Restaurants -> Lunch

  • 5th Avenue Pizza

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1260 Mars Hill Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1490

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Delivery, full bar, live music, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Full-service space in an Oconee County shopping center. Menu: Slices, whole pies, subs, salads, stromboli, pasta, wraps and big desserts. It's a big menu and the portions match. Kids' meals, too.

  • Add Drug Store

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

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

  • Amici

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    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 even soup. Get a slice, a pie or a calzone with your own combo of toppings or in a gourmet variety like the Muay Thai (chicken, cilantro, sweet chili sauce, feta, banana peppers, red onion). Drinks: Full bar with lots of draft choices. The Beer of the Month is usually a good craft brew.

  • Applebee's

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Athens Bagel Co.

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    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 grilled mushrooms.

  • Athens Regional Medical Center

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: ARMC's cafeteria (in the basement of the Talmadge Tower) isn't just for visitors or staff; the general public is welcome, too. Menu: Selections rotate daily. Expect nutritious yet comforting options like rotisserie chicken, grilled salmon, vegetable stir-fry, macaroni and cheese, turnip greens and apple crisp cobbler for dessert. The Dogwood Deli, on the first floor of Prince Tower, does sandwiches, salads, smoothies and Jittery Joe's coffee 8 a.m.5 p.m. weekdays.

  • Athens Wok

    athenswok.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 493 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-2695 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Take-out, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night Fri and Sat. The Look: Hibachi-style cooking in a casual atmosphere; friendly owners. Menu: Thai, Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes made with chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp, vegetables or tofu, plus sushi. The Thai curries are some of the best things on the menu, but everything is fast and made with fresh ingredients.

  • Auntee's Home Cooking

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 645 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. No # specified View Map

    File Under: Downhome, BBQ. Features: Debit cards, cash, take-out. Hours: Lunch and early dinner served Fri and Sat and lunch only on Sun. The Look: A few tables bear hints of decoration, and a covered steam table is incorporated into a counter at the back. Menu: A classic meat-and-two menu, with a four-veggie plate should you prefer. Don’t skip the cornbread dressing, which is simple, moist without being too wet; macaroni and cheese is likewise well put together. Black-eyed peas, cabbage, fried chicken, baked ham, etc. 

  • 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 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 available for half-price while you wait on a to-go order.

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

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    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. 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 (etc.) 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: The display case is always full of beautifully decorated cakes, iced cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cake pops and other sweets, like French macarons. Box lunches with sandwiches and sweets 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 a sports emphasis. 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

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1501 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.

  • 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. Inside is just as pleasant. 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 many nice touches, 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.

  • Big Family Cafe

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Sun, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. The Look: Warm and welcoming in an informal atmosphere. Menu: Think California diner. Big Family will make you a scramble, burrito, sandwich, order of pancakes, crepes, huevos rancheros, burger, eggs Benedict and more any time it's open. Everything is made in house, and it shows. The food is genuinely fresh, reliably delicious and has a healthy accent. Hot berry cobbler is always available for dessert.

  • Bill's Bar-B-Que

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Classic barbecue surroundings, a couple of TVs, vintage UGA memorabilia. Menu: Reopened under new ownership after a brief hiatus, Bill's is known for hash (halfway between Brunswick stew and chopped pork) and chicken mull, but also has slaw dogs, hash dogs, pork, beef, burgers, hush puppies, fried catfish. Sauce is vinegary and thin. Cokes in glass bottles.

  • Blazer's Hot Wings

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Blind Pig Tavern

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    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, including the new downtown one (moved from Baldwin Street); the place for Signing Day. Menu: Bar food rules the day at Blind Pig, with burgers, wings, sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, fried pickles and chili cheese fries, but you can find some other options, too. The Hot Healthy Mama plate includes blackened fish, spinach and black beans. Drinks: Beer on tap, more in the bottle, plus standard cocktails.

  • 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 located inside of 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

    brixxpizza.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 135 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-1660 View Map

    File Under: Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Garage door on patio for nice-weather days, visible wood-burning oven. Menu: A wide variety of pasta, sandwiches, wraps and wood-fired pizzas, including gluten-free options. Lots of specialty pies, including dessert pizzas, or you can build your own. Drinks: 24 local and craft beers on draft, half-price bottles of wine on Sunday, cocktails.

  • Bubble Café

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. 

  • Bulldawg Pizza, Wings & More

    bulldawgpizzaandmore.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Counter-service. 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, bread sticks 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, trivia, 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 sans sauce. Ribs are on point. A great salty, creamy potato salad incorporates bacon, and the chicken mull is wonderful. 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. It also takes credit cards through Square.

  • 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.

  • Catch 22 Gastropub

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: American. Features: Beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: A rare independent restaurant in the Epps Bridge area with a large wooden bar and relaxed atmosphere. Menu: Interesting selection of burgers, sandwiches and entrees with big flavors and wild experiments; lots of bacon, sriracha, etc. Fun snacks, lots of specials, cute kids' menu, ramen nights. Drinks: Serious about beer, with many on draft and even more canned (gose, witbier, many IPAs), plus regular beer dinners and tastings.

  • 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, seven days. The Look: Delta-style juke joint, 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.

  • Cheddar's Casual Cafe

    cheddars.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Chef Ming

    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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • China 1

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian. Features: 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 Star Super Buffet

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • 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. The Look: Counter service and limited seating; i.e., get your food to-go. Menu: Americanized quick-service Chinese dishes including chop suey, lo mein, mai fun, moo shu and egg fu young 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: 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, 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.

  • 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, big selection of beer and wine, well-priced and well-chosen, tap takeovers.

  • Chuck E. Cheese's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3654 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-6715 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Beer and wine. Hours: Open seven days.

  • Cici's Pizza

    cicispizza.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.

  • Clocked!

    clockeddiner.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Cook Out

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1020 Jordan Dr. Athens, GA 30606. 706-425-8662

    • 1917 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-9305

    File Under: Sandwiches Burgers and Chicken. Features: Drive-thru, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Courtyard Café

    georgiacenter.uga.edu/uga-hotel/dining

    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, seven days. 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.

  • Cozy Yum Yum

    cozyyumyum.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Wed–Sat. The Look: Pretty paper lanterns, brightly painted walls and flowers on the tables. Menu: Thai food with many vegetarian options, including massaman curry, pad Thai, tama curry and drunken noodles with tofu or vegetables. Also: soups, satay, bubble tea and plenty more. Drinks: Sake, Southeast Asian beers, domestics.

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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

    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-premises. 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

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    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 chicken scaloppini. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free customers are given full consideration. Drinks: Long wine list, mostly Italian; half-price off all bottles under $50 on Mondays at Timothy and Eastside locations.

  • 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

    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.

  • Dominick's Italian

    dominicksitalian.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Italian. Features: Beer and wine, 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days, Sunday brunch (N. Milledge). Lunch, Tue–Sun. (Botanical Garden) The Look: North Milledge location has big, sunny rooms and a playroom for kids. Botanical Garden visitor center houses a small satellite location. Menu: The Bot Garden location has sandwiches, wraps, coffee, baked goods and sesame noodles. The Cobbham location does hot breakfast and lunch to order until 2 p.m. but stays open later on weekdays for pick-up of pre-made items. To-go meals in the fridge and the freezer include breakfast stratas, casseroles, desserts and more. Brunch served on Saturday and Sunday. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5 percent discount.

  • Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina

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    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.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • Fazoli's

    fazolis.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector. No # specified

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Catering. The Look: Fast-casual franchise coming to Epps Bridge Parkway area. Menu: Oven-baked pastas, pizza, Submarinos, salads, family meals that serve four.

  • 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 like the smokehouse beef and cheddar brisket, meatballs and marinara, and timeless Italian. Try the Firehouse Hero (roast beef, smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, melted provolone and veggies).

  • Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries

    fiveguys.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 101 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-2811 View Map

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-9081 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches and Burgers. Features: Outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Classic burger joint with over 1,000 locations. Snack on complementary peanuts while you wait for your order. Menu: A simple lineup of burgers, hot dogs, veggie sandwiches and fries (plain or Cajun-style). Add as many as 15 free toppings, and be sure to specify you'd like a "little" burger if you only want one patty; the standard burger comes with two. Plus milkshakes.

  • 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. Menu: Soul food staples that rotate daily, like pork chops, fried chicken livers, macaroni 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

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    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.

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2050 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-0671

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features: Drive-thru, take-out. 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 Wed–Fri lunch, 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.

  • 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 and dinner, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Sun. Sunday brunch. The Look: Fine dining in downtown Watkinsville. Menu: Mexican-accented fusion. Tapas, entrees and frequently changing specials: crab cakes, Cajun pasta, fish and grits, Chicken Suizo (with a cilantro jalapeño cheese sauce). Sunday brunch includes waffles, omelets cooked to order and a buffet.

  • The Globe

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 199 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-4721 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Live music, outside seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: Exposed brick interior, comfy couches and a big brass bar create a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Soccer and live music upstairs. Menu: Pub cuisine including fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian chili and housemade potato chips with gorgonzola sauce. Drinks: An eclectic selection of over 80 craft beers, 60 wines and 40 single-malt scotches.

  • Golden Chick

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 7990 Macon Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1655 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches and Chicken. Features: Catering, drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: New location of a Texas-based fried chicken restaurant with over 100 franchises throughout the region. Menu: Fried or roasted chicken, tenders, fried catfish and chicken salad sandwiches. Make it a meal with a yeast roll, drink and choice of side (battered fries, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, dirty rice, fried okra). Big family meals or small kids' meals available.

  • Golden Dragon

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    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.

  • Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4375 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-3388 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Pleasant dining within the Eastside Walmart shopping center. Menu: Countless classic options, 30 chef's specials, 50 different lunch specials and Peking duck (if you order ahead). A Lighter Fare section offers steamed MSG-free meals low in sodium.

  • The Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 171 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-4770 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer. Hours: 24 hours, seven days. The Look: '50's diner with cute toys in glass cases; punk rock servers. Menu: Burgers, hot dogs, BLTs and tons of veggie choices. Crinkle-cut fries with a side of feta dressing are an Athens standard. Breakfast (midnightnoon) is greasy and satisfying, enormous milk shakes are made to order, and you can get a fountain cherry or vanilla Coke with syrup.

  • 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 super tasty, made with beef, turkey or beans and quinoa. Build your own or pick one of the restaurant's "burger styles." Handspun milkshakes, crinkle-cut fries, fried pimento cheese nuggets, salads, chili. Drinks: Domestics, imports and craft beers, wine, boozy milkshakes.

  • The Grit

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    Locations

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

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

  • 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. The signature Gyro Wrap is a grilled pita enfolding hot beef and lamb with house z-sauce and lettuce. Pair it with hot curly fries and creamy feta dressing. Veggie options, too.

  • 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. Vegetarians, vegans, the gluten-free and others with diet restrictions will be happy. Drinks: Artisan cocktails are seasonally driven, too, plus good wines and some non-frou-frou beers. Wine tastings on the second Tuesday each month.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

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    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: Lots of varied seating options in this 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 prepacked 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. Features: Full bar, vegetarian friendly, counter service, live music, trivia. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sun. Lunch, Fri and Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Normaltown neighborhood bar attracts families early in the day but plenty of locals too. Menu: Hot dogs with lots of toppings and lots of veggie and vegan sandwiches. Sunday brunch features dishes such as a pierogi scramble, tempeh hash and the Guten Morgen (an open-faced reuben topped with a sunny side up egg). Drinks: Full bar with 14 draft beers (with one rotating nitro line) and a well-curated selection of bottles and cans. Classic cocktails.

  • Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2020 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-546-8777 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Buffet. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Huge Asian buffet of over 300 items. Menu: Hibachi station cooks your veggies and proteins to order, including clams, lobster, crab legs and mussels. Buffet tables with tons of Chinese dishes, sushi, American food, fruit, salad and desserts are spread across the room.

  • Hilltop Grille

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • home.made

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Kinfolk-esque combination of rustic and sophisticated. Menu: The food has a Southern accent, but is 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 new and adds some more protein-centric mains made with well-sourced meat and fish. Dessert is a highlight. You can also buy casseroles, sides, snacks and take-away meals.

  • HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Hot Thomas Barbecue

    www.hotthomasbbq.com

    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. New event venue for weddings, etc.

  • Hungry Howie's

    hungryhowies.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Counter service. 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. Features: Counter service, outside seating, vegetarian friendly, 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

    • 90 Carlton St. (Georgia Museum of Art) Athens, GA 30602. 706-542-4662 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days (Normaltown), Tue–Fri. when UGA is in session (Museum). The Look: Extreme cuteness in Normaltown. Satellite location at the Georgia Museum of Art on the UGA campus. 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. The museum location has sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, coffee drinks and sweets.

  • 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 Japanese Steak House

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 161 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-8589 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Full bar, reservations, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Sun–Fri. dinner, Sat. The Look: Hibachi cooked in front of you as entertainment with your meal. Menu: Combinations of ribeye steak, filet mignon, chicken, shrimp, scallops and lobster cooked on the grill, served with rice and veggies and paired with onion soup, salad and a shrimp appetizer. Discounts for college students and senior citizens. Smaller portions during lunch. Good selection of sushi.

  • Inoko Sushi Express

    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.

  • J. Christopher's

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days. Features: Outdoor seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: Cheerful space with booths, tables and a long, low counter. Menu: Well-scrubbed Atlanta-based breakfast chain that makes lots of egg dishes, pancakes, skillets and potatoes, plus big, big cups of coffee. Some lunchy stuff, too: soups, salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers. Lots of healthy options.

  • 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 Waktinsville. Menu: No relation to the former hot dog vendor, JB's does 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.

  • Jersey Mike's

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Just Pho...and More

    justphoandmore.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1063 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-1420 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Outside seating, art, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Family-run Vietnamese eatery with sit-down service and local art on the walls. Menu: The menu definitely isn't just pho, although the noodle soup comes in many varieties, including a veggie version. You can also get com (rice with grilled meat), bun (noodles) or banh mi sandwiches. Bubble tea, fruit smoothies, fancy pastries in the case.

  • 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, and gelato for dessert, plus low-carb choices.

  • Kelly's Jamaican Food

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    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, seven days. 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 in the price. Entrees may include jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs or salmon. Sides are veggie-friendly: spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, macaroni and cheese. Drinks: Bottled beer.

  • Krimson Kafe

    krimsonkafe.com

    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.

  • Kumquat Mae Bakery Café

    kumquatmaebakery.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1155 Mitchell Bridge Road Athens, GA. 706-850-1442

    File Under: American, Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, live music, outdoor seating, catering, art, gluten-free options. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Thu–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Warm and pleasant cafe with lots of different areas for seating. Menu: Breakfast until 4 p.m., with egg dishes, hash, pancakes and tofu scramble. Lunch and dinner (which ends at 7 p.m.) feature sandwiches, burgers (beef and veggie), chips and dips, salads and daily blue plate specials. Baked goods in the case all day. All dietary restrictions accommodated with cheer. Drinks: Regular beers, good beers, well-crafted cocktails, specials for teachers, military and police.

  • La Cabaña de Don Juan

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-4490

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Americanized Mexican restaurant: booths, TVs, sombreros. Menu: Queso, burritos, combo plates, many varieties of fajitas and quesadillas, and lots of lunch specials, too. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers and a few draft brews.

  • La Estrella

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 400 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-8557 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed–Mon. The Look: No frills but plenty of warmth, with awesome murals and beach-inspired decor. Menu: Breakfast starts a little late but is a nice option, with eggs and pancakes. The menu has all the Americanized standards but also wonderful seafood specialties (mojarra frita, caldo de siete mares) and excellent al pastor. Drinks: Margaritas plus beer and wine.

  • La Fiesta

    athens-lafiesta.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian–Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, live music, 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.

  • Last Resort Grill

    lastresortgrill.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Lighthouse Seafood Bar & Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue-Sat. The Look: Small seafood store in a shopping center. Festooned with lighthouses. Menu: Fresh seafood from the case can be purchased to take home or steamed while you wait and served in a Styrofoam container with garlic butter. No frills, but the food is tasty and fast. Crab legs, low country boil, tilapia, shrimp, salmon. Fish by the pound may include mullet, red snapper, whole catfish, Nile perch and more.

  • 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 run by chef Lindsey Payne. 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.

  • 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 little sunny restaurant in the middle of Winterville. Menu: The younger sibling of Athens' 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.

  • 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 NY-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.

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

  • Logan's Roadhouse

    logansroadhouse.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Longhorn Steakhouse

    longhornsteakhouse.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1880 Hwy. 29 N. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-8308 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Delivery, outside seating, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: It might be in a gas station, but you wouldn't know it from the inside; new covered patio. Menu: A large menu of authentic Mexican fare. Excellent tacos (filled with cilantro, onions and fish, al pastor, barbacoa or lengua), big tortas, menudo and a molcajete full of grilled meats and veggies. Drinks: Margaritas, beer and beertails.

  • 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 young, 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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    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–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.

  • Mama Sid's Pizza

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Mama's Boy

    mamasboyathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    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. 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.

  • 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, both 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.

  • Marker 7 Coastal Grill

    marker7coastalgrill.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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. 

  • Mayflower Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Cash (or Bulldog Bucks) only, delivery. Hours: Breakfast, seven days. Lunch, Sun–Fri. The Look: Family-run Southern diner operating since 1948. Menu: Country-style comfort food. Omelets, biscuits, hotcakes, steak, country ham and more for breakfast. Hearty lunch options rotate daily and include pot roast, fried chicken livers and lemon pepper tilapia alongside vegetables like fried okra, cabbage, sweet potato souffle and squash casserole.

  • 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, 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

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    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.

  • Metro Diner

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 351 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. No phone #

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  • Mirko Pasta

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, 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.

  • Mother Pho

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 167 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-354-6006

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Outside seating Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Patio out front with a fountain in the middle; plenty of seating inside too. Menu: The traditional beef-broth-based noodle soup is a mainstay, but you can also order banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese crepes, summer rolls, claypots and rice dishes. Vietnamese coffee, fruit slushies, bubble tea and coconut juice to drink.

  • The National

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    Price: $$$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. 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, but little here feels bad for you. Dinner includes classic tapas (anchovies, olives, patatas bravas), pizzettes (flatbreads), wonderful large plates (using local ingredients when possible), plus 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.

  • Outback Steakhouse

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Outtakes

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

    File Under: American. Features: Beer and wine (Watkinsville), full bar (Athens). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: A full-service restaurant in the University 16 Cinemas and in the newly renovated Beechwood Stadium Cinemas 10. Menu: Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, pizzas and salads, plus Georgia Street Tacos with tilapia. Visitors can view movies in a dine-in theater with servers (one at University 16, five at Beechwood) or pick up meals ahead of time to bring into the other theatres. Drinks: Mostly domestics on drafts, imports and domestics in the bottle, wine; full bar with cocktails in Athens.

  • Ovation 12

    carmike.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Full-service dine-in experience in newly renovated Carmike Cinemas location. All 12 theaters have call buttons to order food/drink, plus bar/dining area in the lobby (where you don't have to have tickets to eat). Menu: Burgers, wraps, salads, sandwiches and more, all of it on the same level as many chain restaurants. Big helpings of ice cream and popcorn too. Drinks: Mostly domestics on drafts, imports and domestics in the bottle, wine and full bar.

  • 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.

  • Pauley's Original Crepe Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 134 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0034 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Long, narrow downtown space is quiet at lunch, then turns into a busy bar at night. Big TVs for sports. Menu: A bunch of different crepes, both savory and sweet, plus sandwiches, salads, dips and some bar snacks available after 11 p.m. Drinks: Over 150 beers, including 28 on tap ("Around the World Beer Club" rewards completers with a photo on the wall), wines, cocktails.

  • Peking Restaurant (Eastside)

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1935 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-0274 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, buffet, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Wed–Mon. The Look: Surprisingly elegant space with ornate decor in an Eastside shopping center. Menu: Mandarin Chinese cuisine with the usual lo mein, chow mein, fried rice and egg foo young, plus a handful of Korean items. Lunch buffet. The special orange menu has a long list of more unusual offerings, including both Szechuan and northern Chinese specialties, but what you want may not be available on any given day.

  • Peking Restaurant (Westside)

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Peppino's

    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 order-at-the-counter service and big TVs. Same folks as Little Italy. Menu: The standard NY-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. Drinks: Pitchers of beer, wine.

  • The Pine

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Pita Pit

    pitapit.com

    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.

  • Pizza Hut

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 496 Baxter St.. 706-353-0888

    • 1995 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-546-6100

    • 1720 Epps Bridge Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-3399

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • The Place

    theplaceathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Bars. Features: Outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Two stories renovated beautifully in a historic downtown space, with a great bar upstairs. Menu: Southern food that updates meat-and-three standards to use lighter, healthier ingredients. There's fried chicken and there are fried pork chops, but the vegetables show off their natural flavors. The Southern bruschetta (pimento cheese on toast points with tomato and bacon) is a stand-out. Daily specials and milk and cookies for dessert. Drinks: 11 draft beers, all craft, wine, 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, checks. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. The Look: Casual atmosphere, unassuming space. Menu: Country cooking with a buffet that changes its offerings daily. Expect fried chicken, steak and gravy, barbecue pork, meatloaf, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, yams and southern desserts. Goat makes an appearance on the menu sometimes.

  • Polleria Pablo

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3075 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-461-2533

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Cash only, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu–Sun. The Look: A counter and a few tables at the back of a convenience store by Sandra's Salon. Menu: Mostly Peruvian dishes, with a few Salvadorean offerings and some Mexican standards. Excellent ceviche, magical roasted/grilled chicken with cilantro-infused rice, good lomo saltado (beef, french fries, onion, tomatoes) and some desserts. Menu on a whiteboard for easy alteration.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    porterhouseathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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, Georgia, the Mediterranean, Portugal and more. Good sides, some larger entrees, sweet pies and soup and salad. Drinks: Draft beer, some cocktails, wine.

  • Pulaski Heights BBQ

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Next to the railroad tracks in the Leathers building, this barbecue place has 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.

  • R.U. Hungry

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night. The Look: No frills, but the look isn't the point. Menu: Big, good sandwiches, hot and cold, geared to the late-night crowd but perfectly acceptable even to sober folks at lunchtime. The offerings have names geared to college students, but they're well made and out to you in a hurry.

  • 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 (e.g., rutabagas, cabbage, carrot and raisin salad, turnip greens, hash brown casserole). Homemade desserts.

  • Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

    raffertys.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • The Rail Athens

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1120 Mitchell Bridge Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-7289 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars. Features: Outside seating, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night. The Look: A laid-back bar and grill full of pool tables, dart boards, slot machines and big-screen TVs. Trivia contests, dart league nights, pool tournaments and Texas Hold'em poker are held weekly. Menu: Typical bar food including burgers, wings, sandwiches, nachos and fries. Drinks: 15 beers on draft and a fully stocked bar.

  • Raising Cane's

    raisingcanes.com

    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. 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.

  • Red Lobster

    redlobster.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Redfearn Grille

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • The Rooftop

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Counter service, outside seating, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Cool bar/restaurant on top of the historic Georgia Theatre; take the elevator up to see fantastic views. DJs and bands are booked 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

    therookandpawn.com

    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.

  • The Royal Peasant

    royalpeasant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1675 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606 . 706-549-7920 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Itty-bitty English pub with a nice covered patio out front and an emphasis on "footie." Menu: The tiny kitchen turns out delicious English food: bangers and mash (sausages and perfect mashed potatoes with cabbage), a lamb burger on special, lamb vindaloo curry, housemade potato chips with blue cheese and bacon and shepherd's pie on Tuesdays, plus a couple of really good desserts. Drinks: UK beers in particular, dry ciders, craft brews, wine and whiskey.

  • Ru San's

    rusans.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-0488 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, reservations, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Big, loud sushi bar with a heated outdoor patio. Menu: Lots of specialty rolls and sashimi and sushi combinations, all well priced. Many options if you don't do sushi, too, like noodles, rice dishes, tempura, grilled fish and more. Drinks: Premium cold sakes and cocktails with Japanese ingredients. Beer and wine, too, including four plum wines.

  • Ryan's Family Steakhouse

    ryans.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1021 Dowdy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-8203 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Buffet. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch.

  • Sakura Steak House

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    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 3557 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-0001 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Don't let the shopping center location fool you, the inside of this Japanese restaurant is fancy. Menu: Everything is fresh and beautiful, from sushi to miso soup, not pre-packaged. Lunch specials are a great deal, with bento boxes and maki combinations. Hot pots, yaki udon and hibachi dinners. Drinks: Japanese beer, sake, cocktails, wine.

  • 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: A wooden water tower bearing the name of the restaurant marks the spot. Parking in the back, with a big dining room, a great patio and a bar that serves a different menu. Menu: Chicken, pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, heftily topped baked potatoes; classic sides like mac and cheese, slaw and baked beans, of which you get an extra scoop when it's raining; a ton of different kinds of sauce, from white to mustard to Georgia red. 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.

  • The Savannah Room

    georgiacenter.uga.edu/uga-hotel/dining/dining-rooms/savannah-room

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • The Savory Spoon

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    Locations

    • 705 Sycamore St. Jefferson, GA 30549. 706-367-5721 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Beer and wine, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Brunch, Sat. The Look: Simple surroundings in Jefferson but worth a drive. Menu: Chef Josh Aaron mixes up his menu frequently, and its local produce is sourced with care. Burgers, avocado toast, nice sandwiches and a lot of seafood undersell in their descriptions and overdeliver in their presentation. Even heartier options are healthful and fresh. Drinks: Good craft beer on tap, in the bottle/can and for take-home in growlers. You can also get a flight of three 5-ounce pours if you're feeling indecisive.

  • Schlotzsky's Deli

    schlotzskys.com

    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. 

  • Scott & BJ's BBQ

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Sr. Sol

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2455 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7112 View Map

    • 175 Tallassee Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-1570 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar, delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Tallassee location has limited seating but a few tables outside (and is attached to a gas station). Broad Street location is better for big groups. Menu: Plenty for the kids and folks who don't venture beyond the traditional arena of Mexican food, but there's also horchata to drink, real Mexican-style tacos (corn with onions, cilantro, lime and fatty meats) and an awesome hamburguesa topped with ham and pineapple. Drinks: Margaritas served frozen or on the rocks come in many flavors. Beer, too.

  • Siri Thai Cuisine

    sirithaiathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

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

  • Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q

    sonnysbbq.com

    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.

  • Steak 'n Shake

    steaknshake.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2033 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-6969 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Drive-thru, outside seating. Hours: 24 hours, seven days.

  • Strickland's Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • The Sultan

    thesultanathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Delivery, 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 shwarma and kebabs of grilled beef, chicken and lamb.

  • 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.

  • Taco Stand

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2230 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-5481 View Map

    • 247 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-1446 View Map

    • 670 N. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-2894 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar (Broad St.), beer (Milledge Ave. and Eastside), outside seating (Broad St. and Milledge Ave.). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: The original location on Milledge is the most spartan but has its own charm. Downtown is big and open, with sports on TV. Eastside is in a strip mall but clean and neat. Menu: Tacos (derr), but also burritos (with meat, chicken, tofu, beans), giant Mega Nachos, veggie chili in the cooler months and wonderfully simple quesadillas (with onions and jalapenos). Don't expect a plate. Slight menu variations among locations. Drinks: Frozen margaritas downtown; beer at the other two.

  • 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 Sinaloa 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.

  • Takorea

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Taqueria Del Sol

    taqueriadelsol.com

    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 El Agave

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • 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.

  • Taqueria La Parrilla

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1431 Capital Ave. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-9991 View Map

    • 2439 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-549-4977 View Map

    • 855 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-5040 View Map

    • 473 US Hwy. 29 N. Athens, GA. No # specified

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Full bar (Jefferson Road and Gaines School Road), beer and wine (Watkinsville), delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Family-friendly Mexican restaurant with festive decor. Menu: Lots of friendly standards, well executed, like big burritos to which you can add cheese dip, tons of vegetarian options, taco salads, fajitas and combo after combo. There are also Jarritos, a low-cal menu, Mexican tacos, sopes and tortas. Something for everyone and great for big groups. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers, regular bottled stuff, pitchers.

  • Taqueria Tsunami

    taqueriatsunami.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0040

    • 320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-621-7999 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Mexican and South American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Outside seating, take-out, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Small Atlanta-based chain with two of six locations in Athens. Menu: Asian/Latin fusion tacos: bulgogi and shiitake; teriyaki chicken with pineapple pico de gallo; tofu with sesame-soy vinaigrette; more. Apps, bowls and salads, too.

  • 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, seven days. 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.

  • Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

    tazikiscafe.com

    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 out of Birmingham 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, pro-Bulldawg. 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

    tedsmostbest.com

    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.

  • Thai E3 Cuisine

    www.thaie3cuisine.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 269 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601 . 706-215-9500

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Thai Spoon

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 149 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-9222 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, take-out, delivery, reservations. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Sun. The Look: Cozy and ornate, with lots of small tables throughout the space. Menu: Big menu runs from fresh Thai salads to satay, spicy basil duck, lots of seafood and vegetarian (and vegan) options. Kids menu with Thai scrambled eggs. Great deals at lunch. Drinks: Beer and wine, Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee.

  • Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Tokyo Express

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 690 US 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 North. 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.

  • Transmetropolitan

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    Locations

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

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

  • Trappeze Pub

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 269 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601 . 706-543-8997 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: High ceilings, plenty of character, not just a bar. Menu: Fun snacks but also plenty of real meals. Stuff for people who love bacon, and tasty choices for vegetarians and vegans, all executed with a great sense of fun and a tendency to big flavors. Lunch specials are a good deal. Drinks: Serious beer, with more than 200 well-described options in the bottle and 30 on tap, in every category you can imagine, plus wine and nice cocktails from Highwire Lounge (under the same ownership and accessible through a door).

  • The Traveling Hobo Cafe

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Utage Athens Sushi Bar

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 440 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-9339 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features: Reservations, delivery. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, seven days. The Look: A long sushi bar plus tables lit by twinkling star lights. Menu: Lunch combos get you a lot for a little. There are many specialty rolls on the menu, but the nigiri is what shines. Udon and ramen are great if you want something heartier, and there's tonkatsu, teriyaki, fried rice and kids' specials that come with a scoop of ice cream. Drinks: Hot and cold sake, Japanese (and American) beers, wine, sake bombs and martinis.

  • 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.

  • Viva! Argentine Cuisine

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 247 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8284 View Map

    File Under: Latin American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Bottleworks restaurant in blue and white (like the Argentinean flag). Menu: Argentinean cuisine is known for beef, but Viva has made many of its dishes vegetarian. Empanadas are a popular option, with many fillings, and if you do eat beef, know that it will be well cooked and can be served with delicious chimichurri sauce. Cupcakes in regular and mini sizes, each with a soft filling in the middle, are a highlight. Drinks: Beer and wine.

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

  • What's Cooking

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2546 Commerce Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-850-0606 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Cash only, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSun. The Look: An under-the-radar, roadside spot located off of Hwy. 441. Order at the window and take a seat on the colorful patio surrounded by cacti, tropical plants and kitschy decor.  Menu: Authentic Latin cuisine like fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, tortas Cubanas, sope, tacos Mexicanos and mole.

  • White Tiger Gourmet

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Wildcat Grill at Broad River Outpost

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 7911 Wildcat Bridge Road, Danielsville, GA. 706-795-3242

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Outdoor seating. The Look: A food stand at the canoeing and kayaking outpost on the Broad River. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Sat and Sun, MaySep. Menu: Curry burgers, dogs, curried rice, waffles, sandwiches, banh mi, vegetarian tamales, boiled peanuts.

  • Willy's Mexicana Grill

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    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).

  • Wing Zone

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 142 W. Clayton St. Athens GA 30601. 706-395-6557

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days.

  • Wok Star

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • The World Famous

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Bars, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Counter service, live music/DJs, art, full bar. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Bright and cute, with funky art and fresh flowers. Menu: Smart bar food: pork steamed buns, poutine, tofu lettuce wraps (no, really!) and a stellar version of chicken and waffles that is neither too sweet nor too soggy. 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

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

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

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

  • Zeb Dean's Barbecue

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • 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.