Restaurants -> Downhome and BBQ

  • Auntee's Home Cooking

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 645 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-308-4434 View Map

    File Under: Downhome, BBQ. Features: Debit cards, cash, take-out. Hours: 12-5 p.m. Fri-Sat. 12-4 p.m. Sun. The Look: A few tables bear hints of decoration, and a covered steam table is incorporated into a counter at the back. 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

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Classic barbecue surroundings, a couple of TVs, 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 and BBQ. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look: Counter with a few booths inside a neighborhood convenience store. Menu: Fat biscuits with sausage, ham, eggs, tenderloin, cheese and/or gravy. 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Full bar, live music, catering, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Casual, with butt jokes. Menu: Consistently good pulled pork and ribs, even without sauce. Also solid sides, like a potato salad that includes bacon and a good chicken mull. Drinks: Beer, liquor, margaritas and Bloody Marys.

  • Dawg Gone Good BBQ

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Late night Fri–Sat. The Look: Eat at a picnic table or take your food to go, especially after a show downtown. Menu: Ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and sausage dogs, plus sides like baked-potato salad, creamed spinach, yams, coleslaw, baked beans and mac and cheese.

  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and 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 and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, catering. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Fri and Sun. The Look: Homey eatery with a self-service buffet and a great mural outside. Menu: Meat-and-three staples that rotate daily, like pork chops, fried chicken livers, chicken and rice, 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: Downhome and 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 and catfish respectively on the menu. Otherwise, it's chopped pork and chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans, chicken tenders and banana pudding. Family and tailgating specials for take-out.

  • 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, live music, reservations, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: George's has a quiet atmosphere, with good service to match its white tablecloths. 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. Green eggs and ham at brunch, plus drop biscuits, grits, etc. Drinks: Wines from all over, beer and Southern-accented cocktails.

  • Hot Thomas Barbecue

    hotthomasbbq.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3753 Hwy. 15 Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-6550 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, checks. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Sat. Dinner, Fri and 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. 

  • JB's Smokin' Pig Barbeque

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 64 N. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6116

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. The Look: Not too rustic, not too fancy, with a large covered patio on the edge of downtown Watkinsville. Menu: Pulled and chopped pork, a small but good array of sauces, good barbecue chicken and great beans. Slices of pie in the case up front, and ribs on special.

  • Malinda's Country Kitchen

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 3755 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30622. 706-546-0385 View Map

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Independent Southern restaurant in a former Sonny's BBQ. Menu: Country buffet with fried chicken, ribs, pork chops, meatloaf, collards, squash casserole, mashed potatoes and more, with slightly different options every day, including a cobbler. Also: burgers, hot dogs (slaw, chili, cheese), pimento cheese, barbecue sandwiches.

  • Mama Jewel's Kitchen

    mamajewelskitchen.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. 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 biscuit plates, eggs, yogurt, chicken and waffles. Lunch is Southern but not exclusively, from ladies-who-lunch fare to a very good corned beef and hot platters. Even more breakfast choices at brunch. Take-and-bake casseroles and food to go.

  • 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

    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. Version 2.0 is more open but captures the feel of its big sibling. 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. 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.

  • Peach Pit Cafe

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and 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 Place

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, 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. The chicken and waffles comes with Tabasco-candied bacon strips, for example. Daily specials and milk and cookies for dessert. Drinks: 11 draft beers, all craft, wine, Southern-accented cocktails.

  • Plantation Buffet

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    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

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and 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). Pescatarians and vegetarians will find plenty to eat, too. Ramen, kids-eat-free Mondays and other specials are well publicized. Housemade pickles, vinegar-lime slaw, smoked potato salad, tacos and a family dinner for take-out that feeds four for $32.

  • 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 and BBQ. Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonFri. Lunch, Sun. 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, Bars/Clubs. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, outside seating, take-out, trivia. Hours: Breakfast, Sat and Sun. Lunch, dinner and late night, WedSun. 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 like mac and cheese, slaw and baked beans; a ton of different kinds of sauce. Breakfast brings eggs, gravy, meats and grits. The bar has snacks like pork nachos and fried mac-and-cheese balls. Drinks: The bar is housed in a separate building and 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: Downhome and 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

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Strickland's Restaurant

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, checks. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look: Family-run half-century-old operation. 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Take-out. Hours: Mon–Sat, 5–11 a.m. 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. Kids meals.

  • Team Biscuits and Burgers

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ, 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. 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, White Tiger has cozy indoor seating and fun picnic tables outside. Menu: Carnivores and vegetarians will be equally happy. Good ingredients abound. Perfect burgers (with or without pimento cheese), great veggies cooked on the flat-top, 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

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome and 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.