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Restaurants Something Different

  • Alumni Cookie Dough

    alumnicookiedough.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 480 N. Thomas St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-254-9171

    File Under: Ice Cream, Something Different. You don’t need to worry about eating this cookie dough raw. It’s safe to eat and available in many flavors. Jittery Joe’s coffee, milkshakes (with cookie dough), ice cream sundaes and toppings. Some gluten-free and sugar-free choices.

  • ARTini's Art Lounge

    artinisartlounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Art classes, parking. Local in-town paint-and-sip with beer and wine, plus nonalcoholic beverages if you need to concentrate on your sunset masterpiece. Take-home kits, too.

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    bigcitybreadcafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Bakeries, Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, plus Friday dinner. Lots more than bread and baked sweets, although plenty of those, too. Supa-good French toast, eggs, quiche, nice burgers (veg and meat), big salads, tons of veggie and vegan options. Lots of beverages, boozy and non. Large outdoor patio.

  • The Café on Lumpkin

    thecafeonlumpkin.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1700 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-215-9240

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Take-out, outside seating, beer and wine. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, seven days. Five Points newcomer in a historic house does breakfast all day (until 6 p.m.), with pastries, burritos, tacos, sandwiches; classic sandwiches, soups and salads at lunch; four different types of tea service (high, low, royal and cream), with scones, clotted cream, tea sandwiches; and then snacks and light drinks in the early evening. Kids menu.

  • Chuck’s Fish

    chucksfish.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 220 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6611

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, full bar, outdoor seating, reservations, take-out. Hours: Dinner. Swanky seafood out of Destin in a historic building, with lots of simply treated stuff, sushi and East Asian-accented apps (brussels sprouts with kimchi, shishito peppers). Signature cocktails with sake or Japanese whiskey as well as standards.

  • Ciné

    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. Athens’ only indie movie theater features an art gallery, two screens, a lab/meeting room and a bar that’s a destination in its own right, with movie-themed cocktails, good beer and wine, and liquor. 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 seven days. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Locally based small-batch chocolate shop makes stuff right in front of you: truffles, chocolate bars, coffee bars and more, plus drinking chocolate, coffee, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, toffee, etc. Vegan options. 

  • Condor Chocolates Factory

    condorchocolates.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 160 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. No # Specified

    File Under: Coffee Houses, Something Different. Coming to downtown Athens this year is this expanded version of Condor’s production facilities, with big windows to see the makers at work and coffee roasting. Bigger café menu than at the original Five Points location, plus retail and gifts.

  • The Crab Hut

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2361 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-6173

    • 1860 S. Barnett Shoals Rd Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-0762

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Viet-Cajun fusion means boil-in-bag seafood (crawfish is the go-to, and you can pick just how spicy you want it) with plenty of spice as well as fried baskets, salmon and shrimp burgers, corn, hushpuppies, coleslaw and wings. Milk teas among the soft drinks.

  • D92 Korean BBQ

    www.d92kbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1080 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7990

    File Under: Asian, Something Different. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Grilled meats (mostly beef, pork and chicken) cooked on your table with cheese, corn and eggs, plus banchan (free snacks that vary frequently). Also: noodles hot and cold, rice bowls, Korean fried chicken and fun popsicles. Japanese whiskey, shōchū and other unusual selections at the bar.

  • Ding Tea

    dingtea.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 125 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-3737

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Take-out. Taiwanese tea shop chain with many international locations. Milk tea, fruit tea, slushies, juice, coffee, yakult/yogurt drinks, boba, hot tea and lattes. 

  • 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, delivery. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. Weekend brunch. Something for everyone: hot food made to order until 2 p.m., including a good vegan burger; stuff in the fridge and freezer any other time, plus delivery meals and lots of weekly specials, ranging all over the world in influences. Holiday special orders. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5 percent discount.

  • Earth Fare Café

    earthfare.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1689 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-2170 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hot bar inside grocery store includes veggie and vegan stuff, plus chicken and fish, soup, salad.

  • The Expat

    theexpatathens.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 1680 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-521-5041

    File Under: Something Different, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Reservations, outside seating, take-out, full bar. Hours: Dinner. Bar and dining room are equally good, with smart, smart cocktails and an excellent wine list for the former and refined, French-inspired food for the latter. Looking for fancy cheeses or a smoked rabbit terrine? This is your place. Ditto for some of the best charcuterie in town. Meal kits and more for take-out.

  • Farm Cart

    thefarmcart.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1074 Baxter Street Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8150

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, vegetarian friendly, outside seating, take-out, counter service, beer and wine. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. Breakfast served all day, with big biscuit sandwiches made with good ingredients and sourced locally, including the jam, as well as egg plates; meat and veggie ones are equally delicious. Lunch adds non-biscuit sandwiches and burgers plus specials. Baked goods in a case at the counter, good coffee.

  • Figment Kombucha

    figmentkombucha.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1085 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-340-3469

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out. Small-batch kombucha made with high-quality local ingredients, available by the growler (half or full) or cup, plus solid fermented offerings, like slaw and kraut. Specific flavors change regularly. Their kombuchas are on tap at several places in town, and now available in cans.

  • Five & Ten

    fiveandten.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Full bar, reservations, catering, outside seating, take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Dinner. Fine dining from celebrity chef Hugh Acheson. His focus is on vegetables and careful experimentation with Southern touches. Menu changes weekly, focusing on what’s in season. Wine list by James Beard nominee; unpretentious but smart cocktails; excellent after-dinner drinks.

  • Frutta Bowls

    fruttabowls.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 245 Oconee St. Athens GA 30601. 706-514-0060

    File Under: Something Different. Hours: Seven days. Features: Take-out, counter service, catering, vegetarian friendly. 

  • Girasoles

    girasoleswatkinsville.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Take-out. Hours: Dinner. Mexican-accented fusion restaurant has its popular brunch on pause but is still doing dinner with steaks, seafood, pasta, jambalaya, shrimp and grits, escargot, chicken in a roasted garlic mushroom cheese sauce and more along the same lines. Specials change weekly. 

  • The Grit

    thegrit.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. An Athens classic for decades. Yes, it’s vegetarian and sometimes vegan, but it’s reliably delicious and not always healthy. Big menu drawing inspiration from around the world plus many daily veggies on the chalkboard. Breakfast (on hold during COVID) and brunch bring burritos, pancakes, omelets and more. Excellent cakes and pies that can be ordered whole (with advance notice) or by the slice.

  • Half-Shepherd Market & Cheese Shop

    halfshepherd.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1238 Prince Ave., Suite B Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-2955

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Counter service, take-out. Cheese shop and neighborhood market in Normaltown normally does a good lunch, with sandwiches, soups and salads, plus specials. In COVID times, it’s sticking to groceries, which you can order online, with a huge array of cheeses, meats, nice wines and stuff to make yourself a little party. Here’s hoping the grilled cheese returns at some point.

  • 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, curbside pick-up, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch. Neighborhood restaurant focusing on local produce with a seasonally driven menu. Very accommodating of diet restrictions and preferences; Southern-inspired but not heavy. Seasonal artisan cocktails, some named for the area. Good wines and beers. Large patio for seating.

  • Hook and Reel

    hookreel.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3640 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-2010

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, curbside pick up, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. National Viet/Cajun seafood chain with boil-in-bag options. Pick your seafood, sauce, spice level and add-ins to customize your order. Also: sides, salads, po’boys, raw bar, fried seafood baskets. 

  • International Grill and Bar

    facebook.com/IGBAthensGA

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1155 Mitchell Bridge Road Bldg. A Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-1509

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, curbside pick-up, delivery, dinner, full bar, lunch, outside seating, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Warm, family-run Persian charmer has great options for meat and veggies. Anything with eggplant is guaranteed delicious. Great specials, including lamb shanks; kids menu, including pizza.

  • Journey Juice

    journeyjuice.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, curbside pick-up. Hours: Seven days. Raw, organic, cold-pressed and unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices that are also delicious and pre-packaged for easy transporting.

  • 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. 706-369-5400 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Be prepared for some serious spice. Jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs, salmon, spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, mac and cheese, patties, super-sweet tea and cornbread. Kelly has a cookbook/memoir, too.

  • The Lark Winespace

    thelarkwinespace.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 493 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-5455

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Wine, Outside Seating. Hours: Closed Mondays. Like The Expat’s approach to drinks? The Lark is from the same folks, retailing and pouring a smart, fun selection of wines out of a former bookstore. Light eats, too, picked to accompany the wines nicely, and small pours.

  • Lumberjaxe

    lumberjaxe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 510 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8293

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Yup, you can drink and throw axes at targets. Also: TVs, games like giant Jenga and handcrafted wood tables. Local craft beer and wine.

  • Mannaweenta

    https://mannaweenta.wixsite.com/home

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Equally good for meat-eaters and vegans, this wonderfully hospitable Ethiopian spot does lots of beef dishes, but also lentils, tomatoes and onions, all served with chewy, pancake-like injera bread. 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, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 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

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    File Under: Something Different, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Reservations, catering, curbside pick-up, outside seating, Wi-Fi, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Mediterranean-inspired and chef-driven food that loves vegetables. The “power lunch” (an ever-changing array of healthy, colorful veggie items) is always a great choice, but everything on the menu is good and focused on sustainability as well as keeping your tastebuds happy. Great wine list and cocktails. New garage doors allow for open-air dining with some walls and a roof.

  • Nedza's Waffles

    nedzas.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1591 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8331

    File Under: Ice cream and Smoothies, Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. Former mobile business turned brick-and-mortar does both liege waffles and crowaffles, fun doughnuts in intense flavors and now biscuits with pulled pork, sausage, fried chicken and homemade jams as well as coffee drinks. Vegan and gluten-free offerings. Lots of compliments.

  • 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 and dinner. Crepe-based restaurant by day (with savory and sweet options, plus non-pancake-based foods) turns into a busy bar by night, offering over 150 beers, including 28 on tap (customers who try 100 beers are recognized on the Around the World Beer Club wall), wines, cocktails.

  • Rashe's Cuisine Jamaican To Go Restaurant

    https://rashecuisine.com/

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 585 Vine St., Ste. 3 Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-4164

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, Take-Out, Delivery, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Lunch and early dinner. Rashe Malcom makes delicious, healthful Jamaican food, both meat and veggie focused: veggie roti, oxtail, goat, fish, rice and peas and more, plus bags of farmers’ market veggies. Food truck, too.

  • The Rook and Pawn

    therookandpawn.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Bars and Clubs, Something Different. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up, counter service, outside seating, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Board-game café has a robust menu crafted to go well with hours of play: panini, cold sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, bowls of salty and sweet snacks. Games for rent or purchase and drinks soft and hard.

  • 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 and dinner. English pub does proper bangers and mash, lamb burger, curries, housemade potato chips with blue cheese and bacon, plus a couple of really good desserts. Soccer on the TV. U.K. beers, dry ciders, craft brews, wine, whiskey and cocktails.

  • Seabear Oyster Bar

    seabearoysterbar.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, take-out, curbside pick-up. Hours: Dinner. Oysters, of course, from much farther afield than the Gulf, plus smart, tasty small plates, including an awesome grilled cheese, scallop fried rice, lobster roll, veggie-loving dishes. Menu changes often. Beer, wine, absinthe, sake, serious cocktails and frozen Negronis.

  • Sweetie Pie by Savie

    sweetiepiebysavie.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, take-out, curbside pick-up. Hours: 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Tue–Sat. This darling bakery does Asian-inspired as well as Western sweets, including fancy custom cakes, taro croissants, cupcakes, mini pies, bar cookies and anything you can imagine with fondant. Savory things, too, including scones and mini quiches. Espresso and drip coffee, online ordering and custom orders of all kinds.

  • The Table Bistro

    mkt.com/thetableathens

    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, curbside pick-up, catering. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Wed–Fri. This restaurant is in the middle of things but hidden away at the same time. Asian-accented quick bistro emphasizes fresh flavors and minimal salt, with lots of veggies and seafood. Gluten-free and dairy-free options.

  • Taste of India

    indiaathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1040 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-559-0000 View Map

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    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, catering, outdoor seating take-out, curbside pick-up. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. Big menu of Indian standards, from samosas and pakoras to poori, chat, tandoori and many vegetarian options. There’s goat, and combination dinners if you want to try a bunch of things. Lassis, chai and Indian tea, 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, curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. 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

    trappezepub.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Full bar, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. Sunday brunch. Expanded to encompass the former Highwire. Menu includes tacos, sliders, French onion soup, veggie-packed quinoa salad, burgers, ribs, cheeses and snacks. Serious beer, with more than 200 well-described options in the bottle and 30 on tap, plus wine and nice cocktails.

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