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.
Cali N Tito’s, 1427 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA, USA, +1 706 227 9979
Using locally farmed ingredients to create tasty Southern-inspired dishes, Cinco y Diez excels in creating great-tasting family friendly food. Monday is fish taco night, and each weekday evening between 5.30pm and 6.30pm a prix fixe menu is served buffet-style on the table to share. Choose between the peel-and-eat shrimp or the pork Milanesa, both of which are accompanied by collard greens, hush puppies and a squash salad, then finish off the meal with delicious churros and chocolate. Aside from the prix fixe menu, there are several tasty dishes to choose from at all times of the day. The wild mushroom tamales, adobo roasted-pork chops and the homemade tortillas with midnight black beans are all especially good.
Cinco y Diez, 1653 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA, USA, +1 706 850 2020
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.
Clocked!, 259 West Washington Street, Athens, GA, USA, +1 706 548 9175
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.
The Grit, 199 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA, USA, +1 706 543 6592