The National

The National (Photo/Reynolds Rogers)

Breakfast and Brunch

Athens Bagel Company

If you’re looking for a quick New York-style bagel, this Jackson Street spot close to campus is the place to go. For a heartier start, try a breakfast platter. athensbagel.com

Last Resort Grill

Opened as a music venue in 1966, this West Clayton Street restaurant now is known for its food and art-filled decor. Brunch includes a variety of omelets, quiche and fancier dishes such as crab cakes Benedict. lastresortgrill.com

Mayflower Restaurant

This classic restaurant specializing in Southern breakfast and lunch fare has been run by the Vaughn family in the same Broad Street location since 1948. Cash only.

Lunch

Clocked! American Diner

Just up from 40 Watt on West Washington Street, this eatery is known for its sci-fi themed decor and inventive burgers made using organic local ingredients. Don’t deprive yourself of a rich milkshake or an Italian soda. clockeddiner.com

Dawg Gone Good BBQ

Serving recipes passed down from his grandmother, owner William Hardy keeps things simple but tasty at this spot on West Hancock Avenue. The menu features essentials like pulled pork and brisket. dawggonegood.net

Lindsey’s Culinary Market

This North Thomas Street lunch spot offers farm-fresh Southern favorites Monday through Saturday. Stop by for a classic chicken salad sandwich on sourdough, seasonally inspired soups and fresh baked cookies. lindseysculinarymarket.com

Ted’s Most Best

Known for its enviable patio, complete with a bocce ball court, Ted’s on West Washington Street stands out thanks to artisan individual pizzas and a large beer and wine selection. Many pies are available on house-made gluten-free pizza dough. tedsmostbest.com

Trappeze Pub

Famous for its enormous beer selection, this pub at the corner of Hull and West Washington streets serves superior bar fare with an emphasis on locally sourced foods. trappezepub.com

Dinner

Five Athens

The streamlined menu at this spacious restaurant tucked into a historic warehouse building on North Hull Street makes ordering simple: Select from one of five appetizers and one of five entrees — or check out seafood specials from the company’s Destin market. five-bar.com

DePalma’s Italian Cafe

A wide array of traditional Italian appetizers — such as their house-made breadsticks — and entrees, makes this cozy Broad Street location a popular date-night spot. For dessert, try their house specialty — sponge cake soaked in rum and espresso. depalmasitaliancafe.com

The National

This Mediterranean-influenced restaurant is owned by chefs Hugh Acheson and Peter Dale. With serene decor and excellent service, it’s ideal for family celebrations. The bar is a destination in its own right. thenationalrestaurant.com

The Place

If you’re craving Southern specialties, The Place, right across from historic North Campus, has you covered. Sip on a cocktail while you’re perusing the menu, which includes a decadent twist on chicken and waffles. theplaceathens.com

Porterhouse Grill

Students love to have their parents take them to this East Broad Street steakhouse, which also has a sizable seafood selection. porterhouseathens.com

South Kitchen + Bar

Elegance abounds at South, tucked into the historic Hotel Georgian. The decor is timeless, but the kitchen offers modern takes on classics like shrimp and grits. southkitchenbar.com

Late Night

The Grill

Open 24 hours, this College Avenue diner can become as crowded as most bars after midnight. The Grill serves standard diner fare but is especially beloved for its thick-cut fries served with feta dip.

Little Italy

There are many pizza joints in Athens, but this Lumpkin Street spot is known for having a social atmosphere after midnight. Little Italy is open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.

Coffee and More

1000 Faces Coffee

The Athens-based fair-trade roasting company opened a coffee shop on Thomas Street to rave reviews from students and locals. 1000facescoffee.com

Franklin House Cafe

The prime Broad Street location makes this a great place to work or study. franklinhousecafe.com

Iron Works Coffee

Located in the historic Foundry complex on the Graduate Athens hotel property, this quiet shop is a good place for meetings. graduatehotels.com/athens

Jittery Joe’s

The Classic City’s best known coffee brand has several area shops — including on UGA’s campus. But the cafe at the corner of Broad and Jackson streets remains a favorite. jitteryjoes.com

Walker’s Coffee and Pub

Situated across from the Arch, Walker’s offers indoor and outdoor seating. Bonus: It’s a bar at night. walkerscoffee.com

Zombie Coffee and Donuts

Opened by a UGA alum, this bakery offers doughnuts with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or bacon. eatzombiedonuts.com

The Rook & Pawn

This London-themed board game cafe on West Washington Street has hundreds of options. Stop by to play an old favorite or discover a new game while sipping on a cappuccino or a cup of Earl Grey. therookandpawn.com


This article originally appeared in the spring 2019 Visitors Guide

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