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The Spring 2022 Flagpole Guide To Athens

Restaurants Lunch

  • The 11th Pin

    11thpinathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Standard bowling alley food inside Showtime Bowl (chicken fingers, fries, pretzels, wings, pizza) but slightly nicer than average. Beers by the bucket include local and craft brews, or you can do hard seltzers in bulk.

  • Add Drug Store

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    Locations

    • 1695 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-2239 View Map

    File Under: American. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. Features: Counter service. • Opened in 1961, this soda fountain and lunch counter inside a Five Points pharmacy hasn’t changed much since then. Grab a stool and watch the cooks make your fries and bitty burgers. Real cherry and vanilla sodas, plus malts, milkshakes and floats. A serious bargain.

  • Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

    agualindarestaurant.com

    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. • A mix of Americanized Mexican and more authentic stuff, which means it pleases everyone. Family atmosphere. Normaltown location recently opened a gorgeous rooftop bar with a mural and nice views after a major renovation. The restaurant's La Carreta food truck continues to pop up around town, including at breweries, and has great birria tacos.

  • Ahi Hibachi & Poke

    ahihibachi.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    akademiabc.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 150 Crane Dr. Bogart, GA 30622. 678-726-2288

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Beer, live music, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Brunch. • Unlike most breweries, this one has a full restaurant of its own as well as a really wide variety of brews. Beer (available in flights) is featured in many dishes, and the menu goes beyond fried cheese to actual entrees (and flatbreads, burgers, seafood, pasta).

  • Amici

    amici-cafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    • 8851 Macon Hwy.. 706-850-1027 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. • Two options are nearby for this small chain: downtown Athens and on Macon Highway in the Falls of Oconee shopping center. Wings and pizza, with a wide variety of toppings, plus sandwiches, pasta, salads and soup. Good craft brews. 

  • 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. • Excellent bagels boiled and baked in-house in a wide variety of flavors. Temporarily closed for renovations but reopening in 2022.

  • Athens Pizza

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2095 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-9292

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Locally owned pizza place with a wide variety of toppings, plus pasta (baked ziti, lasagna), subs, wings, calzones, salads and meatballs à la carte. Lots of desserts, including baklava.

  • Athens Wok

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Automatic Pizza

    autopizzaathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1397 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-2037

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    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, counter service, delivery, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Big slices of New York-style pizza made in pans brushed with garlic oil, plus delish but not giant subs, salads and cannoli all with quality ingredients. Vegan-friendly + gluten-free options.

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

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    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.

  • 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 View Map

    • 1180 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-1701 View Map

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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. • Locally owned burrito chain has expanded throughout the Southeast but remains Athens-y. Serves health-oriented Mexican-ish fare, highlighting low-fat options. Everything is customizable to your taste/dietary needs: burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and salads, lots of veggies; vegetarian and vegan options.

  • Bee's Knees Bakery & Gifts

    beeskneesbakeryandgifts.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Bakeries, Sandwiches, Delivery. Features: Catering, counter service. • Cute independent bakery does cupcakes, custom cakes, cookies, cake pops, gooey bars and box lunches with a sandwich, cheese straws and a cupcake.

  • 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. 

  • 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, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • Long-time Athens favorite has a great patio popular with dogs and kids and lots of things on the somewhat French-accented menu that use the bread it bakes in-house. Biscuits, French toast, continental breakfast, omelets, great sandwiches, quiche, soups, burgers, small but good selection of beer and wine. Baked goods galore, including for special order.

  • Biscuit Basket

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • New name and new sign but not much else new at this counter inside a neighborhood convenience store. Fat biscuits with sausage, ham, eggs, tenderloin, cheese, gravy and more. Grits, eggs or hashbrowns on the side. Lunch items rotate and include corn dogs, chicken fingers, pork chops and fish on Fridays.

  • Blazer's-N-Hull

    blazers-n-hull.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1462 Glenn Carrie Road Hull, GA 30646. 706-208-0705 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Take-out, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Wings and chicken fingers to go, with 13 different sauces. Also: burgers, corn dogs, meaty salads, onion rings, fries and fried apple pies on the side. Other locations are in Statham, Lexington, Commerce, Elberton, Hartwell and Royston. Online ordering.

  • 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

    • 22 N. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-4450

    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. • Long-time Athens sports bar with a big menu including many vegetarian choices; New Orleans specials on Tuesday. 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. • Family-oriented restaurant with a huge menu, great deals on kids meals and something for everyone, including celiac folks. Big salads, fried apps, tacos, burgers, grilled seafood and more.

  • Bubble Café

    https://www.bubblecafeathens.com

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    Locations

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

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

  • Bulldawg Pizza, Wings & More

    bulldawgspizza.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2026 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-355-3294 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night. • Some of the biggest pizzas in town, plus wings, hot and cold subs, calzones, fried apps, pasta, salads, breadsticks and dessert. Open as late as 2:45 a.m.

  • Bulldog Bistro

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-338-8781 View Map

    File Under: American, Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Take-out, outside seating, full bar. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. • This restaurant inside UGA’s Georgia Center does a wide variety of dishes throughout most of the day, including some grab-and-go stuff and made-to-order breakfast. Bar snacks, Savannah Room favorites like celestial chicken, Thai chicken salad, burgers and more.

  • 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, trivia, karaoke. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • The rare barbecue place that has both good smoked meats (especially pork and ribs) and a full bar. Sides like chicken mull, corn nuggets, fried okra, meat skins and a meaty potato salad are legit. Desserts are well thought of.

  • 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: Full bar, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi, comedy, live music. • Boo-vay, not booves. European-style cafe with a light menu (pre-made sandwiches, pastries, snacks at $1 a scoop, snoballs, including boozy ones) and a lot of different beverages: coffee, tea, cool sodas, craft cocktails, wine, beer and aperitifs. Art shows and lots of fun events. Popular with kids.

  • The Café on Lumpkin

    thecafeonlumpkin.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1700 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-215-9240

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Take-out, outside seating, beer and wine, catering, counter service. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. • Breakfast until late afternoon, with pastries, burritos, sandwiches, good baked things; classic sandwiches, soups and salads at lunch; several different types of proper tea service from 3–5 p.m. (by reservation) with scones, clotted cream, tea sandwiches; and then snacks and light drinks in the early evening. Wide selection of teas.

  • Cali 'N' Tito's

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1254 Cedar Shoals Dr. Athens, GA 30605. 706-355-7087 View Map

    • 1427 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-227-9979 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American. Features: Outside seating, beer, wine and margaritas (Eastside), delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Both locations of this Athens original do Latin American food with a Peruvian influence: lomo saltado, big sandwiches, plantains (sweet and savory), yuca, tacu tacu (rice and beans topped with eggs) and much more. Lots of veggie choices. Eastside location is bigger and full of quarter-operated kiddie rides. Lumpkin has a small fee to BYOB and now accepts credit cards (hallelujah!). Westside location is in the works.

  • 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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. • All-you-can-eat Southern-style cooking off the buffet, featuring Fish Fridays and Pasta Thursdays. Lots of dessert choices.

  • Catch 22 Gastropub

    catch22gp.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1021 Parkway Blvd. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-6333 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • This hashtag-happy gastropub welcomes "thirst seekers, hopgazers, palate pushers" and plays fast and loose with flavors like sriracha and blue cheese. Good beer selection, regular specials, street tacos, lots of fusion.

  • Cava Mediterranean

    cava.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 145 Alps Rd. Athens, GA 30606 . 706-715-5481

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Take-out, curbside pick-up, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Mediterranean bowls and pitas. Pick a base, dips and spreads, protein, toppings and dressings.

  • Charlie Graingers

    charliegraingers.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-521-5767

    File Under: American. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Hot dogs, brisket and barbecue.

  • Cheddar's Casual Cafe

    cheddars.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2040 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0217

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

  • Chef Ming

    chefmingathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-552-3233 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Better and healthier-than-average strip-mall Chinese, focusing on Cantonese standards. Hot pot, seafood, Singapore noodles, roast duck and lunch specials.

  • 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. • Mostly to-go food, available fast, but a better selection than your standard stir-fry eatery: lo mein, pancit, teriyaki, sweet and sour, moo shu and meat entrees, plus chef’s special Cantonese dishes.

  • China Star Super Buffet

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3567 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-316-3382 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, catering, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Large AYCE buffet with many Chinese, American and Japanese dishes, including crab legs sometimes. You can also order off the menu of mostly Americanized Chinese standards or get take-out priced by the pound.

  • China Wok

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chops and Hops

    chopsandhops.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, reservations, Sunday brunch, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Although the name prioritizes beer and meats, there's more to this Watkinsville restaurant. Tap takeovers, mocktails, lots of fresh vegetables and gluten-free items, soup emphasis in cold weather.

  • Chuck E. Cheese

    chuckecheese.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3654 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-6715 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Beer and wine. Hours: Seven days.

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

  • Classic City Eats

    classiccityeats.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1290 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6434

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, take-out, catering, karaoke. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. • Wings, catfish, sliders, flatbreads and a bunch of fried snacks, plus a room full of video games and pool. Bar has draft, canned and bottled beer plus makes beachy drinks.

  • Clocked!

    clockeddiner.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 259 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-9175 View Map

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    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Local favorite balances meaty burgers (made with all-natural, humanely raised, antibiotic-free beef and creative toppings: bacon jam, peanut butter, gouda, etc.) with vegetarian and vegan offerings, both burgers and otherwise. Also: grilled cheese, tater tots and milkshakes (including boozy ones). Gluten-free options and a big patio.

  • The Crab Hut

    thecrabhutgeorgia.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2361 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-6173

    • 1860 S. Barnett Shoals Rd Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-0762

    • 1011 Park Dr. Watkinsville, GA 30677. TBA

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Beer and wine, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Not fancy and you'll definitely need a serious napkin, but this Viet-Cajun fusion does tasty boil-in-bag seafood (crawfish, shrimp, mussels, crab legs and more) with plenty of spice as well as fried baskets, salmon and shrimp burgers, corn, hushpuppies, coleslaw and wings. Draft and bottled beer, plus wine. Watkinsville location coming soon.

  • 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.

  • Cravings

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 480 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-0049

    File Under: Coffee Houses, Sandwiches. Features: Take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch• Low-key downtown restaurant does deli sandwiches (build-your-own or pick a combo), salads, soups and, surprisingly, bubble tea, plus sides like potato salad or chips and a range of coffee drinks.

  • 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.

  • D92 Korean BBQ

    www.d92kbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Dawg Gone Good BBQ

    dawggonegoodbbq.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Cheerful, Black-owned barbecue joint that does ribs, chicken, pork and sausage, plus southern-style veggies (available in small, medium and large) and fruit cobblers. Picnic tables out front plus seating inside.

  • 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: Catering, curbside pick-up, delivery, full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • This Athens favorite has been in business for decades doing classic Italian, from pizza and standard red-sauced pasta to eggplant florentine and grilled salmon. Each location has a slightly different menu, but all have vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options; kids menu. Long wine list with many Italian reds and plenty of beers.

  • 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, delivery. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. Weekend brunch. • Something for everyone: brunchy-lunchy hot food made to order until 2 p.m., with lots of veggies; stuff in the fridge and freezer any other time, plus delivery meals and lots of weekly specials, ranging all over the world in influences. Holiday special orders. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5% discount. Great with dietary restrictions.

  • 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, curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Americanized Mexican staples done well: tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, big burritos, enchiladas, queso, fish tacos, fried ice cream. Margaritas, lots of tequilas.

  • Doughby's Pizza and More

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 50 N. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6500

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Full bar, outside seating, take-out, trivia, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Watkinsville pizza place with lots of events has a big menu with fried apps, wings, salads, subs, wraps, a wide selection of pastas, Italian desserts and big, good garlic rolls as well as pizza. Large covered patio, karaoke. 

  • Earth Fare Café

    earthfare.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1689 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-2170 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. • Hot bar inside grocery store includes veggie and vegan stuff, plus chicken, fish, soup and salad.

  • Eddie's Calzones

    eddiescalzones.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 227 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-9676

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days.

  • El Bajio Restaurant and Taqueria

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 400 Hawthorne Ave. Ste. 12 Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-1191

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • This offshoot of the grocery store on Old Commerce Road divides its menu into "Tex Mex" and "Authentic Mexican," meaning you can get fajita nachos and caldo de camaron. A proper sit-down entree-focused restaurant rather than a taqueria, although you can get tacos.

  • El Barrio

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1331 S. Milledge Ave. Athens GA 30605. 706-850-0708

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Most of the restaurant is outside, and the lawn is often busy with a Five Points crowd. Tacos (including veggie and vegan choices) that change out regularly, plus other Mexican-ish standards, kids menu and a serious bar with lots of tequilas, a selection of mezcals, beer buckets and build-your-own margs.

  • Em's Kitchen

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Bakeries. Features: Catering, counter service, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • Family-run eatery inside Hawthorne Drugs does a surprisingly good Cuban sandwich as well as other southern lunch standards (pimento cheese and the like), plus breakfast plates, milkshakes, hot dogs and more. Kids menu and a super family-friendly atmosphere.

  • 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, take-out, full bar. Hours: Dinner. • Refined and intelligent restaurant with a beauteous bar has an Italian focus to its food, with anitpasti, burrata, housemade pasta, risotto and more. Offerings change regularly. Virgin cocktails made with as much love as the boozy ones, plus nice wines.

  • Farm Burger

    farmburger.com/athens-ga

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 100 Prince Ave., Suite 102 Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-3184

    File UnderSandwiches, Burgers And Chicken. Features: Delivery, outside seating, take-out, catering, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Locally originating burger chain has opened its first Athens location, with 100% grass-fed, no-antibiotics, locally-raised beef, pasture-raised pork, ground chicken or vegan (with quinoa and black-eyed peas) options for patties. Lots of toppings, sides, kids menu, shakes and floats with local ice cream, burger + beer combos. 

  • The Farm Cart

    thefarmcart.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1074 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8150

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, vegetarian friendly, outside seating, take-out, counter service, beer and wine. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • Primarily biscuits, served all day, but not just traditional egg and cheese varieties. Nice ingredients like housemade pickles and jam. Lunch adds non-biscuit sandwiches and burgers plus specials. Baked goods in a case at the counter, good coffee.

  • Firehouse Subs

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    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 Guys Burgers and Fries

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-9081 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches and Burgers. Features: Delivery, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • The Flying Biscuit Café

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1180 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-5656

    File Under: American. Features: Vegetarian friendly, outside seating, take-out, catering, beer and wine. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and weekend dinner. • Atlanta franchise does breakfast all day: eggs, pancakes, biscuits (duh), scrambles, tacos, waffles. If you don't like breakfast food, there are also sandwiches, wraps, salads and burgers. Vegan and gluten-free choices. Draft beer, mimosas, micheladas and a sake Bloody Mary.

  • Food for the Soul

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, take-out. Hours: Lunch. • Real-deal southern food, available in meat-and-sides combos. Menu changes daily but could include pork chops, fried chicken livers, catfish, greens, yams, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese and more.

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

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

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    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.

  • 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: Catering, counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Both locations have classics like chopped pork and chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans, chicken tenders and banana pudding. Kids menu, tailgating specials, meats and sides in bulk.

  • Frutta Bowls

    fruttabowls.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Hours: Seven days. Features: Take-out, counter service, catering, vegetarian friendly. • Customizable bowls with acai, pitaya and kale as the base. Add protein, granola, fruit, nuts and more.

  • Fully Loaded Pizza

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1260 Mars Hill Road Ste. 101 Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6150

    • 1255 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-215-9348

    File UnderItalian And Pizza. Features: Full bar, outside seating, take-out, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Locally owned pizza place that focuses on big slices that are, indeed, loaded with a wide variety of toppings. Also: wings, salads, subs, pasta, chicken fingers, cannoli, fried pickles and the Redneck Stromboli (a hot dog and cheddar baked in pizza dough). Kids menu. Outside seating with heaters.

  • 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.

  • The Globe

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 199 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-4721 View Map

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    File Under: Bars and Clubs, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi, live music. • An Athens classic, reopening this spring, with plenty of familiar classics on the menu (chips with blue cheese, fish and chips) but more of an emphasis on UK pub fare. Huge beer selection, general literary atmosphere, soccer upstairs and pretty much everything you missed for the past few years.

  • Golden Dragon

    athensgoldendragon.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • The Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 171 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-4770 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, take-out. Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Coffee, burgers (veggie and meaty), fries, eggs, pancakes, French toast and classic milkshakes. Cute vintage toys enliven the diner interior. Temporarily closed for renovations.

  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1553 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-612-9327 View Map

    File Under: Burgers, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Full bar, counter service, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Small chain out of Atlanta does smashburgers with one patty or two (beef, turkey, beans and quinoa, or Impossible Burger), plus bar snacks, fried sides and boozy or virgin milkshakes. Nice upstairs outside seating.

  • The Grit

    thegrit.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 199 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-6592 View Map

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    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. • An Athens classic for decades, with an embarrassment of riches for vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-free crowd. The chalkboard lists daily veggie choices, while the menu has Golden Bowl (brown rice topped with veggies, tofu, cheese and more), chili, noodles, sandwiches, etc. Weekend breakfast/brunch brings burritos, pancakes and omelets. Excellent cakes and pies that can be ordered whole (with advance notice) or by the slice.

  • Groove Burgers

    grooveburgers.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 762-499-5699

    File Under: Burgers, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, take-out, outside seating, curbside pick-up, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Clever burgers (both meat and veggie), plus salads and hot sandwiches (pimento chicken, Italian beef), good sides (“street corn,” asparagus, brussels sprouts, fabulous onion rings) and milkshakes.

  • 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.

  • Gyro Wrap

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 114 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. TBA

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Take-out, beer and wine. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Longtime Athens franchise, with its own identity and a cult following, will return in 2022 down the street from its original location. Curly fries, gyros, salads, etc., on a menu created with the input of the previous owner, plus a new bar upstairs.

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    heirloomathens.com

    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, curbside pick-up, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch. • Neighborhood restaurant focusing on local produce with a seasonally driven menu that changes often. Very accommodating of diet restrictions and preferences. Seasonal artisan cocktails with ingredients like honeysuckle vodka and Pataka ginger liqueur. Good wines and beers. Large patio for seating.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1354 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8561

    File Under: American, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, take-out. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. • Family-friendly tavern is all things to all people, with lots of food for all three meals (including a kajillion vegetarian and vegan options) as well as a major bar selection. Noodles, fish and chips, chili, hot dogs, fried cheese, frittatas, coffee, pastries. Great beers; also whiskeys, classic cocktails and juice for kids.

  • Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2020 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-546-8777 View Map

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

  • Hilltop Grille

    hilltopgrille.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2310 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-7667 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, live music, full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. Monday dinner. • Country club-ish place does classic American food with a bit of a Southern accent, like meatloaf, steak sandwich, crab cakes and gumbo. A fair amount of fried stuff but salads, too. Big desserts. Nice patio. Earlybird specials.

  • 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, curbside pick-up, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner.

  • Hook and Reel

    hookreel.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3640 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-2010

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, curbside pick-up, delivery, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Cajun seafood in the form of boils, baskets, po' boys and more.

  • Ideal Bagel

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 815 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0005 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries, Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • Nice, small bagels, excellent house-smoked fish and sandwiches (either on bagels or on Luna bread) and made with meats sliced in front of you (capicola, roast beef, etc.) but also hummus, roasted veggies, sauerkraut and scrambled eggs. Kids meals.

  • Iguana's Mexican Grill

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2024 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-5324

    File UnderMexican and South American. Features: Delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. Cheerful, colorful Mexican and Americanized Mexican restaurant with a big chalkboard menu, enabling flexibility. Giant burritos, good rajas tacos, sandwiches, loaded fries, tasty esquites in a cup. Kids menu.

  • Inoko Express

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Inoko Hibachi Express

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • International Grill and Bar

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, curbside pick-up, delivery, full bar, outside seating, vegetarian friendly, live music. Hours: Dinner, Tues–Fri. Lunch and dinner, Sat. • Athens' only Persian restaurant focuses on rice, eggplant, various kabobs, but also has pizza (for kids or adults), wonderful specials (stews, lamb shanks), doogh to drink and more. Bellydancing shows. 

  • J&J Flea Market

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 11661 Hwy. 441 N. Athens, GA 30607. 706-613-2410 View Map

    File Under: American, Mexican. Features: Outside seating, counter service. • Wander around the flea market inside and outside and find some eats while you’re there. La Michoacana…es Natural has its ice cream/paleta truck there most weekends. Options inside include Taqueria Mi Tierra and a place that offers pizza and other crowd-pleasing foods.

  • J Buffalo Wings

    jbuffalo.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 196 Alps Road Athens GA 30606. 706-850-2095

    • 1805 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0823

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Beer, counter service, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner.

  • J. Christopher's

    jchristophers.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1650 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3520

    File Under: American. Features: Outside seating, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch.

  • 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, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Jennings Mill Drug Company

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1360 Caduceus Way Bldg. 400, Suite 105 Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-621-5996

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch. • Drugstore soda fountain with sandwiches: pimento cheese, chicken salad, grilled cheese, Southwestern chicken wrap, spinach salad with egg, bacon and poppyseed dressing. Also chili dogs, slaw dogs, good soups, PB&J, fro-yo and milkshakes.

  • Jersey Mike's

    jerseymikes.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 690 U.S. Hwy. 29 Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-4655

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

  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs

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    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.

  • Joe and Sam's Café

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    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.

  • Johnny's New York Style Pizza

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    Price: $$

    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, take-out, trivia, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. 

  • Just Pho… and More

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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. 706-369-5399 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Jamaican joint with two locations; Kelly himself has written a cookbook/memoir. Hefty portions of jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs, salmon, spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, mac and cheese, patties, super-sweet tea and cornbread, served with good cheer.

  • Krimson Kafe

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    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–Thur. • Friendly small-town café currently has take-out only, asking you to order ahead by phone or on the website. Deli sandwiches (including pimento cheese, egg salad and hummus) and salads, both lettuce-based and mayo-based.

  • La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-769-4490

    • 2971 Monroe Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 678-661-0571

    File Under: Mexican and Latin American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Americanized Mexican in a stone-walled interior (both locations). Queso, burritos, combo plates, fajitas, quesadillas and lots of lunch specials. Yes, you can get a margarita or a Mexican beer.

  • La Fiesta

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    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. • Popular Americanized Mexican fare: burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, taquitos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Special entrees and combo plates. Margaritas, Mexican beers, domestics and house wines.

  • La Tienda Los Amigos

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 109 Rowe Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-9637

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Walk inside the grocery store to find this taco counter next to the butcher counter. Weekends usually find the tortilla press working hard. Tacos (including "American" style with lettuce, tomato and cheese), tortas, burritos and specials like shrimp cocktail and chiles rellenos. Horchata and aguas frescas to drink, or snag a Jarritos from the store.

  • Larry's Giant Subs

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Lay-Z-Shopper

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 361 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. No # specified.

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. • Yes, it's a convenience store with a variety of vapes, but it also has a good sandwich counter that slices Boar's Head meats and cheeses to order. Good both after the bars close and in the middle of the day.

  • Lickin' Chicken

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    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.

  • Lindsey's Culinary Market

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    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: Lunch and early dinner (open until 6 p.m.). • Salads (chicken salad, pimento cheese and the like, plus bowls of greens and vegetables), soups, lots of veggies that change daily. Cookies, brownies, fancy chocolates, candy and gift items available, too. Holiday menus. Occasional wine dinners.

  • Little City Diner

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    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: American. Features: Counter service, curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out, outside seating, vegetarian friendly, catering. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. • The Little City in question is Winterville, just outside Athens. Southern breakfast and brunch include biscuits, eggs, quiche and Red Mule grits. Lunch means sandwiches on housemade breads, burgers and salads. Good desserts, coffee and veggie options.

  • Little Italy

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 125 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-613-7100 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, counter service, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night. • Classic New York-style pizzeria is fast and busy. Slices are big and floppy, subs are ginormous, salads available, too.

  • The Local 706

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1676 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-207-8700

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, outside seating, trivia. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Sports bar and grill in the middle of Five Points. Lunch is meat and three. Dinner brings flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, salads, fried cheese, wings and kids menu. Also, Southern-themed cocktails. Heated outside dining.

  • Locos Grill & Pub

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    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. • Locally based sports bar chain has a big menu with lots of vegetarian choices, deli sandwiches, burgers, salads, grilled cheese and chili combo, wings and fish tacos.

  • Longhorn Steakhouse

    longhornsteakhouse.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2170 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-0054 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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.

  • Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant

    facebook.com/losreyesmexrest

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1880 Hwy. 29 N. Athens, GA 30601. 706-227-8308 View Map

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Delivery, outside seating, full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • One of the best Mexican restaurants around, with excellent tacos (filled with cilantro, onions and fish, al pastor, barbacoa or lengua), big tortas, menudo, tostadas de ceviche, 7 mares, gorditas, sopes and more.

  • Maepole

    maepole.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1021 N. Chase St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-3600

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Virtuous and tasty fast food. Start with brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes or salad greens. Add a protein, two veggie sides and a housemade sauce. Menu changes seasonally. Condor Chocolates for dessert. Kids meals. Gluten-free choices. Everything is recyclable or compostable.

  • Main Moon Restaurant

    mainmoonwatkinsville.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Mama Ning's Thai

    mamaningsthai.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Mama Sid's Pizza

    mamasidspizza.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2240 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-6100 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, delivery, beer. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. • Casual, family-run pizzeria of long standing with budget prices, salads, subs, pasta, hot wings, calzones 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, curbside pick-up, counter service, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • Both locations do Southern breakfast and lunch all day: biscuits with lots of toppings, hash, egg plates, tacos, pimento cheese burger, chicken salad, strawberry lemonade. Lots of great sides. Very accommodating to those with special dietary needs.

  • Mannaweenta

    mannaweenta.wixsite.com/home

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1055 Gaines School Road Athens GA 30605. 706-850-8422

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Athens' only Ethiopian restaurant feels like you're being hosted in someone's home. Beef, for sure, but also loads of vegan choices, all served with chewy, pancake-like injera bread. Ethiopian tea and coffee, plus cookies.

  • Marco's Pizza

    marcos.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1021 Jamestown Blvd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-765-2832

    • 1045 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. TBA

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    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Delivery, take-out. Hours: Seven days. • National franchise does pizzas, low-carb versions served in a bowl, subs, salads, wings. Mostly to-go.

  • Marker 7 Coastal Grill

    marker7coastalgrill.com

    Price: $$$☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    Locations

    • 1195 Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-3451 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and brunch. • Beachy fish shack does Georgia and Gulf seafood with mostly open-air seating: lightly fried baskets, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters (raw or cooked), grilled or blackened entrees and sides like coleslaw and hush puppies. Burgers and chicken tacos, too. Beachy cocktails.

  • Martino's Italian Restaurant

    martinositalian.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2061 Hog Mountain Rd., Suite K Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6243

    File Under: Italian. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, take-out, beer and wine, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Family-owned, friendly local Italian place with lots of booth seating has all the stuff you'd expect: baked ziti, linguini pomodoro, veal marsala, tiramisu. Kids menu. Italian wine. 

  • Marti's at Midday

    martisatmidday.com

    Price: $$☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    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, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. • Longtime Athens lunch spot guided by the spirit of its late founder is popular for catering, too, as well as for take-home entrees and casseroles that are great for new parents. Big salads, scoops of pimento cheese and chicken salad, sandwiches, great pita chips, sweets.

  • 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 and lunch. • The oldest restaurant in Athens (since 1948), with Southern comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Lunch options rotate and include pot roast, fried chicken livers and lemon pepper tilapia alongside vegetables like fried okra, cabbage, sweet potato souffle and squash casserole.

  • McAlister's Deli

    mcalistersdeli.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2033 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-395-4142

    File Under: Sandwiches. Features: Take-out, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner.

  • 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, delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • 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, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, trivia, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Lots of toppings and specialty pies, plus pretzels made with the same dough, salads, subs, calzones and munchies; good beer selection.

  • Mifflin's House

    facebook.com/mifflins

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 2467 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-850-6806

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out, BYOB. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Family-run Peruvian place with a big menu of delicious standards and surprisingly fancy plating: lomo saltado, aji de gallina, tallarin, lots of ceviche choices and seafood, causas and causitas (mashed potato terrines with lime and chicken, tuna or shrimp salad).

  • 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.

  • Mother Pho

    facebook.com/motherpho

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Munch Hut

    munch-hut.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 175 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-7150

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Catering, late night, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night (closed Sundays). • Snacks, drinks, smokes and food. This convenience store/restaurant does gyros (including one that incorporates mozzarella sticks), plus hot subs, chicken fingers, rice bowls, salads, fries and sodas. Open after the bars close.

  • 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, curbside pick-up, outside seating, Wi-Fi, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • This place always pleases, whether for date night or an upscale lunch. The menu is Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired, with lots of vegetables (try the "power lunch") and high-quality ingredients. Roasted chicken with za'atar, Portuguese custard tarts, pizzettes and a lot more. Great wine list and cocktails. Will deliver across the street to Creature Comforts or Little Kings. 

  • Nedza's

    nedzas.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1591 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8331

    File Under: Ice cream and Smoothies, Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Delivery, catering, outside seating, beer. Hours: Breakfast and lunch. • Everything comes with a customized compliment, whether you're ordering a big savory biscuit, an elaborate crowaffle piled with toppings or a fancy donut. Also: coffee drinks, ice cream, vegan and gluten-free offerings, mimosas made with Creature Comforts' Athena.

  • New Red Bowl Asian Bistro

    newredbowl.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Newk's Eatery

    newks.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    • 700 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 769-230-4003

    File Under: American Features: Catering, curbside pick-up, delivery, dinner, lunch, take-out. Hours: Seven days.  Baxter Street location coming soon.

  • 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 Office Sports Bar and Grill

    theofficeathensga.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 135 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-521-5898

    File Under: American. Features: Delivery, full bar, trivia. Hours: Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. • Fancy-ish sports bar promotes itself as "a guilt-free place to say, 'I'm at the Office.'" Burgers, wings, pork chops, steakhouse sides. Breakfast burger at brunch. Domestic and craft beer, specialty cocktails named things like "the Sexy Intern."

  • 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.

  • Osteria Athena

    osteriaathena.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Italian. Features: Catering, dinner, full bar, curbside pick-up, take-out. Hours: Dinner. • Grown-up restaurant serving Italian standards with a nice view of UGA's North Campus out the second-story windows. Housemade pasta for primi; proper entrees for secondi; carpaccio among the antipasti. Gluten-free options. Italian beer and wine.

  • Outback Steakhouse

    outback.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 3585 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-6015 View Map

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

  • Outtakes

    gtcmovies.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1793 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-355-9122 View Map

    • 196 Alps Road Athens GA 30606. 706-546-1012

    File Under: American. Features: Beer and wine (Oconee), full bar (Alps). Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Full-service movie theater restaurant. University 16 location does burgers, chicken sandwiches, flatbreads and tacos with movie-themed names. Beechwood location has full bar only (no kitchen). Mostly domestics on draft, imports and domestics in the bottle, wine and cocktails.

  • Oyishi Sushi and Hibachi

    oyishiwatkinsville.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • 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.

  • Pauley's Original Crepe Bar

    pauleyscrepebar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 134 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0034 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Crepe-based restaurant by day (with savory and sweet options, plus non-pancake-based foods) turns into a busy bar by night, offering over 150 beers, including 28 on tap (customers who try 100 beers are recognized on the Around the World Beer Club wall), wines and cocktails.

  • 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. • Winterville barbecue restaurant has pulled pork, barbecue chicken, ribs and brisket, slaw, stew, chips and bread, plus frequently varying desserts: cakes (red velvet, Key lime, Devil's food, German chocolate), cobblers, banana pudding. Karaoke for entertainment.

  • Peking Restaurant

    westpekingathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Peppino's

    peppinospizzeria.homestead.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 950 Whitehall Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-613-1616 View Map

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, counter service, take-out, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tues–Sun. • Owned by the same folks as Little Italy, so the food is similar (New York-style pizza, enormous subs), but the vibe is different and more family-oriented. Italian salads, pasta of the day, stromboli, tiramisu and cheesecake.

  • 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. 

  • Pita Pit

    pitapit.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 123 N. Jackson St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-552-0051 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner.

  • Pizza Factory

    pizzafactory.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 122 Alps Road Athens, GA 30606. TBA

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out. Hours: Seven days. • Pizza, pastas, sandwiches, salads, wings. Opening soon.

  • Pizza Hut

    pizzahut.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1995 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-546-6100

    • 680 U.S. Hwy. 29 N. Hull, GA 30646. 706-354-0225

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • The Place

    theplaceathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Downhome, Bars. Features: Outside seating, full bar, take-out. Hours: Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. • More refined takes on Southern standards, like shrimp and grits with gouda. Big salads, chicken and waffles (not just at brunch), shrimp burger, collard spring rolls. Cocktails that play on things like peanuts and Coke.

  • 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, outside seating, checks. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. • Old-school Southern restaurant opened in the 1970s serves an all-you-can-eat buffet. Expect fried chicken, steak and gravy, barbecue, meatloaf, turnip greens, black-eyed peas, fried okra and Southern desserts.

  • Polleria Pablo

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 50 Gaines School Rd. Athens, GA 30605. 706-461-2533

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Magical Peruvian and Salvadoran restaurant occasionally advertising itself as a taqueria inside a small grocery store on the Eastside. Excellent ceviche, delicious roasted/grilled chicken with cilantro-infused rice, good lomo saltado, seafood specials, tallarin (spaghetti) and tortas.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    porterhouseathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 459 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-369-0990 View Map

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    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Curbside pick-up, outside seating, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Independently owned steakhouse also does crab cakes, chicken, shrimp scampi and other things that aren’t red meat as well as a la carte sides. Lunch includes a fried green tomato sandwich, grilled salmon BLT and she-crab soup. Desserts divided into edible and drinkable. Port and cognac for after dinner.

  • 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. • The basics are always solid at this chef-owned barbecue place that smokes high-quality meats daily. Watch the Instagram for specials and to see if things are running low; when they're out, they're out. Good vegetarian options, too. Proudly inauthentic ramen on Wednesdays.

  • Punta Cana Latin Grill

    facebook.com/puntacanakitchen

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 367 Prince Ave., Ste. 1 Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8960

    File Under: Mexican and South American. Features: Delivery, full bar, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Darling Dominican resto serves typical rib-sticking fare featuring a lot of rice and meat, including mofongo (plantains mashed with tons of garlic and broth), tostones, seafood, empanadas and churros. Full bar serving all your favorite island drinks.

  • Rachel's Southern Style Restaurant

    facebook.com/rachelssouthernstylerestaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonFri. • 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.

  • Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar

    raffertys.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 15 Huntington Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-0045 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, catering, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • The Rail Athens

    facebook.com/therailathens

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1120 Mitchell Bridge Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-354-7289 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars. Features: Outside seating, live music. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Bar with food, pool tables, dart boards, slot machines and big-screen TVs. Food includes burgers, wings, sandwiches, nachos and fries.

  • 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.

  • Rashe's Cuisine

    rashecuisine.com

    Price: $$☆ Expanded Listing!

     

    Locations

    • 585 Vine St., Ste. 3 Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-4164

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, take-out, delivery, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • From meaty Jamaican food (oxtail, goat) to vegan plates, Rashe's covers it all: roti, coco bread, plantains, vegan and regular mac and cheese, fancy chocolates made in a collab with Condor. Food truck and "delish bags" of raw fruits and veggies, too. 

  • Red Lobster

    redlobster.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1956 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-5376 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • The Rook and Pawn

    therookandpawn.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 294 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-5040

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    File Under: Bars and Clubs, Something Different. Features: Full bar, curbside pick-up, counter service, outside seating, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Board-game café with plenty of food: hot and cold sandwiches, pizza made with pita, salads, cheese plates, bowls of salty and sweet snacks, kids menu, coffees. Games for rent or purchase and drinks soft and hard.

  • The Royal Peasant

    royalpeasant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1675 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-549-7920 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • English pub with a bitty kitchen does legit British food: housemade crisps, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, curries. Also, good burgers (lamb and beef). Soccer on the telly. U.K. beers, dry ciders, craft brews, wine, whiskey and cocktails.

  • Ru San's

    rusansathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Sabor Latino

    saborlatinoga.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2131 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-705-6333

    • 1550 Oglethorpe Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-202-4097

    File Under: Mexican and South American, Bakeries. Features: Delivery, full bar, take-out, outside seating (Oglethorpe). Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Looks like your standard Americanized Mexican from afar but is actually Uruguyan, with choripan, chivito, churrosco del sur and more hiding on the menu at both locations. Great baked goods, especially Latin American sweet breads (Watkinsville location), and tasty empanadas, both sweet and savory. Kids menu.

  • Sakura Steak House

    sakurahibachiathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

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

  • 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, curbside pick-up, delivery, outside seating, take-out, counter service. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Wed–Sun. • Barbecue in a cavernous space in a variety of iterations: pork, brisket, ribs, tofu, hash or stew, served over a starch, plus sides: slaw, beans, potato salad and more. Bar menu is smaller and focused on snacks. Bulk orders and margaritas.

  • The Savannah Room

    hotel.uga.edu

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-338-8781 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, Wi-Fi, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • UGA Hotel restaurant has been around for ages, serving strawberry ice-cream pie and celestial chicken, but also does shrimp and grits, salads, meatloaf, southern vegetables and more.

  • 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. 

  • Scott'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. • Family-owned place you might have seen on "True South" on the SEC Network serves barbecue pork, chicken, beef and ribs with beans, hash, slaw, potato salad, collard greens and seasonal vegetables. Sauce is hot and thin.

  • Scoville Hot Chicken

    scovillechicken.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 311 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-6104

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Simple simple simple. Nashville hot chicken sandwiches available on a scale from “not spicy” to “reaper,” chicken fingers, fries, coleslaw, and that’s it, in a spartan environment. Order online or on a tablet inside.

  • Sr. Sol

    srsolathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 2455 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7112 View Map

    • 175 Tallassee Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-1570 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, delivery, catering, curbside pick-up, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • One location (the original) next to a gas station and the other in a much bigger space on Broad Street. Both serve Americanized Mexican standards but also lengua, buche and tripe tacos. Chilaquiles and surprisingly good hamburguesas.

  • 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, curbside pick-up, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Siri Thai Cuisine

    sirithaiathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Slutty Vegan

    sluttyveganatl.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 700 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. TBA

    File UnderSomething Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Vegetarian friendly, take-out. Hours: Lunch and Dinner. • Athens branch of Atlanta franchise will open soon with juicy, drippy, completely vegan burgers, fries, bratwurst, sweets and more, all 100% plant-based.

  • Square One Fish Co.

    squareonefishco.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, outside seating. Hours: Dinner and Sunday brunch. • Seafood, both on the raw bar (oysters, seafood tower, tuna tartare) and cooked (blackened salmon, étoufée, snow crab clusters). Also land-based choices, wedge salad. Brunch includes omelets, fish tacos and oyster shooters. Good, refreshing cocktails.

  • 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–Sat. • Open since 1960, this unassuming place out on Atlanta Highway serves some of the best southern food in town. Menu changes daily but always includes fantastic biscuits. You might also get fried chicken, ribs, catfish, pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and greens. Good desserts.

  • Suncatcher Café

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    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Take-out, counter service. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Sat. Sunday lunch. • As you'd expect from a breakfast place connected to a gas station, speedy service and big biscuits are characteristic, but there are bigger breakfast plates, too, plus meat-and-three Sunday lunch. Kids meals.

  • Surcheros

    surcheros.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 700 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. TBA

    File Under: Mexican Features: Catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Taco and burrito franchise owned by folks from Douglas, GA. Pick carnitas, grilled chicken or ground beef to go in a bowl, burrito, taco, quesadilla or salad. Add a bunch of toppings and a sauce. S'mores quesadilla for dessert. Side tacos. Coming soon.

  • Sweet Spot Coffee

    sweetspotathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 149 Oneta St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-247-0421

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Hours: Tue–Sat. • Darling space in the Chase Park warehouses packed with art, books and more. In-house-roasted small-batch coffee (available brewed or by bag of beans), tea, baked goods and other surprises.

  • The Table Bistro

    thetablebistro.square.site

    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 and dinner. • Fresh flavors, low salt cooking and lots of vegetables in dishes like pasta with creamy basil arugula pesto or coconut macademia crusted fish. Gluten-free and dairy-free options.

  • Taco Stand

    facebook.com/thetstand

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 2270 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-549-5481 View Map

    • 670 N. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-2894 View Map

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    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, outside seating (Milledge), take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Milledge location has been open since the 1970s, with very little in the way of change, as it should be. Burritos, veggie chili, quesadillas (soft or grilled), gigantic nachos. Eastside has some different options and a different, much newer vibe.

  • Tacos los Plebes

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 675 Danielsville Road Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8077

    File Under: Mexican. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Excellent real Mexican inside a former Huddle House: pollo, lengua, cabeza, al pastor, chorizo, carnitas, barbacoa, asada and tripa. Menudo on weekends, horchata and great sopes.

  • Tai Chi Bubble Tea

    www.taichibubbletea.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • 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.

  • Taqueria del Sol

    taqueriadelsol.com

    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, take-out. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Tues–Sat. • Chef-crafted taqueria with a focused menu. Pork, brisket, fried chicken, carnitas, fish and veggie tacos, plus weekly specials and a blue-plate special. Great selection of premium tequilas, build-your-own margaritas and bottled beers.

  • Taqueria Juaritos

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    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3875 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-521-5260

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Great taqueria inside the Petro Express does tacos, sopes, gorditas and burritos with fillings including asada, chicken, al pastor, barbacoa, carnitas, desebrada (shredded beef), tongue, tripe, chorizo and buche (stomach), plus hot wings and really good soups. Excellent condiment bar.

  • Taqueria la Jalisco

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 3750 Old Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-316-3560 View Map

    File Under: Mexican. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Taqueria inside a full-service grocery store with a butcher counter. Menudo, carnitas, chorizo, tortas, al pastor and a few freshly made salsas. Great baked goods in the grocery section and paletas/helados next door.

  • Taqueria la Parrilla

    lapa.us

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1431 Capital Ave. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-9991 View Map

    • 2439 Jefferson Road Athens, GA 30607. 706-549-4977 View Map

    • 855 Gaines School Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-5040 View Map

    File Under: Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar (Jefferson and Gaines School), beer and wine (Watkinsville), delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Locally owned small chain Mexican restaurant has chips-and-salsa-type standards and will give you fried ice cream on your birthday, but also serves Mexican-style tacos and good tortas. Kids menu. Margaritas, Mexican beers, regular bottled stuff and pitchers.

  • Taqueria Tsunami

    taqueriatsunami.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector Athens, GA 30606. 706-353-0040

    • 320 E. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-621-7999 View Map

    File Under: Asian, Mexican and South American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Outside seating, take-out, delivery, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Small Atlanta-based chain does Asian/Latin fusion tacos: bulgogi and shiitake, teriyaki chicken with pineapple pico de gallo, tofu with sesame-soy vinaigrette and more. Apps, bowls and salads. Margaritas, cocktails, sangria and craft beers.

  • Taste of India

    indiaathens.com

    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, delivery, catering, outside seating, take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Big menu of Indian standards, from samosas and pakoras to poori, chat, tandoori and many vegetarian and vegan options. Get your entree made with veggies, paneer, tofu, chicken, lamb, goat, fish or shrimp. Lassis, chai and Indian tea, wine and beer.

  • Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

    tazikiscafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 227 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-247-7619

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, delivery, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • 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

    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.

  • Ted's Most Best

    facebook.com/tedsmostbest

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 254 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1523 View Map

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    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, outside seating, take-out, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Beauteous personally sized pizzas are as far from chain pizza as you get, carefully prepared with thinly sliced fancy toppings. Also other Italian-ish items and great salads. Gluten-free options. Desserts in the refrigerated case. Good beer in cans and bottles, a few wines by the glass. Large outdoor patio with a sandbox for kids.

  • Thai Spoon

    thaispoonathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 149 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-9222 View Map

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

  • 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.

  • Tokyo Express

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • Trappeze Pub

    trappezepub.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 269 N. Hull St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8997 View Map

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    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Full bar, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. Sunday brunch. • Big menu of food and beer with lots of vegetarian choices: loaded mac and cheese, southern fish and chips, tabbouleh salad, housemade pickles, a vegan Reuben, buffalo tofu taco, plus scores of unusual, well-described beers in the bottle and on tap. There's also wine and nice cocktails.

  • The Traveling Hobo Cafe

    facebook.com/travelinghobocafe

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 20 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-4323

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Ginormous two-hands-required burgers are the focus (bison, lamb, lots of toppings, regular specials), but you can also get other sandwiches, hot dogs, fried apps, wings and salads. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Kids menu. Cheesecake for dessert.

  • Utage Athens Sushi Bar

    utagesushibar.restaurant

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Viva! Argentine Cuisine

    vivaargentine.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 247 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-8284 View Map

    File Under: South American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, delivery, frozen drinks, outside seating, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Our one and only Argentinean restaurant, with zingy chimichurri sauce, beef, a variety of empanadas (including a samosa-inspired one), hearty soups, lots of vegetarian options and cute cupcakes.

  • Walker's Coffee & Pub

    facebook.com/walkerspub

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 128 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-1433 View Map

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, outside seating, counter service, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Open seven days. • Local coffee and light food until the early afternoon (breakfast burritos and sandwiches, cheeseburger, BLT, PB&J, veggie quesadilla), bar by night. Six beers on draft and over 70 in bottles, including many microbrews.

  • Weaver D's Fine Foods

    facebook.com/weaverds

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Downhome. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tues–Sat. • A legend, in Athens and far outside it, and thankfully still open. Look for the bright-green cinderblock building and the sign that reads “Automatic for the People.” Fantastic fried chicken, squash casserole, mac and cheese, collards and the like, varying a bit daily.

  • White Tiger Gourmet

    whitetigergourmet.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    • 64 N. Main St. Watkinsville, GA 30677. TBA

    File Under: Something Different, Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, delivery, take-out, art, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sun. • Barbecue and more in an old-timey grocery with high ceilings and a ton of outside seating under fairy lights. Amazing cheeseburgers, pork-cue as well as tofu, excellent veggie sides (including perfect coleslaw, which you can also get on a hot dog), plus salads and banana pudding. Fanta in the cooler, fun specials. Watkinsville "deluxe" offshoot should open this year.

  • Willy's Mexicana Grill

    willys.com

    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.

  • Wing House Grill

    winghouse-grill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 8727 U.S. Hwy. 29 Hull, GA 30646. 706-850-9700

    • 1307 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8250

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Curbside pick-up, take-out, outside seating, beer. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Two locations, plus a food truck; the original is out in Hull, and the newer one is in the heart of Normaltown. Wings, of course, boneless and regular, but also fried green tomatoes, pickles, jalapenos, mushrooms and green beans; burgers, mozzarella sticks, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and a couple of salads. Kids meals include a cookie. Homemade cake. 

  • Wingster Café

    wingsterathens.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 521 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-583-9611 View Map

    File Under: Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Counter service, take-out, delivery. Hours: Lunch and dinner. • Wings and chicken tenders (for an individual or in bulk), wraps (including one with french fries, cool ranch, cheese and bacon), sandwiches and some Asian options (sesame chicken, tonkatsu, teriyaki).

  • Wok Star

    wokstarrestaurant.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

  • Wok's Up

    facebook.com/woksupgeorgia

    Price: $

    Locations

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

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

  • The World Famous

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    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 351 N. Hull St. Athens GA 30601. 706-543-4002 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, curbside pick-up, delivery, art, full bar, live music. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night. • Half bar, half restaurant, with hearty, fun food (frito fried chicken with jalapeno slaw, chicken and waffle club, tacos), lots of veggie choices and regular specials. Creative cocktails, well-priced beer (including lots of canned craft brews), wine, housemade nonalcoholic sodas and a great chalkboard that often demonstrates townies' secret love of UGA football.

  • Your Pie

    yourpie.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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

    File Under: Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service, delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. • Locally based franchise does personal-size customized pizzas. Lots of topping, sauce and cheese choices, as well as several doughs. Vegan and gluten-free choices. Panini, bread bowl salads, gelato, beer and wine.

  • 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.

  • Zombie Coffee and Donuts

    eatzombiedonuts.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features: Delivery, outside seating, Wi-Fi, catering. Hours: Seven days. • Tell the folks behind the counter which toppings you want on your freshly made chocolate or vanilla doughnut (your choice of glaze, plus sprinkles, bacon, pecans, Fruity Pebbles and more). Iced coffee made with coffee ice cubes. Vegan, paleo and gluten-free options.