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.
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.
2095 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605. 706-548-3359 View Map
File Under: American. Features: Full bar, catering, live music, reservations, outside seating. Hours: Dinner, seven days. Weekend brunch. The Look: George's has a quiet atmosphere, with good service to match its white tablecloths. Menu: Classics from the Gulf and Carolina coasts: étouffée, shrimp and grits, sherry crab bisque, oysters (raw and cooked), peel-and-eat shrimp, jambalaya, redfish and more. Green eggs and ham at brunch, plus drop biscuits, grits, etc. Drinks: Wines from all over, beer and Southern-accented cocktails.
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.
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.
237 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601. 706-353-3050 View Map
File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features: Full bar, catering, counter service, live music, art, Wi-Fi, outside seating. Hours: Open seven days. Dinner Mon-Sat. Brunch Sat and Sun. The Look: Coffeehouse/restaurant/bar/music club in the Bottleworks. Menu: Coffee drinks, nitro coffee, teas and juices all day pair with muffins, cookies and savory scones or freshly made hummus, sandwiches and wraps. Dinner brings good burgers, tacos, a mahi mahi sandwich and egg rolls. Biscuits, more tacos, French toast, etc. for brunch. Drinks: Draft and bottled/canned craft beers, wine, craft cocktails (some with coffee).
1072 Baxter St. Athens, Georgia 30606. 706-206-9216 View Map
File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, delivery, take-out, full bar. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tue–Sat. Saturday brunch. The Look: R. Wood pottery, pretty flowers, welcoming atmosphere. Menu: A little bit New Orleans, a little bit rest of the South and a lot of vegetables. Menu changes often, but could include smoked trout ravioli, fried chicken thighs (with greens and green tomato chow chow) and tomato pie. Supper Club for early diners (5–6 p.m.) gets you two courses for $15. You can also buy casseroles, sides, snacks and take-away meals. Drinks: Bright cocktails, good wine list and beer selection.
1075 Baxter St. Athens, GA. 706-850-9797
File Under: Downhome and BBQ. Features: Catering, counter service, take-out, outdoor seating. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Tue–Fri. Weekend brunch. The Look: Big space with homey touches like a giant bookshelf filled with cookbooks. Menu: Breakfast all day, with biscuit plates, eggs, yogurt, chicken and waffles. Lunch is Southern but not exclusively, from ladies-who-lunch fare to a very good corned beef and hot platters. Even more breakfast choices at brunch. Take-and-bake casseroles and food to go.
197 Oak St. Athens, GA 30601. 706-548-6249 View Map
8851 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. 706-850-8550
File Under: Downhome, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Catering, outside seating, reservations, art, Wi-Fi. Hours: Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Thu. Brunch, Fri-Sun. The Look: Original location with a pretty patio by the Greenway. Version 2.0 is more open but captures the feel of its big sibling. Menu: Breakfast all day (biscuits, of course, but also scramblers, chocolate cake, omelets and more); lunch (fried chicken plate, pimento cheese-topped burger, fried green tomato sandwich, salads) in the second half of the day. UGA-made sausage. Strawberry lemonade. Very accommodating to those with special dietary needs.
1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602. 706-542-6341 View Map
File Under: American, Vegetarian Friendly. Features: Full bar, Wi-Fi. Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri. Dinner, Mon–Sat. Weekend brunch. The Look: UGA Hotel restaurant focuses on service. Menu: Some stuff on the menu is tradition, like Celestial Chicken (breaded chicken tenders over rice pilaf with a special sauce) and strawberry ice-cream pie, but there's also steak, sandwiches, grilled fish, shrimp and grits and good vegetarian choices. Parking is validated for up to two hours in the South Campus Deck. Drinks: Classic cocktails, beer and wine.