Nestled in historic Downtown Athens, this eccentric entertainment venue is home to local comedians, musicians, and friends. However, we don’t really care about that, ‘cause it’s also home to The World Famous chicken and waffle club. It features crispy fried chicken sandwiched between two waffles doused in hot sauce, and served over a bed of fries -- you know you’re receiving supreme-level bar food. Supplement it with one of the signature craft cocktails for the complete Athens experience.
This next-level fast-casual restaurant is ideal for groups, and has your tacos delivered to your seat outside before you even sit down. Share the cheese dip, guacamole, salsa trio, and pitcher of margaritas with your crew, and enjoy the warm Georgia breeze from under the outdoor awning at this mainstay that always promises speedy service, solid Mexican, and great vibes.
This vegetarian-friendly classic prides itself on variety. Choose from noodle bowls, veggie plates, falafel platters, tofu dishes, you name it. A laid-back environment with enormous portions, The Grit is an easy choice for vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, and omnivores alike. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a slice of the Grasshopper Cake to-go on your way out.
This laid-back gastropub not only carries craft beers from the best breweries in Georgia, but from everywhere else. Whether you’re an out-of-towner from Virginia, California, or Pennsylvania, Trappeze will probably have your brew of choice on tap. Its fries were recently voted best in Athens, and its bar food is also top notch. And while said award-winning Belgian fries come with blue cheese, raspberry ketchup, or garlic aioli, we think you should just get all three.
Tucked away in a little house on Prince, Ike & Jane is like your grandma’s house away from home, and has all the gourmet, home-baked goods you’ve been missing since you went away for school. Here, you’ll find cereal-coated donuts, holiday-themed cupcakes, banana breads, brownies, and more, all baked from scratch, and available by custom order.
Hidden up above restaurant row, this is the perfect place to post up in a booth with a few rounds of tapas. It’s perfect for birthday gatherings, date nights, and formal events. The menu changes with the seasons, but the spinach dip in a honey wheat bread bowl is always a crowd favorite.
Check out culinary legend Hugh Acheson’s flagship restaurant for the finest dining in the Classic City. This sophisticated menu is decked out with well-seasoned stews, short ribs, and seafood dishes that will blow your mind. It’s a bit on the pricier side, so come with an empty stomach and someone else’s wallet.
When the doors close at Little Italy or Eat Hibachi around 3am, you can count on The Grill to be open 24/7. Stumble into the only vintage diner in Athens after a night Downtown and you can satisfy practically any craving: suggested items include the triple cheeseburger, the double grilled cheese sandwich, chicken fingers, fresh-cut fries with feta cheese dressing, and an old-fashioned milkshake. The service isn’t exceptional, but where are you hurrying off to anyway?
Need a spot that’ll support your entire extended family for graduation, or a fancy steakhouse for the rehearsal dinner you’re planning? Porterhouse’s two large upscale dining areas and full bar can help with that. It serves the juiciest filet mignon in all of Athens, and provides an extensive wine selection that’s sure to get everyone a little rowdy.
Without a doubt, it has the best pulled pork and richest mac and cheese in town, but every Southerner knows it’s all about the sauce. Throw some authentic spicy vinegar on that meat, and you’ve got yourself true Southern cuisine. Don’t forget to BYOB, and wash down that smoke with some local brews.
If you haven’t tried a Mama’s Boy biscuit, you’re doing something wrong. These fluffy, buttery, award-winning monsters are the ultimate hangover cure. Every weekend the line is out the door, but the poached eggs, cheesy grits, and potato hash are also worth waiting for.
Set in a former space of an iconic music club, Last Resort is filled with local artwork, an amazing ambiance, and the highest quality food in all of Athens. Missing out on the fried green tomatoes or potato onion pancakes is not an option. Add the jalapeno honey mustard dressing to any salad for a special kick, and get to brunch by 10am on Sunday so you’re not stuck standing outside, ‘cause the Southern-style omelets are nothing like you’ve had before.