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The Spring 2022 Flagpole Guide To Athens

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  • Andy's Frozen Custard

    eatandys.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2180 West Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 762-356-4330

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features: Take-out, drive-thru, counter service. Hours: Seven days, open until 11 or 11:30 p.m. daily.

  • 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: Drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Thu-Sat. • Old-school barbecue, with chicken, pork and rib plates served with coleslaw, stew, chips and bread, which is all you need. Famous banana pudding for dessert. Currently drive-thru only.

  • Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts

    dunkindonuts.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

    • 1045 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-353-7166 View Map

    • 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-1635

    • 935 Highway 29 N. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-6338

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies, Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru, Wi-Fi, counter service. • Prince Avenue (closed for now due to a fire), Epps Bridge Parkway and Highway 29 locations are Dunkin' Donuts only.

  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream

    brusters.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1029 Parkway Pl. Athens, Georgia 30606. 706-850-1249

    File Under: Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features: Catering. 

  • Cafe Racer Coffee + Donuts

    caferacer78.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3 Arnoldsville Rd. Crawford, GA 30630. 706-899-0210

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru, pick-up. Hours: Breakfast and Thursday night dinner. • This itty-bitty drive-up donut stand outside Athens does intense donuts, real good coffee, biscuits piled with good ingredients, breakfast tacos and, on Thursday evenings, sloppy burgers and perfect fries. Watch its social media for details on specials and changes to hours. Athens location coming in 2022.

  • Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express

    choochoojapanesekoreanexpress.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1055 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-543-8888 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and sake, delivery, trivia, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night. • Quick-service Japanese and Korean food at bargain prices. You can get hibachi basics and lots of fried stuff, but also bibimbap and bulgogi.

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

    freddysusa.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2050 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-0671

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features: Drive-thru, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • G Brand BBQ

    gbrandbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, take-out, drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Downtown Crawford eatery prides itself on brisket but also offers pork, chicken and ribs. Five different sauces, great green beans among the sides and a kids menu that offers grilled cheese or a hot dog. Occasional steak nights.

  • Gusto

    whatsyourgusto.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 161 Alps Rd. Athens, GA 30606. TBA

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Outside seating, drive-thru, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Small Atlanta chain is opening its first Athens location in 2022, in a new building. Fast-casual menu involves build-your-own bowls, salads and wraps with a protein (chicken, shrimp, tofu, avocado), veggies and sauce. Kids menu.

  • 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.

  • Jittery Joe's Coffee

    jitteryjoes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • UGA Law School Athens, GA 30602. 706-549-2124

    • UGA Science Library Athens, GA 30602. 706-549-2124

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    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru (Baxter, Greensboro and Epps Bridge), outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Vary by location. • The local coffee roaster now extends quite a bit beyond Athens, but the beans are still roasted on Barber Street. Lots of specialty roasts benefit different causes. Hot and cold drinks, premium teas and locally baked goodies.

  • Joe and Sam's Café

    joeandsams.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1021 Jamestown Blvd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-1400

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Curbside pick-up, drive-thru, catering, counter service. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner• Jittery Joe’s coffee drinks, biscuits and breakfast plates in the a.m. in an airy, open space. Lunch and dinner feature classic sandwiches, soups, salads and kids menu. Baked goods, too.

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

    krispykreme.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Catering, drive-thru, Wi-Fi. Hours: Seven days.

  • Lickin' Chicken

    facebook.com/lcathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 377 Oak St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-6722

    File Under: Chicken. Features: Take-out, drive-thru, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Take-out only chicken spot does wings and tenders, either plain or sauced, plus fried fish, hot sandwiches, salads, desserts and fried pickles as well as family meal deals.

  • Los Primos Taqueria Express

    facebook.com/losprimosexpresstaqueria

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 7990 Macon Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6195

    File UnderMexican and South American. Features: Drive-thru, delivery, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Fast-casual Mexican, both drive-thru and dine-in, with surprisingly good tacos (both more traditional Mexican tacos on corn tortillas and things like a quinoa taco with a whole-wheat tortilla that is absolutely worth your time), enchiladas, burritos, rice bowls, kids menu, aguas frescas and more.

  • Molly's Coffee Company

    mollyscoffeeco.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 8830 Macon Hwy., Bldg. 100 Athens, GA 30606. 762-499-2002

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Drive-thru. Hours: Seven days. • Darling independently owned coffee place does drip coffee, cold brew, lattes, tea, kombucha, mochas, bagels pastries from Kiki’s Bakeshop, all with an emphasis on sustainability and safety. Latte art and pop-ups.

  • 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, drive-thru. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. • Country store/restaurant in Winterville does hot lunch (hot dogs, grilled corn, chili, pork chops, hash brown casserole), fresh produce, cakes, grab-and-go stuff from a cold case and excellent homemade ice cream on Saturdays in warm weather, often with fresh fruit.

  • The Picnic Basket Meal Market

    picnicbasketmealmarket.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Drive thru, take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and early dinner (closes at 6 p.m.) • Don't feel like cooking? Check out this local company that makes home-cooked meals. Order ahead on the website or stop by to see what's on offer. Options change daily, but could include tomato pie, lasagna, salads, cheesecake, enchiladas, pork chops and anything else the owners feel like making. 

  • Raising Cane's

    raisingcanes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 795 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-2008 View Map

    File Under: Chicken. Features: Counter service, drive-thru. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Tamez Barbecue

    tamezbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1660 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3939

    File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Drive-thru, take-out, catering. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and early dinner. • Texas-style barbecue with a chef pedigree. Choco coffee and breakfast burritos in the a.m. on unbelievable housemade tortillas, pork and other meats in the p.m. (brisket if you're lucky), plus cornbread, beans, collards. Meats smoked daily.

  • 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: Drive-thru, catering, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Sat. • Heavily football-themed place that does biscuits with sausage, bacon, bologna, steak, chicken, country ham, tenderloin, smoke-link or salmon. Beef, chicken, salmon and shrimp burgers. Wings available in large quantities geared to tailgating.

  • Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant

    tlalocelmexicanorestaurant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1225 N. Chase St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-9301 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Full bar, outside seating, drive-thru. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. • Central American and Mexican food at this unassuming but completely charming cinderblock restaurant. Pupusas (including with loroco), massive tortas, regular specials and fantastic mole; lots of seafood options. Breakfast, which includes chilaquiles, starts at 10 a.m. and is served all day. Margaritas, beer and aguas frescas.

  • 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: Curbside pick-up, drive-thru, checks, take-out. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed–Sat. Lunch, Sun. • Country barbecue joint of long standing keeps long hours, has great atmosphere and is well known for its peppery, vinegary sauce. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, tots and slaw, too, but the barbecue sandwich is the real attraction.