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The Spring 2022 Flagpole Guide To Athens

Restaurants Vegetarian Friendly

  • 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).

  • 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

    pizzaathens.com

    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

    athenswokga.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Celia's Bakery

    facebook.com/celiasbakeryga

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 9029 Hwy. 29 N. Hull, GA 30646. 706-850-2021

    File Under: Bakeries. Features: Counter service, take-out. Hours: Wed–Mon. • Sweet and savory Mexican breads (sometimes with cream cheese and jalapenos), light and sweet cakes (whole and by the slice), coffee and more, all well priced and nicely made.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Condor Chocolates

    condorchocolates.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    • 160 E. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-521-8966

    File Under: Coffee Houses, Something Different. Hours: Open seven days. Features: Outside seating, Wi-Fi. • Locally based small-batch chocolate shop offers truffles, chocolate bars, coffee bars and more, plus drinking chocolate, coffee, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, toffee, etc. Vegan options. Downtown location has a coffee menu and big windows to watch the chocolate elves at work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dinner Party

    dinnerpartyathens.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Asian. Features: Full bar, take-out, vegetarian friendly, outside seating. Hours: Dinner. • Chef takes on Americanized Chinese food. Excellent vegetarian and vegan options, including a gorgeous salad and dry-fried eggplant with plenty of Szechuan pepper. Excellent ice creams made in-house for dessert. Fun, intelligently picked and described wine list; a few nice beers; fancy cocktails that can be a little retro.

  • 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

    athens-dospalmas.com

    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

    facebook.com/doughbyspizza

    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.

  • El Barrio

    elbarrioathens.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Figment Kombucha

    figmentkombucha.com

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 1085 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3339

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Curbside pick-up, delivery, take-out. • The tasting room for Figment Kombucha features its small-batch drinks made with high-quality local ingredients, available on tap, canned or by the growler (half or full), plus a rotating selection of fermented goods, like ketchup, giardiniera and various krauts. Specific flavors change regularly. Table seating available.

  • 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.

  • The Flying Biscuit Café

    flyingbiscuit.com

    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

    foxspizzaoconee.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    goldensuninathens.com

    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

    grindhouseburgers.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • Half-Shepherd Market & Cheese Shop

    halfshepherd.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different. Features: Counter service, take-out. • Cheese shop and neighborhood market in Normaltown, also makes cold salads (pasta, farro, slaw) and soup. A huge array of cheeses, meats, nice wines and to-go sandwiches.

  • 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

    hendershotscoffee.com

    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

    hiloathens.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • Ideal Bagel

    facebook.com/idealbagel

    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

    iguanasmexgrill.com/athens

    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

    inokoathens.com

    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

    facebook.com/IGBAthensGA

    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. 

  • Iron Factory

    ironfactoryinc.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 255 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-395-6877

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Beer and wine, full bar, outside seating, karaoke. Hours: Dinner. • Korean barbecue cooked on your table: beef, pork belly, shrimp, mushrooms, other veggies. Wrap it in a lettuce leaf or radish slice, add condiments and enjoy. Everything comes with salad, rice and side vegetables. Korean soju and sake at the bar. Karaoke rooms.

  • 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.

  • Jinya Ramen Bar

    jinya-ramenbar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 351 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-478-0880

    File Under: Asian. Features: Delivery, take-out. Hours: Lunch and dinner, seven days.

  • Johnny's New York Style Pizza

    johnnyspizza.com

    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. 

  • Journey Juice

    journeyjuice.com

    Price: $

    Locations

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

    File Under: Something Different, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Delivery, curbside pick-up. Hours: Seven days. • Raw, organic, cold-pressed and unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices that are also delicious and pre-packaged for easy transporting.

  • Just Pho… and More

    facebook.com/justphoandmore

    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

    kellysjerk.com

    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

    krimsonkafe.com

    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.

  • Larry's Giant Subs

    larryssubs.com

    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.

  • Last Resort Grill

    lastresortgrill.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 184 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-549-0810 View Map

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    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Outside seating, art, curbside pick-up. Hours: Dinner and weekend brunch. • Crowd-pleasing restaurant mixes Southern and Southwestern cuisine; veggie and vegan choices, plus fish and seafood are highlights. Large dessert case. Plan ahead for lines at brunch. Good bar, with American vodkas, gins and vermouths, as well as Armagnac, ice wine, Madeira, sherry and a long list of wines. Large outdoor dining area.

  • Lindsey's Culinary Market

    lindseysculinarymarket.com

    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

    littlecitydiner.com

    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

    facebook.com/littleitalyathens

    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.

  • Locos Grill & Pub

    locosgrill.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • Madison Bar & Bistro

    indigoathens.com/dining

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 500 College Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-546-0430 View Map

    File Under: American, Bars. Features: Reservations, outside seating, live music, room service, take-out, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and dinner, seven days. • Hotel Indigo’s restaurant serves croissant sandwiches and omelets for breakfast, plus a full dinner, with steak, salmon, sandwiches, salads and even a kids menu. Nice cocktails.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Poke Bar

    ilovepokebar.com

    Price: $$

    Locations

    • 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 740 Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-3410

    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian FriendlyFeatures: Take-out. Hours: Seven days.
  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • The Rooftop

    georgiatheatre.com/rooftop

    Price: $

    Locations

    • 215 N. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-850-7670 View Map

    File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Counter service, outside seating, live music, catering. Hours: Dinner • Bar/restaurant on top of the historic Georgia Theatre is open during and just before shows, with snacks and heartier things (tacos, burgers, nice salads).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Seabear Oyster Bar

    seabearoysterbar.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

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

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    File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Full bar, catering, outside seating, take-out, curbside pick-up. Hours: Dinner. • Longtime hipster oyster bar, with a great selection that changes frequently. Also fun takes on seafood and more: scallop fried rice, scallion pancake, lobster roll, grilled cheese. Beer, wine, absinthe, sake, serious cocktails and frozen Negronis.

  • 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.

  • Shokitini

    shokitini.com

    Price: $$$

    Locations

    • 251 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-7933 View Map

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    File Under: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Bars. Features: Karaoke, full bar, outside seating, delivery. Hours: Dinner, seven days. • Party sushi bar with private karaoke rooms. Lots of rolls and sashimi as well as surf and turf, noodles, fried tofu and apps. Hot and cold sake, saketinis, wine, mostly domestic beer but a few Japanese brews.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Ted's Most Best

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.