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The Spring 2022 Flagpole Guide To Athens

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  • ARTini's Art Lounge

    artinisartlounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 337 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-8530 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Art classes, parking. • Local in-town paint-and-sip with beer and wine, plus nonalcoholic beverages if you need to concentrate on your sunset masterpiece. Open studio time if you don't want a structured class and offers to-go kits for private parties in your own space.

  • 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’s Fish

    chucksfish.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 220 W. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6611

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Catering, full bar, outside seating, reservations, take-out. Hours: Dinner. • Upscale place with an emphasis on seafood, including a large, well-executed sushi menu. Land animals, too. Signature cocktails with sake or Japanese whiskey as well as standards. Big for date night.

  • The Expat

    theexpatathens.com

    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.

  • Five & Ten

    fiveandten.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 1073 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-546-7300 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Full bar, reservations, catering, outside seating, take-out, vegetarian friendly. Hours: Dinner. • Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson's flagship restaurant, in a historic house on Milledge Avenue with a big covered porch and proof of COVID vaccination required. The menu is southern-ish but chef-driven and up to date, changing weekly depending on what’s in season. Wine list by James Beard nominee; unpretentious but smart cocktails; excellent after-dinner drinks. Look out for specials, including picnic stuff during football season.

  • George's Lowcountry Table

    georgeslowcountrytable.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 420 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-548-3359 View Map

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, catering, reservations, outside seating, take-out, delivery. Hours: Dinner and Sunday brunch. • Gulf and low country classics: étouffée, shrimp and grits, sherry crab bisque, oysters (raw, fried, grilled), jambalaya, redfish and much more. Good wine list from all over, beer and Southern-accented cocktails.

  • 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.

  • home.made

    homemadeathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, delivery, take-out, full bar. Hours: Dinner. • Refined, Southern-inspired menu experiments all the time, creating things like fig leaf bruléed burrata and kudzu lemonade. Lots of vegetables, including the amazing tomato pie, and a good bit of New Orleans influence. You can also buy casseroles, sides, snacks and take-away meals. Bright cocktails, good wine list and beer selection.

  • 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. 

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • South Kitchen and Bar

    southkitchenbar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: American, Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, catering. Hours: Weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. • Historic former hotel with a menu of small and large plates, all with big flavors: sweet potatoes, chicken-fried tofu, duck fat tater tots, candied bacon, that kind of thing. Gluten-free stuff. Rotating draft beers in full or half pours, good wines by the glass (and bottle) and regularly changing craft cocktails with housemade ingredients.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    texasroadhouse.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1021 Dowdy Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-613-1300

    File Under: American. Features: Full bar, take-out, reservations. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ZZ & Simone's

    www.zzandsimones.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1540 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-395-6556

    File Under: Italian and Pizza. Features: Vegetarian friendly, full bar, reservations, outside seating. Hours: Dinner. • New informal Italian place from the folks behind Dinner Party. Primi including crudo and anchovies on toast, housemade pasta, meat-centric entrees, pizzas, from-scratch gelato, a serious cocktail program and more. Book a table ahead or walk in. Heated patio.