001

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. BBQ place in Winterville does the basics: pulled pork, barbecue chicken, ribs and brisket, as a plate (with slaw, stew, chips and bread) or a sandwich, with vinegar-based sauces and things like cobbler and banana pudding for dessert.

  • The Picnic Basket Meal Market

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1973 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1292

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Drive thru, take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and  early dinner (closes at 6 p.m.). Drive-thru only for the moment, but you can order ahead on the website to make it easier. Options change daily, but could include tomato pie, lasagna, salads, cheesecake, enchiladas, pork chops and anything else the owners feel like making. 

  • The Place

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 229 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-2988

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    File Under: Downhome, Bars. Features: Outside seating, full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and brunch. A meat-and-three for the now, updated to use lighter, healthier ingredients and less salt. Shrimp burger, buttermilk-fried chicken, grilled pork chop, etc. Southern-accented cocktails.

  • 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, outdoor seating, checks. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. 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. AYCE.

  • Pulaski Heights BBQ

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: BYOB, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Excellent meats smoked daily, which means when they’re out, they’re out. No dine-in during pandemics. Pescatarians and vegetarians will find plenty to eat. Ramen on Wednesdays. Housemade pickles, vinegar-lime slaw, smoked potato salad, tacos and the Redneck Reuben, one of the best sandwiches in town bar none.

  • 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. Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonFri. Sunday lunch. 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.

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, take-out, counter service. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Giant barbeque place that has pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, chicken fingers, slaw, beans, potato salad and bread pudding. Bulk orders, too, and margaritas available for take-out.

  • Scott & BJ's BBQ

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Cash and checks only. Hours: Lunch and dinner. It’s not quite out in the boonies, but it is a bit off the beaten path. Quality barbeque pork, chicken, beef and ribs with beans, hash, slaw, potato salad, collard greens and seasonal vegetables. Sauce is hot and thin.

  • Shane's Rib Shack

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Strickland's Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering, checks. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. Family-run half-century-old operation is worth seeking out. Southern comfort food done perfectly and now with a menu updated daily on the website (!). Fantastic biscuits, fried chicken, ribs, catfish, pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and greens.

  • Suncatcher Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 42 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-424-8281

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Breakfast, Mon–Sat. Sunday lunch. Biscuits are a point of focus, but all breakfast options are prepared speedily: omelets, bowls, burritos, pancakes, French toast, hash browns, grits and the like. Lunch on Sunday comes off a steam table and includes Southern-style meats and veggies. Kids meals.

  • Tamez Barbecue

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1660 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3939

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Drive-thru, take-out. Hours: Breakfast and Lunch. Texas-style bbq with a chef pedigree. Breakfast burritos in the a.m., brisket and other meats in the p.m., plus cornbread, beans, housemade tortillas, smoked cauliflower. Meats smoked daily.

  • Team Biscuits and Burgers

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Drive-thru, catering, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Sat. Heavily football-themed place that does biscuits with sausage, bacon, bologna, steak, chicken, country ham, tenderloin, smoke-link or salmon. Beef, chicken, salmon and shrimp burgers. Wings available in large quantities geared to tailgating.

  • 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. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. A legend, in Athens and far outside it. Look for the bright-green cinderblock building and the sign that reads “Automatic for the People.” Fantastic fried chicken, squash casserole, mac and cheese, collards and the like, varying a bit daily. Order online for delivery or pick-up.

  • 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, delivery, take-out, art, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. One of the best cheeseburgers anywhere, as well as bbq (pork and tofu, both good), excellent veggie sides (including perfect coleslaw), Fanta in the cooler, fun specials, almost everything cooked on the magical flat-top. Lots of outdoor picnic tables.

  • Zeb's Bar-B-Q

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Curbside pick-up, drive-thru, checks, take-out. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed–Sat. Lunch, Sun. Country bbq joint of long standing, with a signature pepper-vinegar sauce on the pork sandwiches. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, tots and slaw, too. Brightly colored slices of soda cake by the register. New drive-thru.