Lindsey Payne

After a career in healthcare, Payne pursued her dream of going to culinary school and opening a restaurant. Her downtown spot, Lindsey’s Culinary Market, focuses on locally grown and produced products. She also hosts pop-up benefit dinners for nonprofits.

How has the Athens food scene changed?

It’s gotten much more diverse and people seem to be open-minded about trying new things. I like it.

Where do eat beside your own restaurant?

I go to The Expat, Donna Chang’s, The National, The Pine. I like to try lots of places: Seabear, Viva — also The Varsity.

Where do you take visitors from out of town?

I show them around campus, Sanford Stadium. I take them to the Tree Room and The Tree That Owns Itself. Then shopping downtown. And then you eat at Clocked! and get a peanut butter and bacon burger.

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