Restaurants -> Something Different

  • ARTini's Art Lounge

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 337 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-8530 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Art classes, parking. The Look: Walk into a large artist's studio complete with brick walls and galleries. The more you sip your drink, the better your work of art seems to get. Drinks: Beer, wine, sodas and bottled water.

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    bigcitybreadcafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Cafe Istanbul

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Ciné Barcafé

    athenscine.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 234 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3343 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, movies, art. The Look: A wonderfully retro repurposed tire recapping plant features an art gallery, two movie theatres, a lab/meeting room and full bar. Drinks: Thoughtful selection of beer (draft and bottled), wine and liquor with specialty cocktails. Coffee, tea, sodas, local baked goods and fresh-popped popcorn. 

  • Condor Chocolates

    condorchocolates.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1658 S Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-4803

    File Under: Coffee Houses, Something Different. Hours: Open Tue–Sun. The Look: Beautifully painted space in Five Points takes inspiration from Aztec motifs. Operations are fully visible. Menu: Artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate shop sells truffles, milk chocolate bars with Georgia pecans, drinking chocolate, coffee, gelato and occasional sweets like salty caramel brownies and pots de crème. Selection is constantly evolving. A small shelf features fancy chocolate bars from other producers. 

  • Copper Creek Brewing Company

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Donderos' Kitchen

    donderoskitchen.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Weekend brunch. The Look: Big, sunny rooms in a historic house and a playroom with toys for kids. Menu: Hot breakfast and lunch to order until 2 p.m., but open later on weekdays for pick-up of pre-made items. Brunch on the weekends. To-go meals in the fridge and the freezer include breakfast stratas, casseroles, desserts and more. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5 percent discount.

  • Donna Chang's

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1664 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-215-9100

    File Under: Asian, Something Different. Features: Full bar, take-out, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, Thu–Tue. The Look: Sleek, hip space on the ground floor of Five Points' Henrietta Building. Menu: Gourmet versions of Chinese-American classics. This isn't mall Chinese food, but it's not Atlanta's Buford Highway either. Major love for vegetables, nice small plates, beauteous ice creams for dessert. Drinks: Fun, intelligently picked and described wine list; a few nice beers; fancy cocktails that can be a little retro.

  • 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.

  • Five & Ten

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    Price: $$$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Girasoles

    girasoleswatkinsville.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 24 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0410 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Beer and wine, reservations, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Fri. Dinner, Tue–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Cozy space in downtown Watkinsville. Menu: Mexican-accented fusion. Tapas, entrees and frequently changing specials: crab cakes, Cajun pasta, fish and grits. Sunday brunch includes waffles, omelets cooked to order and a buffet.

  • The Grit

    thegrit.com

    Price: $$

    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: Vegetarian and vegan deliciousness that can convert meat eaters. 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.

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    heirloomathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Highwire Lounge

    highwirelounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 269 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8997 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live music, trivia, outside seating, art. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sat. The Look: Upscale cocktail bar with soft lighting, reclaimed wood walls and live music. Menu: Snacks and heavier options from Trappeze, its sister bar, to which it connects. Drinks: High-end cocktails carefully crafted with small-batch liquors and fresh ingredients.

  • Journey Juice

    journeyjuice.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1428 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-0707 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Mon–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. Noon–5 p.m., Sun. The Look: Swing by this juicing operation for a quick liquid meal. Knowledgeable staff members will gladly offer tips on how to plan a juice cleanse. Menu: Raw, organic, cold-pressed and unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices that are also delicious and pre-packaged for easy transporting.

  • KEBA Spitfire Grill

    kebagrill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

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

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

  • Kelly's Jamaican Food

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1583 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-0000 View Map

    • 145 Epps Bridge Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-5399 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSun (Five Points), Mon–Sat (Epps Bridge). The Look: Lumpkin Street is bigger, with a covered patio. The Epps Bridge offshoot is hidden away. Menu: Kelly's does tasty Jamaican food in a meat-and-two format that includes very sweet tea and cornbread. Entrees may include jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs or salmon. Sides are veggie-friendly: spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, mac and cheese.

  • Koyla Sizzling Grill and Hookah Lounge

    koylasizzlinggrill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2024 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-215-9555

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, buffet. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: One room for dining, one room for grocery items, one room for hookah smoking. Plastic cutlery. Menu: Indian and Pakistani food, a lot of which is prepared on a grill. Lovely snacks like chicken 65, batata vada and samosas, plus biryani, lots of desserts, nonalcoholic drinks (lassis, etc.).

  • Madison Bar & Bistro

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 500 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-0430 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Reservations, outside seating, live music, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and dinner, seven days. The Look: Hotel Indigo's restaurant has a nice patio featuring a fire pit and a weekly cocktail hour to which you can bring your dog. Menu: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. every day and is divided into "hot and hearty" and "quick and easy," with pastries from Ike & Jane and locally made bagels. Dinner brings both fancy bar snacks and full meals better than average hotel fare. Drinks: Nice cocktails that might include house-infused peach bourbon, High West vodka or blackberries. Local draft beer, wine.

  • Mannaweenta

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Mediterranean Grill

    mediterraneangrill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • The National

    thenationalrestaurant.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Reservations, catering, outside seating, Wi-Fi, full bar. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Big windows and blue-and-white oilcloth on the tables. Not intimidatingly fancy, but good for date night. Menu: Spanish-Mediterranean with small plates and regular-sized entrees. The "power lunch" features an ever-changing array of healthy, colorful veggie items. Dinner includes classic tapas (anchovies, olives, patatas bravas), plus large plates and great dessert. Drinks: Wine by the glass selection is bigger and more interesting than most places, due to the Enomatic wine system. Finely crafted cocktails change seasonally. The bar has its own scene and hosts the occasional late-night dance party.

  • Pauley's Original Crepe Bar

    pauleyscrepebar.com

    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.

  • Pouch Savory World of Pies

    pouchpies.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Rashe's Cuisine

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • The 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: Full bar, 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 "footy." 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, dry ciders, craft brews, wine and whiskey.

  • Seabear Oyster Bar

    seabearoysterbar.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • The Sultan

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • The Table

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Takorea

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Taste of India

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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

  • Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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: Full bar, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: High ceilings, plenty of character. Menu: Fun snacks and plenty of real meals. Stuff for people who love bacon, and tasty choices for vegetarians and vegans. Interesting sandwiches and salads. Entrees like cider slow-roasted ribs and North Carolina trout. Lunch specials are a good deal. Drinks: Serious beer, with more than 200 well-described options in the bottle and 30 on tap, plus wine and nice cocktails from Highwire Lounge (under the same ownership and accessible through a door).

  • White Tiger Gourmet

    whitetigergourmet.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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