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  • The 11th Pin

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    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service. Hours: Lunch, Sat–Sun. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Counter inside Showtime Bowl; some tables, nearby arcade. Menu: Better versions of bar food/bowling alley standards: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, wings, intensely loaded fries/tots/nachos, a burrito, garlic knots, pizza and a $6 kids menu. Drinks: Buckets of beers, some nice deep-cut craft choices. Wine, too.

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

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    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Friendly, family-owned restaurant with Normaltown and Timothy locations. Menu: Very popular with folks who consider fajitas the height of Mexican food, but you can also find horchata, Mexican-style tacos with al pastor or barbacoa, tortas and more. Kids menu. Drinks: Margaritas, bottled and draft beer, micheladas (beer cocktails) and sangria.

  • Amici

    amici-cafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 233 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0000 View Map

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    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 a long bar and brick walls. Menu: This small Georgia chain focuses mostly on pizza and wings, but also does sandwiches, pasta, salads and soup. Pizza of the month pushes the envelope in the toppings department (macaroni and cheese, a taco pizza called El Chido). Drinks: Full bar with lots of draft choices. The Beer of the Month is usually a good craft brew.

  • 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, counter service, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, seven days. The Look: Locally owned bagel bakery with space to eat-in. Menu: Big, good bagels boiled and baked in-house in a wide variety of flavors. Top with hummus, butter (whipped, honey, peanut) or housemade cream cheese in flavors savory and sweet. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches on bagels: smoked pork, Reuben or housemade egg salad.

  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina

    barberitos.com

    Price: $

    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 Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5299

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    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 chain. Menu: Health-oriented Mexican-ish fare, with seven options that have less than 7 grams of fat each. Customizable burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and salads, lots of veggies; vegetarian and vegan options.

  • Bee's Knees Bakery & Gifts

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-3633 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries, Sandwiches, Delivery. Features: Catering, counter service. Hours: 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Mon–Sat. The Look: Cute and decorative, like the fancy cookies and cakes it offers. Menu: Custom-order desserts, or pick up something from the display case (cake, iced cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cake pops and more). Box lunches with a sandwich, cheese straws and a cupcake are available without pre-ordering.

  • Beef 'O' Brady's

    beefobradys.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-1916 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Catering, outside seating, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop

    benjerry.com/athens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 105 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-208-0031 View Map

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features: Outside seating, counter service. Hours: 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun–Thu. 11 a.m.–12 a.m., Fri–Sat.

  • 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, Mon–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: Charming restaurant with an amazing dog-friendly patio and sidewalk chalk for kids. Big booths and art inside. Menu: Breakfast and lunch, plus breads, pastries, cakes, special orders and more from the bakery. Really good French toast and burgers, plus quiche, some bigger plates (fish and chips, veggie sauté), fries with blue cheese and garlic aioli and lots of healthy stuff. Drinks: Small but nice selection of beer; wine by the glass or bottle.

  • Bill's Bar-B-Que

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Classic no-frills barbecue surroundings, plus vintage UGA memorabilia. Menu: Bill's is known for hash (halfway between Brunswick stew and chopped pork), which you can get in a sandwich, and chicken mull, but also has slaw dogs, hash dogs, pork, beef, burgers, hush puppies and fried catfish. Sauce is vinegary and thin. Cokes in glass bottles.

  • Blind Pig Tavern

    blindpigtavern.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 312 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-3442

    • 2440 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-7979 View Map

    • 2301 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-4919

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, outside seating, trivia, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Longtime Athens sports bar. Menu: Tasty bar food with good vegetarian choices: burgers, wings, sandwiches, fried pickles, fish tacos, barbecue and chili cheese fries. "Fat" Tuesdays bring po'boys, Cajun burgers and more. Downtown lunch attracts lawyers and other types in suits. Drinks: Beer on tap and in bottles, including local brews. Standard cocktails plus a Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday.

  • 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, take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Family-friendly independent fast-casual. Menu: The kitchen makes pretty much everything from scratch, including the salad dressings, on a large menu that goes from artichoke dip to tilapia. Want a Monte Cristo? Fish tacos? Bison burger? Gluten-free choices? They have all that, plus kids meals.

  • Bubble Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 154 College Ave. 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, Mon–Sat. The Look: Tiny, cute eatery hidden below street level downtown. Menu: Bubble tea, as you'd expect, but also gyoza, some hearty noodle soups, tasty Taiwanese-style snacks and rice bowls. Prepackaged snacks by the register. Fast and inexpensive.

  • Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 480 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8511 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Full bar, live music, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Bar-like barbecue joint. Menu: Consistently good pulled pork and ribs, even without sauce. Sides are reliably tasty, too: potato salad with bacon, chicken mull, corn nuggets, fried okra, meat skins. Kids menu. Drinks: Beer, liquor, margaritas and Bloody Marys.

  • Buvez

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 585 Barber St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-0172

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars, Sandwiches. Features: Beer and wine, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast to 8 p.m., seven days. The Look: High ceilings, cool kids area, indoor porch swing and trains out the window. Menu: Eats are on the lighter side: pastries and soft pretzels by The Comerian, hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, cheese plates, snoballs and snacks by the scoop. Coffee and tea, plus interesting sodas. Drinks: Draft and bottled/canned craft beers, wine, craft cocktails made with beer and wine, aperitifs, boozy snoballs.

  • Cabin Creek BBQ

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 199 Memorial Dr. Nicholson, GA 30565. 706-757-2267

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Sun. The Look: Big, open space high on a hill in Nicholson. Menu: Some of the best barbecue around, including excellent ribs and chicken mull. Brisket, pork and chicken, too, and peach cobbler for dessert. Sundays bring a buffet with more country-cooking-style food, like chicken pot pie, fried okra and sweet potatoes. Holiday specials.

  • Carrabba's Italian Grill

    carrabbas.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3194 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-9938 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Lunch, Sat and Sun.

  • The Carriage House of Athens

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3755 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-0385

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Buffet, catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. The Look: Second location of the Jefferson restaurant, in the former Sonny's. Menu: The original is all-you-can-eat Southern-style cooking, plus a la carte ordering, with a breakfast buffet as well as lunch and dinner, and we can expect something similar.

  • Cecilia Villaveces Cakes

    ceciliascakes.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 610 N. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-3308 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Catering. Hours: Mon-Sat. The Look: Family-owned cake bakery that supplies many restaurants. Menu: All cakes are made to order. Specialty and wedding cakes require more advance notice and can be custom-designed. Popular flavors include lemon, tres leches, hummingbird, mocha, caramel, coconut and red velvet. Purchase only. No seating.

  • Champy's Famous Fried Chicken

    champyschicken.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1120 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3092

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Delta-style juke joint with crazy, chicken-themed yard art. Menu: Fried chicken is the main offering, but don't miss the Delta hot tamales, served with slaw and saltines. Other fried food, like jalapenos, pickle spears, green tomatoes and catfish, plus frogs' legs and wings. Drinks: 40s of beer, plus local beer on tap and a full bar.

  • 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. The Look: A shopping-center space that feels more elegant than it should. Menu: Lots of Cantonese standards prepared with a lighter touch and less grease than your usual strip-mall eatery. Singapore noodles, seafood with eggplant, roast duck and lunch specials.

  • Chili's Grill & Bar

    chilis.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • China 1

    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, TueSun. The Look: Quick service is key at this small Chinese restaurant that focuses on to-go food. Menu: Lo mein, pancit, teriyaki, egg foo young, sweet and sour, moo shu and meat entrees, plus chef's special Cantonese dishes.

  • Chipotle

    chipotle.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 165 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-7210 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Counter service, take-out, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Chops and Hops

    chopsandhops.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2 S. Main St. Watkinsville 30677. 706-310-1101 View Map

    • 335 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601.

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, reservations, outside seating, Wi-Fi, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Watkinsville location is an upscale, two-floor space, with a big bar with TVs. Downtown Athens location coming in the fall. Menu: Steaks and beer are the emphasis, but the kitchen also loves vegetables. Menu changes frequently but includes good burgers, salads and sandwiches. Kids menu. Drinks: Well-priced and well-chosen selection of beer and wine, tap takeovers and craft cocktails.

  • 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. Hours: Dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Upscale Gulf seafood from the owners of Five Bar, in the renovated historic Greyhound station. Menu: Fish changes depending on the catch in from Destin, FL. Fried shrimp, seared scallops, surf and turf, chicken (if you must), East Asian-accented apps (brussels sprouts with kimchi, shishito peppers) and sushi. Drinks: Signature cocktails with sake or Japanese whisky, wine, some craft and domestic beers.

  • Cici's Pizza

    cicis.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.

  • Cinnaholic

    cinnaholic.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 140 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-608-9100

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Vegan. Features: Counter service, catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Seven days.

  • Clarke's Standard

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 225 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-5152

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Catering, full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Preppy but not totally monogrammed. Menu: Burgers (build your own, with a gluten-free bun if needed), sandwiches, new flatbreads, some nice salads, all made better than they need to be. Good pickles. Desserts by Kiki's Bakeshop. Drinks: Long list of bottled beer, plus a selection of wine and cute cocktails.

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

    crackerbarrel.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • D.P. Dough

    dpdough.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 180 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-842-2828

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Delivery, take-out, catering, counter service, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days.

  • Dawg Gone Good BBQ

    dawggonegood.net

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 224 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-9799 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri–Sat. The Look: Super-friendly; not fancy. Picnic tables out front, but some seating inside. A popular choice when downtown late. Menu: Ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and sausage dogs, plus sides like baked-potato salad, spinach supreme, yams, coleslaw, baked beans and mac and cheese.

  • DePalma's Italian Cafe

    depalmasitaliancafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2080 Timothy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-1237 View Map

    • 1965 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-369-0085 View Map

    • 401 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-354-6966 View Map

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    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Classic Italian good for a date or a casual lunch. Menu: Each location is a little different, but all have pizza, pasta, salad and classic desserts like zuppa inglese. The menu expands at dinner, with regular specials (lasagna of the day) and more upscale entrees. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options; kids menu. Drinks: Long wine list with many Italian reds. Beers ranging from the regular to "really good."

  • Diablo's Southwest Grill

    diablossouthwestgrill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30622. 706-543-3399

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out.

  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit

    dickeys.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2131 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1326 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Di'lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-208-1170

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Coffee Houses. Hours: Seven days, until 9 or 10 p.m. in the summer.

  • Dominick's Italian

    dominicksitalian.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Italian. Features: Catering, full bar, reservations, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Family-style upscale Italian in small chain. Menu: Classics like eggplant parmigiana, lasagna, stuffed pork chops, chicken saltimbocca and steaks, most available in full or half servings. Express lunch special, sandwiches, kids menu. Drinks: Big wine list, Italian margaritas, beers, regular wine dinners.

  • 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: Comfy restaurant in a historic house. Very family-friendly, with a well-stocked playroom. Menu: Hot breakfast and lunch to order until 2 p.m. Open later on weekdays for pick-up of pre-made items. Lots of veggie stuff, some vegan. Brunch on the weekends. To-go meals in the fridge and the freezer include breakfast stratas, casseroles, desserts and more. Holiday special orders. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5 percent discount.

  • Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3523 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7771 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Big, beachy mural; chill atmosphere in a shopping center. Menu: Americanized Mexican staples: tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, big burritos, enchiladas, queso, fish tacos, fried ice cream. Drinks: Margaritas and more than 30 tequilas, some draft beers, more in bottles.

  • Em's Kitchen

    emskitchenathawthorne.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 975 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-206-9322 View Map

    File Under: American, Bakeries. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Saturday brunch. The Look: Cute, cozy, family-run eatery inside Hawthorne Drugs, with lots of children's books to read. Menu: Breakfast has plates, biscuits, omelets, pancakes and baked goods. Brunch adds quiche, Benedict and more. Lunch is mostly classic sandwiches (chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad) but also a good Cuban and a pimento-cheese BLT with pepper jelly.

  • The Expat

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    Price: $$$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Reservations, outside seating, full bar. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Tue–Sun. The Look: Simply decorated renovated house. Upstairs bar with its own snacks. Menu: French-ish and refined: chicken liver pâté, charcuterie, gougères, rabbit ragout, soufflé, intensely good cheese. Lunch includes burgers (beef or veggie), grain bowl, pasta and more. Drinks: High-end cocktails with forward-thinking ingredients and a long wine list by the glass and bottle.

  • Fatz Café

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    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.

  • Firehouse Subs

    firehousesubs.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1226 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-357-4994 View Map

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

  • 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, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Hugh Acheson's flagship restaurant in a renovated historic home with a lovely bar. Menu: Serious dining that is forward-thinking but thoughtful, with beautiful plating. Some items recur frequently, but there's always something new based on the season. Superlative produce. Tuesday-night ramen is a standout. Drinks: Wine list by James Beard nominee; unpretentious but smart cocktails; excellent after-dinner drinks.

  • Food for the Soul

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1965 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-0052 View Map

    File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, catering. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Fri and Sun. The Look: Homey eatery with a self-service buffet and a great mural by Broderick Flanigan outside. Menu: Meat-and-three staples that rotate daily, like pork chops, fried chicken livers, catfish, mac and cheese and tons of good vegetables. All-you-can-eat buffet lets you stuff yourself silly.

  • The Foundry

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 295 E. Dougherty St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-7051 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Live music, catering, outside seating, reservations, Wi-Fi. Hours: Dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: You can eat at this music-venue restaurant until the start of a show if you don't have tickets. Hotel guests and ticket holders can dine until late. Menu: Burgers (veggie or beef), catfish tacos, wings, Cobb salad, surf and turf queso; milk and cookies for dessert. Drinks: A wide selection of wine, craft beers and cocktails.

  • Fox's Pizza Den

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2971 Monroe Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 678-661-0220 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, take-out, catering, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Fresh Air Bar-B-Que

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 5170 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, GA 30622. 770-725-5227 View Map

    • 1110 Hull Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-6060 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Buffet (Hull Road), catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days (Atlanta Hwy.). Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sat (Hull Road). The Look: Wood paneling, shack-like exterior. Menu: The Hull location does an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch Wednesday through Friday, with ribs, shrimp or catfish. Otherwise, it's chopped pork and chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans, chicken tenders and banana pudding. Family and tailgating specials for take-out.

  • Frutta Bowls

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. to mid-evening. Features: Take-out, counter service, catering, vegetarian friendly. The Look: Health-focused franchise in the Mark development with Edison bulbs and chalkboards. Menu: Brightly colored bowls of açaí, kale, pitaya, oatmeal with fruit, dairy and protein-based toppings. Also, smoothies and cold drinks.

  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 265 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0305 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat.

  • G Brand BBQ

    gretschbrothersangus.com/g-brand-bbq

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1140 Athens Road Crawford, GA 30630. 706-743-7000

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take out. Hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thu–Sat. The Look: High-ceilinged ex-auto dealership in downtown Crawford is simple but not rustic. Menu: Brisket (they own a cattle ranch), pork, chicken, two kinds of ribs—not very smoky, but good. Sauces include an Alabama white. Killer green beans. Tea by the pitcher. Lots of ice cream.

  • The Garden Grille

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    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. 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.

  • George's Lowcountry Table

    georgeslowcountrytable.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2095 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-3359 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, catering, reservations, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: Grown-up restaurant with good service and cloth napkins. Menu: Classics from the Gulf and Carolina coasts: étouffée, shrimp and grits, sherry crab bisque, oysters (raw and cooked), peel-and-eat shrimp, jambalaya, redfish and more. Benedict, andouille-studded omelet, drop biscuits, grits at brunch. Drinks: Wines from all over, beer and Southern-accented cocktails.

  • 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, but also classic steaks and seafood. Tapas, entrees and frequently changing specials: crab cakes, Cajun pasta, fish and grits, plus chef's selection of three dishes. Sunday brunch includes waffles, omelets cooked to order and a buffet.

  • Golden Dragon

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, buffet, delivery, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Chinese restaurant in a shopping center. Menu: Big lunch buffet daily. Tons of standard options. Dragon Dinners feature combinations of dishes for two to 10 people.

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

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    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Tue–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: Clean, arty space with great light, a bocce court and a plant-laden patio in a historic neighborhood. Menu: Local providers supply produce inspiration for menu that changes regularly. Refined takes on local dishes like chicken mull or hummus made with black-eyed peas. Brunch is busy for good reason. Very accommodating of diet restrictions. Drinks: Seasonal artisan cocktails, some named for the area. Good wines and beers. Regular wine tastings.

  • home.made

    homemadeathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, delivery, take-out, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Saturday brunch. The Look: R. Wood pottery, pretty flowers, welcoming atmosphere. Menu: A little bit New Orleans, a little bit rest of the South and a lot of vegetables. Menu changes often, but could include cheese curds, charbroiled oysters, beignets with hot chicken, green tomato crisp for dessert. Supper Club for early diners (5–6 p.m.) gets you two courses for $15. Saturday brunch options include bread pudding and a breakfast bowl. You can also buy casseroles, sides, snacks and take-away meals. Drinks: Bright cocktails, good wine list and beer selection.

  • 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.

  • Hot Thomas Barbecue

    hotthomasbbq.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3753 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-6550 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, checks. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Fri–Sat. The Look: Country barbecue since 1984. Vintage soda bottles for decoration. Menu: It's short: chopped pork, ribs, chicken, hamburgers and chili dogs, plus stew, slaw, mull and chips (listed just so). Slices of pecan or chocolate pie for dessert.

  • Insomnia Cookies

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 228 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-623-6277 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Catering, delivery. Hours: Seven days until 3 a.m.

  • International Bar and Grill

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, dinner, full bar, lunch, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • J.R. Crickets

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 810 Hawthorne Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-9800

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Atlanta-based sports bar chain with a welcoming vibe. Menu: Wings, burgers, Phillies and wraps. Drinks: Full bar with lots of specials.

  • Jason's Deli

    jasonsdeli.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 140 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-425-4950 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs

    jimmyjohns.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 600 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-0500 View Map

    • 2301 College Station Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-5411 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Drive-thru (Baxter), delivery, catering, counter service, outside seating (Baxter). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night (Baxter).

  • Johnny's New York Style Pizza

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    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. 

  • 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, TueSun (Five Points), Mon–Sat (Epps Bridge). The Look: Two locations of a longtime Athens restaurant. Lumpkin Street has a covered patio. Menu: Walk down the counter and select from Jamaican standards and veggies: jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs, salmon, spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, mac and cheese. Patties, too, plus super-sweet tea and cornbread. 

  • Kiki's Bakeshop

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 20 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-6766

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., MonFri. 8 a.m.4 p.m., Sat. Menu: Fresh breads (loaf-style, baguettes, bagels), muffins, scones (sweet and savory), cinnamon rolls and sweets from cheesecake to bar desserts, cupcakes, layer cakes and cookies, everything cutely packaged. The deli case holds pimento cheese, chicken salad, tuna salad and hummus. Specialty cakes and pies orderable in advance. Holiday menus.

  • Krimson Kafe

    krimsonkafe.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 40 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0888 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, art. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. The Look: Friendly small-town café. Menu: Homemade soups, salads and deli sandwiches. Chicken salad, egg salad, ham salad and pimento cheese homemade daily (available by the scoop or the pound). Nice selection of veggie options. Fresh-squeezed apple and carrot juice, plus Jittery Joe's coffee.

  • La Fiesta

    athens-lafiesta.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Eastside restaurant with colorful decor and a large covered outdoor patio. Menu: Popular Americanized Mexican fare: burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, taquitos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Special entrees and combo plates. Drinks: Margaritas, Mexican beers, domestics and house wines.

  • Larry's Giant Subs

    larryssubs.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-7298 View Map

    • 1959 S. Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-4926 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Lindsey's Culinary Market

    lindseysculinarymarket.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 520 N. Thomas St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0558 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, take-out, counter service. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon–Fri. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Sat. The Look: Cute space under 1000 Faces downtown. Menu: Hot and cold lunch six days a week, plus catering. Eat in the friendly dining room after choosing from pimento-less cheese, shrimp salad, chicken salad and a number of veggie-based dishes that change out daily: collard rolls, quiche, grain salads and more. Cookies, fancy chocolates, candy and gift items available, too. Biscuits on weekends.

  • Little City Diner

    littlecitydiner.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 135 Cherokee Road Winterville, GA 30683. 706-742-7590 View Map

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    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. Brunch, Sat–Sun. Features: Counter service, take-out, outside seating, vegetarian friendly. The Look: Pretty, sunny little restaurant in the middle of Winterville. Menu: Great food in a quiet environment. Southern breakfast and brunch include country ham biscuits, hotcakes, Red Mule grits and sawmill gravy. Lunch brings a burger, barbecue pork sandwich, fried egg sandwich and salads. Good pie and coffee. Tempeh and soysage coexist with country ham and smoked bacon.

  • 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. Features: Curbside pick-up (Timothy), delivery, live music (Timothy), 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 domestic beer available in pitchers or by the glass.

  • Main Moon Restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Asian. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Quick and casual counter service is the focus. Menu: Chow mein, stir fry, fried rice, lo mein, egg foo yung, Mongolian chicken, Szechuan beef and Hunan shrimp, all ready for take-out or eat-in. Menu has a Weight Watchers section.

  • Mama Jewel's Kitchen

    mamajewelskitchen.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out, outdoor seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Fri. Weekend brunch. The Look: Big space with homey touches, like a giant bookshelf filled with cookbooks. Menu: Breakfast all day, with staples like chicken and waffles. Try the Ooey Gooey, a biscuit with fried chicken breast topped with Brie cheese and jalapeño peach jelly. Lunch includes burgers and more.

  • Mama's Boy

    mamasboyathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    • 8851 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8550

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    File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, outside seating, reservations, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Thu. Brunch, Fri-Sun. The Look: Original location with a pretty patio by the Greenway. The second one has more space and nice views. 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. UGA-made sausage. 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

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    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, 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.

  • 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.

  • Mellow Mushroom

    mellowmushroom.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-0892 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Catering, delivery, outside seating, trivia, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Psychedelia meets sports. Menu: This Atlanta-based chain founded in 1974 has been in Athens a long time. Lots of toppings and specialty pies, plus pretzels made with the same dough, salads, subs, calzones and munchies. Drinks: 40+ beers on tap, covering regional and crafts; bottled/canned beers, too, as well wine and liquor.

  • Moe's Southwest Grill

    moes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1320 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-7776 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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, outside seating, Wi-Fi, full bar. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Sophisticated date-night restaurant that works great for lunch, too. Menu: Mediterranean-inspired, with tapas and more. There's lots to keep vegetarians happy, like the "power lunch" (an ever-changing array of healthy, colorful veggie items) and dinner's veggie plate. Also: amazing chicken, beauteous salads, thoughtful desserts. Uses locally sourced ingredients when possible. Drinks: Wine-by-the-glass selection is large due to the Enomatic system. Finely crafted cocktails change seasonally. The bar has its own scene and hosts the occasional late-night dance party.

  • Newk's Eatery

    www.newks.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-5700

    File Under: American Features: Catering, dinner, lunch, take out. Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m., seven days. 

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

    nothingbundtcakes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1021 Dowdy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-400-6950

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon–Thu. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Fri–Sat.

  • The Olive Garden

    olivegarden.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3666 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-2225 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full bar, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

    ontheborder.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3640 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-247-7290 View Map

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

  • Osteria Athena

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 323 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3911

    File Under: Italian. Features: Catering, dinner, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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.

  • Peach Pit Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 321 Athens Road Winterville, GA 30628. 706-899-0001

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Wed-Sun. The Look: Basic, unpretentious barbecue joint in the middle of Winterville. Menu: Simple menu: pulled pork, barbecue chicken, ribs and brisket, as a plate (with slaw, stew, chips and bread) or a sandwich. Really good cake. Vinegar-based sauces.

  • Planet Smoothie

    planetsmoothie.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Smoothies. Features: Catering. Hours: Seven days.

  • Plantation Buffet

    plantationbuffet.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1119 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3663 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Buffet, catering, counter service, take-out, checks. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. The Look: Casual atmosphere, unassuming space. Menu: Country cooking with a buffet that changes daily. Expect fried chicken, steak and gravy, barbecue pork, meatloaf, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, yams and Southern desserts. Goat makes an appearance on the menu sometimes.

  • Pulaski Heights BBQ

    pulaskiheightsbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: BYOB, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Next to the railroad tracks down Pulaski Street. Family-friendly patio with sidewalk chalk. Trains go by regularly. Menu: Excellent meats smoked daily, which means when they're out, they're out. (Check Facebook or Instagram before you go if you're worried.) Pescatarians and vegetarians will find plenty to eat. Ramen, kids-eat-free Mondays and other specials are well publicized. Housemade pickles, vinegar-lime slaw, smoked potato salad, tacos and more.

  • Rachel's Southern Style Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1021 Jamestown Blvd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0091 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonFri. Sunday lunch. The Look: Country cooking in a strip mall in Watkinsville. Menu: Traditional Southern cuisine with a rotating menu written on a whiteboard. Choose among pork chops, chicken, fish and more, grilled or fried, plus fried chicken livers and a host of vegetable sides (rutabagas, cabbage, carrot-and-raisin salad, turnip greens, hash-brown casserole). Homemade desserts.

  • Redfearn Grille

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Buffet, catering. Hours: Breakfast and dinner, seven days. Sunday lunch. The Look: Inside the Holiday Inn and serving hotel guests and the public alike. Menu: Stuffed French toast, waffles, biscuit sandwiches and omelets in the morning. Evening entrees include a New York strip steak, sun-dried-tomato ravioli, fried chicken and balsamic-glazed pork chops. Sunday lunch buffet or à la carte ordering. Lunch on Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • The Rooftop

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Counter service, outside seating, live music, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Cool bar/restaurant on top of the historic Georgia Theatre. Take the elevator up to see fantastic views. DJs and bands regularly. Menu: Open both during shows and not, the Rooftop makes grass-fed burgers, a veggie banh mi, pork or tofu barbecue and a few other things ready in a jiffy. Drinks: Draft and canned/bottled beer, mixed drinks.

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    saucehouse.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 830 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-363-3351 View Map

    File Under: BBQ, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, outside seating, take-out, trivia. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, Wed–Sun. The Look: Big complex with a great patio (with porch swing and cornhole) and a bar that serves a different menu from the restaurant proper. Menu: Chicken, pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, heftily topped baked potatoes. Classic sides. Lots of types of sauce. The bar has snacks like pork nachos and fried mac-and-cheese balls. Drinks: The separate bar is open seven nights a week serving local beers, cocktails and wine with plenty of weekly specials.

  • Schlotzsky's Deli

    schlotzskys.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Seabear Oyster Bar

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    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. Hours: 3 p.m.–12 a.m., seven days. The Look: Casual but hip oyster bar in the Bottleworks with pretty details. 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.–12 a.m. Drinks: Beer, wine, absinthe, sake, serious cocktails and frozen Negronis.

  • Shane's Rib Shack

    shanesribshack.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 680 U.S. Hwy. 29 N. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-9135

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Siri Thai Cuisine

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    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. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Nicely laid out, with carpet, plants and a long bar. Menu: Many vegetarian options and dishes that can be built around chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, seafood, tofu or vegetables. Noodles, rice entrees, soups, salads, curries and a Thai dessert selection. Spice level can be serious. Lunch specials. Drinks: A couple of Thai beers among the domestics, sakes and a section of organic wines.

  • Smoothie King

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Smoothies. Features: Catering, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Seven days.

  • South Kitchen and Bar

    southkitchenbar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 247 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6125

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, catering. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Mon–Sun. Late night, Fri–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Beautiful historic space with vintage tile and stained glass. Menu: New South-ish cuisine from a polished team. The tater tots are made with duck fat. The veggie burger incorporates housemade tempeh and kidney beans. Small plates and large ones. Brunch has egg scramblers and meaty skillets, plus pancakes and special cocktails. Gluten-free menu. Drinks: Rotating draft beers in full or half pours, good wines by the glass (and bottle) and regularly changing craft cocktails with housemade ingredients.

  • Square One Fish Co.

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1298 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606 . 706-353-8862

    File Under: American. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Sunday lunch. Features: Full bar, vegetarian friendly. The Look: The popular seafood restaurant has returned on Prince Avenue in the old P&M Army Store. Menu: Daily specials posted on a chalkboard to keep things fresh. Lots of fish: blackened, sauteed or fried. Jerk spiced mussels, oysters and a few non-seafood entrees. Drinks: Lots of local beers, wines and cocktails available with dinner or at the bar. Try a rosé sangria or Italian margarita.

  • Strickland's Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Sweetie Pie by Savie

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Tue–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Sat. The Look: Historic grocery renovated into cute bakery. Menu: European, American and Asian 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 tiny pies. Espresso and drip coffee in the a.m. Custom orders of all kinds.

  • The Table Bistro

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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, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Mon, Wed–Fri. 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 lightly seasoned veggies and seafood. Gluten-free and dairy-free options.

  • Taqueria del Sol

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 334 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3890 View Map

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    File Under: Mexican. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Chef-crafted taqueria in a cool, clean, efficient space. Menu: This location of the Atlanta-based franchise is run by the original owners, with an eye toward consistency and quality. The menu is small, but everything is good, and specials change weekly. Pork, brisket, fried chicken, carnitas, fish and veggie tacos are intensely flavored. Follow the system (order at the counter, then sit down), and everything will run smoothly. Drinks: Great selection of premium tequilas, build-your-own margaritas, bottled beers.

  • Taste of India

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    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, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Sleeker environs in the new Ansonborough location. Menu: 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. The lunch buffet is no longer an option. Lassis, chai and Indian tea to drink. 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.

  • Team Biscuits and Burgers

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 745 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8326 View Map

    File Under: Downhome, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, drive-thru, catering, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Thu–Sat. The Look: Red-and-black football theme. The Menu: Breakfast biscuits with sausage, bacon, bologna, steak, chicken, country ham, tenderloin, smoke-link or salmon. Beef, chicken, salmon and shrimp burgers. Some healthier options, too. Wings available in large quantities geared to tailgating.

  • The Varsity

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1000 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-6325 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Drive-thru, catering, counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri and Sat. The Look: "What'll ya have?" greets you at the door of this retro fast-food eatery, still going strong after 80 years. Menu: Hot dogs (with slaw, chili or pimento cheese), burgers, BLTs, grilled cheese, chicken sandwiches, french fries and onion rings. Wash it down with the famous frosted orange. Fried apple or peach pies, ice cream and brownies for dessert.

  • Weaver D's Fine Foods

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1016 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-7797 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, delivery. Hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon–Sat. The Look: Look for the bright-green cinderblock building and the sign that reads "Automatic for the People." Few frills. Be snappy with your order, or you'll hear about it. Menu: Dexter Weaver is still serving up fantastic fried chicken, squash casserole, mac and cheese, collards and the like. The James Beard Foundation named it an "America's Classic." Damn right.

  • White Tiger Gourmet

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    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: Tucked away in a historic grocery with cozy indoor seating and fun picnic tables outside, plus toys for kids. Menu: Carnivores and vegetarians will be equally happy. Good ingredients abound. Perfect burgers, great veggies cooked on the flat-top (don't snooze on the cabbage), smoked pork barbecue and tofu-q; daily specials and seasonal sides. At brunch, try a biscuit sandwich or stack of pancakes covered in pulled pork.

  • Willy's Mexicana Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-1920 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, delivery, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Wings Over Athens

    wingsover.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 311 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601 . 706-850-1569

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

  • WNB Factory

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 280 Williams St. Athens, GA 30605 . 706-308-8088

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    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers And Chicken. Features: Catering, outdoor seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night, Fri–Sat.

  • Your Pie

    yourpie.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    • 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsvile, GA 30677. 706-705-1510

    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 does personal-size pizzas 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. Specials on Pi Day (Mar. 14) every year.

  • Zeb's Bar-B-Q

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Zoe's Kitchen

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 145 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3400 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, drive-thru, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Zombie Coffee and Donuts

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 350 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-2526

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi, catering. Hours: Seven days. The Look: Wooden tables, doughnuts made before your eyes behind the counter. Menu: Coffee (including iced coffee made with coffee ice cubes), espresso and the main attraction: doughnuts customizable with toppings from shredded coconut to bacon, pecans, Fruity Pebbles and the traditional sprinkles. Vegan, paleo and gluten-free options. Some ready-to-go sandwiches.