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  • 180°F Cafe

    facebook.com/the180f

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri, dinner, seven days. The Look: Unpromising location gives way to nicely appointed small space with free Wi-Fi and personable staff. Menu: 180°F Cafe is the only place in town serving Taiwanese xiaochi (street-food snacks), like steamed bao and chicken nuggets scented with five-spice. Also: bubble tea, smoothies and some larger dishes.

  • 5th Avenue Pizza

    facebook.com/fifthavenuepizza

    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.

  • Amici

    amici-cafe.com

    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

    applebees.com

    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.

  • ARTini's Art Lounge

    artinisartlounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 296 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-8530 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Art classes, parking. The Look: Walk in to a large artist's studio complete with brick walls and galleries. Instruction by local artist, a glass of wine, and suddenly you're Michelangelo. Drinks: Beer, wine, sodas and bottled water.

  • Athens Bagel Co.

    athensbagel.com

    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.

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

    barberitos.com

    Price: $☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    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.

  • Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts

    dunkindonuts.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express

    choochoorestaurants.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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: Arthouse cinema, art gallery, meeting room, full bar in a retro space repurposed from a tire recapping plant. Drinks: Thoughtful selection of beer (draft and bottled), wine and liquor with specialty cocktails. Coffee, tea, sodas, local baked goods and fresh-popped popcorn. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fox's Pizza Den

    foxspizzaoconee.com

    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.

  • The Garden Grille

    hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 390 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-6800 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, buffet, catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and dinner, seven days. The Look: Full-service restaurant inside the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Menu: Breakfast can be cooked to order or assembled from the buffet (kids under 12 eat free). Steaks, burgers, pasta, salads and other all-American staples for dinner.

  • The Globe

    facebook.com/globe.athens

    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.

  • 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. 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

    hendershotscoffee.com

    Price: $☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    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).

  • HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café

    honeybaked.com

    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.

  • Ike and Jane

    ikeandjane.com

    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.

  • Jittery Joe's Coffee

    jitteryjoes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • UGA Miller Learning Center Athens, GA 30602. 706-549-2124 View Map

    • 27 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-4280 View Map

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-354-8000 View Map

    • 1480 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1099 View Map

    • 1230 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-1979 View Map

    • 297 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-7449 View Map

    • 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-8900 View Map

    • 425 Barber St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-2161

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru (Baxter, Greensboro and Epps Bridge), outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. Open seven days. The Look: Serving coffee roasted right here in town (on Barber; you can visit the roastery to buy the freshest beans), each location of this local franchise is different, but all are welcoming and orange-accented. Menu: Wide range of specialty roasts that benefit different causes. Lots of hot and cold drinks and premium teas. Locally baked goodies like bagels, giant brownies, parfaits, scones and muffins. Heartier fare at some locations.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

    krispykreme.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3703 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, GA 30622. 706-208-0628 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, drive-thru, Wi-Fi. Hours: 5:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun–Thu. 5:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri–Sat.

  • La Cabaña de Don Juan

    facebook.com/cabanadedonjuan

    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.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    facebook.com/lkshuffleclub

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 223 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-369-3144 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, live music, trivia, outside seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: This standalone building houses a popular bar for the local crowd. Inside you'll find a brick interior with high ceilings; outside you'll find a large patio decked out with a camper, a boat, cornhole and more. This is a great place to find a dance party or drag show. Drinks: A wide variety of bottled beers and rotating drafts that include seasonal brews. Wines, too.

  • 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.

  • Madison Bar & Bistro

    indigoathens.com/about-us/madison-bar-bistro

    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, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Hotel Indigo's restaurant has a nice patio featuring a firepit 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.

  • 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.

  • Marti's at Midday

    martisatmidday.com

    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. 

  • Menchie's

    menchies.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-8336 View Map

    • 196 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-7223 View Map

    File Under: Ice Cream. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Open seven days, noon10 or 11 p.m.

  • The National

    thenationalrestaurant.com

    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 Office Lounge

    facebook.com/officeathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2455 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-546-0840 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, outdoor seating, live music, karaoke. The Look: In a corner of Homewood Shopping Center, The Office Lounge is a popular place for the older local crowd, with classic Athens musicians frequenting the stage most nights. Play a round of pool, shuffleboard, darts or keno. Drinks: The full bar offers inexpensive wells and domestics as well as signature cocktails like the Red Snapper, made with Crown Royal and cranberry.

  • Panera Bread

    panerabread.com

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • The Pub at Gameday

    facebook.com/thepubatgameday

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 251 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-2831 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, outside seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: A spacious bar with custom woodworking and a large outdoor seating area. Offering darts, board games, Wii and TVs for watching sporting events. Monthly comedy nights. Drinks: A large selection of scotch, bourbon and over 150 beers, including many craft, high-gravity and seasonal options.

  • 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

    facebook.com/therailathens

    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.

  • 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.

  • Schlotzsky's Deli

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1490 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-2518 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features: Drive-thru, catering, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Sips Espresso Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1390 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-363-7211 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Open until 9 p.m. seven days. The Look: Small independent coffee shop in the heart of Normaltown with a covered year-round porch. Menu: Pastries and treats from local bakeries, plus lattes, cappuccinos and espresso drinks brewed with Jittery Joe's and 1000 Faces coffee. Some Latin-inspired options and specialty drinks (Vietnamese iced coffee in the summer). Many loose tea options as well.

  • Smoothie King

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2361 W. Broad St. (The Omni Club) Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-3111 View Map

    • 1591 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-2600 View Map

    File Under: Smoothies. Features: Catering, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. Open seven days.

  • Starbucks

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1761 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-2206 View Map

    • 10 Huntington Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-6632 View Map

    • 2301 College Station Road (Kroger) Athens, GA 30605. 706-353-8543 View Map

    • 100 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-0114 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru (Epps Bridge Pkwy. and Huntington Road), Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. Open seven days.

  • Sundown Saloon

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 50 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-1177 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, live music, outside seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: A local watering hole for Eastside Athens residents, this country bar maintains a Western saloon feel. DJs and live music play regularly, games like darts and pool. Drinks: The usual collection of domestics and wells behind the bar. 

  • Ted's Most Best

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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).

  • Two Story Coffeehouse

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1680 Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606 . 706-850-5422 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi, live music. Hours: Open seven days. The Look: A cozy, historic house with a quiet room for studying. Menu: High-quality, classic coffee drinks prepared with a manual pour over, Chemex or personal French press, plus nice teas, smoothies, Italian sodas and more. Pastries from Independent Baking Co., gelato, Cecilia Cake and other snacks.

  • 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.

  • 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.