Restaurants -> Something Different

  • 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. The Look: Unwind with a group of friends at the town's only paint-and-sip. Drinks: Beer, wine, sodas and bottled water.

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    bigcitybreadcafe.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 393 N. Finley St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-0029 View Map

    File Under: Bakeries, Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, catering, counter service (breakfast and lunch), outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, six days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Amazing dog-friendly patio with sidewalk chalk for kids; big booths and art inside. Menu: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus breads, pastries, cakes and more from the bakery. Really good French toast and burgers, plus quiche and lots of healthy stuff. Dinner brings table service and brasserie-style French standards. Drinks: Small but nice selection of beer; wine by the glass or bottle.

  • Ciné Barcafé

    athenscine.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 234 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3343 View Map

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Full bar, movies, art. The Look: Athens' only indie movie theater features an art gallery, two screens, a lab/meeting room and full bar. Drinks: Thoughtful selection of beer and wine, plus liquor with specialty cocktails. Coffee, tea, sodas, local baked goods and fresh-popped popcorn. 

  • Condor Chocolates

    condorchocolates.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1658 S Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-4803

    File Under: Coffee Houses, Something Different. Hours: Open seven days. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. The Look: Cool space with Aztec motifs on the walls. Operations are fully visible. Menu: Artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate shop sells truffles, chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, coffee, gelato, salted caramel brownies, ice cream sandwiches and homemade honeycomb candy. Selection is constantly evolving. A small shelf features fancy chocolate bars from other producers. 

  • 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. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon–Fri. Weekend brunch. The Look: Comfy, spacious restaurant in a historic house. Very family-friendly, with a playroom. Menu: Hot breakfast and lunch to order until 2 p.m.; open later on weekdays for pick-up of pre-made items. Lots of veggie stuff, some vegan. Brunch on the weekends. To-go meals in the fridge and the freezer include breakfast stratas, casseroles, desserts and more. Walkers, bikers and bus riders get a 5 percent discount.

  • Donna Chang's

    donnachangs.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1664 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-215-9100

    File Under: Asian, Something Different. Features: Full bar, take-out, vegetarian friendly, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, seven days. The Look: New York-cool narrow space full of perfect touches. Menu: Gourmet versions of Chinese-American classics. Striving not for authenticity, but for fun. Major love for vegetables, nice small plates, beauteous ice creams for dessert, amazing eggplant fries. Drinks: Fun, intelligently picked and described wine list; a few nice beers; fancy cocktails that can be a little retro.

  • Earth Fare Café

    earthfare.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1689 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-227-1717 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Buffet, counter service, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Restaurant inside the grocery store; great deals for kids meals. Menu: Much better than the average grocery store restaurant. Lots of variety, all with a natural emphasis: salads with organic ingredients, sushi, fresh-made sandwiches and a hot bar, plus smoothies, juice, coffee, soups and baked goods.

  • 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. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: Hugh Acheson's flagship restaurant in a superlatively renovated historic home with a lovely bar. Menu: Serious dining that stays up on trends and pushes the envelope without being obnoxiously hip. Some items recur frequently, but there's always something new based on the season. Tuesday-night ramen is a standout. Drinks: Wine list by James Beard nominee; unpretentious but smart cocktails; excellent after-dinner drinks.

  • Frutta Bowls

    fruttabowls.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 245 Oconee St. Athens GA 30601. No # specified

    File Under: Something Different. The Look: Health-focused franchise in The Mark development. Menu: Bowls of açaí, kale, pitaya, oatmeal with fruit, dairy and protein-based toppings. Also smoothies and cold drinks.

  • Girasoles

    girasoleswatkinsville.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 24 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-0410 View Map

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Beer and wine, reservations, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Tue–Fri. Dinner, Tue–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Cozy space in downtown Watkinsville. Menu: Mexican-accented fusion, but also classic steaks and seafood. Tapas, entrees and frequently changing specials: crab cakes, Cajun pasta, fish and grits, plus chef's selection of three dishes. Sunday brunch includes waffles, omelets cooked to order and a buffet.

  • The Grit

    thegrit.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, outside seating, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: Art everywhere, including an R.A. Miller by the bathrooms. Lots of character. Menu: Vegetarian and vegan from around the world, but plenty of meat-eaters swear by it. The chalkboard lists daily veggies that you can assemble into a plate, or pick from the Golden Bowl (brown rice tossed with double-fried tofu and topped with veggies and cheese), seitan gyro, banh mi, etc. Breakfast and brunch bring burritos, pancakes, omelets and more. Don't skip dessert. Whole housemade cakes and pies are available with 48 hours notice.

  • Half-Shepherd Market & Cheese Shop

    facebook.com/halfshep

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1238 Prince Ave., Ste. B Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-2955

    File Under: Something Different. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The Look: Cheese shop and neighborhood market in Normaltown, opening fall 2018. Menu: Cut-to-order cheese counter and high-quality pantry staples. Sandwiches, soups, salads and more from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; ready-to-eat foods all day long.

  • 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. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Tue–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: Clean, arty space with great light, a bocce court and a wonderful patio in a historic neighborhood. Menu: Chef takes on Southern standards, including a refined chicken mull. Local providers supply inspiration for menu that changes regularly. Brunch is busy for good reason. Very accommodating of diet restrictions. Drinks: Seasonal artisan cocktails, some named for the area. Good wines and beers. Regular wine tastings.

  • Highwire Lounge

    highwirelounge.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Live music, trivia, outside seating, art. Hours: Dinner and late night, Mon–Sat. The Look: Upscale cocktail bar with soft lighting, reclaimed wood walls and live music. Menu: Snacks and heavier options from Trappeze, its sister bar, to which it connects. Drinks: High-end cocktails carefully crafted with small-batch liquors and fresh ingredients.

  • Journey Juice

    journeyjuice.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1428 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-0707 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Mon–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. Noon–5 p.m., Sun. The Look: Swing by this juicing operation for a quick liquid meal. Knowledgeable staff members will gladly offer tips on how to plan a juice cleanse. Menu: Raw, organic, cold-pressed and unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices that are also delicious and pre-packaged for easy transporting.

  • KEBA Spitfire Grill

    kebagrill.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1021 Jamestown Blvd. Watkinsville, GA 30677. 706-310-7222 View Map

    • 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-543-8210 View Map

    • 1860 Barnett Shoals Road Athens, GA 30605. 706-850-7285 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, outside seating, drive-thru (Watkinsville), delivery, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Locally based kebap sandwich franchise. Menu: The signature sandwich (beef, chicken, lamb, feta, falafel) is still available, as are delicious Belgian fries and dipping sauces, but also wraps, salads, bowls and more. Kids meals, gelato for dessert, low-carb choices.

  • Kelly's Jamaican Food

    https://www.facebook.com/Kellys-Authentic-Jamaican-Food-333515583330794/

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1583 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30605. 706-208-0000 View Map

    • 145 Epps Bridge Road Athens, GA 30606. 706-369-5400 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer, catering, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, TueSun (Five Points), Mon–Sat (Epps Bridge). The Look: Two locations of a longtime Athens restaurant. Lumpkin Street has a covered patio. Menu: Walk down the counter and select from Jamaican standards and veggies: jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, barbecue ribs, salmon, spicy cabbage, spicy squash, rice and peas, fried plantains, mac and cheese. Patties, too, plus super-sweet tea and cornbread.

  • Mannaweenta

    mannaweenta.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Dinner only, Mon. The Look: Wonderfully hospitable Ethiopian spot in a nondescript shopping center. Menu: Lots of beef dishes, but also tons of vegetarian and vegan options, all served with chewy, pancake-like injera bread. You'll be surprised how many ways lentils, tomatoes and onions can come together to make something delicious. Ethiopian tea and coffee, plus cookies.

  • 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, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Small chain from Decatur cooks Mediterranean standards in an open kitchen. Menu: 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.

  • The National

    thenationalrestaurant.com

    Price: $$$$

    Locations

    • 232 W. Hancock Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-3450 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Reservations, catering, outside seating, Wi-Fi, full bar. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, seven days. The Look: Sophisticated date-night restaurant that works great for lunch, too. Menu: Spanish-Mediterranean, with tapas and more. There's lots to keep vegetarians happy, like the "power lunch" (an ever-changing array of healthy, colorful veggie items) and dinner's veggie plate. Also: amazing chicken, beauteous salads, thoughtful desserts. Drinks: Wine-by-the-glass selection is large due to the Enomatic system. Finely crafted cocktails change seasonally. The bar has its own scene and hosts the occasional late-night dance party.

  • 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, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Long, narrow downtown space is quiet at lunch, then turns into a busy bar at night. Big TVs for sports. Menu: A bunch of different crepes, both savory and sweet, plus sandwiches, salads, dips and some bar snacks available after 11 p.m. Drinks: Over 150 beers, including 28 on tap (customers who try 100 beers are recognized on the Around the World Beer Club wall), wines, cocktails.

  • Pouch Savory World of Pies

    pouchpies.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 151 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6696

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Counter service, take-out, full bar, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, MonSat. Late night, Thu–Sat. The Look: Lots of seating options, including community tables, in this long space. Menu: Savory pies (some handheld, some not) with fillings inspired by South Africa, Russia, the Mediterranean, Portugal and more. Good sides, some larger entrees, sweet pies and soup and salad. Drinks: Draft beer and wine. Cocktails from around the world.

  • The Rook and Pawn

    therookandpawn.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Bars and Clubs, Something Different. Features: Full bar, counter service, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: Board-game café with a floor-to-ceiling shelf stocked with games and intimate tables in a long space. Kids under 13 play for free. Free bar games. Food: Lots of things you can eat with one hand while you roll dice with the other: panini, cold sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, bowls of salty and sweet snacks. Drinks: Eight beers on draft; rotating wines and spirits, including cocktails. Coffee, tea and smoothies, too.

  • 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, dinner and late night, seven days. The Look: English pub with a covered patio and TVs for soccer. Menu: The tiny kitchen turns out delicious English food: bangers and mash (sausages and perfect mashed potatoes with cabbage), lamb burger, curries, housemade potato chips with blue cheese and bacon and specials depending on the day, plus a couple of really good desserts. Drinks: UK beers, dry ciders, craft brews, wine, whiskey and cocktails.

  • Seabear Oyster Bar

    seabearoysterbar.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 297 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-4367 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating. Hours: Daily, 3 p.m.–midnight. The Look: Beautifully appointed, intimate oyster bar in the Bottleworks. Menu: Oysters change daily and are from places familiar and not. The rest of the menu is mostly small plates: a fantastic grilled cheese; mini lobster roll; Parker House rolls. Monday is ramen night (vegan and delicious). Oyster deals at daily happy hours, 3–6 p.m. and 10 p.m.–midnight. Drinks: Beer, wine, absinthe, sake, serious cocktails and frozen Negronis.

  • The Sultan

    facebook.com/thesultanathens

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1074 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-7725 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, catering, outside seating. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Great big shady patio and a welcoming atmosphere in this restaurant that sells some Middle Eastern dry goods. Menu: Lunch specials include Lebanese-style flatbreads topped with cheese, tomato or za'atar. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options (big salads, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel) good enough to please meatatarians, plus shawarma and kebabs of grilled beef, chicken and lamb.

  • The Table

    mkt.com/thetableathens

    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, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Mon, Wed–Fri. The Look: Sweet hidden gem on Baxter that attracts grown-ups. Menu: Asian-accented quick bistro with an emphasis on fresh flavors and beautiful presentation. Lots of veggies and seafood; little in the way of salt. Gluten-free and dairy-free options.

  • Taste of India

    indiaathens.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 1040 Gaines School Road, Ste. 119 Athens, GA 30605. 706-559-0000 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, buffet, catering. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mon–Sat. The Look: Tablecloths, tapestries and statues. Menu: Big menu of Indian standards, from samosas and pakoras to poori, chat, tandoori and many vegetarian options. There's goat if you want it, and combination dinners if you want to try a bunch of things (the daily lunch buffet works, too). Lassis, chai and Indian tea to drink. Moving to the Ansonborough development on Gaines School Road by the end of summer 2018. Drinks: Wine and beer, including Indian varieties of both.

  • 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, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days. The Look: Two-level corner space in the Bottleworks. Menu: 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.

  • Trappeze Pub

    trappezepub.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 269 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-543-8997 View Map

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Full bar, outside seating, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, dinner and late night, seven days. Sunday brunch. The Look: High ceilings, plenty of character. Menu: From snacks to full meals: popcorn, barbecue pork tacos, sliders, French onion soup, veggie-packed quinoa salad, Caribbean fried rice, ribs, cheeses and more. Drinks: Serious beer, with more than 200 well-described options in the bottle and 30 on tap, plus wine and nice cocktails from Highwire Lounge (under the same ownership and accessible through a door).

  • White Tiger Gourmet

    whitetigergourmet.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, counter service, live music, BYOB, delivery, take-out, art, outside seating. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Sat. Dinner, Thu–Sat. Sunday brunch. The Look: Tucked away in a historic grocery, White Tiger has cozy indoor seating and fun picnic tables outside. Menu: Carnivores and vegetarians will be equally happy. Good ingredients abound. Perfect burgers (with or without pimento cheese), great veggies cooked on the flat-top, smoked pork barbecue and tofu-q; daily specials and seasonal sides. At brunch, try a biscuit sandwich or stack of pancakes covered in pulled pork.