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The Spring 2022 Flagpole Guide To Athens

Restaurants Asian

  • Ahi Hibachi & Poke

    ahihibachi.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • It's not fancy, but its poke is right on, with loads of topping choices (raw and cooked). Vegetarian options, hibachi, fried rice, noodles and basic soups and salads.

  • Athens Wok

    athenswokga.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Take-out, delivery, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Informal place focusing on quick-sauteed Thai, Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes. The Thai curries are a highlight, but everything is fast and tasty.

  • Bubble Café

    https://www.bubblecafeathens.com

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    Locations

    • 247 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-355-3002 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Bubble tea, of course, in a wide variety of flavors (almond milk for the lactose intolerant; milk teas, fruit teas, smoothies, cloud cream, matcha), but also snacks, dumplings, good soups, rice and poke bowls and more, all in an Instagrammable interior. Good vegetarian options.

  • Chef Ming

    chefmingathens.com

    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. • Better and healthier-than-average strip-mall Chinese, focusing on Cantonese standards. Hot pot, seafood, Singapore noodles, roast duck and lunch specials.

  • China 1

    chinaoneathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Mostly to-go food, available fast, but a better selection than your standard stir-fry eatery: lo mein, pancit, teriyaki, sweet and sour, moo shu and meat entrees, plus chef’s special Cantonese dishes.

  • China Star Super Buffet

    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. • Large AYCE buffet with many Chinese, American and Japanese dishes, including crab legs sometimes. You can also order off the menu of mostly Americanized Chinese standards or get take-out priced by the pound.

  • China Wok

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2475 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-353-3399 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Features: Counter service, take-out. • Americanized quick-service Chinese dishes, including chop suey, lo mein, mai fun, moo shu, et al., make up the primary order of business in this small restaurant that mostly does to-go.

  • Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express

    choochoojapanesekoreanexpress.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. • Quick-service Japanese and Korean food at bargain prices. You can get hibachi basics and lots of fried stuff, but also bibimbap and bulgogi.

  • 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, outside seating, reservations, take-out. Hours: Dinner. • Upscale place with an emphasis on seafood, including a large, well-executed sushi menu. Land animals, too. Signature cocktails with sake or Japanese whiskey as well as standards. Big for date night.

  • D92 Korean BBQ

    www.d92kbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Features: Full bar. • Grilled meats cooked on your table, either in pre-set portion sizes or all-you-can-eat, plus banchan (free snacks that vary frequently). It's not inexpensive, but it is good. Also: vegetarian options, Korean ramen, kimchi stew. Japanese whiskey, shōchū and other unusual selections at the bar.

  • Ding Tea

    facebook.com/dingteaathens

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Take-out. Hours: Seven days. • Bubble tea: milk, fruit or classic tea-based drinks.

  • Dinner Party

    dinnerpartyathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Asian. Features: Full bar, take-out, vegetarian friendly, outside seating. Hours: Dinner. • Chef takes on Americanized Chinese food. Excellent vegetarian and vegan options, including a gorgeous salad and dry-fried eggplant with plenty of Szechuan pepper. Excellent ice creams made in-house for dessert. Fun, intelligently picked and described wine list; a few nice beers; fancy cocktails that can be a little retro.

  • Golden Dragon

    athensgoldendragon.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 126 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-1688 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Tons of standard Americanized Chinese options, including duck, seafood and some good tofu options. Dragon Dinners feature combinations of dishes for two to 10 people. Online ordering.

  • Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant

    goldensuninathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Countless classic options, loads of chef's specials and lunch specials. A lighter fare section offers steamed MSG-free meals low in sodium; lots of tofu choices.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    hendershotscoffee.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 237 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3050 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, art, Wi-Fi, outside seating. Hours: Open Mon–Sat. Lunch. • Coffee drinks, nitro coffee, teas and juices all day, plus baked goods from Independent and fun lunch (noodle bowls, burgers, Hong Kong French toast) from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Lots of draft and bottled/canned craft beers, plus wine, craft cocktails and mocktails (some made with coffee).

  • 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, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Huge Asian buffet also does hibachi cooked to order. Tofu, Chinese dishes, sushi, American food, fruit, salad and desserts spread across the room. Open most holidays.

  • Inoko Express

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3190 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-425-8828 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Quick-service hibachi includes steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, tofu and “Ultimate Vegetarian” with fried rice, vegetables and two sauces. 

  • Inoko Hibachi Express

    inokoathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1860 S. Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-546-5662 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Features: Delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Good, fast sushi at a reasonable price. Choose among nigiri, maki and specialty rolls, then accessorize with katsu, edamame, seaweed salad, etc. Teriyaki, tempura and poke, too.

  • Iron Factory

    ironfactoryinc.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 255 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6877

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, full bar, outside seating, karaoke. Hours: Dinner. • Korean barbecue cooked on your table: beef, pork belly, shrimp, mushrooms, other veggies. Wrap it in a lettuce leaf or radish slice, add condiments and enjoy. Everything comes with salad, rice and side vegetables. Korean soju and sake at the bar. Karaoke rooms.

  • Jinya Ramen Bar

    jinya-ramenbar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 351 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-478-0880

    File Under: Asian. Features: Delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Just Pho… and More

    facebook.com/justphoandmore

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Outside seating, art, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Plenty more, actually, in addition to the Vietnamese beef, chicken or vegetable broth-based noodle soup customizable with lots of additions. Rice dishes with grilled meats, noodle dishes, banh mi sandwiches, goi cuon, tiramisu and more.

  • Main Moon Restaurant

    mainmoonwatkinsville.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Experiment Station Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-8686 View Map

    File Under: Asian. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Basic Chinese restaurant with pictures of the food you can order: chow mein, stir fry, fried rice, lo mein, egg foo yung, Mongolian chicken, Szechuan beef, Hunan shrimp and the like, all ready fast. Menu has a Weight Watchers section.

  • Mama Ning's Thai

    mamaningsthai.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2 S. Main St. Ste.101 Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1012

    File Under: Asian. Features: Take-out, catering, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Delicate, not oversugary Thai food in the middle of downtown Watkinsville: satay, tom yum, curries, eggplant basil, noodles, Thai tea, boba. Cake from Sweetie Pie by Savie. Kids menu. Makku rice beer.

  • Mother Pho

    facebook.com/motherpho

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Sweet covered patio is a great place to sit at this Vietnamese restaurant. It has its titular beef broth-based noodle soup, of course, but also banh mi, crepes, summer rolls, claypots and rice dishes. Vietnamese coffee, fruit slushies, bubble tea and coconut juice to drink.

  • New Red Bowl Asian Bistro

    newredbowl.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1935 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-227-7888

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Take-out, curbside pick-up, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • One of only two places in the area to get legit Chinese food without driving to Duluth; just remember to ask for the Szechuan menu (or locate it on the website if you're ordering take-out). If that’s not your thing, there’s sesame chicken, too, plus Thai curries, sushi, steamed seafood and much more.

  • Oyishi Sushi and Hibachi

    oyishiwatkinsville.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Experiment Station Rd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-7088

    File Under: Asian. Features: Take-out Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Japanese restaurant with sushi (standard and specialty rolls), hibachi, ramen, fried rice, salmon tacos, soup and salad. Kids menu. Specials are a good deal.

  • Peking Restaurant

    westpekingathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Elaborate decor and Chinese-American standards. Big menu covers all the standards, with lots of vegetarian options. Sizzling rice soup comes with many of the pre-set dinners, and soups in general are more interesting than they need to be.

  • Poke Bar

    ilovepokebar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 740 Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3410

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian FriendlyFeatures: Take-out. Hours: Seven days.
  • Puma Yu's

    instagram.com/pumayus

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 355 Oneta St., Ste. D-400 Athens, GA 30601. TBA

    File Under: Asian. Features: Full bar. • From two of the folks behind pop-up the Side Hustle comes this new intimate bar/restaurant focusing on a wide variety of Southeast Asian flavors on a small menu of food and some exciting cocktails, opening this year in the Southern Mill development.

  • Ru San's

    rusansathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Curbside pick-up, full bar, reservations, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Big, noisy sushi place out of Atlanta does lots of specialty rolls and sashimi and sushi combos. Also: ramen, pho, fried tofu, grilled seafood and more. Kids menu. Premium cold sakes and cocktails with Japanese ingredients, plus boba.

  • Sakura Steak House

    sakurahibachiathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    • 1225 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-2027

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Both locations serve a similar menu, from hibachi as entertainment to good quality sushi to elaborately presented sashimi platters. Also: lunch specials, hot pots, yaki udon, dumplings, mochi ice cream, kids menu. Japanese beer, sake, cocktails and wine.

  • Shokitini

    shokitini.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 251 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-7933 View Map

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    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Karaoke, full bar, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Dinner, seven days. • Party sushi bar with private karaoke rooms. Lots of rolls and sashimi as well as surf and turf, noodles, fried tofu and apps. Hot and cold sake, saketinis, wine, mostly domestic beer but a few Japanese brews.

  • Siri Thai Cuisine

    sirithaiathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, delivery, outside seating, take-out, curbside pick-up. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. • Lots of indoor greenery sets the scene at this Thai restaurant. Noodles (available with various proteins), rice entrees, soups, salads, curries and a Thai dessert selection. Spice level can be serious. A couple of Thai beers among the domestics, sakes and a section of organic wines.

  • Tai Chi Bubble Tea

    www.taichibubbletea.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 151 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601 . 706-395-6483

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Bubble tea, ramen, poke bowls, sushi burritos and salad bowls. Order online and pick up.

  • 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, delivery, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Small Atlanta-based chain does Asian/Latin fusion tacos: bulgogi and shiitake, teriyaki chicken with pineapple pico de gallo, tofu with sesame-soy vinaigrette and more. Apps, bowls and salads. Margaritas, cocktails, sangria and craft beers.

  • Thai Spoon

    thaispoonathens.com

    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, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Big menu runs from fresh Thai salads to satay, spicy basil duck, lots of seafood and vegan options, plus gluten-free stuff, with lots of eggplant, basil, chilis and curry, all customizable to your taste. Kids menu. Beer and wine, Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee.

  • Tokyo Express

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 690 U.S. Hwy. 29 Athens, GA 30646. 706-543-8833

    File Under: Asian. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Features: Counter service, take-out. • Quick-service hibachi and sushi, plus wings, bento box specials at lunch and dinner, hibachi, soup, edamame and some fried apps.

  • Utage Athens Sushi Bar

    utagesushibar.restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Full bar, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Lunch combos have more variety than at many other restaurants. Lots of specialty rolls (the sushi part of the menu is huge), but also good udon and ramen bowls, yakitori, tonkatsu, teriyaki, fried rice and more. Hot and cold sake, Japanese (and American) beers, wine, sake bombs and martinis.

  • Wok Star

    wokstarrestaurant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Asian. Features: Delivery, take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Trust us: there is legit Chinese food in this Winterville shopping center restaurant that also serves hamburgers. Ask for the Chinese menu and you'll find duck, yu xiang eggplant, hot and spicy boiled fish, mapo tofu, cumin lamb and more. The folks in the kitchen may not always have everything listed, but they're great at adapting on the fly.

  • Wok's Up

    facebook.com/woksupgeorgia

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Bogart, GA 30622. 706-521-5486

    File Under: Asian. Features: Counter service, curbside pick-up, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Fast-casual made-to-order stir-fry. Pick a protein (steak, chicken, shrimp, pork, tofu), some veggies, a sauce and a base (rice, noodles, salad), and they’ll cook it for you right then and there.