That Athens, Georgia is a college town is largely reflected on the city’s culinary scene -while fine-dining restaurants are near to non-existent, gastropubs and inexpensive cafes abound. This is not, however, to Athens’ detriment – on the contrary, the city is ripe with fresh and exciting international cooking. Discover the best of Georgia dining in our guide to the top ten restaurants in Athens.
With two venues in Athens, Sr. Sol is widely regarded as the best Mexican food in town. The rich and tempting menu presents a wide variety of tantalizing tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas and other Mexican bites, each with different fillings — including some vegetarian-friendly options. For those with less time to linger over their meals, or who wish to enjoy their food at home, Sr. Sol also offers a convenient take-away service.
Sr. Sol location 2, 2455 W. Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606, +1 706 850 7112
From the exterior the corner building in which The Grit is housed looks like an old, abandoned warehouse with unpainted, grungy stone walls. However, these rugged looks are exactly what give this pub a cool, trendy feel that continues to draw in a steady stream of visitors. The Grit, one of Athens’ most popular culinary institutions, serves strictly vegetarian fare, though the healthy veggies are used in preparations so inviting and tasty that non-vegetarians tend to overlook the absence of their beloved meats. The menu includes a rich gamut of sandwiches, soups, salads, bagels, burritos, pastas, falafels and many other internationally inspired dishes.
The Grit, 199 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia, 30601, +1 706-543-6592
Clocked! takes pride in serving ‘out of this world burgers and fries’, and in the case of this burger joint in Athens, this line is more than mere marketing blurb. Clocked!’s secret lies in the ingredients – only the freshest produce makes it to the kitchen, sourced from local and certified suppliers to guarantee the highest quality for the customer. The melt-in-the-mouth burgers are cooked-fresh-to-order, which may make for a slightly longer wait time, but goes all to the advantage of taste. Clocked! also gets points for its fun decor – the checkered floor, small plastic tables and red booths scream 1950s America.
Clocked!, 259 West Washington Street, Athens, Georgia 30601, +1 706 548 9175