Menu

Restaurants Downhome and BBQ

  • Auntee's Home Cooking

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 645 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-255-6198 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Debit cards, cash, take-out. Hours: 12-5 p.m., Fri-Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. The Look: Small home-cooking place attached to a convenience store but with table seating. Menu: A classic meat-and-two menu, with a four-veggie plate should you prefer. Great cornbread dressing, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, cabbage, fried chicken, baked ham, etc.

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

    facebook.com/bbqshackathens

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4320 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-6752 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu–Sat. The Look: Old-school barbecue establishment with picnic tables covered in checkered tablecloths. Menu: Chicken, pork and rib plates served with coleslaw, stew, chips and bread. Great sweet tea. Don't leave without trying the famous banana pudding. Thursday night bluegrass.

  • Bill's Bar-B-Que

    facebook.com/billsbarbeque

    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.

  • Bread Basket

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 723 Boulevard Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-3412 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look: Counter with a few booths inside a neighborhood convenience store. Known as the Jesus Biscuit to some. Menu: Fat biscuits with sausage, ham, eggs, tenderloin, cheese, gravy and more. Grits, eggs or hashbrowns on the side. Perfect hangover cure. Rotating lunch items include corn dogs, chicken fingers, pork chops and fish on Fridays.

  • Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q

    butthuttathens.com

    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.

  • Cabin Creek BBQ

    Find Us on Facebook

    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.

  • The Carriage House of Athens

    Find Us on Facebook

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fresh Air Bar-B-Que

    freshairbbq.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Athens Favorites Logo

    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.

  • Mayflower Restaurant

    mayflowerrestaurant.weebly.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 171 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-1692 View Map

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Cash only, delivery. Hours: Breakfast, seven days. Lunch, Sun–Fri. The Look: Family-run Southern diner operating since 1948. Menu: Country-style comfort food. Omelets, biscuits, hotcakes, steak, country ham and more for breakfast. Hearty lunch options rotate daily and include pot roast, fried chicken livers and lemon pepper tilapia alongside vegetables like fried okra, cabbage, sweet potato souffle and squash casserole.

  • Off the Vine Produce

    facebook.com/offthevinewinterville

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 302 Athens Road Winterville, GA 30683. 706-899-0400

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon–Fri. 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. The Look: Country store in Winterville with a hot lunch counter and a few tables. Menu: Fresh produce plus grab-and-go items in a cold case, plus lunch made hot weekdays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Southern stuff, lots of veggies), biscuits in the morning and homemade ice cream on Saturdays, often with fresh fruit. The kitchen is closed Sundays, but the store's still open.

  • Peach Pit Cafe

    facebook.com/PeachPitCafe

    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.

  • The Picnic Basket Meal Market

    picnicbasketmealmarket.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1973 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1292

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Mon–Fri. The Look: Gingham accents in a space focused on to-go business with a chalkboard menu. Menu: Changes daily, but could include zucchini boats, chicken piccata, lasagna, strawberry feta salad, hashbrown casserole, beef roast and the like. Lots of veggie sides. Everything is available in cold cases to take home and heat up. You can also call ahead.

  • The Place

    theplaceathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 229 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-2988

    Athens Favorites Logo

    File Under: Downhome, Bars. Features: Outside seating, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Beautifully renovated, historic downtown space, with a great bar upstairs. Not too casual, not too formal. Menu: Southern food that updates meat-and-three standards with lighter, healthier ingredients or makes them trendier (e.g., collard spring rolls with chow chow). Daily specials and milk and cookies for dessert. Drinks: 11 craft beers on draft, wine, Southern-accented cocktails.

  • 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

    Athens Favorites Logo

    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

    Find Us on Facebook

    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.

  • 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.

  • Scott & BJ's BBQ

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 4007 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-1005 View Map

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Cash and checks only. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu–Sat. The Look: Country 'cue spot with a few booths, a lunch counter and the motto "Where the Food Speaks for Itself." Menu: Barbecue pork, chicken, beef and ribs with sides like baked beans, hash, slaw, potato salad, collard greens and seasonal vegetables. Sauce is hot and thin.

  • 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.

  • Strickland's Restaurant

    stricklandsrestaurant.com

    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.

  • Suncatcher Café

    facebook.com/suncatchercafe

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 42 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-424-8281

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Breakfast, Mon–Sat. Sunday lunch. The Look: Space next to a gas station in downtown Watkinsville, with some seating in an adjoining room. Menu: Biscuits, omelets, bowls of breakfast stuff, breakfast burritos, pancakes (with chocolate chips or blueberries), French toast, hash browns, grits and the like, all made fast. Lunch on Sunday comes off a steam table and includes Southern-style meats and veggies. Kids meals.

  • Team Biscuits and Burgers

    teambandb.com

    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.

  • Weaver D's Fine Foods

    weaverds.com

    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

    whitetigergourmet.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, live music, BYOB, delivery, take-out, art, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Thu–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: 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.

  • Zeb's Bar-B-Q

    Find Us on Facebook

    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.