Full of gastropubs and small local restaurants due to its university hub, Athens in Georgia is the destination of choice for high-quality, low-cost cuisine. We’ve updated our guide to The Ten Best Restaurants in Athens to include a few more favorites to get your taste buds tingling.
Cali N Tito’s is a tiny ‘order-at-the-counter’ establishment with a few indoor tables and plenty of outdoor picnic space. Tasty appetizers include fried cassava and beef empanadas and for main course guests can choose between tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales and the lomo saltado. Wash it all down with a guanabana or a passionfruit juice for the real Latino dining experience.
Clocked! is a downtown Athens staple. Each burger is made fresh to order because Clocked! understands that nobody wants a limp, lukewarm patty with their fries. Even more importantly, only organic, natural ingredients are used in the recipes, and each of the burgers is made from 100 per cent, all-natural humanely raised beef that will never have been anywhere near a freezer.
One of Athens’ most popular culinary institutions, The Grit serves solely vegetarian fare. It’s the black-bean chilli bowl, the falafel platter and the hot noodle tofu soup that take centre stage here. Meat-eaters shouldn’t be put off however, as The Grit is the master of flavour combinations. Each dish is so creatively prepared that no one will feel that they are missing out when they realize that there’s no steak or chicken on their plate.
Athens’ answer to the much-loved Florida seafood restaurants, the Square One Fish Company offers a variety of delicious fish and seafood dishes alongside excellent steaks, chicken and vegetarian options. Absolutely everything is made from scratch in the kitchen, from the breads to the sauces and desserts, and diners can either choose to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen or they can relax in the bar area or cosy dining room. The oyster sampler, spiced crawfish and cracked conch are just three of the exquisite appetizers on offer. For main course, it’s the whole lane snapper, snow crabs’ legs and seared Atlantic salmon that always has diners’ mouths watering.