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Inside the Guide Athens Explained. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 History, Annual Events, Getting Around, You and the Law, UGA

On Exhibit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Museums, Galleries & Public Art Spaces

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Acting Out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 UGA, Community & Fringe Theatres

In Motion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Dance Troupes, Trapeze Groups & More

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On the Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cinema Locations & Contact Info

Athens Favorites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Flagpole Readers’ Local Picks

What Makes the Athens Scene So Special? . . . . 17 17

Athens continues to be the right place for musicians in the South

Restaurant, Bar & Club Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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Amped Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Music Venues, Clubs & Local Hot Spots

Parks & Green Spaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Getting Outside

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m Area: About 122 square miles. m Elevation: 784 ft. (Athens Ben Epps Airport) m Latitude: 33°57'N (About the same as Los Angeles) m Longitude: 83°23'W (About the same as Flint, MI) m Average High Temperature: 51.6°F (January), 89.6°F (July) m Average Low Temperature: 32°F (January), 69.5°F (July) m Average Precipitation: 49.74 inches per year m Population Including Students: 116,714 (2010 Census) m UGA Enrollment: 33,760 (Fall 2010)

m Athens Welcome Center: 280 E. Dougherty St., 706-353-1820, www.VisitAthensGA.com m UGA Visitors Center: College Station Road at River Road, 706-542-0842, www.visituga.edu m Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau: 300 N. Thomas St., 706-357-4430, www.visitathens.com m Oconee County Welcome Center: 22 N. Main St. Bldg. B, Watkinsville, 706-769-5197, www.visitoconee.com

Online Resources m ACC Website (www.athensclarkecounty.com): The recently revamped unified government website has an up-to-date calendar of events, advance meeting agendas, archived video and minutes of meetings, mayor and commission info, contacts for all departments and much, much more. You can also sign up there to receive “E-Newsletters,” which will notify you of pretty much anything the government is doing. m University of Georgia Libraries Athens-Clarke County Guide (www.libs.uga.edu/athens): A sprawling collection of links, archives, maps, publications and pretty much anything you might need to get familiar with the town and the area. A wonderful time-filler.

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History m The University of Georgia was chartered in 1785 but wasn’t sited for 16 years because of the Georgia-Creek Indian War, which broke out in 1786. m The city of Athens was incorporated in 1806. By the 1820s and ‘30s, it was home not only to thriving textile mills along the Oconee River, but to numerous antebellum mansions that sprouted up around the university. m Athens became the seat of Clarke County in 1872, and the city continued to grow. By the end of the 19th century it had streetcars, suburbs (now urban neighborhoods like Cobbham and Boulevard) and public schools. The streetcars, sorry to say, are long gone. m The University of Georgia was racially integrated in 1961 with the enrollment of Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter.

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m Beginning in the late 1970s, Athens became internationally known for its uncannily rich music scene, which over the ensuing decades has spawned and sustained such renowned and diverse artists as R.E.M., The B-52s, Widespread Panic, Vic Chesnutt, Olivia Tremor Control, of Montreal and Drive-By Truckers. Yes, that leaves out some big ones—any list would. m The Athens and Clarke County governments were unified in 1991; that’s why we call it “Athens-Clarke County.”

Government m The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government has an elected mayor and 10 commissioners representing eight geographical districts and two superdistricts composed of four of the geographical districts. The mayor and commission appoint a manager who oversees the daily operation of the government, including the staff of 39 departments. Local elections are nonpartisan; Democratic and Republican primaries are held only for state and federal offices. m You can find out about government departments, services and meetings, elected officials, and more at the ACC website, www.athensclarkecounty. com. You can also use the website to sign up to be notified of almost anything the government does by following the “E-Newsletters” link on the home page. m The Athens Regional Library System serves ACC as well as Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison and Franklin counties. Its main branch and headquarters is the Athens-Clarke County Library at 2025 Baxter St., which is an outstanding and ever-improving resource for this community. Go to www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us to learn about locations, services, special events and more. m State & Federal: Athens-Clarke County is divided among Georgia House districts 113, 114 and 115, and between Georgia Senate districts 46 and 47. It is located within Georgia U.S. House District 10.

Kelly Girtz ACC commissioner

Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz represents a “superdistrict” which encompasses half the county, and he is also Director of the non-traditional Classic City High School. Like many people, he came to Athens to pursue graduate studies at the university and has been here ever since. He lives in an intown neighborhood and enjoys walking or biking downtown. On being an ACC commissioner: To do a good job you have to be attentive, do a lot of research, answer a load of email and, hopefully, talk to your colleagues pretty often… I think the voters have a really great opportunity for access to us in this town, just because geographically it’s a small town, and we tend to be in the same places as the people who are interested in what we’re doing… I’m not happier ever, really, than when I’m strolling through town and somebody’s willing to come up and talk on the street. On his vision for Athens: An environmentally friendly town, a town that’s esthetically pleasing, a town that allows you to do lots of things pretty close to one another, a town that is economically vibrant. Things like the much discussed river project are a chance to tie some of those threads together: better employment opportunities, some of which might be arts-related, to do a good job with land use, to emphasize consolidating our resources where we have infrastructure. And, you know, a neighborly town, where people are willing to speak to one another… On what makes Athens special: Not only is there a top-notch university, but there’s a vibrant arts community here, too… I look for links, you know—between developers and environmentalists, between the wealthy and the poor—I really do believe we share a common fate, and I know I do my job better when my ears are open to a lot of different people… I like being part of the day life and the night life of Athens, and it’s amazing how many of the same people you will see at seven in the morning out for a cup of coffee and at one in the morning out wrapping up the night. It’s not too uncommon at all.

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m UGA Football | 2011 home games at Sanford Stadium: Sept. 10, South Carolina; Sept. 17, Coastal Carolina; Oct. 1, Mississippi State; Nov. 5, New Mexico State (Homecoming); Nov. 12, Auburn; Nov. 19, Kentucky— www.georgiadogs.com m North Georgia Folk Festival | Sept. 24, 2011 | Local folk, bluegrass and Americana bands, crafts and food outside at Sandy Creek Park— www.athensfolk.org m PopFest | Oct. 11–15, 2011 | Five days, dozens of bands: internationally acclaimed pop, punk and rock—www.athenspopfest.com m The Athens, GA Half Marathon | Oct. 23, 2011 | A great way to see Athens and the UGA campus while raising money for AthFest educational projects—www.athensgahalf.com m The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle | Oct. 29, 2011 | This raucous, nighttime stampede features costumed characters of all ages reveling in Halloween debauchery which culminates with live music at the Georgia Theatre—www.wildrumpus.org m The Downtown Parade of Lights | Dec. 1, 2011 | Our local Christmas parade, with floats, marching bands and more—http:// ga-athensclarkecounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=2589 m A Taste of Athens | Feb. 19, 2012 | Local restaurants, brewers, coffee roasters and distributors give you generous samples of their best to benefit Community Connection—www.communityconnection211.org/taste m Dancing with the Athens Stars | Apr. 1, 2012 | Local celebs showcase their hoofing talents to benefit Project Safe—www.project-safe. org/Dancing-with-the-Athens-Stars.html m Boybutante Ball | Apr. 14, 2012 | The culmination of a week celebrating diversity, this over-the-top, theatrical drag show raises money for AIDS Athens—www.boybutante.org m FLUKE! | third week of April | Comic books and their creators are the focus of this all-day show and tell—www.flukeathens.com m Twilight Criterium | Apr. 27–29, 2012 | A weekend of biking events culminating in the world-class race through the dark streets of downtown—www.athenstwilight.com m Athens Americana Festival | last weekend of April | A four-day conglomeration of folk, country, bluegrass, blues and other music—www. athensamericana.com m AUX Experimental Arts Festival | Early spring | A day of experimental, avant-garde live music, dance, art, video, etc.—www. auxfestival.com m Hot Corner Festival | 1st week of May | A celebration of the corner of Washington and Hull streets and its African-American history, this fest offers up music, food, and fun for the kids. m Human Rights Festival | 2nd week of May | Speakers, live music, food and kidstuff in a two-day downtown gathering emphasizing social justice—www.athenshumanrightsfest.org m Flagpole Athens Music Awards | June 21, 2012 | Local bands play and awards are presented to the winners selected by Flagpole readers— www.flagpole.com m AthFest | June 20–24, 2012 | Hundreds of local bands and headliners play 3 outdoor stages and a club crawl; plus an artists’ market, kids’ activities, food and drink inside and out, all over downtown Athens to raise money for AthFest educational endeavors—www.AthFest.com

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m Athens Transit: Buses run hourly or more frequently, Monday–Saturday, generally from about 6 a.m.–10 p.m., depending on the route. UGA students, faculty and staff ride free with IDs. Buses have bike racks, too. Maps, timetables, real-time GPS tracking and more are available at www. athenstransit.com, or call 706-613-3430. m Campus Transit: Much more frequent but with a smaller coverage area, the numerous UGA routes are officially open to all citizens to ride. Maps and more at www.transit.uga.edu. m Southeastern Stages: Operates daily inter-city bus service to Atlanta, the Carolinas and beyond; its station is downtown at 220 W. Broad St. Call 706-549-2255. www.southeasternstages.com m Rail: The nearest Amtrak station is in Gainesville, with the next closest in Atlanta. Both are stops on the Crescent line between New York and New Orleans. Call 800-USA-RAIL or go to www.amtrak.com. m Air: There are two shuttle flights a day from Athens’ Ben Epps Field to both Atlanta and Macon. Call 706-613-3420 for flight information or go to www.athensairport.net. One caveat: if you’re trying to make a connecting flight, allow yourself some buffer time if possible—delays and cancellations can happen. m Shuttle: Groome Transportation runs a full schedule of shuttle vans from various stops in Athens to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport daily. Call 800-896-9928 or go to www.groometransportation.com. m Car: The roads in Athens are pretty smooth, so you can probably get by without an S.U.V. or giant pickup unless you’re hauling a bunch of stuff around with you all the time. Downtown metered parking is 75 cents an hour, with two-hour time limits from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (you have to feed the meters until 10, but the time limit ends at six). There are also several parking decks downtown that cost $1.50 per hour, with no time limit. You can get more details on downtown parking at www.downtownathensga. com. You should also know that most surface lots downtown are operated at night by Prestige Parking, which charges $5 and will tow you if you “forget” to pay. m Taxi: If you’re out drinking, it’s a good idea to take a cab home. There are a bunch of companies in the phone book (hint: load a few into your cell!), or you can usually catch one downtown in front of the UGA Arch on Broad Street late at night. And be aware that if you’re catching a cab home from downtown at bar-closing time, you likely won’t be the only passenger, or the only stop. The cabs are large vans which tend to fill up, so your route home may be less than direct. m Bike: You can bike just about anywhere and everywhere in Athens, but riding onto campus is an especially good idea. Seriously, driving on the UGA campus is awful, parking is expensive and scarce, and biking there is quick, easy and a pleasure. For all your local biking needs, look to BikeAthens, whose bike map, available around town and at www. bikeathens.com, is only one of the many excellent resources they have to offer. m Hoof It: Oh, yeah, you can walk just about anywhere, too. You know you love it—do it.

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m Smoking: You can’t smoke inside, anytime, in any public building (yes, that means bars), or in public parks, either. m Drinking: You can’t have an open container of alcohol on any public right-of-way unless you’re inside the boundaries of a sidewalk cafe. Exceptions? When you’re on the UGA campus on the day of a football game, or if you’re in a limo. You can’t buy alcohol at stores on Sunday, at least for now—the Georgia Legislature recently legalized referendums on Sunday sales, so we’ll likely have one by November 2012 at the latest. Bars are closed Sundays, too (again, for now), but restaurants that make more than half their money on food are allowed to serve drinks. m Bikes: Bicyclists have to follow the same rules as cars—aside from that, be polite and be careful (and wear a helmet—it’s not the law, but it’s a good idea). Also, you can’t ride on the sidewalk unless you’re 12 or under, and not even then if you’re downtown. m Littering: Don’t. It’s illegal. m Cohabitation: It’s illegal for more than two unrelated people to live in a single dwelling unit, like an apartment or a house—even a big house. m Cameras: There are cameras downtown that are monitored by the police, and that are recording your every move. Be aware of that.

UGA m The Campus: Athens was built around what we now call North Campus; it’s the oldest and, in some ways, most beautiful part of the city. Don’t let the high iron fence put you off: the university belongs to you and it’s perfectly appropriate to use it like a public park (provided you tend to use parks responsibly and considerately), whether you have “official” status there or not. m Information: What’s more, the UGA Libraries (there are many of them) are an excellent resource for non-students and the campus community alike. You can wander in, or go to www.libs.uga.edu.

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m Entertainment: UGA has departments of theatre, film, dance, music, visual arts and more. All of them are essentially machines for producing and showcasing cultural events and artifacts, and they really want you to share in these things. Pay close attention to the Flagpole Calendar to stay in the know. m Ideas: In addition to fine and performing arts events, the university is constantly hosting lectures, seminars, workshops and readings—many of them free and open to the public—by both local and visiting academics and writers. Again, keep an eye on the Flagpole Calendar. m Sport: While the high-profile student sports—football, basketball (men’s and women’s), baseball and gymnastics—charge for tickets, all the others—from tennis to swimming to women’s softball and soccer—are free. Visit www.georgiadogs.com. m Parking: A good rule of thumb to follow is that, if you drive onto campus, you can only park in a deck. Most surface lots are permit-only (you know who you are, and aren’t), and rules are strictly enforced with high ticket fees and towing. Be prepared: call 706-542-PARK or go to www.parking. uga.edu.

Help Out! m Volunteer: HandsOn Northeast Georgia is basically a clearinghouse that connects those who wish to do volunteer work in the community with Athens’ many nonprofit organizations. Check out your options at www. handsonnortheastgeorgia.org and the Help Out section of Flagpole’s weekly Bulletin Board pages. m Recycle: Athens-Clarke County has sidewalk receptacles and curbside pickup for recycling, but it’s up to you to use them. That will become easier in autumn 2011, when ACC makes the leap to “single-stream” recycling, meaning you’ll be able to place all recyclables into the same receptacle, rather than separating paper from other materials. The county facility takes most paper, glass bottles and aluminum, as well as plastic items with the “1” and “2” labeling codes: pretty much anything with a screw-on cap. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include plastic cups, plates or cutlery, or paper cups. For complete information on what is and isn’t accepted, as well as where to take hard-to-recycle items like batteries and electronics, check out www.acc-recycle.org.

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On Exhibit Doug Makemson and more can be viewed on the grounds, and Wood and guest artists teach classes in painting, drawing and other media. Open by appointment only or during special events. Visit the Brick House Studio website for current exhibitions. Chappelle Gallery 25 South Main St., Watkinsville • 706-310-0985 • www.chappellegallery.net Opened in 2001 by its eponymous owners, Chappelle Gallery in downtown Watkinsville can be found inside the historic Haygood House, which was built in 1827. Featuring the work of more than 125 local and national artists in media from paintings and drawings to metal, fiber, wood and jewelry, the gallery is a wonderful place to shop for gifts and hosts open houses throughout the year. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Arcing Sky Gallery Athens • 706-255-3411 • www.arcingskygallery.com Open by appointment only, Arcing Sky Gallery sells antiques as well as fine art, with a selection of mid-century design, early-American cut glass and more. Artists represented include local painters Tracy Jefferies and Bruce Knecht, orderly abstractionist Michael Mewborn, photographer Wendy Cooper and Deanna Wood, who works in encaustic. AthensHasArt! Gallery at This Way Out (T-W-O) 680 W. Broad St. • 706-227-0666 • www.athenshasart.blogspot.com An unexpected setting on Broad Street above Ben’s Bikes, serves as the showcase for AthensHasArt! Gallery, an artists’ community fostering not only visual arts, but also performing, culinary, musical and other arts. Regular events feature food as well as art, and the coming year promises a group show (billed as annual) and photography by Patrick Denker and StaceyMarie Piotrowski. Open 6–8 p.m., the 10th through 20th of each month, and by appointment. Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA) 160 Tracy St., Unit 4 • 706-208-1613 • www.athica.org Open for nearly 10 years, ATHICA isn’t the new kid in town anymore, and its exhibitions have grown increasingly complex and interesting through the years. Neither a museum nor a gallery, it organizes several exhibitions over the course of a year, usually group shows focused on a theme such as the Iraq war, the relationship between craft and romance, and participatory art. ATHICA “Emerges” serves as an annual showcase for artists in the region, and each exhibition brings with it a large range of events, from lectures to performances and more. During exhibitions, ATHICA is open from 6–9 p.m. on Thursday; 1–6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and by appointment. The excellent website details events and exhibitions. Blue Tin Studio 393 N. Finley St., Studio C • 706-248-6899 • www.bluetinstudio.com Founded as a venue for art classes, Blue Tin Art Studio recently transformed itself into an artists’ collective, in which eight different artists sell their work themselves in a cozy, informal gallery. Artists include Sarah Seabolt, who works in encaustic, painter Andy Cherewick, ceramicist Maria Dondero and fabric artist Hollis McFadden, whose designs are hand blockprinted on linen. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and by appointment. Brick House Studio 1892 Athens Rd., Crawford • 706-540-4022 • www.lamarwood.com Located inside the Langston-Daniel House, a circa 1820 restored plantation house on Highway 78, 12 miles east of Athens and surrounded by beautiful gardens, Lamar Wood’s Brick House Studio serves as both a gallery and an events venue. Sculpture by Wood, Dana Downs, Jessica Elliot, Ben Barks,

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Farmington Depot Gallery 1001 Salem Rd., Farmington • 706-769-5379 • www.farmingtondepotgallery.org Located in the historic Farmington train depot, this dozen-plus-member artists’ collective gallery houses the works of artists like Peter Loose, John Cleaveland, Matt Alston, Cheri Wranowski and many more. The collection features paintings, folk art, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, furniture, etc. There are also seasonal artists’ markets at which creative types peddle their wares alongside food vendors. Its website and active Facebook page are the best way to keep up with its doings. Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., plus by appointment. The Gallery @ Good Dirt 510 North Thomas St. • 706-355-3161 • www.gooddirt.net Despite the intricacy and beauty of the pottery made from Georgia clay offered at this downtown gallery, Good Dirt is all about encouraging you to give it a try yourself. Rotating exhibitions and an online catalogue display works by artists including founder Rob Sutherland, Ron Meyers, Ted Saupe and many, many more. Visit Good Dirt’s website for a schedule of classes, openings and an array of summer camps. Open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment. Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton St. • 706-542-4662 • www.georgiamuseum.org The state’s official art museum, the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) houses an extensive permanent collection of more than 8,000 works. Located on UGA’s East Campus in a newly renovated and expanded building that now includes spacious galleries to display that collection (American paintings, works on paper, Southern decorative arts, Renaissance paintings and more) as well as a contemplation-promoting sculpture garden, it emphasizes education through an array of events including films, lectures, Family Days and workshops. Admission is always free and open to the public. Ike & Jane serves coffee, snacks, and sandwiches Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the museum’s website for more information on its hours or to browse the online version of the Museum Shop. Lyndon House Arts Center 293 Hoyt St. • 706-613-3623 • www.athensleisureservices.com/lyndon.shtml Operated by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services, the Lyndon House Arts Center (LHAC) incorporates gallery space, classes, a gift shop and the Ware-Lyndon House museum in a building that combines old and new and has a great view of the surrounding area. The Annual Juried Exhibition, now going on 37 years, is a great attraction to the community, and other exhibitions change out roughly quarterly. Art classes and workshops cater to adults, seniors and kids in media including printmaking, quilting, jewelry/ metalsmithing and more. The Ware-Lyndon House (ca. 1850) features rooms recreated to look as they did in the late 1800s. The extensive gallery shop features arts and crafts by more than 70 local and regional artists. Open

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Tuesday and Thursday, 12–9 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mercury Art Works at Hotel Indigo 500 College Ave. • 706-338-0548 • www.mercuryartworks.com This chic, industrial space inside the eco-friendly boutique Hotel Indigo on the edge of downtown shows work by local, national and international artists, rotating exhibitions frequently. Some permanent works are on display throughout the hotel, including locally designed concert posters framed in reclaimed wood. Notable names the gallery represents include Chris Bilheimer, Michael Stipe, Rinne Allen, Art Rosenbaum, co-founder Chris Wyrick and Mary Engel. The Myers and Bertelsmann Galleries at Athens Academy 1281 Spartan Ln. • 706-549-9225 • www.athensacademy.org These two galleries on the campus of Athens Academy host five or six exhibitions each during the school year, featuring work mostly by local artists and students. Last year’s schedule included work by Andy Cherewick, Lamar Wood, Doug Makemson and Scott Bellville, as well as exhibitions devoted to comics art and landscape paintings. The galleries are open during the academic year during school hours. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) 34 School St., Watkinsville • 706-769-4565 • www.myocaf.com Founded in 1994, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville promotes the performing, visual and literary arts, organizing concerts, art exhibitions (10 to 12 yearly) and theatrical performances. Annual events include Southworks, a juried art exhibit and artists’ market; “Perspectives,” the Georgia pottery invitational; a holiday market; and the members’ exhibition. Exhibits scheduled for this year include “Georgia Small Works,” which focuses on small-scale works of art in many media by Georgia artists. OCAF also offers classes in pastel paintings, watercolors, jewelry design, textiles and more for all ages. See website for a complete schedule of events. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Trace Gallery 160 Tracy St., Suite 2A • 706-424-1016 • www.tracegalleryathens.com Trace Gallery occupies a space in the Chase Street Warehouses and also serves as an artists’ collective for four artists who work in the adjacent ceramics studios. The featured exhibition changes out every couple of months and, while pottery from the collective is always available, the shows so far have been eclectic in their emphases. The next calendar year promises exhibitions of work by Laura Foster, Jiha Moon and Andy Moon Wilson. By appointment only and for special events, September–May. UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries 270 River Rd. • 706-542-1511 • www.art.uga.edu The new building of UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art matches the school’s lofty rankings for graduate fine-arts programs, and gallery spaces are scattered throughout the large, modern-industrial space. BFA and MFA students’ exhibitions are a major focus, but faculty and visiting artists (e.g., Nick Cave, David Sandlin) frequently show their work as well. The main galleries are on the first and third floors, but other spaces devoted to art can be found throughout the building, as well as off-site, where ceramics, sculpture, interior design and jewelry and metals are housed. Visiting artists and scholars give frequent lectures throughout the school year, and ICE (Ideas for Creative Exploration) pursues interdisciplinary projects such as the annual AUX Experimental Arts Festival (see p. 6). The website lists openings and events. Galleries open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except for university holidays. Visionary Growth Gallery 2400 Booger Hill Rd., Danielsville • 706-363-0393 • www.visgrow.com To get to Visionary Growth Gallery, you have to travel down two-lane roads, constantly second-guessing that you haven’t missed what you’re looking for. When you find it, though, there’s nothing else like this venue that focuses its efforts mostly on outsider art, works by self-taught artists and art brut. VGG also offers services to visionary artists with disabilities, such as artistic instruction and help with promotion, and incorporates a working farm that raises free-range pigs. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment. See website for schedule of exhibitions, openings and events.

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Didi Dunphy artist, designer

Not only a working local artist, Didi Dunphy is the owner of Modern Convenience, LLC and designer of its “Recess” line of arthybrid play furnishings. Her work ranges from indoor skateboards, see-saws and swings to multi-media works, all with an eye toward incorporating art, design and an interactive notion of play. On the Athens art scene: For a working professional artist, Athens provides the time and ease of production to dream up any project. I have a wonderful network of fabricators who always seem interested in manufacturing something a bit outside the regular—such as my upholsterer who does sofas and… skateboards! It’s great to be able to keep my work locally made. On the Athens art community: I am a member of a design collective [ADD: Athens Design Development], so I personally work with five others who are trained in different fields within the art and design world. We banded together because we felt that the group could make something bigger than the individual. I also believe that the Athens artist, by means of survival, wears many hats; thus, not just myself, but others, gain the necessary exposure to the culture that is so important for any artist’s dialogue. The art scene here is full of engaged talent who, through their travels, bring back enthusiasms and encouragements. On Athens’ art spaces: Although there are few official gallery spaces, in my adventures I have found that almost any scenario or site is possible for art and design installations here in town. My favorite place to see art is in an unexpected and unusual place. Locally, I support and enjoy all art spaces, as we always need more. I have curated a show at ATHICA, attended openings at Trace Gallery, exhibited at Ciné… and, the university and its young talent is always a fave.

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Acting Out Arts! Oglethorpe 706-202-1211 • www.artsoglethorpe.org Housed in the historic Crawford Schoolhouse, Arts!Oglethorpe is a Georgia nonprofit corporation and has served the community as an all-volunteer organization since 1995. Over 700 community members of all ages have participated in Arts!Oglethorpe-sponsored events. The range of offerings includes musicals, plays, literary publications and various art shows. Past theater seasons have included Shakespeare’s classics, Broadway staples, children’s favorites and everything in between. Venue: Old Crawford Schoolhouse

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Athens Creative Theatre (ACT) 706-613-3628 • www.athenscreativetheatre.com A non-profit theater company serving the Athens area under the umbrella of the ACC Leisure Services Department, ACT encourages citizens to get involved with theater by seeing and/or participating in one of the half-dozen shows produced each year. ACT provides education and experience to youths interested in all aspects of theater, including performance, set construction and script analysis, through its summer drama camps. In addition, ACT continues its Women’s Repertory Company, which stages productions using all-female casts and crews. ACT will kick off the 2011/2012 season with Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale. Venues: Memorial Park’s Quinn Hall, Morton Theatre. Athens Little Playhouse 706-208-1036 • www.athenslittleplayhouse.org A theater company specifically geared toward children and young adults from ages five to 21, ALPS performs a handful of family-friendly productions each year. Recent productions include My Name Is Rumplestiltskin and There’s a Monster in My Closet! Auditions are also open to adults and parents in the community. ALPS offers drama camps during the summer and classes throughout the year to nurture creative expression and provide various opportunities for children to get involved with the theater. Venue: Athens Little Playhouse. Black Theatrical Ensemble 706-542-8069 • http://ugabte.blogspot.com/ Founded in 1976 as a showcase for the work of African-American playwrights and actors, the Black Theatrical Ensemble, under the auspices of the University of Georgia’s African-American Cultural Center, presents several productions throughout the school year. The acting troupe has performed original musicals, the celebrated drama of August Wilson, an adaptation of short fiction by Zora Neale Hurston and innovative performance-art pieces incorporating hip-hop, spoken word, dance and more. Venue: Morton Theatre. Circle Ensemble Theatre Company 706-372-2175 • www.circleensembletheatre.com Athens’ newest theater company, operating under the aegis of the Athens Area Arts Council, Circle is committed to producing challenging performance pieces with an artistic edge, presenting new works by playwrights from Athens and elsewhere, and serving the community through youth theater programs and job creation. The Circle Ensemble kicks off its new season with a production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Venues: Memorial Park Quinn Hall, Ashford Manor.

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Classic City Arts 706-850-1755 • www.classiccityarts.com This recently formed community arts project is committed to producing, promoting and archiving local performance art. CCA maintains a historical theater department and presents both classic and modern works of theater such as recent productions Mr. Nightingale’s Diary and A Rose for Alice. Venue: Seney-Stovall Chapel. JV Productions 706-543-2012 Playwright, actor, director and retired UGA English professor John Vance presents original comedies and dramas performed with his independent theater company. With 36 plays staged locally over the years, Vance is a popular fixture of the Athens theater scene. JV Productions may be best known for the annual holiday performance of A Victorian Christmas with Charles Dickens, in which Vance plays the author reading from his own work. Venue: Seney-Stovall Chapel. Oconee Youth Playhouse 706-769-2677 • www.oypoysp.com/playhouse Watkinsville’s Oconee Youth Playhouse stages several productions for young and young-adult casts each year, specializing in musical theater. The shows, which in past seasons have included Children of Eden, Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors and High School Musical, are known for their large casts, precise choreography and elaborate sets. The Oconee Youth School of Performance offers voice, acting, musical theater and dance instruction. Venue: Oconee County Civic Center. Rose of Athens Theatre 706-340-9181 • www.roseofathens.org Rose of Athens Theatre performed its first show in 2006 and has since become a frontrunner of the local theater scene. Past performances, which include The Tragedy of Macbeth, Frankenstein Lives!, and Alice in Wonderland, reflect the company’s commitment to diversity and its broad range. The theater offers education through its own academy, as well as workshops at local schools. In addition, Rose of Athens also presents No Shame Athens, a weekly open-mic performance night at Hendershot’s Coffee and Pub. Venues: Morton Theatre, Seney-Stovall Chapel. Town and Gown Players 706-208-TOWN • www.townandgownplayers.org Athens’ oldest community theater company, Town and Gown regularly performs at Athens Community Theatre, the company’s playhouse since 1969. The company draws talent from the university and community (hence the name) to stage several productions each year, from top-shelf musicals to edgy experimental pieces. The 2011–2012 season includes Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Amadeus and Lysistrata. T&G’s more intimate Second Stage shows generally run the weekend following the closing of a Main Stage show. Venue: Athens Community Theatre. The University Theatre 706-583-0045 • www.drama.uga.edu UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies looks forward to an exciting season of diverse shows, large and small, starting with an adaptation of The 39 Steps and including Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons and the hit musical Chicago for the 2011/2012 season. In addition to the main company, the Graduate Acting Ensemble and the Thalian Blackfriars, two student-run performance groups, present a series of smaller productions. I Commedianti Georgiani integrates 16th-century commedia dell’arte with modern improvisational comedy, and Improv Athens performs frequently around town. Venues: UGA Fine Arts Theatre, Cellar Theatre, Seney-Stovall Chapel. Young Actors Studio 706-255-7342 • http://youngactorsstudio.googlepages.com This theater company is devoted to giving kids an opportunity to create and perform. Children as young as five star in the YAS’s two yearly productions, which also feature young adults and the occasional puppet in the ensemble casts. YAS is also active in children’s theatre in Gwinnett County through its independent contractor, Jay Squared Entertainment, which has conducted theater classes for three years and produced four plays: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web (‘08 & ‘11), Puss ‘N’ Boots, and Robin Hood. Venue: Seney-Stovall Chapel.

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Athens Vertical Pole Dance Academy 160 Tracy St., Suite 6A (inside Canopy Studio) • 706-347-3708 • www.avpda.com Athens Vertical Pole Dance Academy (AVPDA) is a local, woman-owned small business seeking to bring a new dance dynamic to the vertical pole as a fitness opportunity for people of all ages and abilities. Workshops are available. Canopy Studio 160 Tracy St. • 706-549-8501 • www.canopystudio.com Highlighting the talents of its own students and instructors, Canopy trapeze studio performs “aerial cabarets” in its dramatic warehouse space. Highlights are its Repertory Company Fall and Spring Shows. A variety of dynamic movement classes and workshops are also available for both kids and adults. Located in the Chase Street Warehouses. Floorspace Movement Arts Studio 160 Tracy St. • 706-372-1833 • www.floorspaceathens.com Located between Canopy Studio and ATHICA, Floorspace is primarily a dance studio, with a range of movement and fitness classes including bellydance workshops, Nia, Capoeira and Poi. Floorspace occasionally offers performances which are often collaborations/ multimedia projects with other regional dance companies, theatre troupes, filmmakers and/or visual artists. Pamoja Dance Company 404C Memorial Hall • 706-542-8468 • see Pamoja Dance Company on Facebook Based in UGA’s Memorial Hall, and now in its 40th year, this dance troupe was founded for UGA’s non-dance majors and interested locals. Pamoja celebrates the works of African-American dancers and choreographers with performances of both original and reinterpreted works. Shows are usually held at the Morton Theatre. The University of Georgia Department of Dance 1030 Sanford Dr. • 706-542-4415 • www.dance.uga.edu UGA hosts several resident companies, including the CORE Concert Dance Company—specializing in modern, post-modern and theatrical work. The UGA Ballroom Performance Group, UGA Ballet Ensemble and UGA Concert Dance Company also perform throughout the academic year, and the Young Choreographers Series fosters the work of aspiring student choreographers. Most performances take place at the UGA Fine Arts Theatre and the New Dance Theatre.

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On the Screen

Our local multiplexes consistently offer the latest mainstream releases, but Athens also boasts a state-of-the-art arthouse cinema, Ciné, which hosts periodic film festivals and film forums. On the UGA campus, the Tate Center and Georgia Museum of Art offer films ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to foreign films and documentaries. Consult the current Flagpole or www.flagpole.com for movie listings around town, times, descriptions and reviews. The Flagpole Film Notebook column also highlights local movie news and screenings.

ACC Library 2025 Baxter St. • 706-613-3650 • www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us The public library regularly features the iFilms series, which includes documentaries, foreign and independent films. Ciné (downtown) 234 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-353-3343 • www.athenscine.com Ciné screens all types of films from new mainstream and independent releases to classic and foreign films. Film festivals with related events and speakers are common. See p. 38 for more info.

Georgia Museum of Art (UGA campus) 90 Carlton St. • 706-542-GMOA • www.uga.edu/gamuseum/calendar/films.html The museum screens various types of films, with documentaries and films of local interest topping the list. See p. 10 for more info.

The Tate Student Center (UGA campus) 45 Baxter St. • 706-542-6396 • www.uga.edu/campuslife/movies.html This campus theater usually screens mainstream blockbusters. Various on-campus film festivals (French, Japanese, Italian, etc.) also screen throughout the year.

Multiplexes: Beechwood Stadium 11 Cinemas 196 Alps Rd. • 706-546-1011 • www.georgiatheatrecompany.com Carmike 12 1570 Lexington Rd. • 706-354-0016 • www.carmike.com Georgia Square Value Cinemas 5 3710 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-548-3426 • www.georgiatheatrecompany.com

Venues Around Town The Classic Center 300 N. Thomas St. • 706-357-4444 • www.classiccenter.com Athens’ largest local venue, the Classic Center’s 2100-seat theater serves primarily as a performing arts destination, hosting a wide variety of touring shows. Its state-of-the-art technology and acoustics ensure that its season always includes several touring productions of Broadway musical hits and big-name performers. Trade shows, conventions and other special events round out the calendar. UGA Performing Arts Center 212 River Rd. • 706-542-4400 or 888-BUY-TIXS • www.uga.edu/pac Athens’ premier location to enjoy internationally renowned performances. Comprised of the 360-seat Ramsey Concert Hall and the 1100-seat Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, located on the east side of the UGA campus, the beautifully appointed center routinely books such greats as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, along with many acclaimed individual artists, dance companies and youth symphonies. UGA Fine Arts Building 255 Baldwin St. • 706-583-0200 • www.drama.uga.edu The main building for the UGA drama department, the Fine Arts Building houses both the Fine Arts Theatre and the smaller Cellar Theatre, where a variety of productions from classics to comedies can be seen throughout the academic year. The box office is open noon–5 p.m. Mondays–Fridays and one hour before showtimes. Tickets are also available online. For a complete list of shows, schedules and showtimes, see the website. Seney-Stovall Chapel 210 N. Milledge Ave. • 706-542-5041 • www.cviog.uga.edu/about/chapel The Seney-Stovall Chapel, a Victorian jewel built in 1882 and now owned by UGA, provides an intimate setting for performances and lectures. Morton Theatre 195 W. Washington St.• 706-613-377 • www.mortontheatre.com The ACC-owned Morton Theatre, built in 1910 as an African-American performance center for Vaudeville and touring musical acts, provides a mid-sized venue for performances of all kinds.

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Favorite Local Boutique Helix Favorite Place to Buy Local Art Aurum Studios Favorite Place to See Local Art ATHICA p. 10 Favorite Thrift/Vintage Store Agora Favorite Place to Buy Wine Five Points Bottle Shop Favorite Place to Buy Beer Five Points Bottle Shop Favorite Uniquely Athens Store Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother Music

Restaurants Favorite Italian DePalma’s Italian Café p. 39 Favorite American Last Resort Grill p. 49 Favorite Asian Thai Spoon p. 60 Favorite Sushi Athens Sushi Bar Utage p. 30 Favorite Mexican/South American Sr. Sol p. 57 Favorite Barbeque Jot ‘Em Down Country Store and BBQ p. 47 Favorite Bakery Ike and Jane p. 46 Favorite Downhome/Southern Weaver D’s Fine Foods p. 61 Favorite Local Coffee House Jittery Joe’s Coffee p. 47 Favorite Local Pizza Transmetropolitan p. 60 Favorite Local Burger Clocked! p. 38 Favorite Steak Porterhouse Grill p. 55 Favorite Seafood Square One Fish Co. p. 57 Favorite Vegetarian Option The Grit p. 45 Favorite Dessert Last Resort Grill p. 49 Favorite Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Yoforia p. 62 Favorite Buffet Taste of India p. 60 Favorite Breakfast Mama’s Boy p. 50 Favorite Hangover Breakfast Mama’s Boy p. 50 Favorite Lunch Last Resort Grill p. 49 Favorite Brunch Last Resort Grill p. 49 Favorite Date Night The National p. 52 Favorite Special Occasion Restaurant Five & Ten p. 41 Favorite Cheap Night Taco Stand p. 59 Favorite Late Night (table service after 10 p.m.) The Grill p. 45

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What Makes the Athens Music Scene Special? “Nobody cares at all; everybody cares so much—both. That is what it seems like to me, anyway, since about 1980…” —Bertis Downs, R.E.M. general counsel

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here’s a semi-famous black-and-white picture of the Ramones in their CBGB’shaunting heyday, riding the subway. Johnny Ramone has his guitar in a shopping bag. They look tired. For most people, that’s the tradeoff one has to make. If you want culture, you need to find a city to live in, and the inherent hazards must be reluctantly endured. Intense traffic, a high cost of living, an arduous lack of mobility or space and, of course, that famously dehumanizing hustle. Coincidentally, these are all qualities that one would be hard-pressed to find in Athens. Athens’ history in American musical culture is unique and pioneering. It essentially boils down to the somewhat daring idea that the crush of city life does not have an exclusive stranglehold on the fun associated with an exciting, creative and open-minded music community. Bands like Pylon, The B-52s, R.E.M. and legions of others were doing it themselves before “D.I.Y.” was a television channel: throwing parties that reacted to the shockwaves the Ramones and their punk-rock ilk had sent rippling down the East Coast from New York City. The Athens bands’ brand of music, which emphasized sincerity and energy above all else, in turn seemed to send a message as if via sonar to the surrounding areas: Athens is it. You want to get involved in music? If you’re in the South, this is the place to do it. When we say “involved in music” there are several different ways we can mean it. Let’s oversimplify and put people in three categories: audience, performer and infrastructure. For

the concert-going public, Athens is simply an overabundance of spoils. In and around our compressed downtown area—a mere five blocks squared, plus some outlying neighborhoods— there are roughly 20 bars, clubs, coffeehouses and so on that have music six nights a week, at least. These venues range in specialty between weirdo indie-rock, jazzy jam fare, truly heavy metal, modern folk music, frothy punk and all aesthetic places in between. You can literally walk from one end of downtown to the other in about 15 minutes, getting an earful in the process (but factor in time to chat, you’ll be running into a lot of people you know on the way). For performers, it gets better from there. Downtown’s surrounding neighborhoods are a quiet, lush cross-section of tree-shaded drives, with plenty of cheap housing for those requiring the space for, say, a drum set. If you’re the Neil Peart type and your drum set is a bit outsized, there are plenty of practice spaces, including Nuçi’s Space, which doubles as a health resource center exclusively for local musicians. As far as infrastructure goes—nonmusicians who wish to be involved behind the scenes—the University of Georgia offers a program in music business, and there are many music industry companies where the ambitious young intern-to-be can get a foot in the door. And, everything can be reached by bike. So, while the music scene offers just about anything you could want out of a city, there’s

another element present that is actually anathema to a lot of what the metropolitan music scene represents. It’s difficult to explain, but it basically comes down to something like this: people here like to make art. While local businesses and the fine folks at Downtown Development take commerce very seriously, the easygoing quality of life for musicians here creates an environment where if one can find the resolve and the focus required, one can go very, very far with creative pursuits. In other words: in Athens, the cost of living doesn’t get in the way of actual living. Here, time can be made to put in the work to become the kind of musician one desires to become. Don’t forget this is the town where Brian Burton pored over vinyl while working at Wuxtry Records, later putting his wide breadth of musical knowledge into vastly inventive work under the name Danger Mouse. Members of the storied Elephant Six collective might not have had the time and resources to make their widescreen analog epics had they lived in a place less thriving with available, collaborationready talent. The list goes on, but the point remains that due to these socially combustive conditions, Athens has, 30 years on, continued to be the right place for music and musicians in the South. And there’s no traffic. Jeff Tobias Athens musician and Flagpole music writer

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Amped Up Alibi 50 Gaines School Rd. • 706-549-1010 High-energy cover bands dominate this friendly Eastside bar on the weekends, with a bent towards Southern rock and classic rock. Every few months the bar changes up its weekly offerings, often adding karaoke nights hosted by the Singing Cowboy as well as dance parties into the mix. 21+ Amici Italian Café 233 E. Clayton St. • 706-353-0000 • www.amici-cafe.com Wednesday through Saturday after dinner service has wrapped up around 11 p.m., Amici makes room for local rock, jam, Americana acts and more. 21+ Ashford Manor 5 Harden Hill Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-2633 • www.ambedandbreakfast.com Don’t miss the annual Concerts on the Lawn series May–October at this beautiful B&B. Pack a picnic, BYOB and enjoy an evening of music outdoors. Cover bands like Abbey Road Live and Sons of Sailors are certainly favorites, but there are plenty of original acts, too, ranging from world music to jazz to Americana. Shows are held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the music is always over by 9 p.m. All Ages The Bad Manor 346 E. Broad St. • 706-850-8500 • www.thebadmanor.com When this club opened in 2010 it was strictly a rock club, but dance parties seem to have taken over. Hard rock bands still stop by on occasion, and the impressive stage, acoustics and lighting make this a great live music venue. But Friday and Saturday nights are all about wild dance parties and guest DJs. Note to dudes: that dancing platform is for ladies only. 18+ Boar’s Head Lounge 260 E. Washington St. • 706-369-3040 This is a party bar that caters to the college crowd. Cover bands seem to get the party going, but local solo artists, rock, funk and jam bands offer up original material as well. Friday night is your best bet for catching live music. If you want in on the action, try out their open mic night on Wednesdays. 21+ Buffalo’s Southwest Café 196 Alps Rd. • 706-354-6655 • www.buffaloscafe.com The King—Athens’ own Elvis impersonator—is the most frequent guest in the Big Back Room, but all kinds of cover bands have headlined, plus a few

original country, jazz and rock bands, too. This is a great place to take the parents for dinner and entertainment in a cozy, clean, suburban-feeling environment. Individual tickets and tables can be reserved in advance. All Ages

Caledonia Lounge 256 W. Clayton St. • 706-549-5577 • www.caledonialounge.com Caledonia Lounge may embody the local scene better than any other club in town. From its wild diversity of acts to its intimate size, the Caledonia is Athens music personified. Tucked back behind the 40 Watt Club, it serves both as a proving ground for local bands and a stepping stone for mid-level touring bands. Shows usually start around 11 p.m. 18+ The Classic Center 300 N. Thomas St. • 706-357-4444 • www.classiccenter.com This venue hosts top-class recording artists in its elegant 2,000-seat theatre. If you want to see someone truly legendary, chances are they are playing here. This past year the Classic Center has welcomed B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett and Lyle Lovett, just to name a few. In the absence of the Georgia Theatre, the Classic Center has also opened its doors to some more funky talent and Athens’ greatest success stories—like beloved party rockers The B-52s and jam band heroes Widespread Panic. All Ages Club Chrome 115 Trade St. • Bogart • 706-543-9009 • www.myspace.com/clubchromeathens This spacious venue out in Bogart has some real Southern charm, and the bands are often gee-tar driven with a bit of twang. Country and Southern rock are the name of the game here, with recent headliners including The Daniel Lee Band, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Confederate Railroad. Tickets are sold in advance over the phone. 18+ Farm 255 255 W. Washington St. • 706-549-4660 • www.farm255.com The genius of having shows at Farm 255, one of Athens’ favorite restaurants, is just that: it’s already a great, popular place to eat. So, for the latenight music lover, that means rarely paying a cover charge (donations are appreciated for touring bands). Bands vary in style and stature, from quirky local pop to big name rockers. Its patio is one of the best in town for outdoor shows, but you gotta wait for the dinner crowd to clear out to start rockin’ (except on “Primals Night” Wednesdays when bands play for the dinner set starting at 9 p.m.). All Ages (dinner shows), 21+ (late-night)

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Flicker Theatre & Bar 263 W. Washington St. • 706-546-0039 • www.flickertheatreandbar.com From poker to movie nights to poetry readings, Flicker does it all. The cozy little bar regularly hosts musical artists who share the venue’s sense of coziness. Singer-songwriters, mellow pop and Americana are all standards, but don’t be surprised by the raucous punk acts that also blow through. 21+ Flight Tapas and Bar 225 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-549-0200 • www.flighttapasathens.com Although it’s been around as a restaurant for over a year now, recently, Flight has been adding more and more music to its rustic, dimly lit ambience. Folk singer-songwriters and jazz trios set up in the front window of the space, allowing customers to sit up close at the bar or in the back at a table to enjoy the music. All Ages 40 Watt Club 285 W. Washington St. • 706-549-7871 • www.40watt.com There is very little that can be said about the fabulous 40 Watt Club that hasn’t been said before. The club’s legendary status has earned it name recognition across the U.S. and beyond as one of the first bastions of post-punk and new wave, along with New York’s CBGB and California’s Whiskey A Go Go. Thirty years and several relocations later, the club continues to host some of the hottest up-and-coming bands, welcoming both local and international acts from all genres of music. Recent sold-out shows include Beach House, Neko Case, Blitzen Trapper and Snoop Dogg. 18+ Front Porch Book Store 102 Marigold Ln. • Winterville • 706-372-1236 This quaint shop in Winterville has a little stage set up outside that hosts bands during its Summer Concert Series and during the Marigold Festival. Expect mostly acoustic acts in the Americana, folk and country vein. All Ages. Georgia Theatre 215 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-850-7670 • www.georgiatheatre.com It’s back! The Theatre officially celebrated its reopening in August 2011, two years after a devastating fire destroyed the building. Much care has been taken to preserve the historic 122-year-old structure while bringing it up to modern code. By all accounts the Theatre is better than ever, with impressive new amenities like a tiered, general-admission balcony and a rooftop restaurant. We’ve yet to see if booking will go in a new direction, but so far the calendar is packed with both local and national talent across all genres—rock, jam, hip-hop, country and more. 18+ Gnat’s Landing 1080 Baxter St. • 706-850-5858 • www.gnatslanding.net On Wednesday through Saturday, diners are entertained by folk artists, acoustic guitar and rock covers by local acts and, occasionally, touring bands. All Ages Go Bar 195 Prince Ave. • 706-546-5609 • www.myspace.com/gobar On the outskirts of the madness that is downtown lies Go Bar, a club that isn’t entirely sure if it’s a goofy dance club/karoake bar or the most trendy music club in Athens. Experimental pop and indie acts are common at Go, but the venue is no stranger to any style, from hardcore prog to acoustic sets. Somehow, this mix is all glued together by an affinity for regular late-night dance parties and Thursday night indie karaoke with Dr. Fred. 21+ Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 1560 Ogelthorpe Dr. • 706-353-3050 • www.hendershotscoffee.com With a massive chess set on the patio and tables inside made of recycled doors, this charming coffee shop/bar/music venue is completely without pretense. The music is equally comfortable and unassuming, with regular acoustic folk sets mixed in with jazz of all types, as well as Monday night open mics. All Ages Highwire Lounge 269 N. Hull St. • 706-543-8997 • www.highwirelounge.com Although the elegant cocktail menu is constantly rotating, Highwire’s music has made a name for itself based on consistency. Whether it’s a Friday night jazz series, Sunday night indie-rock series or Tuesdays with progressive

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Musician and entrepreneur Wilmot Greene has lived and played in Athens for over 20 years. In 2004 he bought the Georgia Theatre and began to transform the space with countless renovations and improvements. After a devastating fire gutted the landmark music venue in 2009, he has worked tirelessly to ensure its reconstruction and reopening. On what makes our music scene special: We’ve created our own beast down here. It’s so Southern. It’s quirky. It’s got kudzu wrapped around it. But what’s really cool is that people don’t form bands in Athens to “make it.” I think people in Athens play music because it’s art, and they are just doing what feels right… There is a sense of freedom, and the scene just encourages you to think outside the box and do something different. On our history and future: I think this younger generation has sort of moved away from the R.E.M., B-52s days. The scene was based on what they did, but it’s grown and morphed into so much more than that. UGA students come in and they feel this energy, and they see this artistic scene going on, and they put their own little spin on it. They work on that spin for four years, and that cycle constantly repeats itself… The scene just evolves. It’s constantly evolving. On the challenges of being a venue owner: A venue owner is a lot like being an art gallery owner. Some people want to make sure their art is hung in the right place and has the right light on it. They want to present it to the audience in the way that they imagine it. In a room like the Georgia Theatre, where we do every single genre, it’s challenging to provide a clean slate every day and to try to keep from pigeonholing anybody—audience or band. On the diversity of talent in Athens: You can go see death metal and atmospheric pop and math rock and country all in the same night… and I have! The big question is—what do I wear?

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No Where Bar 240 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-546-4742 This intimate pool hall across the street from the Georgia Theatre welcomes live music at least a couple of nights a week. The cover charge is never more than a few bucks, and the tunes are often funky, fun and predominantly of the jam rock variety. 21+ Nuçi’s Space 396 Oconee St. • 706-227-1515 • www.nuci.org Beloved musician’s resource center Nuçi’s Space offers rehersal spaces and healthcare services for the numerous and often insurance-less musicians living in Athens. In recent years the nonprofit has reached out to local youth through Camp Amped, a summer and after-school program in which students are trained in music and music business by local musicians. Camp Amped final performances are put on after every session, and other all-ages benefit shows from local acts are held on occasion. All Ages

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The Office Lounge 2455 Jefferson Rd. • 706-546-0840 • www.facebook.com/OfficeAthens Located in the Homewood Hills Shopping Center, this bar often hosts fundraisers and benefit shows for community events. There is also live music on the weekends from Americana and rock acts. If you’re a novice looking for a stage, swing by the Thursday night blues jam hosted by The Shadow Executives and jump right in, or grab a mic on Wednesday for karaoke with Lynn, the Queen of Karaoke! 21+ The Rialto Room 500 College Ave. • 706-363-8616 • www.therialtoroom.com This elegant, candle-lit listening room in the basement of the Hotel Indigo offers pristine acoustics and a sophisticated atmosphere. This is the ideal space for showcasing singer-songwriters and lyricists in a songwriter-in-theround setup. The venue is used mostly for private events, although there are public concerts, particularly on busy game day weekends when the hotel is bustling. You can also find live music in the Hotel Indigo lobby every Thursday as part of the “Live After Five” series. Age Restrictions Vary Terrapin Beer Co. 265 Newton Bridge Rd. • 706-549-3377 • www.terrapinbeer.com It’s hard not to be a fan of Terrapin Beer. As a company, Terrapin sponsors numerous local events, including the annual Twilight Criterium bike race, embracing the community and, in turn, being embraced. As a venue, Terrapin offers the same kind of hospitality. Happy hour concerts are held outside the brewery on a manicured, dog-friendly lawn that is perfect for picnics and families. The live music is generally a mix of local and touring acts playing Americana or rock originals and classic rock and alternative covers. $10 gets you in the door with a souvenir glass and beer to fill it, or you can just come enjoy the tunes for free. All Ages

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Parks & Green Spaces State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2450 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-542-1244 • www.uga.edu/botgarden The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is maintained by UGA and encompasses more than 300 acres. The Garden is a popular destination for Athenians, with its five miles of well-kept nature trails, some of which follow the banks of the Oconee River. The mission of the Garden has been “to foster appreciation, understanding and stewardship of plants and nature” since its founding in 1968, and to create a “living laboratory.” Several beautiful, diverse gardens flourish, such as the International Garden, Native Flora Garden, Shade Garden and Heritage Garden. The Visitor’s Center houses a gift shop and three-story conservatory. Classes, seminars and art exhibitions are held all year long. Smoking and pets are not allowed on the premises.

The following parks are run by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services (706-613-3800, www.accleisureservices.com) and are open during daylight hours. Call for seasonal schedules. No smoking is allowed in ACC parks. Bishop Park 705 Sunset Dr. • 706-613-3589 Julius F. Bishop Park features athletic fields, basketball courts, a playground, a seasonal swimming pool, a paved walking path, a picnic area and tennis courts (including covered courts). Named for a former Athens mayor, the park is home to many youth sports, including the Athens-Clarke Gymnastics Academy. The Athens Farmers Market is held at the park from May through November.

Memorial Park 293 Gran Ellen Dr. • 706-613-3580 Memorial Park is located in the historic Five Points area, spanning 72 acres. The Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail, a small zoo that houses eagles, bobcats, white-tailed deer, owls, bears and alligators, is inside. Other amenities include a three-acre lake, a seasonal swimming pool, picnic shelters, a playground and a confined dog park. Check Kidstuff in the Flagpole Calendar for seasonal kids’ events like Zoo Day and the Groundhog Day Celebration. North Oconee River Greenway 205 Old Commerce Rd. • 706-613-3615 The North Oconee River Greenway covers 150 acres spanning 3.5 miles and links local parks, neighborhoods and community centers. This “linear park” boasts a 10-foot-wide path which connects to Cook’s Trail at Sandy Creek Nature Center and follows the North Oconee River south from the nature center toward downtown and Dudley Park. Sandy Creek Nature Center 205 Old Commerce Rd. • 706-613-3615 The Sandy Creek Nature Center is an educational preserve that connects to Cook’s Trail and to the North Oconee River Greenway. It encompasses wetlands, woodlands and field ecosystems that span 225 acres in total, including more than four miles of hiking trails. The center’s Environment, Natural Science and Appropriate Technology Building (ENSAT) has a natural science resource library, interactive exhibits, a gift shop and live reptiles and amphibians. The remains of a 100-plus-year-old brick factory and a 19th-century log house are open for exploring. Check the weekly Flagpole Calendar for Sandy Creek’s seasonal events and activities for kids.

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Sandy Creek Park 400 Bob Holman Rd. • 706-613-3631 Sandy Creek Park is the largest of the county’s parks, covering 782 acres surrounding Lake Chapman. It boasts hiking trails, picnic sites, horse trails, playgrounds, fishing spots, basketball courts and tennis courts. The park is home to a disc golf course ($1 per person) and a public dog park (private dog parks available at $1 per dog per hour). For ages 4–64, there is a $2 entrance fee; for all others, admittance is free. Southeast Clarke Park 4440 Lexington Rd. • 706-613-3871 This 124-acre park has several attractions, including a playground, skate park, dog parks and recreational facilities. The World of Wonder Playground is the largest volunteer-built playground in the state of Georgia. The 1,700-sq.-ft. area is filled with slides, swings, bridges and mazes. Nearby, the Skate Park is 14,000-sq. ft. of ramps, bowls and rails which are open to BMX bikers and skateboarders. Wiggley Field is a main attraction for dog lovers where there are separate areas for small and large dogs to enjoy. Southeast Clarke also offers softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a walking/jogging path and nature trails.

Other Parks Ben Burton Park 616 Mitchell Bridge Rd. • 706-613-3800 Dudley Park 100 Dudley Park Dr. • 706-613-3615 East Athens Community Center 400 McKinley Dr. • 706-613-3593 Heritage Park 2543 Macon Hwy. • Watkinsville • 706-769-3965 Holland Youth Sports Complex 250 Vincent Dr. • 706-613-3604 North Oconee River Park 300 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy. • 706-613-3615

Reese & Pope Park 375 Pope St. • 706-613-3800 Rocksprings Community Center & Park 291 Henderson Ext. • 706-613-3603 Satterfield Park 3028 Cherokee Rd. • 706-613-3589 Thomas N. Lay Park 297 Hoyt St. • 706-613-3596 Wesley Whitehead Park 495 Cherokee Rd. • Winterville • 706-742-8600

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Best Western Athens 170 N. Milledge Ave. • 706-546-7311 $59–$89. 70 rooms. Continental breakfast. Free high-speed Internet. Small pets welcome (extra fee) and outdoor pool. www.bestwestern.com/ colonialinnathens Comfort Suites 255 North Ave. • 706-995-4000 Starting at $84 (seasonal rates apply). Free continental breakfast and daily newspaper. Indoor heated pool and hot tub, exercise room, business center. High-speed Internet. Refrigerator, microwave, hairdryer and ironing board in all rooms. Pets with fee. www.choicehotels.com/hotel/ga467 Courtyard by Marriott 166 N. Finley St. • 706-369-7000 $109–$159 (seasonal rates apply). 105 rooms. Restaurant open for breakfast only, with an honor bar available in the evenings. All rooms have an ironing board, hairdryer and coffeemaker. Wired and wireless Internet, outdoor pool, whirlpool and exercise facility. www.marriott.com/AHNCY Days Inn 230 N. Finley St. • 706-543-6511 $65–$75. 75 rooms. Continental breakfast, refrigerators, free high-speed Internet and pool. www.daysinnathens.com Foundry Park Inn & Spa 295 E. Dougherty St. • 706-549-7020 Seasonal rates. 119 guest rooms and suites. Dining: Hoyt House Restaurant and the Melting Point live music and special-events venue. Full-service day spa, conference center (groups 10–400), outdoor pool with sun deck, valet laundry service and complimentary shuttle service (upon availability). Free wireless Internet, refrigerator and microwave. www.foundryparkinn.com Georgia Center Hotel 1197 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-548-1311 $99–$129 (seasonal rates apply). 193 newly renovated guest rooms and suites. Free Wi-fi, microwave and refrigerator. Dining: Savannah Room, Doghouse Lounge, Georgia Java and Courtyard Café. Located in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/hotel Georgia Gameday Center 250 W. Broad St. • 706-583-4500 $119–$199 (corporate and group rates available). Seasonal rates apply. One-, two- and threebedroom luxury suites, furnished, full kitchen, washer/dryer in room. Located downtown, walking distance to UGA campus. Shuttle service and free parking available. www.stayatgameday.com Hilton Garden Inn 390 E. Washington St. • 706-353-6800 $139–$199. 185 luxury rooms. Large breakfast restaurant, piano bar and lounge, meeting rooms,

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business center, pool, whirlpool and fitness center. All rooms include an entertainment center, high-speed Internet, microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. No pets allowed. www.hiltongarden inn.com Holiday Inn 197 E. Broad St. • 706-549-4433 $95–$135. 222 rooms. Dining: Redfearn Grille. Business center, jacuzzi, exercise center and indoor pool. High-speed Internet, coffeemaker and ironing boards in all rooms. Small pets (with fee). www.hi-athens.com Holiday Inn Express 513 W. Broad St. • 706-546-8122 Starting at $99. 160 rooms. Free deluxe continental breakfast. Business center, pool and exercise center. All rooms have high-speed Internet, expanded basic cable with HBO and coffeemaker. www.hi-athens.com Hotel Indigo 500 College Ave. • 706-546-0430 $139–$159 starting rate (seasonal rates apply). Eco-friendly and pet-friendly. 130 guest rooms, including 12 suites with hardwood floors and spalike showers. Art gallery, Madison Bar & Bistro with outdoor patio and occasional live music and “Rialto Room” special-events venue. www.indigo athens.com Travelodge 898 W. Broad St. • 706-549-5400 $42.50–$65. Free continental breakfast. Outdoor pool. Rooms include coffeemaker, 25" TV with HBO/Cinemax, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, microwave and microfridge, free wireless access. Pet-friendly. www.travelodge.com

South Athens The Colonels on Angel Oaks Farm 3890 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-559-9595 $115–$175. Seven rooms and three suites, most with a private bath, in a circa-1860 country manor. Antique furniture, horses, 30 acres, pond and walking trails with direct access to natural areas. Fifteen minutes from downtown and UGA. TV/ DVD/ VCR, cable and high-speed Internet. Security. Reservations@thecolonels.net. www.thecolonels.net

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Intown Suites 2044 S. Milledge Dr. • 706-355-3121 $159.99–$179.99 per week. Kitchen with full-size refrigerator/freezer, free high-speed Internet and cable with HBO in all rooms. Security, on-site laundry. www.intownsuites.com Springhill Suites by Marriott 3500 Daniells Bridge Rd. • 706-353-8484 $99–$104. 99 rooms. Complimentary continental breakfast buffet. Full use of St. Mary’s Wellness Center. Suites feature a small refrigerator, sink and microwave. High-speed Internet, wired and wireless. Pool. www.springhillsuitesathens.com

North Athens Bulldog Inn 1225 Commerce Rd. • 706-543-3611 On weekdays, a one-bed room is $40 including tax and a two-bed room is $45 including tax. On weekends, all rooms are $50 including tax. Seasonal rates apply. Pool.

Westside | Mall America’s Best Inn 2715 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-549-1530 $40–$100 (seasonal rates apply). 45 rooms. Continental breakfast. All rooms have cable with HBO, CNN, ESPN and free local calls. Pets allowed w/ fee. www.americasbestinnathens.com Budget Host Inn 3425 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-549-0251 $40–$45. Jacuzzi. Some rooms have kitchenettes. Laundry and fax services are available. Pets welcome. www.budgethost.com Candlewood Suites 156 Classic Rd. • 706-548-9663 $45–$89. Extended stay is welcome. 97 rooms. Full kitchen & cooking utensils. Granite countertops and hardwood floors. 24-hr gym. Pet-friendly. Free use of washers/dryers. Free book/DVD lending. www.candlewoodsuites.com/athensga Comfort Inn 3980 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-227-9700 $87.99–$92.99 (seasonal rates apply). Continental breakfast. Pool, exercise room and business cen-

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ter. Free high-speed Internet. Pet-friendly. Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and ironing board in all rooms. www.comfortinn.com Country Inn & Suites 236 Old Epps Bridge Rd. • 706-612-9100 $89–$189. Continental breakfast. Indoor pool, jacuzzi and health club. Free high-speed Internet. Refrigerator and microwave in all rooms. www.countryinns.com Hampton Inn 2220 W. Broad St. • 706-548-9600 $109 (seasonal rates apply). Free breakfast. Exercise room, business center and pool. High-speed wireless Internet, hairdryer, ironing board, coffeemaker and HBO in all rooms. No pets. www.hampton-inn.com/hi/athens Howard Johnson 2465 W. Broad St. • 706-548-1111 $49.99–$59.99 (seasonal rates apply). Free breakfast buffet. Pool and free wireless Internet. Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, pay-per-view and Nintendo in all rooms. Free local and long distance calls. www.hojo.com Microtel Inn 1050 Ultimate Dr. • 706-548-5676 $44 (seasonal rates apply). Continental breakfast included. Expanded cable with HBO and ESPN. Refrigerator and microwave in every room. Free wireless Internet and local/long distance calls.

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Located across from Target Shopping Center. www.microtelinn.com Perimeter Inn 3791 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-548-3000 $52.16–$83.80 (tax included). Continental breakfast. Free local calls. HBO and refrigerator in all rooms. Pool. www.perimeterinn.com Sleep Inn and Suites 109 Florence Dr. • 706-850-1261 $76 and up. 65 rooms. Free cable with HBO, indoor pool, exercise room, breakfast, business center, wireless, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and ironing board in room. Pet-friendly. www.sleepinnathens.com

In Lands Not So Distant Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast 5 Harden Hill Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-2633 $89–$199 (seasonal rates apply). Six guest rooms in an 1893 Victorian manor house on a five-acre estate. Private baths, bathrobes, coffeemaker and refrigerator in all rooms. Dogs welcome. Free wireless Internet. Ages 16 and up. Home to the Concert on the Lawn Series (see p. 18). www.am bedandbreakfast.com Butler Motor Inn 173 S. Main St. • Watkinsville • 706-769-7781 $38–$46. Free cable, direct-dial phone, kitchenette (with microwave and refrigerator) included.

Fair Havens Bed & Breakfast 75 Old Edwards Rd. • Arnoldsville • 706-208-8900 $125–$250 (seasonal rates apply). Four guest rooms in an 1825, 5,000-sq. ft. manor house and adjoining cottage located on 30 acres with horses and gardens. Only eight miles east of Athens. www.fairhavensplantation.com Hawk’s Nest Hostel 1760 McRee’s Mill Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-202-1719 $18–20. Private cabins 12 miles from downtown Athens in a beautiful country setting. All amenities included (AC, heat, kitchen, refrigerator, shower). For info and reservations: Mayabee333@ bellsouth.net

Camping Bell Acres Resort 158 Bell Acres Rd. • Maysville • 706-677-2931 Tent camping: $10. RV hookups: $15–$20. Cabins: $45 (All include a $35 grounds fee.) Familyoriented, clothing-free resort with swimming pool, hot tub, hiking trails, volleyball, laundry facility, workout room and clubhouse. www.bellacres.com Pine Lake 5540 High Shoals Rd. • Bishop • 706-769-5486 Tent camping: $20 plus $3 per additional person (over two); RV hookups: $28–$30. Campsites with nature trails, store, fishing, restrooms, bathhouse, playground and cooking shed. Checks/cash only. www.pinelakervcamp.com

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Main Moon Restaurant 2061 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville,

Add Drug Store 1695 S. Lumpkin St., 706-548-2239; p. 28 Al’s Beef 265 E. Clayton St., 706-316-2333; p. 28 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar 2226 W. Broad St., 706-

Peking Restaurant (Eastside) 1935 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-549-

543-1339; p. 29

Athens Regional Medical Center 1199 Prince Ave., 706-4757000; p. 30

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-850-1916; p. 31 Brett’s Casual American Restaurant 3190 Atlanta Hwy., 706850-1395; p. 36

Buffalo’s Southwest Café 196 Alps Rd., 706-354-6655; p. 36 Café on Prince 595 Prince Ave., 706-425-1866; p. 36 Chili’s Grill & Bar 183 Alps Rd., 706-613-5405; p. 37 Chops and Hops 2 S. Main St., Watkinsville, 706-310-1101; p. 38 Courtyard Café 1197 S. Lumpkin St., 706-542-2633; p. 39 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 1913 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706208-0304; p. 39

Dari Delite 1815 Commerce Rd., 706-354-4377; p. 39 Em’s Kitchen 975 Hawthorne Ave., 706-206-9322; p. 40 Fatz Café 4115 Lexington Rd., 706-425-8780; p. 41 George’s Lowcountry Table 2095 S. Milledge Ave., 706-548-3359; p. 43

Gnat’s Landing 1080 Baxter St., 706-850-5858; p. 44 Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market 815 N. Chase St., 706-3547901; p. 45

Hilltop Grille 2310 W. Broad St., 706-353-7667; p. 46 The Local Jam 1650 S. Lumpkin St., 706-850-7232; p. 49 Locos Grill & Pub 2020 Timothy Rd., 706-549-7700; 581 S. Harris St., 706-548-7803; 1985 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-208-0911; p. 49

Logan’s Roadhouse 3668 Atlanta Hwy., 706-227-9890; p. 50 Longhorn Steakhouse 196 Alps Rd., 706-548-1341; p. 50 The Melting Point 295 E. Dougherty St., 706-254-6909; p. 51 Off The Hook Fish House 1120 Baxter St., 706-850-8245; p. 52 Outback Steakhouse 3585 Atlanta Hwy., 706-613-6015; p. 53 Piccadilly Cafeteria 3700 Atlanta Hwy., 706-353-0030; p. 54 Porterhouse Grill 459 E. Broad St., 706-369-0990; p. 55 Rafferty’s Restaurant & Bar 15 Huntington Rd., 706-613-0045; p. 55

Red Lobster 1956 W. Broad St., 706-549-5376; p. 55 Redfearn Grille 197 E. Broad St., 706-549-4433; p. 55 Ryan’s Family Steakhouse 1021 Dowdy Rd., 706-543-8203; p. 56 The Savannah Room 1197 S. Lumpkin St., 706-542-6341; p. 56 Square One Fish Co. 414 Thomas St., 706-353-8862; p. 57 Ten Pins Tavern 2451 Jefferson Rd., 706-546-8090; p. 60 The Volstead 351 E. Clayton St., 706-614-9596; p. 61 Yummy Bites 489 E Clayton St., 706-543-8898; p. 62 Asian Athens Sushi Bar Utage 440 E. Clayton St., 706-227-9339; p. 30 Chango’s Asian Kitchen 320 E. Clayton St., 706-546-0015; p. 37 Chef Ming 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-552-3233; p. 37 China 1 2026 S. Milledge Ave., 706-850-7788; p. 37 China Delight 1971 Hog Mountain Rd., Watkinsville, 706-769-9221; p. 37

China Star Super Buffet 3567 Atlanta Hwy., 706-316-3382; p. 38 China Wok 2475 Jefferson Rd., 706-353-3399; p. 38 Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express 1021 Parkway Blvd., 706-353-8889; 1055 Gaines School Rd., 706-543-8888; p. 38 Cozy Yum Yum 179 Jackson St., 706-208-1747; p. 39 Eat Hibachi 131 E. Broad St., 706-548-7441; p. 40 Golden Dragon 126 Alps Rd., 706-552-1688; p. 44 Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant 4375 Lexington Rd., 706-5493388; p. 44 Grilled Teriyaki Athens 259 E. Broad St., 706-850-6880; p. 44 Happy China Buffet 2301 College Station Rd., 706-552-3388; p. 45 Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet 2020 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-5468777; p. 45 Inoko Express 2061 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville, 706-7697088; 3190 Atlanta Hwy., 706-425-8828; p. 46 Inoko Japanese Steak & Seafood House 161 Alps Rd., 706546-8589; p. 46 Inoko Sushi Express 2301 College Station Rd., 706-546-5662; p. 46 Just Pho…and More 1063 Baxter St., 706-850-1420; p. 47 MABA Grill 167 E. Broad St., 706-850-7986; p. 50

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Peking Restaurant (Westside) 2725 Atlanta Hwy., 706-549-9333; p. 54

Ru San’s 196 Alps Rd., 706-552-0488; p. 56 Sakura Steak House 3557 Atlanta Hwy. , 706-227-0001; p. 56 Shokitini 251 W. Clayton St., 706-353-7933; p. 56 Siri Thai Cuisine 367 Prince Ave., 706-548-7667; p. 57 Thai Spoon 149 N. Lumpkin St., 706-548-9222; p.60 Toshiro Japanese Express 2467 Jefferson Rd., 706-543-1118; p. 60 Coffee Houses and Bakeries Athens Bagel Co. 268 N. Jackson St.; p. 30 Barnes and Noble Café 3650 Atlanta Hwy., 706-354-1195; p. 30 Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts 771 Prince Ave., 706-548-3444; p. 31

Bee’s Knees Bakery & Gifts 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-3533633; p. 31

Big City Bread Cafe 393 N. Finley St., 706-353-0029; p. 31 Black Forest Bakery & Deli 1040 Gaines School Rd., 706-549-

Hot Thomas Barbecue 3753 Hwy. 15, Watkinsville, 706-769-6550; p. 46

Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ 480 Macon Hwy., 706-5492110; p. 47

Mayflower Restaurant 171 E. Broad St., 706-548-1692; p. 51 Paul’s Bar-B-Q 124 E. Main St. Lexington, 706-614-1843; p. 53 Peaches Fine Foods 840 W. Broad St., 706-613-5334; p. 53 Plantation Buffet 1119 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., 706-353-3663; p. 54

Rachel’s Southern Style Restaurant 1021 Jamestown Blvd., Watkinsville, 706-310-0091; p. 55

Shane’s Rib Shack 2301 College Station Rd., 706-543-0050; 196 N. Milledge Ave., 706-548-4650; p. 56

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q 3755 Atlanta Hwy., 706-546-0385; p. 57 Strickland’s Restaurant 4723 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, 706-548-7003; p. 59

Talk of the Town Country Cooking 401 North Ave.; p. 59 Weaver D’s Fine Foods 1016 E. Broad St., 706-353-7797; p. 61 Wilson’s Soul Food 351 N. Hull St., 706-353-7289; p. 61 The Woods BBQ & Pizza 11661 Hwy. 441 N. (J&J Flea Market), 706-613-2410; p. 62

Zeb Dean’s Barbecue 5742 Hwy. 29 N. Danielsville, 706-795-2701; p. 62

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C&C Cake Co. 297 Prince Ave., 706-201-9140; p. 36 Cecilia’s Cakes 610 N. Milledge Ave., 706-543-3308; p. 37 Ciné Barcafé 234 W. Hancock Ave., 706-353-3343; p. 38 Espresso Royale Caffe 297 E. Broad St., 706-613-7449; p. 41 Gigi’s Cupcakes 296 W. Broad St., 706-208-7879; p. 44 The Granary 20 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, 706-769-6766; p. 44 Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 1560 Oglethorpe Ave., 706-353-3050; p. 45

Ideal Bagel 815 W. Broad St.; p. 46 Ike and Jane 1307 Prince Ave., 706-850-1580; p. 46 Jittery Joe’s Coffee UGA Miller Learning Center, 706-549-2124; Athens Technical College, Bldg. 700, 706-353-0021; 27 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, 706-769-4280; 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706354-8000; 1480 Baxter St., 706-548-1099; 1220 S. Milledge Ave., 706-208-1979; p. 47 The Tasting Room at Jittery Joe’s Roasting Company 780 E. Broad St., 706-227-2161; p. 47 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 3703 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, 706-2080628; p. 48 Kumquat Mae Bakery Café 18 Barnett Shoals Rd., Watkinsville, 706-769-1105; p. 48 Little Cuckoo Chocolates & Cafe 160 Tracy St., 404-805-0319; p. 49 O.K. Coffee 225 College Ave., 706-353-7938; p. 52 Silver Lining Cupcake Co. 1075 Baxter St., 706-583-8686; p. 57 Starbucks 1761 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-353-2206; 10 Huntington Rd., 706-353-6632; 2301 College Station Rd. (Kroger), 706-353-8543; 100 College Ave., 706-543-0114; p. 57 Two Story Coffeehouse 1911 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-850-6701; 1680 Lumpkin St., 706-850-5422; p. 61 Walker’s Coffee & Pub 128 College Ave., 706-543-1433; p. 61

Downhome and BBQ Barbeque Shack 4320 Lexington Rd., 706-613-6752; p. 30 Bill’s Bar-B-Que 10010 Fortson Store Rd. Hull, 706-549-4949; p. 31 Bread Basket 723 Boulevard, 706-548-3412; p. 36 Bubba’s BBQ 1459 Hargrove Lake Rd. Winterville, 706-742-7007; p. 36 Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 396 Baxter St., 706-208-7475; p. 36 Chonell’s Home Cooking 2361 W. Broad St., 706-549-2114; p. 38 Dawg Gone Good BBQ 224 West Hancock Ave., 706-613-9799; p. 39 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 2131 Hog Mountain Rd., Watkinsville, 706705-1326; p. 39

Food for the Soul 1965 W. Broad St., 706-546-0052; p. 43 Fresh Air Bar-B-Que 5170 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, 770-725-5227; 1110 Hull Rd., 706-546-6060; p. 43

George’s Lowcountry Table 2095 S. Milledge Ave., 706-548-3359; p. 43

Gourmet BBQ & Catering 1971 Hog Mountain Rd., Watkinsville, 706-769-4047; 42 Main St., Watkinsville, 706-769-4047; p. 44

Harry’s Pig Shop 2425 Jefferson Rd., 706-612-9219; p. 45 Honey B’s Deli 1428 Prince Ave., 706-549-3709; p. 46

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Ice Cream and Smoothies Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts 771 Prince Ave., 706-548-3444; p. 31

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop 105 College Ave., 706-208-0031; p. 31 Creative Cookies & Creamery 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-5485888; p. 39

Hodgson’s Pharmacy 1260 S. Milledge Ave., 706-543-7386; p. 46 Menchie’s 196 Alps Rd., 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-208-7223; p. 51

Peachwave Yogurt 493 E. Clayton St.; p. 53 Planet Smoothie 196 Alps Rd., 706-316-3090; 184 College Ave., 706-353-8181; p. 54

Polarberry Frozen Yogurt 288 Timothy Rd., 706-353-7511; p. 55 Smoothie King 2361 W. Broad St. (The Omni Club), 706-369-3111, 1993 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-850-0962, 1591 S. Lumpkin St., 706613-2600; p. 57 SunO Dessert 480 E. Broad St., 706-850-8300; p. 59 Yoforia 1210 S. Milledge Ave., 706-548-4020; p. 62 Yoguri 198 College Ave., 706-354-8351; p. 62

Italian and Pizza A Tavola! 237 Prince Ave., 706-549-7520; p. 28 Amici Italian Café 233 E. Clayton St., 706-353-0000; p. 29 Bulldawg Pizza, Wings & More 496 Baxter St., 706-351-6040; 2026 S. Milledge Ave., 706-355-3294; p. 36

Carrabba’s Italian Grill 3194 Atlanta Hwy., 706-546-9938; p. 37 Chuck E. Cheese’s 3654 Atlanta Hwy., 706-353-6715; p. 38 Cici’s Pizza 3190 Atlanta Hwy., 706-613-2424; p. 38 DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2080 Timothy Rd., 706-552-1237; 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-369-0085; 401 E. Broad St., 706-354-6966; p. 39 Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave., Watkinsville, 706-769-6255; p. 39 Fox’s Pizza Den 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-850-7240; 2971 Monroe Hwy., Watkinsville, 678-661-0220; p. 43 Johnny’s New York Style Pizza 1040 Gaines School Rd., 706354-1515; p. 47 La Dolce Vita 323 E. Broad St., 706-353-3911; p. 48 Little Italy 125 N. Lumpkin St., 706-613-7100; p. 49 Mama Sid’s Pizza 2240 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-549-6100; p. 50 Mellow Mushroom 320 E. Clayton St., 706-613-0892; p. 51 Mirko Pasta 1075 Baxter St., 706-549-4552; 2 S. Main St., Watkinsville, 706-310-1233; 1040 Gaines School Rd., 706-850-5641; p. 51 The Olive Garden 3666 Atlanta Hwy., 706-227-2225; p. 53 Peppino’s 2597 S. Milledge Ave., 706-613-1616; p. 54 Piccolo’s Italian Steak House 2061 Hog Mountain Rd., Watkinsville, 706-705-1501; p. 54 Stevi B’s Pizza 122 Alps Rd., 706-208-9552; p. 59 Ted’s Most Best 254 W. Washington St., 706-543-1523; p. 60

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Transmetropolitan 1550 Oglethorpe Ave., 706-549-5112; 145 E. Clayton St., 706-613-8773; p. 60 The Woods BBQ & Pizza 11661 Hwy. 441 N. (J&J Flea Market), 706-613-2410; p. 62 Your Pie 1591 S. Lumpkin St., 706-850-7424; 196 Alps Rd., 706-5493179; 350 E. Broad St., 706-850-5675; p. 62

Mexican and South American Acapulcos Mexican Grill 1260 Mars Hill Rd., Watkinsville, 706769-1616; p. 28

Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 2080 Timothy Rd., 706-543-0154; 1376 Prince Ave., 706-543-1500; p. 28

Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy, 706-354-0300; 1739 S. Lumpkin St., 706-548-1866; 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-549-9954; 259 E. Clayton St., 706-549-9008, 2 S. Main St., Watkinsville, 706-705-1228; p. 30 Cali ‘N’ Tito’s 1427 S. Lumpkin St., 706-227-9979; p. 36 Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina 3523 Atlanta Hwy., 706-3537771; p. 39 El Azteca 1280 Oconee St., 706-549-2639; p. 40 El Paisano 478 North Ave., 706-353-0346; p. 40 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Washington & Lumpkin St. Parking Deck; p. 43 La Estrella 400 Hawthorne Ave., 706-353-8557; p. 48 La Fiesta #1 995 Hawthorne Ave., 706-548-4261; p. 48 La Fiesta #2 1395 College Station Rd., 706-549-5933; p. 48 La Rosita 840 Hull Rd., 706-543-8854; p. 49 Las Conchitas Caliente 1354 Prince Ave., 706-353-2500; p. 49 Mexicali Grille 2139 W. Broad St., 706-546-9200; p. 51 Moe’s Southwest Grill 1320 Baxter St., 706-369-7776; p. 51 On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina 3640 Atlanta Hwy., 706247-7290; p. 53 Picante’s Mexican Grill 151 E. Broad St., 706-369-1930; p. 54 Sr. Sol 175 Tallassee Rd., 2455 W. Broad St., 706-546-1570; p. 57 Taco Stand 2131 Hog Mountain Rd., Watkinsville, 706-769-3233; 2230 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-549-5481; 247 E. Broad St., 706-5491446; 670 N. Milledge Ave., 706-549-2894; p. 59 Taqueria Del Sol 334 Prince Ave., 706-353-3890; p. 59 Taqueria La Jalisco 3750 Old Jefferson Rd., 706-316-3560; p. 59 Taqueria La Parrilla 1431 Capital Ave., Watkinsville, 706-310-9991; 2439 Jefferson Rd., 706-549-4977; p. 60 Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant 1225 N. Chase St., 706-202-8549; p. 60 Viva! Argentine Cuisine 2270 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-850-8284; p. 61 What’s Cooking 2546 Commerce Rd. Athens, GA 30607; p. 61 Willy’s Mexicana Grill 196 Alps Rd., 706-548-1920; p. 61

Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken A-OK Cafe 154 College Ave., 706-355-3002; p. 28 Allen’s Bar & Grill 810 Hawthorne Ave., 706-353-6244; p. 29 Black Forest Bakery & Deli 1040 Gaines School Rd., 706-549-

Schlotzsky’s Deli 1490 Baxter St., 706-543-2518; p. 56 Sweet Peppers Deli 296 W. Broad St., 706-354-6728; p. 59 The Varsity 1000 W. Broad St., 706-548-6325; p. 61 Wingster Café 521 Baxter St., 706-583-9611; p. 62 Yummy Bites 489 E Clayton St., 706-543-8898; p. 62 Something Different Aromas 1235 S. Milledge Ave., 706-208-0059; p. 29 ARTini’s Open Art Studio, Gallery & Lounge 296 W. Broad St., Suite 3, 706-353-8530; p. 30

Big City Bread Cafe 393 N. Finley St., 706-353-0029; p. 31 The Big Easy Café 20 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, 706-7693030; p. 31

The Capital Room 247 E. Washington St., 706-850-6277; p. 36 Casa Mia 269 N. Hull St., 706-227-4444; p. 37 Copper Creek Brewing Company 140 E. Washington St., 706546-1102; p. 38

Donderos’ Kitchen 584 N. Milledge Ave., 706-389-7955; p. 39 Earth Fare Café 1689 S. Lumpkin St., 706-227-1717; p. 40 East West Bistro 351 E. Broad St., 706-546-9378; p. 40 Etienne Brasserie 311 E. Broad St., 706-850-8008; p. 41 Farm 255 255 W. Washington St., 706-549-4660; p. 41 Five & Ten 1653 S. Lumpkin St., 706-546-7300; p. 41 Five Star Day Café 229 E. Broad St., 706-543-8552; p. 41 Flight Tapas and Bar 225 N. Lumpkin St., 706-549-0200; p. 43 Girasoles 24 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, 706-310-0410; p. 44 The Grit 199 Prince Ave., 706-543-6592; p. 45 Gymnopedie 675 Pulaski St. #1400; p. 45 Hoyt House Restaurant 295 E. Dougherty St., 706-425-0444; p. 46 Kabana 211 Tallassee Rd., 706-850-7711; p. 47 KEBA Spitfire Grill 1021 Jamestown Blvd., Watkinsville; 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-850-7285; 1850 Epps Bridge Rd.; p. 47

Kelly’s Jamaican Food 1583 S. Lumpkin St., 706-208-0000; p. 48 Last Resort Grill 184 W. Clayton St., 706-549-0810; p. 49 Lindsey’s Culinary Market 1238 Prince Ave., 706-353-0558; p. 49 Lumpkin Cafe 1700 S. Lumpkin St., 706-543-3122; p. 50 Madison Bar & Bistro 500 College Ave., 706-546-0430; p. 50 Mama’s Boy 197 Oak St., 706-548-6249; p. 50 Marti’s at Midday 1280 Prince Ave., 706-543-3541; p. 51 The National 232 W. Hancock Ave., 706-549-3450; p. 52 NONA 279 E. Broad St., 706-353-7065; p. 52 Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar 134 E. Clayton St., 706-549-0034; p. 53

Pints and Paints 765 Pulaski St., 706-850-7200; p. 54 The Royal Peasant 1675 S. Lumpkin St., 706-549-7920; p. 55 Sips n Strokes 3061 Atlanta Hwy., 706-208-7337; p. 57 Sisters Creole Market 150 E. Whitehall Rd., 706-850-7222; p. 57 Speakeasy 269 E. Broad St., 706-546-5556; p. 57 Taste of India 131 E. Broad St., 706-559-0000; p. 60 Trappeze Pub 269 W. Washington St., 706-543-8997; p. 60 White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates 217 Hiawasee Ave., 706-353-6847; p. 61

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Bars and Clubs

Blazer’s Hot Wings 1462 Glenn Carrie Rd. Hull, 706-208-0705; p. 31

Blind Pig Tavern 485 Baldwin St., 706-548-3442; p. 31 Clocked! 259 W. Washington St., 706-548-9175; p. 38 Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries 101 College Ave., 706549-2811; 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-549-9081; p. 41

Georgia Theatre Restaurant 215 N. Lumpkin St., 706-850-7670; p. 44

The Globe 199 N. Lumpkin St., 706-353-4721; p. 44 Graze Burgers & Salads 227 Prince Ave., 706-543-5514; p. 44 The Grill 171 College Ave., 706-543-4770; p. 45 Gyro Wrap 175 E. Broad St., 706-543-9071; p. 45 HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café 3690 Atlanta Hwy., 706-613-8800; p. 46

Ike and Jane 1307 Prince Ave., 706-850-1580; p. 46 Jason’s Deli 140 Alps Rd., 706-425-4950; p. 47 Jersey Mike’s Subs 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy., 706-543-4114; p. 47 Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs 600 Baxter St., 706-613-0500; p. 47 Krimson Kafe 40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, 706-310-0888; p. 48

Larry’s Giant Subs 196 Alps Rd., 706-353-4733; 1720 Epps Bridge Rd., 706-227-7298; p. 49

Momma Goldberg’s Deli 245 N. Lumpkin St.; p. 52 Panera Bread 3151 Atlanta Hwy., 706-546-6812; p. 53 The Pita Pit 123 N. Jackson St., 706-552-0051; p. 54 Quiznos 700 Baxter St.; p. 55 The Rail Athens 1120 Mitchell Bridge Rd., 706-354-7829; p. 55 Raising Cane’s 795 Baxter St., 706-548-2008; p. 55

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Aftermath 131 E. Broad St., 706-613-1000; p. 28 Alibi 50 Gaines School Rd., 706-549-1010; p. 28 Allen’s Bar & Grill 810 Hawthorne Ave., 706-353-6244; p. 29 Allgood Lounge 256 E. Clayton St., 706-549-0166; p. 29 Amici Italian Café 233 E. Clayton St., 706-353-0000; p. 29 The Arch Bar 288 N. Lumpkin St., 706-548-0300; p. 29 Aromas 1235 S. Milledge Ave., 706-208-0059; p. 29 ARTini’s Open Art Studio, Gallery & Lounge 296 W. Broad St., Suite 3 , 706-353-8530; p. 30

Athens Sushi Bar Utage 440 E. Clayton St., 706-227-9339; p. 30 Barcode 166 E. Clayton St., 706-613-5557; p. 30 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-850-1916; p. 31 Blind Pig Tavern 485 Baldwin St., 706-548-3442; 2440 West Broad St., 706-208-7979; p. 31

Blue Sky 247 E. Broad St.; p. 31 Boar’s Head Lounge 260 E. Washington St., 706-369-3040; p. 31 Bourbon Street 333 E. Broad St., 706-369-1313; p. 36 Buddha Bar 431 E. Broad St., 706-208-7017; p. 36 Buffalo’s Southwest Café 196 Alps Rd., 706-354-6655; p. 36 The Capital Room 247 E. Washington St., 706-850-6277; p. 36 Casa Mia 269 N. Hull St., 706-227-4444; p. 37 Ciné Barcafé 234 W. Hancock Ave., 706-353-3343; p. 38 City Bar 220 College Ave., 706-546-7612; p. 38 Club Exit 12 1905 Commerce Rd.; p. 38 Copper Creek Brewing Company 140 E. Washington St., 706546-1102; p. 38

Country Rock Café 1720 Commerce Rd., 706-369-7625; p. 38 Cozy Yum Yum 179 Jackson St., 706-208-1747; p. 39 Cutters Pub 120 E. Clayton St., 706-353-9800; p. 39 DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2080 Timothy Rd., 706-552-1237; 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-369-0085; 401 E. Broad St., 706-354-6966; p. 39 The Downtowner 283 Broad St. Athens, GA, 706-559-0009; p. 40 East West Bistro 351 E. Broad St., 706-546-9378; p. 40 8e’s Bar 120 E. Washington St., 706-613-1764; p. 40 El Paisano 478 North Ave., 706-353-0346; p. 40 Etienne Brasserie 311 E. Broad St., 706-850-8008; p. 41 Fahrenheit 321 E. Clayton St., 706-227-2007; p. 41 Farm 255 255 W. Washington St., 706-549-4660; p. 41 Five & Ten 1653 S. Lumpkin St., 706-546-7300; p. 41 Flanagan’s 301 E. Clayton St., 706-208-9711; p. 41 Flicker Theatre & Bar 263 W. Washington St., 706-546-0039; p. 41 Flight Tapas and Bar 225 N. Lumpkin St., 706-549-0200; p. 43 Genco Import Co. 246 E. Clayton St., 706-354-0203; p. 43 General Beauregard’s 164 E. Clayton St., 706-543-8201; p. 43 Georgia Bar 159 W. Clayton St., 706-546-9884; p. 43 The Globe 199 N. Lumpkin St., 706-353-4721; p. 44 Gnat’s Landing 1080 Baxter St., 706-850-5858; p. 44 Go Bar 195 Prince Ave., 706-546-5609; p. 44 Half Moon Pub 301 E. Clayton St.; p. 45 Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 1560 Oglethorpe Ave., 706-353-3050; p. 45 Highwire Lounge 269 N. Hull St., 706-543-8997; p. 46 Hilltop Grille 2310 W. Broad St., 706-353-7667; p. 46 Jack’s Bar 254 W. Clayton St. Athens, GA, 706-583-8510; p. 46 J.R.’s Baitshack 142 N. Jackson St., 706-208-9100; p. 47 Last Resort Grill 184 W. Clayton St., 706-549-0810; p. 49 Lit 430 E. Clayton St., 770-500-7196; p. 49 Little Kings Shuffle Club 223 W. Hancock Ave., 706-369-3144; p. 49 Locos Grill & Pub 2020 Timothy Rd., 706-549-7700; 581 S. Harris St., 706-548-7803; 1985 Barnett Shoals Rd., 706-208-0911; p. 49 The Loft Dance Lounge 164 E. Clayton St., 706-613-7771; p. 50 The Mad Hatter 400 E. Clayton St.; p. 50 Madison Bar & Bistro 500 College Ave., 706-546-0430; p. 50 Magnolia’s 312 E. Broad St., 706-543-0797; p. 50 The Manhattan Café 337 N. Hull St., 706-369-9767; p. 50 Max 243 W. Washington St., 706-254-3392; p. 51 McCoy’s Bourbon Bar 104 E. Washington St.; p. 51 Mell’s Lounge 4648 Atlanta Hwy. Bogart, 706-548-0830; p. 51 Mellow Mushroom 320 E. Clayton St., 706-613-0892; p. 51 The Melting Point 295 E. Dougherty St., 706-254-6909; p. 51 The National 232 W. Hancock Ave., 706-549-3450; p. 52 New Earth Music Hall 227 W. Dougherty St., 706-543-8283; p. 52 9d’s Bar 400 Clayton St., 706-254-3998; p. 52 No Where Bar 240 N. Lumpkin St., 706-546-4742; p. 52 NONA 279 E. Broad St., 706-353-7065; p. 52 Normal Bar 1365 Prince Ave., 706-548-6186; p. 52 The Office Lounge 2455 Jefferson Rd., 706-546-0840; p. 53 Omega Bar 3155 Atlanta Hwy., 706-340-6808; p. 53 On the Rocks 255 E. Clayton St., 706-354-6666; p. 53 Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar 134 E. Clayton St., 706-549-0034; p. 53 Pints and Paints 765 Pulaski St., 706-850-7200; p. 54 Porterhouse Grill 459 E. Broad St., 706-369-0990; p. 55 The Pub at Gameday 251 W. Clayton St., 706-353-2831; p. 55 The Rail Athens 1120 Mitchell Bridge Rd., 706-354-7829; p. 55 Redfearn Grille 197 E. Broad St., 706-549-4433; p. 55 The Roadhouse 137 North Lumpkin St., 706-613-2324; p. 55 The Royal Peasant 1675 S. Lumpkin St., 706-549-7920; p. 55 RPM 235 W. Washington St., 706-543-0428; p. 55 Sandbar 220 College Ave., 706-548-1988; p. 56 Shokitini 251 W. Clayton St., 706-353-7933; p. 56 Sideways 364 E. Broad St., 706-319-1919; p. 57 Sips n Strokes 3061 Atlanta Hwy., 706-208-7337; p. 57 Speakeasy 269 E. Broad St., 706-546-5556; p. 57 Square One Fish Co. 414 Thomas St., 706-353-8862; p. 57 Ten Pins Tavern 2451 Jefferson Rd., 706-546-8090; p. 60 Topper’s International Showbar 100 N. Jackson St., 706-6130504; p. 60 Toro’s Run 318 Washington St.; p. 60 Transmetropolitan 1550 Oglethorpe Ave., 706-549-5112; 145 E. Clayton St., 706-613-8773; p. 60 Trappeze Pub 269 W. Washington St., 706-543-8997; p. 60 Treppenhaus 114 College Ave.; p. 60 The Volstead 351 E. Clayton St., 706-6114-9596; p. 61 Walker’s Coffee & Pub 128 College Ave., 706-543-1433; p. 61 Whiskey Bent 335 E. Clayton St., 706-548-8899; p. 61 The Winery 429 E. Broad St., 706-613-0095; p. 62

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Restaurant & Bar Listings

A Tavola! 237 Prince Ave. • 706-549-7520 www.atavolarestaurant.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Reservations, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Dinner, Tues.–Sun. The Look : Naples native Salvatore Bianco creates a fine dining experience within a lively dining room and outdoor patio. Menu : Authentic Italian dishes and Bianco family recipes. Enjoy housemade pastas, risotto or a traditional Neapolitan pizza straight from the oven with a glass of wine off of an extensive list of Italian selections. $$$

A-OK Cafe 154 College Ave. • 706-355-3002 File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.–Fri. The Look : Small downtown shop hidden below street level. Menu : Classic deli sandwiches like roast beef and chicken salad, along with combination sandwiches named after newspapers (e.g., The L.A. Times with turkey, pastrami and cheese and The New York Times with corned beef, pastrami and cheese). $

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Acapulcos Mexican Grill

Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

1260 Mars Hill Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-1616 www.acapulcosmexicangrill.com File Under : Mexican and South American. Features : TakeOut, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Festive Mexican restaurant located within a Watkinsville shopping center. Menu : Enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, nachos, tacos, fajitas and steaks, all offered in a multitude of ways. Forty different combination meals, including 10 vegetarian, are available. A lunch menu of two dozen options provides an inexpensive way to fill up on the cheap. Drinks : Margaritas offered in five sizes and five flavors: strawberry, peach, mango, pina colada and lime. Domestic and Mexican beers, too, with the latter including Negra Modelo, Tecate, Carta Blanca, Pacifico and Dos Equis. $$

1376 Prince Ave. • 706-543-1500 2080 Timothy Rd. • 706-543-0154 File Under : Mexican and South American. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A culture-rich backdrop of color, lively music and friendly service. Menu : Extends beyond the most popular Mexican dishes to include many tough-to-find-elsewhere authentic items. A server will greet you at your table with a cart of three different salsas and tortilla chips to start out on. Favorite dishes include the chiles rellenos, mole poblano, chimichanga and tostadas de camaron. The guava, pineapple and mango milkshakes pack an invigorating punch. $$

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265 E. Clayton St. • 706-316-2333 www.alsbeef.com File Under : American. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : A new Italian beef franchise based out of Chicago. Menu : Italian beef and sausage sandwiches with sweet peppers and cheese and hot dogs topped with your choice of condiments. Homecooked French fries can be loaded with chili, cheddar cheese, bleu cheese, bacon or any combination. $

1695 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-548-2239 File Under : American. Features : Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Sat. The Look : This old-fashioned soda fountain and lunch counter located within a Five Points pharmacy is a blast from the past with its metal stools and signed memorabilia. Menu : Burgers, BLTs, hot dogs and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches with price tags from the ‘60s. For something sweet, try a malted milkshake, handmixed cherry coke or ice cream float. $

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131 E. Broad St. • 706-613-1000 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : DJs, CC. Hours : Th.–Sat. 10 p.m.–2 a.m. The Look : Dance the night away at this spacious two-story club with large dance floors and a VIP room. DJs play hip-hop to keep you on your feet. Drinks : Three separate bars serve up the usual array of domestic beers and cocktails to keep the party going.

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Alibi 50 Gaines School Rd. • 706-549-1010 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Eastside saloon with a covered patio out front and HDTVs, pool tables, pinball, darts and a jukebox inside that offer plenty of entertainment away from downtown. Weekly events include live music, karaoke, open mic, dance parties and poker. Drinks : A mix of domestics and imports. Daily specials make it easy to get buzzed on a budget.

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Allen’s Bar & Grill 810 Hawthorne Ave. • 706-353-6244 www.allensbarandgrill.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Immortalized by The B-52s song “Deadbeat Club,” Allen’s has been a local staple since 1955. Although its original building has been demolished, many elements of its decor have survived to adorn the walls of its current location. Menu : Charcoal-grilled burgers, steaks and sandwiches. Try original menu items such as The Allen Burger, The Mad Dog or Danny’s Homemade Chili. Drinks : Wide selection of liquor and wine, with eight beers on tap, including two Terrapins. $$

Allgood Lounge 256 E. Clayton St. • 706-549-0166 www.allgoodlounge.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Spacious two-story bar with exposed brick walls and wood accents. Up the spiral staircase, you’ll find two additional bars: one close to a row of pool tables and the other on an open-air rooftop patio. Drinks : Among three different bars, skilled bartenders serve a total of 55 whiskeys, 18 tequilas, 20 rotating brews on draft featuring several high gravity and craft beers, and over 200 bottled beers including many pilsners, IPAs, bocks, porters and lambics. A lengthy wine list is broken into three tiers based on price. During the day, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar buffet is available.

Amici Italian Café 233 E. Clayton St. • 706-353-0000 www.amici-cafe.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Live Music, Outside Seating,

Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Casual environment that frequently hosts live entertainment and has a space for private parties. Menu : A fusion of Italian and American options. Choose from their list of traditional pizzas with made-from-scratch tomato sauce and white pizzas with extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic, or simply build your own. Subs, salads, hot wings and pasta dishes are also available. For dessert, indulge in a homemade cannoli. Drinks : Full bar with seven beers on tap including some Terrapins, and a good variety of wines. $$

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar 2226 W. Broad St. • 706-543-1339 www.applebees.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Curbside PickUp, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

The Arch Bar 288 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-548-0300 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : Exposed brick walls, leather couches, hardwood floors and arched windows and doorways give the bar a sophisticated look, but the atmosphere here is casual and laid back. Drinks : Mostly domestics with lots of tallboys, but the bartenders will gladly pour you a shot or cocktail.

Aromas ‰ 1235 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-208-0059 www.aromaswinebar.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Mon.–Th., 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Fri., 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Sat., 2 p.m.–2 a.m. Sun., 5 p.m.–12 a.m. The Look : A quieter, more cosmopolitan bar. Its Five Points setting, leather chairs and fireplace make it a nice getaway from the downtown bars. Menu : Tapas (e.g., cheese plates, antipasti, hum-

OTHER FOODIE OPTIONS Although you probably wouldn’t run out of places to fill your stomach in Athens even if you stuck to the traditional brick-and-mortar establishments this guide details, there are some other options, too: Athens Farmers Market: Spring through fall, Saturdays from 8 a.m.–noon at Bishop Park and Tuesdays from 4–7 p.m. at Little Kings downtown, you can pick up not only fresh produce, but meat, coffee, cheese, bread, fresh pasta and more. www.athensfarmersmarket.net Oconee Farmers Market: Open on Saturday mornings from approximately 8 a.m.–1 p.m. on the back lawn of the Eagle Tavern Museum in downtown Watkinsville, this market offers fresh produce items from regional farmers within a 100-mile radius of Oconee County. www. oconeefarmersmarket.org Juan’s Empanadas and Other Favorite Things: Occasionally out in the day at the corner of College Avenue and Washington Street but mostly found at night outside New Earth Music Hall, this empanada stand sells meat and veggie versions, plus plantain chips and other snacks. www. villaveces.us Farm Cart: Open for weekday lunch on the patio of Farm 255 on Washington Street and at the Athens Farmers Market, the Farm Cart is perfect street food, selling healthy, seriously delicious Spanish tortillas, breakfast burritos, salads, soups, sandwiches, cookies and more. www.farm255. com/farmcart King of Pops: This mobile stand hawks gourmet popsicles, downtown on the corner of Clayton and Lumpkin streets, in flavors like chocolate-sea salt and grapefruit-mint. Open afternoon and evening, $2.50 a pop. www.kingofpops.net Produce Boxes: If you like to cook and you’re not afraid of kale, your options here include Viking Produce (a subscription-based delivery service that brings you bins of organic fruit and veggies: www.vikingproduce.com); Athens Locally Grown (a membership fee lets you check the website and purchase what you want for weekly pickup: www.athens.locallygrown.net); Nature’s Garden Delivered (www.ga.naturesgardendelivered.com) and Full Moon Farm Coop (www.fullmooncoop. org), Roots Farm (www.rootsfarm.org) and Woodland Gardens (www.localharvest.org/woodlandgardens-4), all of which operate CSAs (community-supported agriculture, where you subscribe for a weekly box of whatever’s in season). Righteous Juice: Late afternoons at Washington and College downtown, early evenings by the UGA Main Library and at the Athens Farmers Market, Righteous Juice sells tasty fresh-squeezed juices. www.facebook.com/pages/Righteous-Juice/44538373981

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mus, proscuitto and melon, olive tapenade) can be ordered to snack on. Desserts change daily among locally made cakes and cheesecakes. Drinks : Often considered Athens’ premiere wine bar, Aromas has nearly 70 names to choose from, including a fair number of wines from France, Italty, Spain and South America. If wine isn’t your thing, there are also 10 rotating draft beers and over 100 in bottle, focusing on craft beers, microbrews and a few locally brewed, as well as a menu of 35 skillfully made cocktails. Wine and beer tastings are held regularly.

ARTini’s Open Art Studio, Gallery & Lounge 296 W. Broad St., Suite 3 • 706-353-8530 www.artinisartlounge.com File Under : Bars and Clubs, Something Different. Features : Beer, Wine, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : 12–10 p.m., Tues.–Sat. The Look : An art gallery and lounge space on the edge of downtown with group instruction sessions held nightly. Drinks : Order a glass of wine or a beer to sip on while you paint. Sodas and bottled waters are available, too.

Athens Bagel Co. 268 N. Jackson St. File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Vegetarian-Friendly, Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : A new bagel bakery scheduled to open its doors in August. Menu : Housemade bagels in a multitude of flavors, bagel sandwiches, bagel pizzas, and cakes and pastries for dessert. Coffee and freshly squeezed juices to go with your meal.

Athens Regional Medical Center 1199 Prince Ave. • 706-475-7000 www.armc.org File Under : American. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Standard caf-

eteria set-up. Menu : ARMC has earned a reputation of attracting the general public for its high-quality eats. Selections rotate daily, so call or go online to see what’s being served, but expect to find grilled meats, veggies, casseroles and desserts. Each option is marked with an icon (reduced sodium, vegetarian, no sugar added, etc.) to make finding healthy options easier. $

Athens Sushi Bar Utage ‰ 440 E. Clayton St. • 706-227-9339 www.utageathenssushibar.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Reservations, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.-Fri. Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Watch a sports game on a flat-screen TV or sit at the bar and watch the chefs prepare rolls at this fine dining spot. Menu : Wide variety of specialty rolls such as the Bulldog Roll (masago, avocado and fried white fish) and the Gatorhater Roll (tuna, smoked salmon, eel, cream cheese, fried asparagus). All dinner entrees are served with miso soup, salad, rice and ice cream, and include items like Chicken Teriyaki and Curry Rice. Drinks : Hot and cold sake, Japanese beers, martinis and a wide variety of cocktails. $$

Barbeque Shack 4320 Lexington Rd. • 706-613-6752 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Checks. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Th.–Sat. The Look : Familyfriendly Southern barbeque establishment with picnic tables covered in checkered tablecloths. A variety of sauces are available. Menu : BBQ chicken, pork and rib plates served with coleslaw, stew, chips and bread. Don’t leave without trying their famous banana pudding. $

Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy • 706-354-0300 1739 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-548-1866

1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-549-9954 259 E. Clayton St. • 706-549-9008 2 S. Main St. • Watkinsville • 706-705-1228 www.barberitos.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer (Clayton St.), Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Founded in 2000, this Athens-based franchise now has 22 locations in the South. The assembly line and pay-at-the-counter service make ordering quick and easy. Menu : Made-to-order burritos (fatty or skinny), quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and salads loaded with fresh ingredients that can easily be made vegetarian or vegan with tofu. Check out the jerk fish tacos (grilled tilapia, cheese, guacamole, cilantro and lime) that are available every Friday. $

Barcode 166 E. Clayton St. • 706-613-5557 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : This two-story downtown spot keeps patrons happy with a big-screen TV and busy bar downstairs and several arcade games and pool table upstairs. Drinks : Expect a basic lineup of domestic beer, a handful of imports and the usual cocktails. Order something off of the bar’s value menu, a list of drink and shot combos, for an inexpensive pairing. There’s something for everybody here, including The Townie (PBR tall boy and a shot of Jameson), The Princess (glass of champagne and a Lemon Drop) and El Loco (Dos XX and a shot of tequila).

Barnes and Noble Café 3650 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-354-1195 www.barnesandnoble.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Mon.–Th, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

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Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin’ Donuts 771 Prince Ave. • 706-548-3444 www.baskinrobbins.com, www.dunkindonuts.com File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies, Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Drive-Thru, Take-Out, CC. Hours : 5 a.m.–11 p.m. 7 days.

Bee’s Knees Bakery & Gifts 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-353-3633 www.beeskneesbakeryandgifts.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : CC. Hours : 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Mon. Sat. 12–6 p.m., Sun. The Look : Cute bakery. Order a custom cake in advance or drop in to see what’s in store. Menu : The display case is always full of cakes, cupcakes, brownies, truffles and other sweets. Check the board for a menu of boxed lunches, which include a sandwich, cake slice, pickle, chips and a drink. $

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-850-1916 www.beefobradys.com File Under : American, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Family-friendly neighborhood pub with plenty of TVs for sports-watching while you chow down or sip on a brew. Menu : Popular American sports bar fare like burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Start out with a basket of award-winning wings hand-tossed in one of two dry rubs or 11 sauces, or try a signature item such as fish and chips, The Dubliner (roast beef, sauteed mushrooms and swiss on sourdough) or the Reuben. Drinks : 11 beers on tap; wine and liquor available. $$

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop 105 College Ave. • 706-208-0031 www.benandjerrys.com/athens File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : 12 p.m.–12 a.m., 7 days.

Big City Bread Cafe 393 N. Finley St. • 706-353-0029 www.bigcitybreadcafe.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 6 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Sit inside the cozy expanded dining room decorated with local art or in the outdoor courtyard for dining under shaded elms and strings of lights. Menu : Come in early for a breakfast of quiche, tofu sauté, omelettes, French toast, pancakes and biscuits. Grab a sandwich (Burgundy Marinated Portabella Mushroom, Deli Smoked Chicken Breast, Road Side Italian) for lunch. Dinner options include salads, burgers, flatbreads and other entrees such as Rabbit Cassoulet, Coq au Vin (chicken braised in red wine, aromatics and bacon) and a seasonal vegetarian plate. For a dinner appetizer, try crispy duck confit, paté or snails. Fresh breads, pastries, muffins and cakes are made daily. $$

The Big Easy Café 20 Greensboro Hwy. • Watkinsville • 706-769-3030 www.thebigeasycafe.com File Under : Something Different. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Sat. The Look : This family owned and operated establishment brings a hearty helping of New Orleans to downtown Watkinsville. Menu : Try a traditional dish such as shrimp and grits, gumbo, jambalaya or a po-boy sandwich. On-site crawfish boils are available for special events. $

Bill’s Bar-B-Que 10010 Fortson Store Rd. • Hull • 706-549-4949 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Checks. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sat. The Look : Located in downtown Dogsboro, this BBQ restaurant has booths and tables

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and UGA memorabilia all over the walls. Menu : The pork and beef BBQ drenched in a Carolina-style vinegar-based sauce is just as popular as the chicken mull here. Fried catfish, Brunswick stew and burgers are among the many other options on the menu. $

Black Forest Bakery & Deli 1040 Gaines School Rd. • 706-549-3752 www.blackforestathens.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Sandwiches. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Mon.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Fri. 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The Look : Now in the Eastside Ansonborough complex, this German-style bakery has been a hometown staple for over 30 years. Menu : Freshly made glazed or cake donuts with a large selection of fillings and toppings to choose from. Baked goods include cookies, brownies, muffins, Danishes, streusels and cinnamon buns. Specialty cakes include Black Forest, German Chocolate and Red Velvet. Breakfast foods include cheese grits and biscuit sandwiches. For lunch, build your own sandwich or try The Gobbler (with turkey, stuffing and cranberry relish) or a Reuben. $$

Blazer’s Hot Wings 1462 Glenn Carrie Rd. • Hull • 706-208-0705 File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features : Take-Out, Checks. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A quaint, little red stand that provides carry-out service. A sheltered picnic-style sitting area is available for those who want to hang around and eat. Menu : Wings can be tossed in any combination of 13 sauces and are available in tailgatestyle bulk or in an individual amount. Outside of wings, they also have hamburgers, chicken tenders and sandwiches. Onion rings, fries and coleslaw on the side. $

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Blind Pig Tavern 485 Baldwin St. • 706-548-3442 2440 West Broad St. • 706-208-7979 www.blindpigtavern.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, VegetarianFriendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Lots of big TVs make this pub a great place to watch sports and hang with friends. Trivia nights are held frequently. Menu : Offers over a dozen types of burgers with your choice of ground chuck beef, ground turkey, veggie burger or marinated chicken breast. Other bar food staples include buffalo wings, sandwiches, hot dogs, fried pickles, Southwestern options and vegetarian offerings. Drinks : Choose from 16 beers on tap and 50+ in bottles. If brew isn’t your thing, let a fruity cocktail quench your thirst. $$

Blue Sky 247 E. Broad St. www.blueskyathens.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Overlooking North Campus from its second story view, this speakeasy with a refined atmosphere offers a world-class selection of high-end beverages. It has a tin ceiling, a skylight and a cozy patio with ample seating. You can also enter Blue Sky through its sister bar, Walker’s Coffee and Pub. Drinks : Features over 200 craft beers from all six Trappist breweries in the U.S., over 50 scotches from nearly 30 different distilleries and a wide selection of bourbon, Irish whiskey, wine and some seasonal offerings. If you’re hungry, food can be delivered from the nearby Taco Stand and Speakeasy.

Boar’s Head Lounge 260 E. Washington St. • 706-369-3040 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Walk down the steps to the large bar area and play a game of foosball, pool or table shuffleboard. Outside, a huge patio has a swing, booths and a secondstory balcony area for playing cornhole or just hanging out. Drinks : 11 beers on draft including Sweetwater and Purple

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333 E. Broad St. • 706-369-1313 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : From the festive flags on the ceiling to the photographs and neon beer signs on the wall, everything in this two-story New Orleans-inspired bar creates the excitement of Mardi Gras. Drinks : Cheap domestics and 64-ounce rum drinks served in a fishbowl make this bar popular among undergrad students.

Bread Basket 723 Boulevard • 706-548-3412 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look : Try something freshly made from this convenience store kitchen as you fill up your tank on Boulevard. Menu : Breakfast biscuits generously stuffed with bacon, sausage, country ham, fatback, fried bologna or any combination thereof. Eggs, hashbrowns and grits, too. Items in the lunch rotation include pork chops and fish. $

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3190 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-850-1395 www.brettscasualamerican.com File Under : American. Features : Beer & Wine, Curbside Pick-Up, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Casual environment with flexible booth and patio seating and scenic landscape photography decorating the walls. Offers curbside to-go orders for extra fast service. Menu : Fresh salads, sandwiches, grilled seafood, steaks and Tex-Mex items. All soups, dressings, marinades and seasonings are made from scratch. $

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1459 Hargrove Lake Rd. • Winterville • 706-742-7007 www.biddersbuyauctions.com File Under : Down Home and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. The Look : Housed inside Bidder’s Buy Auctions, this restaurant cooks up grub for Friday and Saturday auctions. Menu : Southern foods like BBQ pork, beef brisket, ribs, chicken and thick hash. $

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431 E. Broad St. • 706-208-7017 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : Asian accents such as red Chinese lanterns, bamboo, paintings of coy fish and the large golden Buddha statue sitting in the window decorate the narrow interior of this bar. Drinks : Sake bombs, Fortune Cookie Martinis and dragonfruit and strawberry flavored Dragon Bombs. Order a Stoplight (three total shots of selected red, yellow and green liqueurs) if you’re feeling adventurous. Plenty of beers and standard cocktails are also available.

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Bulldawg Pizza, Wings & More 496 Baxter St. • 706-351-6040 2026 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-355-3294 www.bulldawgpizzaandmore.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Delivery, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Counter-service only. Menu : Home of the “Big Dawg” 24" pizza. Hand-tossed pizzas on thin and crispy, regular or thick crust (flavored with garlic parmesan, Cajun or lemon-pepper seasonings) and customized with up to 20 toppings. Wings (tossed in any one of 15 sauces), subs, calzones, pasta and salads are also available. $

Butt Hutt Bar-B-Q 396 Baxter St. • 706-208-7475 www.butthuttbarbecue.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Delivery, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Lots of bulldog pride. Menu : Each plate (chopped pork, steak, ribs or chicken) comes with bread, tea and your choice of two sides (stew, potato salad, chicken mull, baked beans). For dessert, get a slice of pecan or coconut pie, cheesecake or banana pudding. $

C&C Cake Co. 297 Prince Ave. • 706-201-9140 File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : TakeOut, Catering, CC. The Look : Cute cake bakery nestled in The Bottleworks building. Swing by to pick up a custom-ordered cake, or stay awhile and try a slice of something pre-made. Menu : Cakes come in a multitude of flavors including Black Forest, red velvet, gingerbread, carrot, coconut and peanut butter. Bundt cakes (banana nut, poppyseed), pound cakes (pumpkin, lemon) and cheesecakes (white chocolate, cafe au lait) are in heavy supply. For something almost too pretty to eat, order a 3-D cake. Non-cake options include cookies, truffles, tarts and petit fours. $

Café on Prince 595 Prince Ave. • 706-425-1866 File Under : American. Features : CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Th. Lunch, Fri. The Look : Piedmont College cafeteria open to students and the general public. Menu : Three entrees (including one geared towards the health-conscious) and four veggies are offered daily. Options range from fried chicken and homemade meatloaf to mashed potatoes and green beans. The “all day long special” consists of one meat and two sides. $

Cali ‘N’ Tito’s ‰ 1427 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-227-9979 File Under : Mexican and South American, VegetarianFriendly. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, Checks. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Latin America comes to life in this unique BYOB restaurant. Venture out into the large outdoor picnic seating area surrounded by palm trees, stringed lights and miscellaneous knickknacks. A playground full of vintage and eclectic objects is great for entertaining the kids. Menu : Authentic Latin American cuisine. Start off with yuca frita (fried cassava and red onions), maduros (fried sweet plantains) or tostones (fried green plantains). Highlights include the Cuban sandwich (with your choice of steak, chicken, milanesa, chorizo or veggies), Tito’s Fish Burrito (fried tilapia, sweet plantain, cilantro, chipotle sauce) and Peruvian style fajitas. $

The Capital Room ‰ 247 E. Washington St. • 706-850-6277 www.thecapitalroom.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.-Sat. Brunch & Dinner, Sun. Features : Full Bar, Outside Seating, Catering, CC. The Look : Located in

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the historic Georgian Hotel, this upscale space with comfortable elegance features 100-year-old stained glass windows and marble walls and columns. Exercise your brain with weekly trivia nights. Menu : An upscale twist on typical bar foods. Try antipasto, Swiss cheese or chocolate fondue or a flatbread (Muffelatta, Chicken and Tomato Basil, Cuban). For brunch, order The Hangover (flatbread smothered with eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, hash browns and gravy). Drinks: Long list of cocktails, wines and Scotches. Fifteen beers on draft including five Terrapins along with domestic, craft and imported beers. Popular drinks for brunch include Gruet mimosas and custom made cocktails from the Bloody Mary bar. $$$

Carrabba’s Italian Grill 3194 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-546-9938 www.carrabbas.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Curbside Pick-Up, CC. Hours : Dinner, 7 days. Lunch, Sat & Sun. $$$

Casa Mia 269 N. Hull St. • 706-227-4444 www.casamiatapas.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Amenities : Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Live Music, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Classy downtown location in the renovated Adcock Furniture building with a Latin inspired atmosphere decorated with strings of small lights, pink and turquoise accents and candles. Menu : Latin American cuisine with influences from Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Features an array of tapas that range from traditional dishes like empanadas, arepas and ceviche to unique dishes like lamb lollipops. Small plates are great for sampling and sharing, but if you’d like a larger portion order an entree like Avocado Salmon or Lomo

Saltado (strips of steak or chicken sautéed with onions and tomatoes and served over French fries). Drinks : Relax with a glass of red or white sangria, a margarita or one of Casa Mia’s self-proclaimed “best mojitos in town. $$

Cecilia’s Cakes 610 N. Milledge Ave. • 706-543-3308 www.ceciliascakes.com File Under: Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : TakeOut, Catering, CC. The Look : A family-owned specialty cake bakery. Many of their cakes can be found around town in restaurants by the slice and in homes on many a special occassion. Menu : All Cecilia’s cakes are made especially to order. Fruit-filled cakes include strawberry, peach and apple nut. For a chocolate fix, order a chocolate tiramisu, Black Forest, or mocha cake. A few unusual options, too, like Chocolate Kahlua (dark chocolate cake with a fudge and coffee liqueur filling) and 3 Milk (vanilla cake soaked with three milks and fresh fruit).

Chango’s Asian Kitchen 320 E. Clayton St. • 706-546-0015 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer, Wine & Sake, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Formerly Doc Chey’s Noodle House in the old Neel-Reid-designed Michael Brothers department store building downtown, this restaurant has changed its interior appearance but has kept most of its popular cuisine. Menu : Every dish is freshly prepared and made from scratch. Stirfry, noodle and curry dishes make up the majority of the menu. Try the Massaman Curry (Thai basil, carrots, bok choy, potatoes, eggplant and peanuts in coconut curry) or General Chey’s (broccoli, onions and red peppers in the General’s sweet and spicy sauce). All entrees are generously served along with your choice of veggies, chicken, tofu, beef or shrimp. $$

Chef Ming 1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-552-3233 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : TakeOut, Catering, CC. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A welcoming shopping center space. Menu : A wide selection of Chinese dishes offered in beef, chicken, pork, seafood or veggie options. Specialties include the Seven Star with Moon (five different meats sauteed with vegetables), Peking Duck and Singapore Noodles. Order a combination lunch, complete with fried rice, soup and an egg roll, for an inexpensive way to fill up on a big meal. $$

Chili’s Grill & Bar 183 Alps Rd. • 706-613-5405 www.chilis.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Curbside PickUp, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

China 1 2026 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-850-7788 File Under : Asian. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Quick and friendly service is key at this Chinese restaurant with a hibachi-style grill. Menu : Lo mein, pancit, fried rice, egg foo yung, sweet and sour, moo shu and meat entrees. The chef’s special Cantonese dishes include orange beef, sesame chicken and coconut shrimp.

China Delight 1971 Hog Mountain Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-9221 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : TakeOut, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Chinese restaurant located in a Watkinsville shopping center. Menu : Typical fare with beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian choices as well as many popular dishes such as chow mein and egg foo yung. $$

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China Star Super Buffet 3567 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-316-3382 www.athenschinastar.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer, Buffet, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : With eight buffet tables including a sushi bar and a hibachi area, there’s something for just about everyone. Menu : Choose from over 300 Chinese, American and Japanese dishes from the buffet options or order from a menu of Chinese fare. $$

Wi-Fi. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Two-story restaurant with an industrial look accentuated by a marble bar. Menu : Steaks are the pride of this establishment. Alternatives include raspberry chipotle-glazed lamb chops, 1/2 rack baby back ribs, pulled pork, mac ‘n’ cheese and several burgers, such as the Cardiac Burger (glazed donuts, fried egg, smoked bacon, crispy onions, cheddar cheese). Drinks : Over 75 beers from around the world including non-alcoholic beer, fruit lambics, wheat and stouts. A wine menu with detailed descriptions makes choosing easy. $$$

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2475 Jefferson Rd. • 706-353-3399 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : TakeOut, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Counter service and limited seating suggests that take-out is key here. Located in the Homewood Village Shopping Center. Menu : Offers classic Hunan, Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. $

3654 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-353-6715 www.chuckecheese.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Beer & Wine, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $

Chonell’s Home Cooking 2361 W. Broad St. • 706-549-2114 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Fri. The Look : Located in the Omni Club shopping center, the restaurant features counter service and a modestly decorated seating area. Menu : Expect to have your plate piled high with traditional Southern grub like fried chicken, country-fried steak, chicken livers, collards, fried okra and black-eyed peas. All the popular a.m. staples like eggs, sausage and grits, too. $

Choo Choo Japanese Korean Grill Express ‰ 1021 Parkway Blvd. • 706-353-8889 1055 Gaines School Rd. • 706-543-8888 www.choochoorestaurants.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer, Wine & Sake, Delivery, Curbside Pick-Up, Drive-Thru (Eastside), Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 Days. The Look : Counter service and hibachi-style cooking lends to quick and casual atmosphere. Menu : Generous servings of Korean and Japanese noodle and rice dishes with your choice of chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp or tofu. Start with some edamame or gyoza, and for dessert, try green tea ice cream. $

Chops and Hops 2 S. Main St. • Watkinsville • 706-310-1101 www.chopsandhops.com File Under : American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, CC, Reservations, Take-Out, Outside Seating,

Cici’s Pizza 3190 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-613-2424 www.cicispizza.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $

Ciné Barcafé 234 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-353-3343 www.athenscine.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Mon.–Fri, 4 p.m.–last show. Sat.–Sun, 2 p.m.–last show. The Look : Chic, sophisticated arthouse cinema housed in a converted industrial space. The lounge and bar area can be enjoyed by those with or without a movie ticket. Menu : Café and bar fusion. Coffee, teas and juices and locally made snacks from Donderos’ Kitchen, Ike and Jane and King of Pops. Traditional movie snacks, too, like popcorn, candy and soda. Drinks : A good selection of bottled beer, wine and liquor from the fully stocked bar. Plus a few beers on tap.

City Bar 220 College Ave. • 706-546-7612 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Don’t be fooled by its upscale design of 20-foot ceilings, granite top tables, a hardwood bar and necktie-wearing staffers; this bar is still friendly towards an informal party crowd. Drinks : A full-service bar with many types of flavored martinis and other signature drinks such as the City-Blue (blueberry vodka and fresh fruit over ice) and the White Russian. Over 30 different beers in bottle.

Clocked! ‰ 259 W. Washington St. • 706-548-9175 www.clockeddiner.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers & Chicken, VegetarianFriendly. Features : Beer, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Fri. & Sat. The Look : Hip, retro diner with walk-up counter service. Menu : Eclectic twists on classic diner fare such as Yac’s Peanut Butter Bacon Burger and the Edison Conception (corned beef, cheddar cheese and fried egg served on grilled rye). Vegetarian or vegan substitutes available for most selections. Pair a sandwich or burger with fresh-cut fries, tater tots, onion rings or a milkshake. For breakfast, a wholesome selection of omelettes, corned beef hash and pancakes. $$

Club Exit 12 1905 Commerce Rd. File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : DJs/Live Music, CC. The Look : A Latin club located north of the Athens Perimeter. Latin Night is held every Friday and features lively music to dance to. Drinks : The usual array of domestics, but a few Mexican choices on hand as well. Cheap cocktails, too.

Copper Creek Brewing Company 140 E. Washington St. • 706-546-1102 www.facebook.com/coppercreekathens File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Late Night, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Large copper kettles can be seen through the window of this sophisticated yet rustic restaurant and bar. Menu : Start off with an appetizer like firespiced beef skewers with curry sour cream or Filipino pork egg rolls with a sweet-hot red chili sauce. Entrees include hearty burgers like the Smoked Gouda Cheese Burger and the Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Burger. Drinks : The only bar in Athens that brews and serves its own beer in-house. All ingredients are ground, mashed and fermented on premises to create a tank-to-tap experience, and four Copper Creek brews are available daily. Many craft, high-gravity and seasonal beers in bottle and a variety of liquor. Cask tappings are held the first Wednesday of every month. $$

Country Rock Café 1720 Commerce Rd. • 706-369-7625 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. Hours : Th.– Sat, 8:30 p.m.–2 a.m. The Look : Inside this old red barn is a large dance hall with a mechanical bull, pool tables, arcade

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games, TVs, neon signs and strings of lights. Drinks : Four bars serve inexpensive domestic beers and pour whiskey generously.

Courtyard Café 1197 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-542-2633 www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/restaurants File Under : American. Features : Outside Seating, Checks/ CC. Hours : 7 a.m.–3 p.m., 7 Days. The Look : A quick and casual cafeteria-style setting in UGA’s Georgia Center. Georgia Java is adjacent to the café, serving up freshly brewed coffee daily. Validated parking for up to one hour is available at the South Campus Parking Deck. Menu : Typical breakfast fare in the morning. Lunch offerings include soups, salads, rotating entrees and made-to-order deli sandwiches. $

Cozy Yum Yum 179 Jackson St. • 706-208-1747 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Delivery, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Wed.–Sun. The Look : Thai restaurant nestled into a narrow underground downtown space with a row of tables running parallel to the bar. Menu : Soups, salads, curry, noodle and rice dishes with many vegetarian options. Rama curry, coconut soup and pad thai are popular choices. Drinks : An ample selection of sake in addition to beers from Japan, China and Thailand. Domestics, too. Non-alcoholic choices include smoothies and bubble tea. $$

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 1913 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-208-0304 www.crackerbarrel.com File Under : American. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

Creative Cookies & Creamery 1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-548-5888 www.creativecookiesandcreamery.com File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Mon.–Sat, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. The Look : A family friendly atmosphere with large wooden picnic tables and walls decorated with painted cows in a pasture. A Kiddie Korral with seating for two dozen guests and a flat panel TV is great for birthday parties. Menu : Sample one of over 20 flavors of Mayfield Ice Cream in a one of a kind gourmet cookie bowl. Other cool treats include shakes, floats, ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cakes.

Cutters Pub 120 E. Clayton St. • 706-353-9800 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : An Irish pub with copper walls behind the bar, several signs for Irish beers and an electronic count down to the next St. Patrick’s Day. Play a game of pool, foosball or an arcade game like Golden T Golf. Drinks : An impressive list of 36 Scotches including premium selections like Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Nearly 100 beers with 12 available on draft, and plenty of cocktails, too, like the Apple Bomb (apple Bacardi and Red Bull).

Dari Delite 1815 Commerce Rd. • 706-354-4377 File Under : American. Features : Take-Out. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : This family-owned restaurant has taken over the former Huddle House. The Menu : Homemade Southern-style favorites like crispy chicken sandwiches, double bacon cheeseburgers and country-fried steak. Mexican standards like burritos, tacos, quesadillas, etc. are also on hand. Finish your meal with a milkshake or ice cream.

Dawg Gone Good BBQ 224 West Hancock Ave. • 706-613-9799 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Delivery, TakeOut, Catering. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Thurs.– Sat. The Look : Small establishment largely providing takeout, but with a few tables inside for those who want to stick

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around. Menu : Pork ribs, chicken, pork butts and sausages smoked, slow cooked and then grilled out in the shed on a charcoal cooker. Plates come with meat, bread and choice of two sides, including mac and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans, yams and Brunswick stew. $

DePalma’s Italian Cafe ‰ 2080 Timothy Rd. • 706-552-1237 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-369-0085 401 E. Broad St. • 706-354-6966 www.depalmasitaliancafe.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Live Music, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Refined, but with a relaxed neighborhood restaurant atmosphere. Menu : Varies somewhat by location, but each offers premium pizza, calzones, pasta, salads and desserts. Homemade entrees that have anchored the menu for over 20 years include dishes such as Eggplant Florentine, ChiliGlazed Grilled Salmon, Chicken Scaloppini and Spicy Penne Charmaine. Drinks : An extensive wine list, featuring a host of selections from Italy as well as a list of “beer,” “good beer” and “really good beer” sections. Each location has a full bar, so branch out with a house specialty cocktail if you wish. $$

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 2131 Hog Mountain Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-705-1326 www.dickeys.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A Texas-based chain with standard BBQ joint decor. Menu : Slow-cooked meats include Southern pulled pork, Virginia style ham, Polish sausage, beef briskett, pork ribs, turkey breast, marinated chicken breast and spicy hot links. Order a BBQ sandwich or BBQ plate with your choice of two homestyle sides including Brunswick stew, potato salad, coleslaw, okra, barbeque beans and more. Free ice cream for children and adults alike. $$

Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. • Watkinsville • 706-769-6255 www.dominicksitalian.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Full Bar, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Upscale dining with framed pictures adorning exposed brick walls and a bottle of wine on every table. Menu : Timeless Italian dishes with house specialties including egglant parmigiana, lasagna, stuffed porkchops, chicken scarapiello and Dominick’s Ribeye. Finish your meal with a decadent tiramisu, cannoli or bomba. Drinks : A menu of nearly 40 wines that your waiter will gladly guide you through. Check website for monthly wine dinners. A dozen or so beers and a few specialty drinks such as Dominick’s Homemade Limoncello and a frozen peach Bellini. $$$$

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Donderos’ Kitchen 584 N. Milledge Ave. • 706-389-7955 www.donderoskitchen.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Fri. The Look : This locally owned family business situated in a renovated historic home within the Cobbham neighborhood serves authentic international food prepared from scratch daily. Take an order to go or eat at the outside picnic table, sun porch or gold dining room. Menu : An ever-changing menu of items rotates throughout the week. Monday may start off the week with Thai dishes, Wednesday with German and Friday with Cajun. Donderos’ also hosts a selection of gourmet groceries, frozen prepared foods, ceramics, cookbooks and art. $

Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina 3523 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-353-7771 www.dospalmasmex.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look :

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As the sister restaurant to the Eastside La Fiesta, Dos Palmas has an inviting, family-oriented atmosphere with a “Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa” approach to service. Menu : The most popular staples of Mexican fare such as tacos, burritos, fajitas and quesadillas are all here. Desserts include homemade flan, churros, sopapilla and fried ice cream. Drinks: Two beers on draft and over 30 tequilas. Tequila cocktails include a Pomegranate Margarita, Tequila Sunrise (gold tequila, OJ & grenadine) and Bloody Maria (silver tequila, tomato juice, Tapatio & Worcestershire). $$

The Downtowner 283 Broad St. • 706-559-0009 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Brand-new sister bar to Normal Bar with a clean, quiet atmosphere and skilled bartenders. The large picture windows and front steps are prime spots for downtown people-watching. Drinks : Specialty cocktails, top-shelf liquor and affordable beer and wine.

Earth Fare Café 1689 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-227-1717 www.earthfare.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Inside the upscale natural foods store in Five Points. Plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors for those who want to hang around and eat. Menu : Items are prepared with the same kind of premium ingredients that line the store’s grocery aisles. The salad bar is full of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and the hot bar carries healthy entrees for meateaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. Fresh smoothies, juice, coffee and a pair of daily soups, too. Breakfast and brunch items rotate, but you’ll likely find items like quiche and vegan sausage. $

East West Bistro 351 E. Broad St. • 706-546-9378 www.eastwestbistro.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Two floors of downtown dining with a popular bar. Watch as the chefs and waitstaff prepare your meal in the open kitchen. Extra long booths and room upstairs are great for larger parties. Menu : Asian and Mediterranean styles come together in sophisticated dishes. For lunch, Chicken Bahn Mi (topped with cilantro, basil, carrot slaw and spicy aioli) and grilled fish tacos are favorites. For dinner, Chicken Chimichurri (with roasted cherry tomatoes and mint chimichurri served with chilled herb couscous and sauteed spinach) and the Porterhouse Pork Chop (marinated in Chinese black beans, cilantro, sweet chilis and lime with roasted apple chutney) are options. Drinks : A distinguished wine menu has won a Wine Spectator award since 1995. Popular martinis include the Godiva (Stoli vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, vanilla ice cream) and the Blue East (sake, Grey Goose vodka, cranberry and lime juice). $$$

Eat Hibachi 131 E. Broad St. • 706-548-7441 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : TakeOut, Delivery, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Th.–Sat. The Look : Dark wooden tables, chic light fixtures and counter service make for a hip and casual atmosphere. Watch as the cooks prepare your food on two large hibachi grills. Menu : Traditional Japanese and Korean fare are on offer.Teriyaki lovers can choose from six different combinations of chicken, beef, salmon and shrimp, which include grilled veggies and rice. Adventurous eaters can try more authentic dishes such as Bul-Go-Gi, Yuk Gae Jang or Kim Chi Soup. $

8e’s Bar ‰ 120 E. Washington St. • 706-613-1764 www.facebook.com/8esbar File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Pop art portraits, ‘80s movie posters, jerseys and colorful graffiti adorn the walls of this ‘80s-themed bar. Dance underneath the disco ball to the tunes of MJ, Prince and Madonna. Drinks : Nothing too unusual: bottled beers, cheap pitchers and traditional cocktails.

El Azteca 1280 Oconee St. • 706-549-2639 File Under : Mexican and South American, VegetarianFriendly. Features : Beer, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : The bright orange and blue exterior makes this free-standing space with plenty of parking hard to miss. Menu : All of the obligatory south-of-the-border classics like tacos, burritos, fajitas and quesadillas. $

El Paisano 478 North Ave. • 706-353-0346 File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars & Clubs. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Fri.–Sun. The Look : Located in the Sky City Shopping Center, this restaurant combines Mexican decor with a sports bar. On weekend nights, the restaurant evolves into a bar and dance club. Menu : Many combination plates with chalupas, tacos, burritos, tostaguacs and more. Take a trip to the lunch buffet on weekdays to fill up on traditional fare. Drinks : Order a Margarita or beer to go with your meal.

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The classic Hawthorne Drugs Soda Fountain expanded into a cute eatery. Menu : Many of the soda fountain’s favorites have stayed. For breakfast, order a breakfast sandwich or check out the display case for the daily selection of homemade breads, including muffins, scones, bagels, biscuits, toast and cinnamon rolls. Salads, hot dogs, homemade soups and sandwiches for lunch. $

Espresso Royale Caffe 297 E. Broad St. • 706-613-7449 File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : TakeOut, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Mon.–Fri, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Sat.–Sun, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. The Look : Local artwork adorns the walls of this snug spot ideal for reading or studying. Menu : A full selection of coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate, as well as smoothies, Polar Freezes, Italian sodas and juices. Many homemade baked goods and sandwiches to choose from for accompanying your beverage. $

Etienne Brasserie 311 E. Broad St. • 706-850-8008 www.etienneathens.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : New French restaurant with a rustic, yet sophisticated feel. Menu : Traditional French dishes such as duck confit, escargo, coq au vin (marinated game hen, smoked bacon and wild mushrooms) and filet au poivre (beef tenderloin prepared with a cognac peppercorn sauce). Affordable lunch options include hamburgers, homemade crepes, salads and steak frites. Drinks : The bar, which extends its hours long after dinner, features an extensive list of specialty beers and focuses on liquor and French wines. $$$

Fahrenheit 321 E. Clayton St. • 706-227-2007 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : Dance beneath the disco ball, take a seat at the bar and watch one of the five TVs or play a game of pool upstairs. Drinks : A sign above the bar proudly claims “Our house wine is Jagermeister.” Nightly drink specials.

Farm 255 255 W. Washington St. • 706-549-4660 www.farm255.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Live Music, Reservations, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch (Farm Cart), Mon.–Fri. Dinner, Tu.–Sun. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Farmhouse chic in a 1930s building with a lofted ceiling, open kitchen, large outdoor patio and communal picnic tables. Live music several nights a week. Menu : Offers a farm-to-table experience serving only local, seasonal and sustainable food sourced from Full Moon Farms and Moonshine Meats. The cuisine is a fusion of Southern and Mediterranean influences (shrimp & grits, pappardelle, charcuterie) and all meat comes from grass-fed animals. The Farm Cart, a street cart serving up items like burgers, salads and sandwiches, is open weekdays on the patio for lunch. Drinks : The bar, which stays open past dining hours, has an admirable selection of draft and bottled beer with a focus on microbrews and high-gravities. Seasoned bartenders will gladly walk you through selecting the perfect wine or mix you a specialty cocktail. $$$

Fatz Café 4115 Lexington Rd. • 706-425-8780 www.fatz.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

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fine dining in a historic Five Points building. Menu : Innovative European cuisine with a Southern flair created by Chef Hugh Acheson, five-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast. The menu changes frequently, but expect dishes such as Low Country Frogmore Stew (Georgia shrimp, fingerling potatoes, corn, spicy andouille sausage, leek and tomato broth), Roasted VA Flounder (with sage brown butter, croutons, fava beans, roasted shiitakes and grilled ramps) and Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop (with Red Mule grits cake, baby collards, bread & butter pickles and ham hock jus). Arrive before 6 p.m. for the three-course prix-fixe dinner. Brunch options include kiwi pineapple pancakes, egg white frittata (fingerling potatoes, feta, shiitake mushrooms and local lettuces) and housemade granola. Drinks : Barstaff and servers will help guide you through the impressively long wine list. Several signature cocktails as well. $$$$

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries 101 College Ave. • 706-549-2811 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-549-9081 www.fiveguys.com File Under : Sandwiches and Burgers. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Thurs.–Sat. The Look : Classic burger joint with a simple red and white checkered scheme. Snack on complementary peanuts while you wait for your order. Menu : Burgers, hot dogs and fries (plain or Cajun-style) make up this simple menu. Load up your burger or hot dog with free toppings (like grilled mushrooms, jalapenos and pickles) and remember to order a “little” burger if you only want one patty; the standard burger comes with two. $

Five Star Day Café 229 E. Broad St. • 706-543-8552 www.fivestardaycafe.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. The Look : Colorful art decorates the walls of this distinctly local and laid-back cafe. Counter service enhances the casual dining experience. Menu : Gourmet soul food that offers a unique twist on traditional Southern dishes, like the Trinity of Soul (collard greens, rice and black-eyed peas topped with hoppin’ john relish) and Lone Star Trout (cornmeal dusted and pan fried, topped with black-eyed pea Texas caviar). Breakfast items include True Grits (cheddar grits topped with country ham and diced tomato) and the Elvis Breakfast (French toast sandwich with peanut butter and banana). Check the chalkboard for daily specials. $$

Lyndon House Arts Center 293 Hoyt Street, Athens GA, 30601

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Hours of Operation: Tuesday/Thursday: 12 noon – 9 pm Wednesday/Friday/Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm Lyndon House Arts Center is operated by ACC Department of Leisure Services. For gallery/class schedules, events and tours call 706-613-3623. Gallery Shop operated in partnership with Visual Arts Guild of Athens

Flanagan’s 301 E. Clayton St. • 706-208-9711 www.flanagansathens.homestead.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The The Look : A green exterior, exposed brick walls and several neon green lights hanging in the window create an Irish pub-inspired spot popular among the college crowd. Drinks : 10 beers on draft and many more in bottle. Shots, bombs and cocktails are popular with the energetic crowd. Get in the spirit with an Irish Carbomb, Nutty Irishman or a tall glass of Guinness.

LHAC is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Flicker Theatre & Bar ‰ 263 W. Washington St. • 706-546-0039 www.flickertheatreandbar.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, CC. The Look : A townie destination with a jam-packed schedule of events including live music, comedy shows, cult films, art receptions, poker, poetry readings and ping pong tournaments. Drinks : Seasoned bartenders serve from a good selection of beer and wine as well as cocktails such as the Godiva Chocolate Martini, Creamsicle (vanilla vodka, Triple Sec, OJ and cream) and made from scratch Bloody Marys. Try The Happy Meal (shot of Jameson and a PBR) for an inexpensive combination. Coffee, snacks and free popcorn, too.

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Flight Tapas and Bar 225 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-549-0200 www.flighttapasathens.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Live Music, Reservations. Hours : Dinner, Tues.Sun. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Exposed brick walls accented with local art and candle-lit tables create a sophisticated, intimate look. Menu : Globally influenced tapas with “flights” of food such as the Sea Flight (tuna tartare, calamari, scallops), Land Flight (grilled petite filet, steak tartare, quail) and Flight of Spring Rolls (pork confit, shrimp, vegetable). Other tapas include lobster ravioli, bacon-wrapped quail and fish tacos. Menu rotates based on seasonality. Drinks : An impressive selection of wines, beers and specialty cocktails including the Ole Smokey (bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, ginger ale, blood orange bitters) and the Orange-Chocolate Truffle (Grand Marnier, creme de cocoa, cream, orange twist). $$

Food for the Soul 1965 W. Broad St. • 706-546-0052 File Under : Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch, Tu.–Fri. & Sun. The Look : Humble eatery with a self-service buffet. Menu : Soul food staples like meatloaf, pork chops, cubed steak, cabbage, mashed potatoes and fried corn rotate each day on the buffet. Pair a meat with two sides for a meal, or take the all-you-can-eat route. $

Fox’s Pizza Den 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-850-7240 2971 Monroe Hwy. • Watkinsville • 678-661-0220 www.foxspizzaoconee.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Family-friendly pizzeria. Menu : Create your own pizza with eight meats, 13 vegetables, three cheeses and five sauces to choose from, or order a specialty pizza like the Bacon Double Cheeseburger, Chicken Alfredo or Baked Potato pizza. In lieu of pizza, head for a stromboli, hoagie, salad or pasta. $

Fresh Air Bar-B-Que 5170 Atlanta Hwy. • Bogart • 770-725-5227 1110 Hull Rd. • 706-546-6060 www.freshairbbq.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Buffet (Hull Rd.), Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days (Atlanta Hwy.). Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sat. (Hull Rd.). The Look : Old-time country BBQ joint. Menu : Plates of chopped pork BBQ sandwiches, chicken and ribs. Sides include Brunswick stew, baked beans, coleslaw, French fries and chips. The Thursday and Friday lunch buffet at the Hull Road location allows you to fill up on as much BBQ as you want. $

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Washington & Lumpkin St. Parking Deck www.fuzzystacoshop.com File Under : Mexican. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : This Texasbased chain is slated to open in the new downtown parking deck. Menu : Breakfast items include huevos rancheros (fried eggs with veggies and salsa), migas (eggs scrambled with chorizo) and chilaquiles (eggs scrambled with beef or chicken) and are served with Latin fried potatoes, refried beans and tortillas. Burritos and tacos stuffed with your choice of veggies and meat are the staple here, but the menu also includes grilled sandwiches, fajitas and quesadillas. $

Genco Import Co. 246 E. Clayton St. • 706-354-0203 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : Furnished with dark wooden tables, comfortable leather sofas and a marble bar. Drinks : Multiple draft beers and a wide selection of bottled beers, including a few high gravity and craft brews. Try a specialty house drink such as the Scooby Snack, Asian Sunset or The Windex. A few wine options, too.

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Terri Silva bar manager

An Athens resident for 23 years, T Silva has seen the evolution of the local bar environment. From a town that only supported a handful of bars in the late ‘80s, Athens has cultivated an active late-night scene. As a bartender/manager, Silva knows what keeps them coming back for another round. On what makes the Athens bar scene special: There are so many bars in such a small area. Anyone can find a place to go that fits them or their mood. It also makes it very easy to hop around from bar to bar. On any given night there are several options for entertainment as well. There is always something going on. On how the Athens bar scene has evolved: I have seen bars open and close or change names and/or owners. I think for a bar to succeed in this town you have to first provide great customer service, know your regulars, make new regulars, provide an ever-changing beer and drink selection and offer an array of entertainment. I feel like Little Kings, although we do have a great base of regulars, is kinda an “everyone” bar. We host drag shows, a weekly punk rock night, the Athens Americana Fest, AthFest, Slopfest, the Athens Farmers Market, comedy shows, wedding receptions, DJs, live bands and provide a space for many different community fundraisers. On what makes for a great night out: Grab a Flagpole and see what’s going on. Don’t settle on one place; try out a bunch of different bars. Don’t limit yourself to just live music because Athens is a “music town.” Check out some indie films at Ciné, go dance your ass off to one of the many great DJs that live and spin here. Check out some comedy or grab some friends and play some trivia. But definitely check out Little Kings Shuffle Club—hang out, make some new friends and maybe play some cornhole.

General Beauregard’s 164 E. Clayton St. • 706-543-8201 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : An antebellum-themed bar decked out in Confederate regalia and pre-Civil War stylings, complete with massive bronze-framed mirrors, a glittering chandelier, flags and rocking chairs. Drinks : Several specialty drinks such as the Dixieland Tea (Kentucky bourbon and sweet tea served in a mason jar with a lemon slice) stay true to the bar’s theme. Most other drinks are here, too, plus eight domestic brews on tap and wine.

George’s Lowcountry Table 2095 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-548-3359 www.georgeslowcountrytable.net File Under : Something Different. Features : Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Reservations, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Live Music, CC. Hours : 4–10 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.,

Sat.–Sun. The Look : Created as an homage to George Davis, the founder of Gus Garcia’s and Harry Bissett’s, this restaurant offers fine dining with Southern charm. Menu : Southern comfort cuisine with a touch of Cajun and Creole. Start off with shrimp and grits, gumbo or fried green tomatoes. For dinner, try quail and polenta, eggplant pirogue or crab cakes. Lowcountry Eggs Benedict and French toast casserole for brunch. Drinks : Hearty list of international wines and a handful of cordials and ports to top off a meal. Try a signature cocktail such as The George (Dewar’s Whiskey and water), The Southerner (Georgia-made gin, club soda and orange juice) or a French gimlet (Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain and lime juice). $$$

Georgia Bar 159 W. Clayton St. • 706-546-9884 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, Live Music, CC. The Look : Fueled by locals since 1986. Try your hand at an arcade game or play a round of pool inside.

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An outdoor area makes for some great people-watching during happy hour. Drinks : All the usual suspects behind the bar, including eight drafts with typically two or three Terrapins. Free peanuts to munch on while you drink.

Georgia Theatre Restaurant 215 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-850-7670 www.georgiatheatre.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers & Chicken, VegetarianFriendly. Features : Full Bar, Outside Seating, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Located on the top of the recently rebuilt Georgia Theatre, this rooftop restaurant and bar has a great view of downtown and is open every day. Menu : Lots of sandwiches and salads made with local produce whenever possible. Try the BBQ, smoked chicken salad, pimento cheese or tofu sandwich. Drinks : A full bar offers refreshing classic cocktails and several beer choices. $

Gigi’s Cupcakes 296 W. Broad St. • 706-208-7879 www.gigiscupcakesusa.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : TakeOut, Catering. Hours : Open 7 days. The Look : Cupcake bakery franchise with bright pink walls and friendly orderat-the-counter service. Menu : Flavors rotate each day of the week, but expect eclectic options like orange dreamsicle, Margarita, strawberry shortcake, chocolate malt and Kentucky bourbon pie. $

Girasoles 24 Greensboro Hwy. • Watkinsville • 706-310-0410 www.girasolesfusion.com File Under : Something Different. Features : Beer & Wine, Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/ CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Fri. Dinner, Sat. Sunday Brunch Buffet. The Look : Fine dining situated in a strip a little ways down from Watkinsville’s Town Center. Menu : A fusion of Italian, Mexican and Latino cuisines. Try sirloin with a blueberry balsamic glaze, Oaxaca Chicken topped with a mango chipotle sauce or Pork Loin Scallopini marinated in an apple brandy cream sauce. Let Chef Jose Zambrano personally select a trio of dishes for you to best experience Girasoles’ variety of flavors. During brunch, you’ll find omelettes, breakfast burritos and Eggs Benedict. $$$

The Globe ‰ 199 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-353-4721 File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, VegetarianFriendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Live Music, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Pubs from across the pond are the model here. A dark wooden interior with a large black and white mural depicting the evolution of wine making above a big brass bar creates a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Menu : Affordable pub

cuisine. Popular dishes include Fish and Chips, the Globe burger and Tandoori chicken salad. Don’t leave without trying their house-made red velvet cake. Drinks : The vast selection of 80 beers, 66 wines and 38 malts has helped The Globe earn its reputation as a bar for the discerning drinker. $

beef and General Tso’s Chicken) in addition to all the expected classics. Lunch specials offer big portions at low prices and come with soup, fried rice and an egg roll. A Lighter Fare section offers steamed meals low in sodium and made with less oil and no MSG. $$

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1080 Baxter St. • 706-850-5858 www.gnatslanding.net File Under : American, Bars. Features : Live Music, TakeOut, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Dinner Only, Mon. Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sun. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Casual and beachy offshoot of its original St. Simon’s location. Menu : Choose between 10 different seafood platters, available fried, blackened or grilled with a choice of two sides (french fries, sweet potato fries, cheese grits, grilled veggies, pasta salad) and hush puppies. Also, a wide selection of hot and cold sandwiches (Tarragon Chicken Salad, Homemade Pimento Cheese, Fried Green Tomato Club, Po-Boy). Drinks : Full bar including seven beers on draft. A new frozen drink machine whips up lots of Margaritas, frozen lemonades, daquiris and pina coladas. $$$

1971 Hog Mountain Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-4047 42 Main St. • Watkinsville • 706-769-4047 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Th.–Sat. The Look : Visit this BBQ joint at its fixed location with a few tables or catch it on a sunny Friday or Saturday in downtown Watkinsville when it sets up its mobile unit. Menu : Popular BBQ fare like pulled pork, baby back ribs, slaw, beans and Brunswick stew. $

Go Bar 195 Prince Ave. • 706-546-5609 www.myspace.com/gobar File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating, CC. The Look : A small space with a stylish, mod aesthetic complete with a disco ball, circular mirrors and silver painted walls. A large outdoor patio area enshrouded in blue lights offers a break from the typically sweaty dance parties underway inside. DJs and live bands perform regularly here and karaoke is held weekly. Drinks : No draft beers, but plenty of bottled domestics and imports. Mixed drinks and shots keep the party going until the wee hours.

Golden Dragon 126 Alps Rd. • 706-552-1688 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine (Alps Rd.), Buffet, Take-Out, Delivery, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Spacious restaurant located in a shopping center. Menu : Tons of Chinese options like fried rice, chow mein, lo mein and egg fu young offered with beef, chicken, pork, shrimp or vegetables. An inexpensive and massive all-you-can-eat lunch buffet offers 300 items daily, including Mongolian Beef, Mandarin Ribs, Sesame Chicken and Sweet & Sour Pork. $$

Golden Sun Chinese Restaurant 4375 Lexington Rd. • 706-549-3388 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Delivery, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sun. The Look : Dining with a nice atmosphere within the Eastside Walmart shopping center. Menu : Pages upon pages of options with over 30 chef specials (Peking Duck, orange

The Granary 20 Greensboro Hwy. • Watkinsville • 706-769-6766 www.thegranarybread.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : TakeOut, CC. Hours : Breakfast and Lunch, Mon.–Sat. The Look : A family owned bakery and country store with counter-service. Swing by for a cup of coffee and a baked treat, or browse through the selection of spices, grains and snacks that line the walls. Menu : Loaves of bread are made fresh each morning from grains ground right in the bakery’s own stone mill. Sweets include cookies, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, muffins and scones.

Graze Burgers & Salads 227 Prince Ave. • 706-543-5514 www.grazeburgers.com File Under : Burgers, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Wi-Fi. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.-Sat. The Look : Clean decor with fast food-style booths and a bigscreen TV. Menu : Portions and prices start small for ultimate customization. Build your own 3 oz. grazer or salad and choose from 50+ toppings and over a dozen types of meats, including Cajun alligator, American kobe, duck, elk, venison, wild boar, bison, lamb and ahi tuna. Vegetarian options include black bean burgers, falafel, fried mozzarella and tofu. Drinks : A few domestic beers, lots of imports and a couple of brews on draft. Wine, too. $$

Grilled Teriyaki Athens 259 E. Broad St. • 706-850-6880 www.grilledteriyakiathens.com File Under : Asian. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.–Fri. Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Late Night, Fri.–Sat. The Look : Downtown spot with a clean interior design and late night weekend hours convenient after you’ve had an evening of bar hopping. Menu : Hibachi meals (chicken, shrimp, scallops, New York strip, filet mignon, tofu or any combination thereof) come with rice, veggies and a

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choice of soup or salad. Sushi options include seven nigiri, five maki, five vegetarian and 16 special rolls such as the Phoenix Roll (jumbo shrimp tempura, avocado, tuna, salmon, masago, ebi shrimp and spicy sauce) and the deep fried Mermaid Roll (salmon, scallop and cucumber topped with eel and spicy sauce). $$

The Grill ‰ 171 College Ave. • 706-543-4770 www.thegrillathensga.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, VegetarianFriendly. Features : Beer, Take-Out, CC. Hours : 24 hours, 7 days. The Look : Classic ‘50s-style diner furnishings ornamented with an assortment of pop culture and oldAthens accoutrements. Menu : The dozen or so burgers and old-fashioned, hand-spun milkshakes are the backbone here, while fresh-cut fries with feta dressing are the most popular side. Fakin’ Bacon BLTs, Tofu Dogs and Sun Burgers are among the list of vegetarian options. Breakfast is served daily from midnight until noon and includes all the dependable a.m. staples like fried egg sandwiches, chicken biscuits and buttermilk pancakes. $

The Grit ‰ 199 Prince Ave. • 706-543-6592 www.thegrit.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. The Look : This nationally renowned vegetarian restaurant with an arty atmosphere has been a distinctly Athens joint for over two decades. Menu : A variety of international cuisines, ranging from Indian, Italian, Mexican and Middle Eastern fare. Faux-meat items like the tofu Reuben sandwich, gyro sandwich and bahn mi sandwhich are enjoyed among carnivores and vegetarians alike. Check the chalkboard for daily specials and seasonal sides. During the weekend brunch, enjoy breakfast burritos, omelettes, tofu scrambles and mimosas. Dessert case full of “habit-forming” cakes, pies and cookies made in-house. Check out their cookbook, too. $$

Gymnopedie 675 Pulaski St. #1400 gymnopedie.posterous.com/ File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Wine, CC. Hours : Dinner, Fri.–Sun. The Look : Nestled inside the Leathers Building, this cozy nook seats up to 16 people at a time, features one family style dining table for eight and two smaller bistro tables. Menu : Selftaught chef Sarah Dunning creates an ever-changing menu of seasonal vegetarian dishes using local produce. Expect creative dishes such as chilled carrot and ginger soup, swiss chard empanada and summer squash casserole served with a shaved celery-date salad. For dessert, chocolate ganache torte served with local cucumber sorbet. A few French wines are always on hand. $$

Gyro Wrap 175 E. Broad St. • 706-543-9071 www.gyrowrap.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer, Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A small café on Broad Street with sidewalk seating great for people-watching. Menu : Salads, tortilla and pita wraps and Phillys. The stand-out menu item is the Gyro Wrap: a grilled pita with hand-carved roast of beef and lamb with house z-sauce and lettuce. Pair it with hot kurly fries and creamy feta dressing for a full meal. $

Half Moon Pub 301 E. Clayton St. www.flanagansathens.homestead.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : Don’t mistake this bar for the downstairs of its rowdier neighbor bar, Flanagan’s. Once you walk down the steps to this cellar pub, you’ll find a relatively mellow atmosphere. Drinks :

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Happy China Buffet 2301 College Station Rd. • 706-552-3388 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Large buffet tables stand front and center in the shopping center locale. Menu : Fill your plate up with samples from a wide variety of Chinese cuisine at the buffet or choose from over 80 classic entrees off the menu. $$

Harry’s Pig Shop 2425 Jefferson Rd. • 706-612-9219 www.harryspigshop.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : This modern diner is nicer than your average BBQ joint. Menu : Harry’s specialties include BBQ pork and hen sandwiches, baby back ribs, brisket Philly, tenderloin sliders and the McDowell Burger (topped with dill pickles and spiced bacon and scallion potato salad). Each plate comes with two sides like sweet potato fries, squash casserole, marinated beets, hash or baked mac ‘n’ cheese. For dessert, try homemade banana pudding or bread pudding. $

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Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market 815 N. Chase St. • 706-354-7901 www.heirloomathens.com File Under : American. Features : Vegetarian-Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. Beer, Wine, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Sunday Brunch. The Look : From the reclaimed pine of a cotton mill used to build benches to the rusty farmhouse shingles on the front of the bar, this new Boulevard neighborhood farm-to-table cafe and gourmet market is all about sustainability and sourcing locally. Relax with a game of bocce ball outdoors. Menu : A highly seasonal menu reflecting each week’s harvest. Lunch offers healthy sandwiches, salads and soups. A bistro-style dinner menu with Spanish, Italian and Southern elements includes housemade ravioli, a vegan stir fry and grilled pork chop with peach compote. For brunch, try French toast stuffed with fromage blanc and fruit preserves or sweet Georgia shrimp with Red Mule grits. $$$

Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 1560 Oglethorpe Ave. • 706-353-3050 www.hendershotscoffee.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars. Features : Beer & Wine, Live Music. Hours : Open 7 days. The Look : This converted garage has a spacious interior, a reading room, a stage for performances and local art adorning the walls. Live music several nights a week. Out on the patio, you’ll find a giant chess board. Menu : An assortment of coffees, tea, seasonal fruit smoothies and juices. A good selection of craft beers and wines for when the sun goes down. Combine the best of both worlds with a coffee cocktail such as T’s Coffee (vodka, coffee liquor, Amaretto, homemade Irish Creme and dark roast coffee) or The Shendi (dark or medium blend coffee with a shot of Irish Creme and a dash of Creme de Menthe). $

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Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet 2020 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-546-8777 www.hibachigrillathens.com File Under : Asian. Features : Buffet, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Glammed up with chandeliers, water features and neon signs, this restaurant features a huge buffet ideal for parties with picky eaters. Menu : Choose your raw proteins and vegetables in whatever quantity you desire to be seared up in front of you at the hibachi station. Buffet tables for sushi, American food, fruit and salad, ice cream and desserts and tons of Chinese dishes are spread across the room.

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Highwire Lounge ‰ 269 N. Hull St. • 706-543-8997 www.highwirelounge.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Wi-Fi, CC. The Look : An upscale venue with handcrafted walnut booths, private meeting rooms and a stage frequently hosting live music. Menu : Pub food from its sister bar, Trappeze, is available. Drinks : High-end cocktails carefully crafted with small batch liquors and fresh ingredients like The Bon Vivant (Dutch chocolate, creme de menthe, mint bitters) and Lavender 75 (housemade lavender cordial, Boomsma Genever, lemon champagne). A unique brunch menu includes the Ginger Toddy (Domaine de Canton liqueur, green tea, lemon and mint) and Elderflower Mimosa (St. Germain liqueur, grapefruit, champagne). A plethora of craft beers and wine.

Hilltop Grille 2310 W. Broad St. • 706-353-7667 www.hilltopgrille.com File Under : American, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Reservations, Take-Out, Live Music, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.-Sun. Dinner, Mon. Sunday Brunch. The Look : A lodge-like atmosphere with a wood ceiling and stone accents away from the downtown scene. UGA-themed artwork by cartoonist Jack Davis is displayed throughout. Menu : Steak and seafood are the centerpieces. Settle down with a NY strip, ribeye, filet mignon or crown steak. Seafood selections include Bayou tilapia, lobster tails and pecan-crusted rainbow trout. For brunch, try a crab cake benedict, eggs Wellington or shrimp and grits. Drinks : An impressive wine list. $$$

Hodgson’s Pharmacy 1260 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-543-7386 File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : Checks/ CC, Outside Seating. Hours : Mon.–Fri, 9–6 p.m. Sat, 9–5 p.m. The Look : Old-fashioned refreshment service inside a Five Points pharmacy. Menu : Enjoy one of 20 flavors of Edy’s ice cream in a cone or cup for just $1, or turn it into a malt, shake or float. Real vanilla and cherry cokes, too.

Honey B’s Deli 1428 Prince Ave. • 706-549-3709 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Sat. The Look : This small breakfast and lunch spot connected to the Fast Trac on Prince Avenue is named after its honey biscuits. Menu : In the morning, breakfast plates of eggs, hash browns and grits and biscuit sandwiches with bacon, sausage, chicken, steak,

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HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café 3690 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-613-8800 www.honeybaked.com File Under : Sandwiches. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.–Sat. $

Hot Thomas Barbecue 3753 Hwy. 15 • Watkinsville • 706-769-6550 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Checks. Hours : Lunch & Dinner until 6 p.m, Tu.–Sat. The Look : Old-fashioned, family-operated roadside store about five miles south of Watkinsville. Menu : Simple yet popular BBQ fare. The smoky chopped pork with either a ketchup- or vinegar-based sauce anchors most plates. Sides include slaw, fries and Brunswick stew. $

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Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Mon.–Fri, 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. The Look : A cute, colorful café and bakery in Normaltown. Menu : Breakfast sandwiches with egg, ham, bacon and cheese combinations in the morning, and choices like spicy pulled pork and sweet slaw on ciabatta or roasted veggies, tahini and watercress on sunflower multi-grain in the afternoon. Muffins, bars and an array of donuts such as The Elvis Donut (peanut butter, banana, bacon) and colorful donuts topped with cereal (Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles). Luna bread is also available. $

Inoko Express 2061 Experiment Station Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-7088 3190 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-425-8828 www.inokoexpress.com File Under : Asian. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Quick counter service ideal for meals to go, but there’s also plenty of room to dine in. Menu : A short and sweet menu of three salads and 10 main courses (teriyaki or grilled meat combinations) that each come with fried rice, vegetables and three sauces. $

295 E. Dougherty St. • 706-425-0444 www.foundryparkinn.com/Hoyt-House File Under : Something Different. Features : Beer & Wine, Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Foundry Park Inn’s restaurant located within a restored two-story house built in 1829. Menu : In the morning, find griddle-style waffles, sausage-stuffed pancakes, buttermilk biscuits, omelets and house-smoked salmon with bagels. For lunch, updated and refined Southern cuisine like Fresh Market Atlantic Fish with citrus buerre blanc and tomatillo salsa, steak paninis and black bean burgers. $$

161 Alps Rd. • 706-546-8589 www.inokos.com File Under : Asian. Features : Full Bar, Reservations, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Dinner, 7 days. Lunch, Sun. The Look : The main draws are the hibachi grills at every table and the chefs who show off their exceptional knife skills as they prepare your meals. Menu : Combinations of ribeye steak, filet mignon, chicken, shrimp, scallops and lobster dropped over rice and veggies and paired with miso soup and a salad. Good selection of sushi on hand as well. $$$

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815 W. Broad St. File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, 7 Days. The Look : Slated to open in September 2011, this new bagel place was named after Ideal Amusement, which formerly occupied the same space. Menu : A variety of breakfast and lunch bagels made in-house by Luna Bakery. Luna bread is also for sale.

2301 College Station Rd. • 706-546-5662 File Under : Asian. Features : Delivery, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Th.–Sat. The Look : Casual chic with speedy service and a spacious on-site dining area. Menu : A few dozen varieties of maki and nigiri sushi are available, including some popular specialty rolls such as the Widespread Roll and Spicy Bulldog Roll. Japanese staples like tempura, gyoza and teriyaki meats, too. $

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ern design with leather seats. a silver ceiling, glowing fish tank and a bar decorated with vintage maps. Drinks : Traditional cocktails like Manhattans, Mojitos, Old Fashioneds and Whiskey Sours, and plenty of beers including seven on draft. A TY KU menu features cocktails with under 100 calories such as the Ginger Crush, Skinny Rita and Superfruit Mojito. A cigar menu offers Cohiba, Classic Cuban and Wolf Pack cigars to take with you to the outdoor patio. Also serves some food like hot dogs, Polish and Italian sausages and chips.

Jason’s Deli 140 Alps Rd. • 706-425-4950 www.jasonsdeli.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Delivery, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Deli located near the Alps Shopping Center. Menu : Subs, paninis, wraps, muffalettas, pasta, soups and salads. Tons of vegetarian and healthconscious options. There is no use of MSG, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. Take on the all you can eat salad bar for unlimited veggies. Free soft-serve ice cream, too. $

Jersey Mike’s Subs 1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy. • 706-543-4114 www.jerseymikes.com File Under : Sandwiches. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs 600 Baxter St. • 706-613-0500 www.jimmyjohns.com File Under : Sandwiches. Features : Take-Out, Delivery, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Sandwich assembly counter service. Menu : 25 sandwiches in various sizes. Depending on your appetite, choose a Plain Slim (just meat and cheese), an 8" sub sandwich, a Giant Club or the J.J. Gangantuan (a sandwich stacked with five meats, cheese and veggies big enough to feed the hungriest of humans). As a low-carb option, JJ Unwiches are made with lettuce wraps instead of bread. $

Jittery Joe’s Coffee ‰ Athens Technical College, Bldg. 700 • 706-353-0021 27 Greensboro Hwy. • Watkinsville • 706-769-4280 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-354-8000 1480 Baxter St. • 706-548-1099 1220 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-208-1979 UGA Miller Learning Center • 706-549-2124 www.jitteryjoes.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : DriveThru (Baxter St. & Greensboro Hwy.), Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Vary by location. Open 7 days. The Look : Each location of this Athens-based franchise is different from the others, but all share an atmosphere of warm colors, comfortable seating, art and a distinctly Athens flavor. Menu : Locally micro-roasted Arabica coffees from around the world in every which way. Wide range of hot drinks like the infamous Crackaccino (four shots of espresso and frothed milk), vanilla chai tea and Turtle Mocha (latte with dark chocolate and caramel). Cool down with an iced coffee, Fruit Freeze or Frosty Joe, offered in six flavors. Locally baked goodies like scones, bagels and muffins throughout the day.

The Tasting Room at Jittery Joe’s Roasting Company 780 E. Broad St. • 706-227-2161 www.jitteryjoes.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun., 12 p.m.–6 p.m. The Look : A tinlined warehouse where coffee gets micro-roasted. Ask roaster Charlie Mustard for a tour, or just take a seat on the wooden porch to relax or study. Menu : Fresh-ground beans by the pound, cups of coffee, teas and shots of espresso.

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Johnny’s New York Style Pizza 1040 Gaines School Rd. • 706-354-1515 www.athensjohnnys.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Beer & Wine, Vegetarian-Friendly, Take-Out, Catering, Delivery, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Pizzeria with a New York flavor. Menu : Features hand-tossed pizzas and hot baked subs. The house specialty is Johnny’s Italian Special (sausage, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni and green peppers). Other items include calzones, stromboli, pasta and salads. $

Jot ‘Em Down Country Store & BBQ ‰ 480 Macon Hwy. • 706-549-2110 www.jotemdownathens.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Wed.– Sun. The Look : Old-fashioned BBQ joint. Menu : BBQ “the way it’s s’posed to be.” Boston butt pulled pork, ribs and BBQ sandwiches. Seafood options include broiled trout and fried catfish. Add two sides (potato salad, cabbage casserole, Brunswick stew, baked beans) to complete your plate. Everything comes in a variety of eight sauces, ranging from a ketchup or mustard base to mild vinegar base. $$

J.R.’s Baitshack 142 N. Jackson St. • 706-208-9100 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : A casual beach vibe reigns at this two-story nautical-themed bar. Upstairs you’ll find a small stage for live music and an outdoor patio. Drinks : Fruity shots and cold beachy drinks, like a strawberry banana smoothie, are always hits with the party crowd. No shortage of domestic brews and a few drafts are here as well.

Just Pho…and More 1063 Baxter St. • 706-850-1420 www.justphoandmore.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : TakeOut, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sun. The Look : Family run Vietnamese eatery with sit-down service and local art gracing the walls. Menu : 15 varieties of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) from which to choose, as well as other traditional dishes like bahn mi sandwiches, com (rice plates with grilled meat) and bun (vermicelli noodles over lettuce and bean sprouts). Boba drinks (with tapioca balls) come in 15 flavors including passion fruit, lavender and taro. Sinh To (fruit smoothies) come in durian, jack fruit and avocado. Other unusual drinks include an aloe juice drink and a grass jelly drink. $

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Kabana 211 Tallassee Rd. • 706-850-7711 File Under : Something Different. Features : VegetarianFriendly, Outside Seating, Live Music, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Plenty of breezy outdoor seating accented with paper lanterns, candles and islandthemed decor. A large red stage out to the side for live music promises a fun and beachy experience. Menu : A lengthy list of Indian and Jamaican cuisine with a few American options as well. Indian options make up the majority of the menu, with popular dishes including samosas, tandoori chicken and lamb vindaloo. A vegetarian and vegan section of the menu makes non-meat dishes easy to find. All Jamaican plates (jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtail, grilled salmon) come with a choice of two sides (spicy cabbage, Jamaican root, squash). Breakfast includes country staples like eggs, biscuits, sausage and gravy. Ask about daily specials. $$

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Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : The flavor of Achim’s famous sandwich shop carries on in this new casual dining space. Menu : Specializes in the kebap, Germany’s signature sandwich via the Middle East. European bread or a wrap is loaded with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, feta, falafel or tuna. Add Belgian fries and sauce (Creamy Feta, Curry Up, Spicy Chipotle and Tangy Mayo, to name a few) for a meal. Kids’ meals include mini kebaps. Also serves gelato. $

Kelly’s Jamaican Food 1583 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-208-0000 File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Look: Bright yellow and green interior filled with pictures of Jamaica. Menu : Authentic Jamaican cuisine. Every plate is stacked with an entree (choices include jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, BBQ chicken and more) and comes with two vegetarianfriendly sides (spicy squash, spicy cabbage, mac ‘n’ cheese), sweet cornbread and a sweet tea. $$

Krimson Kafe 40 Greensboro Hwy. • Watkinsville • 706-310-0888 www.krimsonkafe.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks. Hours : Lunch, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Extremely cute and quaint small-town café down the road in Watkinsville. Menu : Different homemade soups, salads and sandwiches made daily. Sandwiches are the backbone of this operation, such as the Vanamonster (corn beef, Swiss-American cheese, honey mustard and saeurkraut on toasted rye) and Mocha Bird (smoked turkey and roast beef). Vegetarian options include the Hummus Wrap, Garden Burger and a triple-decker PBJ. A Build Your Own sandwich option makes any combination possible. $

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 3703 Atlanta Hwy. • Bogart • 706-208-0628 www.krispykreme.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : DriveThru, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Sun.–Th, 5:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.– Sat, 5:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

mariachi guitarist and sea creatures decorate the walls of this friendly spot located in a small shopping center. Menu : Largely a marisqueria, this restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican seafood dishes. Try a Mojarra Frita (whole fried fish), Tostada de Pulpo (octopus) or Camarones a la Diabla (spicy sauteed shrimp). Tacos, burritos and nachos, too. $$

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18 Barnett Shoals Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-1105 File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries, VegetarianFriendly. Features : Catering, CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Tues.–Fri. and Brunch on Sat. The Look : Formerly housed in White Tiger’s current location, Kumquat Mae is now nestled in a new spot in Watkinsville. Menu : The bakery includes signature items such as spinach and sundried-tomato bread, spinach-garlic bagels, cinnamon rolls and blueberry cream cheese muffins. For lunch, a menu offering hot and cold sandwiches and an assortment of salads made from local produce and meats. $

995 Hawthorne Ave. • 706-548-4261 File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : The original La Fiesta that has been serving Athens for over 25 years. Menu : Traditional Mexican fare including burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, quesadillas and nachos. Lots of combination dinners and vegetarian options to choose from as well. Dinner specialties include Camarones a la Diabla (shrimp sauteed in chipotle sauce) and chiles rellenos. Finish off your meal with an apple chimichanga, flan or Mexican Sundae. Drinks : Multiple draft and bottled beers, a handful of wines and several Margaritas to choose from. $$

La Dolce Vita 323 E. Broad St. • 706-353-3911 www.ladolcevitaathens.com File Under : Italian. Features : Beer & Wine, Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Small, tucked away upstairs location with a great bird’s-eye view of downtown and North Campus. Menu : Authentic Italian presented by owner Stefano Volpi. Homemade gnocchi, meatballs, lasagna, a large selection of carpacci (served raw or cooked) and desserts. Keep an eye out for daily specials on a chalkboard at the entrance. $$$

La Estrella 400 Hawthorne Ave. • 706-353-8557 File Under : Mexican. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Murals of a

La Fiesta #2 1395 College Station Rd. • 706-549-5933 www.athenslafiesta.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian–Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Eastside location with a colorful red-andgreen exterior. Menu : Popular Mexican fare like fajitas, tacos and enchiladas. Traditional dishes include the Torta Fiesta (roll filled with refried beans, grilled meat, cheese and veggies) and the Carnitas (flash fried roasted pork). If indecisive, select a combination entree for a sampling of several items. Drinks : Margaritas come in a variety of flavors including lime, strawberry, mango, peach and pina colada. Grab a Corona, Dos Equis, Tecate, Sol or Model Especial to complement your meal. A few domestics and house wines, too. $$

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La Rosita 840 Hull Rd. • 706-543-8854 File Under : Mexican. Features: Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A taqueria and torteria housed inside a gas station. Menu : 20+ entrées of traditional Mexican fare like tacos al pastor, tostadas, burritos and seafood options like whole fried fish and soups made with squid, shrimp, oysters and more. $$

Larry’s Giant Subs 196 Alps Rd. • 706-353-4733 1720 Epps Bridge Rd. • 706-227-7298 www.larryssubs.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $

Las Conchitas Caliente 1354 Prince Ave. • 706-353-2500 File Under : Mexican and South American, Vegetarian– Friendly. Features : Beer, Take–Out, Outside Seating, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Festive and friendly Latin American eatery in the heart of Normaltown. Menu : Strong focus on authentic Peruvian dishes like Lomo Saltado (stir fry with steak or chicken, onions, tomatoes and French fries), Jalea (deep-fried seafood with a pickled red onion salsa) and Papa la Huancaina (yellow potatoes served with a spicy, creamy sauce). Tacos, burritos and chimichangas for those wishing to stick to more familiar territory. $$

Last Resort Grill ‰ 184 W. Clayton St. • 706-549-0810 www.lastresortgrill.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : This sophisticated setting with exposed brick walls, colorful murals and local art was a big Athens Favorites winner this year. Menu : Southern cooking with Southwestern accents such as chipotle-lime pork roll sandwiches, adobo salmon and black bean crepes. Plenty of creative pastas, salads, steaks, seafood and soups. For brunch, try a basil crab omelette, duck hash or stuffed French toast. Choose a slice of cake from the front case for dessert. Drinks : Over 200 wines and an extensive list of cocktails. Try a Nutella-tini, Georgia Peach or U.S. Mint from the All American Martini List. $$$

Lindsey’s Culinary Market 1238 Prince Ave. • 706-353-0558 www.lindseysculinarymarket.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The Look : Quaint café in Normaltown run by chef Lindsey Payne. Menu : Simple biscuit sandwiches and grits for breakfast. Daily homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts for lunch. Frozen casseroles such as Chicken Tetrazzini, Tomato Grits and Vegetable Lasagna are available to take home. $$

Lit 430 E. Clayton St. • 770-500-7196 www.litathens.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : DJs/Live Music, CC. The Look : Black fluorescent painted walls lined with large mirrors and glowing lights border an elevated dance floor and a DJ spinning tracks from his booth. Journey down the hallway into a separate room dedicated entirely to beer pong tournaments. Drinks : The bar’s signature drink, the Long Island Ice Tea, comes in over 40 different flavors. A dozen drafts, bottled beers and liquor pitchers, too. $

Little Cuckoo Chocolates & Cafe 160 Tracy St. • 404-805-0319 www.littlecuckoo.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : TakeOut, Outside Seating, Catering, CC. Hours: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Thu.–Sat. The Look : This small-batch chocolate company is

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open at its own little spot in the Chase Street Warehouses. Menu : Handmade gourmet chocolates, European-style sandwiches, locally roasted coffee and organic beverages like basil lemonade. Chocolate is the real draw here, however. Truffles come infused with your choice of herbs (lavender, ginger, basil, mint, chamomile or green tea), liquor (amarretto, bourbon, Grand Marnier, creme de violet) and even bacon vodka or chili oil. Salted caramels, buckeyes, smores, turtles and chocolate dipped fruit, too. $

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Little Italy 125 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-613-7100 File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Basic NY-style pizzeria with a no-frills dining area. Great spot for late-night revelers and low-key lunchers. Menu : NY-style pizza by the slice or by the pie. Big subs, salads, stromboli and calzones, too. Everything priced for the penny-pincher. Drinks : Four beers on draft and more in bottle. Some of the cheapest pitchers in town. $

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Little Kings Shuffle Club 223 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-369-3144 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. The Look : This bar, a favorite of the townie crowd, has lots of local charm and a busy schedule full of live music, DJs and trivia. The large patio is fit with a funky camper and plenty of table seating. Drinks : A wide variety of bottled beers and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, Terrapin Golden Ale and a rotating seasonal draft on tap. Specialty drinks include The Big Apple (Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka and organic apple juice), Pepino Lima (cucumber-infused vodka, lime juice and soda water) and The Blueberry Lemonade (blueberry vodka, lemonade and frozen blueberries). During winter months, cozy up with a hot drink such as a Hot Peach (peach vodka and cranberry juice). Wines, too.

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The Local Jam 1650 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-850-7232 www.thelocaljam.com File Under : American. Features : CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, 7 Days. The Look : New Five Points neighborhood deli that sources locally grown produce whenever possible. The friendly restaurant takes its name from the in-house seasonal jams it provides each day. Menu : For breakfast, which is available all day, try The Jamrrito, a burrito stuffed with black bean chili, scrambled egg, cheese and grits and topped with jalapeno jam and a cup of Jittery Joe’s special blend of five beans to honor Five Points. Soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Order the special Nat Mac (macaroni, mozzarella, pesto, feta, spinach, sundried tomatoes and chicken) or the New York Reuben (two pounds of corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss and dressing on Terrapin Rye bread). All breads are baked fresh daily. Check the dessert case for sweet treats of the day. $

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Locos Grill & Pub 2020 Timothy Rd. • 706-549-7700 581 S. Harris St. • 706-548-7803 1985 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-208-0911 www.locosgrill.com File Under : American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Curbside Pick-Up (Timothy Rd.), Delivery, Live Music (Timothy Rd., Harris St.), Catering, Wi-Fi, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A local chain with a classic American pub atmosphere. Since its inception over 20 years ago, it has spread its roots to more than 20 new locations throughout the Southeast. Menu : Popular deli sandwiches such as the Pick of the Garden (three cheeses and four veggies on whole wheat) and The Gobbler (smoked turkey grilled with Locos’ BBQ sauce on a sub roll with Cheddar Jack cheese, bacon and mayo). Sub a veggie patty or chicken breast for any of the nine specialty burgers. Lots of other options like steak, salad, chicken and Southwestern dishes. Drinks : Fully stocked bar with cheap domestic beer available in pitchers or by the glass. $$

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The Loft Dance Lounge 164 E. Clayton St. • 706-613-7771 www.loftofathens.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : DJs, CC. The Look : Energetic dance club with DJs spinning beats on two of the largest dance floors in town. Relax in the lounge or watch one of the five HDTVs to take a break from the main action. Drinks : Each of the three bars is fully stocked and constantly pouring martinis, champagne, cheap pints and vodka cocktails infused with fresh fruit.

Logan’s Roadhouse 3668 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-227-9890 www.logansroadhouse.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Reservations, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

Longhorn Steakhouse 196 Alps Rd. • 706-548-1341 www.longhornsteakhouse.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$$

Lumpkin Cafe 1700 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-543-3122 www.lumpkincafe.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Charming cafe nestled inside a cozy Five Points stone cottage. Menu : A simple menu of salads, sandwiches crepes and soups of the day. Popular salads include the steak salad (strips of marinated steak served over a bed of greens, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, Monterey Jack cheese and a dill-garlic dressing) and the Oriental chicken salad (stir-fried chicken, greens, chow mein noodles and a spicy Thai peanut dressing). Try the ratatouille crepe for something more unusual, filled with eggplant, carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion and a homemade tomato sauce. Soups are available to pick up by the quart, and don’t leave without trying a slice of Cecelia’s Cake for dessert. $

MABA Grill 167 E. Broad St. • 706-850-7986 www.mabagrill.com File Under : Asian. Features : Beer, Vegetarian-Friendly, Take-Out, Outside Seating. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.– Sat. The Look : A contemporary and colorful Vietnamese bistro located across from North Campus with quick order-at-

the-counter service. Menu : A simple menu of popular dishes including banh mi sandwiches, bun (vermicelli noodles over lettuce and bean sprouts), com (rice plates) and pho (noodle soup). Add rice, salad and seasonal fruit to your choice of grilled lemongrass chicken, teriyaki steak, shrimp, tofu or portabellos to make a meal. $

The Mad Hatter 400 E. Clayton St. File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : “Tea Time” signs and playing cards plaster the walls of this two-story Alice in Wonderland-inspired bar. Get your picture taken wearing a gigantic 10/6 hat or try your hand at an arcade game. Drinks : The usual domestics and well drinks. Have a teacup shot of anything for just a buck.

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Main Moon Restaurant 2061 Experiment Station Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-8686 File Under : Asian. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Quick and casual service at the counter is the focus. Menu : Popular AmericanChinese fare, including all of the expected chow mein, lo mein, egg foo yung and fried rice dishes. Lunch specials Monday through Saturday come with free soup or an egg roll. $

Mama Sid’s Pizza 2240 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-549-6100 File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Buffet, Take-Out, Delivery, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Family-friendly buffet-style pizzeria with both booth and table seating. Menu : An all-you-can-eat buffet is perfect for pizza lovers with a large appetite and a small budget. Order off the menu for subs, pasta, hot wings and more. $

500 College Ave. • 706-546-0430 www.hotelindigoathens.com/madison File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Reservations, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Live Music, Wi-Fi. Hours : Breakfast, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Enjoy a peaceful after work drink or an elegant dinner at this chic bar located inside Hotel Indigo or outside on its patio with a firepit. An additional private lounge with room for 24 guests provides an intimate experience with an exclusive VIP feel. A dog-friendly Canine Cocktail Hour is held weekly. Menu : Snack on a starter such as roasted red pepper hummus, a local cheese and honey plate and low-country shrimp and crab dip, or order off the menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and pizza. Entrees include shrimp and grits, grilled salmon fillet and saltimbucca chicken breast filled with cheese, prosciutto and sage. For breakfast, build your own frittata or try a smoked gouda bagel sandwich or breakfast quesadilla. Drinks : A long wine list and several popular beers. Specialty drinks abound, including a Grapefruit Basil Cosmopolitan, Vanilla Raspberri White Russian and a Starry Night (Van Gogh banana vodka, Malibu coconut rum, pineapple and orange juice). $$

197 Oak St. • 706-548-6249 www.eatatmamasboy.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. The Look : This cute, quirky spot has all the charm of a Southern diner accented with nice decor and local art. Outdoor picnic tables and round booths inside help to accommodate large parties. Menu : For breakfast, try Georgia Peach Stuffed French Toast or Salmon Cakes Benedict. For lunch, fried green tomatoes, pan-fried catfish sandwich or buttermilk-fried chicken breast. with sides like deviled eggs, drunken beans and tofu. Drinks include homemade strawberry lemonade, mimosas, coffee, champagne, wine and a few beers. $$

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312 E. Broad St. • 706-543-0797 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The The Look : Popular two-story bar with a Southern theme. Simple touches such as magnolias on an overhead trellis, little white lights hanging on the bar and dark wood accents create a refined yet casual atmosphere. Lots of pool tables upstairs. Drinks : The usual array of brews behind the

337 N. Hull St. • 706-369-9767 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, DJs, CC. The Look : A much-adored alternative spot beloved by Athens townies and long-time natives. The space is full of eclectic furniture, art and random knickknacks. Drinks : The diverse plethora of drinks matches the creative atmosphere. House specialties include the Northside Pharmacy Limeade,

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Red Blazer (rye whiskey, bitters and Cheerwine) and the popular Blenheim’s spicy ginger ale with Maker’s Mark. Beers from both ends of the spectrum, wine and sake, too. Soak up the alcohol with munchies like White Castle burgers, Zapp’s chips and complimentary popcorn.

Marti’s at Midday 1280 Prince Ave. • 706-543-3541 www.martisatmidday.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Fri. The Look : Cute Normaltown café with a cheery dining area and sunroom decorated with Impressionist paintings. Menu : Chef Marti Schimmel provides an array of gourmet Southern-style sandwiches, salads, snacks and sweets. Signature items include chicken salad, pimento cheese, gumbo and mint sweet tea. For breakfast, a simple menu of homemade muffins, bagels and Jittery Joe’s coffee. Several homemade frozen casseroles are also available for pick-up, including chicken tetrazzini, spinach and goat cheese lasagne and black bean enchiladas. $$

Max ‰ 243 W. Washington St. • 706-254-3392 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Enormous space, both out on the super roomy patio and inside the multi-room interior with two full-service bars. Lots of game options in the back, like darts, pool and arcade games. Drinks : All the usual favorites behind the bar as well as a sizable selection of high gravity bottled beers. A good variety of draft beers including Terrapin and Sweetwater. Daily and happy hour specials.

Mayflower Restaurant 171 E. Broad St. • 706-548-1692 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Cash/Checks. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, 7 days. The Look : Family run Southern diner that has been a downtown institution for over 60 years. Menu : Country-style comfort food. Omelettes, hot cakes, biscuits and more for breakfast. Hearty lunch options like beef tips on rice, country fried steak and fried chicken alongside vegetable sides like cabbage, black eyed peas, green beans and potato salad. $

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104 E. Washington St. File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Named after the infamous rum runner Captain William S. McCoy, this new Prohibition Era-themed bar is decorated with enlarged photos from the 1920s. Menu : The focus here is bourbon, with nearly three dozen varieties to choose from. Bourbon tasting nights are held to sample from several higher-end bottles. Six beers on draft and a good spread of bottled beers and cocktails as well.

Mell’s Lounge 4648 Atlanta Hwy. • Bogart • 706-548-0830 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Cash Only. The Look : Country roadhouse with one room dedicated to karaoke and another with a pool table and arcade games. Drinks : There’s nothing frilly going on behind this bar with a garden variety of bottled domestics and basic cocktails.

Mellow Mushroom 320 E. Clayton St. • 706-613-0892 www.mellowmushroom.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : A colorful and bustling place with giant mushrooms and a huge mural of Athens natives (including R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe) painted on the wall. Menu : Pizza is the focus here, with a wide selection of specialty pies like the Philosopher’s Pie (olive oil and garlic base, grilled steak, portobellos, artichoke hearts, olives, feta) and the Kosmic Karma (sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, roma tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella). Salads,

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calzones, hoagies and appetizers, too. Drinks : Find your beer of choice among the wide-ranging selection of 40 on tap and 50 in bottle. $$

The Melting Point 295 E. Dougherty St. • 706-254-6909 www.meltingpointathens.com File Under : American, Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Elegant, multi-tiered music venue at the Foundry Park Inn and Spa that serves food to concert-goers, hotel guests and the general public alike. Menu : Classed-up versions of traditional pub grub such as Terrapin Shepard’s Pie, Black Forrest Rib Eye and Potato Crusted Salmon. Lots of appetizers (lobster gaspacho, risotto crab cakes, fried calamari tenders), too. Drinks : A wide selection of wines, microbrews and craft beers. Many on draft as well, including local brews that get a lot of attention on Terrapin Tuesdays. Try their most popular cocktail, a Chocolate Kiss (Bailey’s and Absolut Vanilla served in a chocolate-swirled glass). $$

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Menchie’s 196 Alps Rd. • 706-208-7223 1860 Barnett Shoals Rd. www.menchies.com File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : TakeOut, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : 11 a.m.–11 p.m., 7 Days. The Look : A brightly decorated interior with neon pink and green accents makes for a fun spot to hang out. Menu : Self-serve and pay-by-weight frozen yogurt. Choose from a rotating variety of 14 flavors, such as Irish mint, dulce de leche, milk chocolate and strawberry, then load on the fresh fruit, nuts, cereal and candy. $

Mexicali Grille 2139 W. Broad St. • 706-546-9200 File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian–Friendly. Features : Beer, Wine & Margaritas, Take–Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Festive, family-friendly restaurant with a large patio and plenty of inside seating. Menu : Freshly prepared “Mexican comfort food” like burritos, tacos, quesadillas and fajitas. Lots of combination meals for those who want to try a little bit of everything. Go with a special such as Chicken Cozumel or Mexican Stew for something different. Drinks : Margarita flavors are in no short supply with eight different flavors to choose from. Daiquiris, rum and Coke, wine, sangria and 20 beers to choose from (including several Mexican beers) as well. $$

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Mirko Pasta 1075 Baxter St. • 706-549-4552 2 S. Main St. • Watkinsville • 706-310-1233 1040 Gaines School Rd. • 706-850-5641 www.mirkopasta.com File Under : Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Fast and casual fine dining. Order at the counter and a server brings the food out to your table. Menu : Create your own dish from 16 homemade pastas (Ravioli, Gnocchi di Patate, Capellini) and 11 sauces such as Funghi (wild mushrooms, cream and Parmesan), Primavera (seasonal vegetables and crumbled goat cheese) and Frutti di Mare (mixed seafood and shellfish sauce). There’s also a handful of already put-together entrees (like Lasagna Verde and Chicken Marsala), salads, appetizers and desserts.Enjoy acomplimentary white bean and ham dip with fresh bread while your meal is prepared. $$

Moe’s Southwest Grill 1320 Baxter St. • 706-369-7776 www.moes.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : “Welcome to Moe’s!” greets you at the door of this assembly line-styled eatery with plenty of booths and tables. Menu : Southwestern fare prepared fresh to

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Momma Goldberg’s Deli 245 N. Lumpkin St. www.mommagoldbergsdeli.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : This Alabama-based deli is slated to open in the new downtown parking deck in late December. Menu : Sandwiches and salads with a Build-Your-Own option. Try a Pastrama Mama sandwich (pastrami, hot pepper cheese, mustard and pickles on rye bread) or Momma’s Western salad (grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, toamtoes, corn, black beans and Southwestern dressing). $

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275 E. Clayton St. • 706-552-0606 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. The Look : A rustic and cozy space with coppercolored walls, framed art and tiny white lights. Drinks : The Moonshine brand of drinks and shots are the specialty here. Try it straight up or fruit flavored (like melon or peach). Multiple daily specials and a large selection of imports and domestic beer on tap.

The National ‰ 232 W. Hancock Ave. • 706-549-3450 www.thenationalrestaurant.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/ CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Elegant, yet laid-back European-inspired eatery in a renovated tire plant. Menu : Executive chef Peter Dale (once sous chef under Five & Ten’s Hugh Acheson) prepares a menu of Mediterranean cuisine influenced by his professional experience in Spain. With an emphasis on using locally grown produce, the menu changes frequently, but the offerings (e.g., lamb chops with fava bean hummus, Scottish halibut saffron calasparra rice with bay scallops, trout stuffed with spinach-feta-fennel) are consistently European in flavor. Lunch provides gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzettes priced substantially lower than their dinner counterparts. For brunch, French toast, smoked trout potato hash, shrimp rolls and frittatas. Drinks : 25 wines available by the glass or in three-ounce pours perfect for multi-wine sampling. Lots of bottled and draft beers to choose from as well as signature cocktails like the National Tonic (Bulliet bourbon, grapefruit, Blenheim’s ginger ale) and Death in the Afternoon (cava, absinthe). The bar, which stays open long after normal dining hours, offers a late night bar food menu. $$$$

New Earth Music Hall 227 W. Dougherty St. • 706-543-8283 www.newearthmusichall.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Mon.–Sat., 5 p.m–9 p.m. (happy hour), 9 p.m.–2 a.m. (live music). The Look : Large music venue with wall murals painted by local tattoo artist David Hale. Hang out by the bar in the back or step onto the outdoor patio for a breath of fresh air. Drinks : The usual array of popular beers and cocktails. On busy nights, a second bar area opens to help sling out the drinks.

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400 Clayton St. • 706-254-3998 www.facebook.com/9dsbar File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : DJs/Live Music, CC. The Look : As a tribute to the 1990s, this upstairs bar is decked out in memorable movie posters and is always playing the decade’s greatest hits from Nirvana to Britney Spears. Drinks : A full bar with the usual spread of bottled beers. No drafts, but plenty of cheap tall boys to get you through the night. $

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No Where Bar 240 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-546-4742 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, CC. The Look : To the left, lamps shaped as Nascar racing cars hang above six pool tables. To the right, a bar and seating area with six TVs and a stage is decorated with posters and knickknacks. Pick a song to play from the jukebox or play a game of air hockey or darts. An occasional live band performs. Drinks : Eight beers on draft with all of the usual suspects behind the bar. Bartenders stay busy pouring shots and mixing drinks well into the night.

NONA 279 E. Broad St. • 706-353-7065 www.neworleansnathens.com File Under: Something Different, Bars. Features: Full Bar, Outside Seating, Reservations, CC. Hours: Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days, Weekend Brunch. The Look: Formerly Harry Bissett’’s New Orleans Cafe, NONA continues an Athens tradition in Creole and Cajun fine dining within an atmosphere that captures the feel of jazz and Mardi Gras. Features three distinct dining areas: the Bayou Room, the Atrium Balcony and the upstairs dining room. Menu: Dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of Louisiana. Start out with raw oysters on the half shell, shrimp remoulade or a cup of sherry crab soup. Specialties include Creole Pork Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffe and Seafood Courtbouillon. For brunch, try the Crab Cakes Benedict, Eggs Baronne (poached eggs over crawfish cakes) or NONA Omelette with sautéed andouille sausage, peppers, onion, cheese and Creole tomato sauce. Drinks: six draft beers (always including a few Terrapins), an extensive wine list and refreshing cocktails to choose from. New Orleans inspired drinks include the Hurricane, Ramos Gin Fizz (gin, egg white, sugar, cream, orange flower water, citrus and soda water) and Milk Punch (bourbon, half-and-half, nutmeg). $$$

Normal Bar 1365 Prince Ave. • 706-548-6186 File Under: Bars and Clubs. Features: Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Laid-back bar in the Normaltown neighborhood designed with a warm wooden interior, dim lights and travel paraphernalia decorating the walls. Play darts near the bar or venture out onto the patio out back. Drinks : Top-shelf liquor and cleverly crafted cocktails such as The American Mule (grapefruit juice, vodka and ginger beer) and The Killer Bee (Bulleit bourbon, lavender, honey and soda). Fancy non-alcoholic drinks are also available such as the Summer Cooler (mint, lime and ginger beer). An extensive list of beer and wine, too. Try a bowl of house-made boiled peanuts to go along with your drink.

O.K. Coffee 225 College Ave. • 706-353-7938 File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, Cash Only. Hours : Open 7 days. The Look : Cute little stand-alone coffee stand that targets the College Square pedestrian traffic. If you don’t want to grab-and-go, walk a little farther down to the “O.K. Study Hall” seating room which used to house the original Wuxtry Records. Menu : Jittery Joe’s coffee and espresso, fresh fruit smoothies, teas, pastries, continental breakfast and vegetarian lunch items.

Off The Hook Fish House 1120 Baxter St. • 706-850-8245 www.offthehookfh.webs.com File Under : American. Features: CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tues.–Sat. The Look : Family-run seafood house decorated with a nautical theme. Menu : Combos and platters come with fried, grilled or blackened seafood (fish, shrimp, scallops, cod, clams or oysters) and your choice of two sides. Try the restaurant’s signature whole catfish or catfish fillets. You can then snack on some hushpuppies or visit the free grits bar while you wait for your meal. A few turf options as well, such as cheeseburgers, chicken strip sandwiches and steak. $$

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The Office Lounge 2455 Jefferson Rd. • 706-546-0840 www.facebook.com/OfficeAthens File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. The Look : Tucked in the Homewood Village Shopping Center, this lounge with a neighborhood bar vibe is a hot spot for weekly karaoke and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Opens early for the midday and after-work crowd. Drinks : Sip on your favorite brew (a couple dozen beers in all) or a cocktail while munching on free popcorn.

The Olive Garden 3666 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-227-2225 www.olivegarden.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

Omega Bar 3155 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-340-6808 www.theomegabar.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music/DJs, CC. The Look : This large bar with several pool tables and a dance floor frequently hosts live jazz nights and Latin dance nights. Drinks : All the usuals behind the bar with plenty of drink specials to keep the night going.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina 3640 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-247-7290 www.ontheborder.com File Under : Mexican. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

On the Rocks 255 E. Clayton St. • 706-354-6666 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : A stone and granite interior with mirrors lining the walls. Drinks : Popular shots include Liquid Cocaine (Goldschlager and Jagermeister) and the Blueberry Yum Yum (blueberry vodka, sour mix and Sprite). No draft system, but there’s a fair selection of bottled brews to choose from.

Outback Steakhouse 3585 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-613-6015 www.outbacksteakhouse.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Curbside PickUp, CC. Hours : Dinner, 7 days. Lunch, Sun. $$$

Panera Bread 3151 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-546-6812 www.panerabread.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $

Paul’s Bar-B-Q 124 E. Main St. • Lexington • 706-614-1843 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Checks. Hours : Lunch Sat. & 4th of July. The Look : Thirdgeneration family business in an old store building with a pig pennant out front, in downtown Lexington, GA, 15 miles east of Athens on Hwy 78. Long tables and folding chairs occupied by local folks. Park under the trees across the road. Menu : Slow-cooked pulled pork and ribs—with stew, slaw and baked beans as sides; pickles, loaf bread, iced tea. Homemade pecan pie while it lasts. Come early. $

Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar 134 E. Clayton St. • 706-549-0034 www.facebook.com/pauleyscrepebar File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Recently renovated, this European-inspired eatery is now double in size. Although a relaxed spot to eat during the day, the bar is frequently packed at night. Menu : Crepes are the focus here, with two dozen to

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Hugh Acheson chef, restaurant owner

Hugh Acheson is the chef/partner of Five & Ten, The National and Empire State South (Atlanta) restaurants. He is also part owner of Gosford Wine, a local boutique wine shop. A four-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Acheson’s innovative approach to Southern food has brought national attention to his menus as well as a stint on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” His cookbook, A New Turn in the South: The Cuisine of Hugh Acheson, hits shelves in October of 2011. On his role in the community: Since opening Five & Ten 11 years ago, I feel like my role has pretty much been to be the “food cheerleader” for the area. I love that! It’s an easy job when you just have to be excited about what excites you every day. On local business: Athens is my community, and if I can employ 70 people dedicated to producing thoughtful food in Athens, for the community, then I can be happy. It’s an awesome little agrarian town with a great university, a thriving arts scene and fantastic people. What’s not to love? On the local food scene: We have a bounty around us that we cherish every day, so cooking in a seasonal tone is a natural thing to do. We are blessed with farmers, artisans, eaters and chefs who care about what they are doing every day. That’s not a completely unique thing, but it’s a good thing. On Athens’ future food culture: I think [as a community] we are growing up and realizing that bounty. I think we have positively encouraged small farmers with a great farmers market, thriving Community Supported Agriculture box sales and thinking restaurants. We don’t need pomposity, we just need people to relentlessly support great food and drink in a wonderful small town.

choose from. Try a hearty meat-filled crepe (Southwestern Chicken, Sausage Pizza or Cranberry Turkey) or a vegetarian crepe. Most crepe creations can be made as sandwiches, too. For something sweet, try a S’mores (Nutella, marshmallows, graham crackers), The King (peanut butter, bananas, marshmallows) or build your own. Drinks : Over 150 beers including 28 on tap, with a wide selection of wines as well. $

Peaches Fine Foods 840 W. Broad St. • 706-613-5334 www.peachesfinefoods.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.–Fri. The Look : Giant peaches grace the windows of this friendly little eatery with

heaps of Southern charm. Menu : Meals follow a standard formula of one meat, two veggies, a bread and tea or lemonade to drink. All the Southern comfort staples are here: fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, pork chops, green beans, cabbage and cornbread. $

Peachwave Yogurt 493 E. Clayton St. www.peachwaveyogurt.com File Under : Restaurant, Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : 7 Days. The Look : New chain frozen yogurt shop that uses a self-serve model. Menu : Natural non-fat frozen yogurt available in a variety of flavors. Top it all off with candy, cereal or fresh fruit. $

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Peking Restaurant (Eastside)

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1935 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-549-0274 www.pekingeastside.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Buffet, Take-Out, Delivery, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Wed. and Fri.–Sun. The Look : Surprisingly elegant space with white tablecloths and traditional decor located in an Eastside shopping center. Menu : Chinese Mandarin cuisine with the usual lo mein, chow mein, fried rice and egg foo yung, along with many uncommon dishes such as Yu Shing Eggplant, Sour Cucumber Pork Noodles and Kung Pao Squid. Lunch specials (served with fried rice, soup and an egg roll) and the large buffet are good options for those trying to eat for cheap. $$

151 E. Broad St. • 706-369-1930 File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Downtown Mexican eatery decorated with vibrant murals depicting scenes from Mexico and UGA. Menu : Health-conscious Mexican favorites made without lard or any unnecessary oils. The 11 varieties of burritos include the Bulldog Burrito (spinach, mushrooms, chicken, rice, cheese) and the Fajita Burrito. Daily specials. Lots of tacos, quesadillas and the usual Mexican standards. Pair your meal with a Margarita or Mexican beer. $

765 Pulaski St. #600 • 706-850-7200 www.pintsandpaints.com File Under : Bars and Clubs, Something Different. Features : Beer, Wine, CC. Hours : 6:30–9:30 p.m., Tues.–Sat. and 2–5 p.m. Sun. The Look : An art studio licensed to sell beer and wine located within a cozy nook of the historic Leathers Building. Drinks : Choose between beer, wine, soda and water as you create a painting with the help of skilled inhouse artists who work as instructors.

Peking Restaurant (Westside) 2725 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-549-9333 www.pekingathens.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Buffet, Take-Out, Delivery, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Large, ornate Chinese palace with a tasteful interior. Menu : A large selection of Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin cuisine with favorites including the House King Crab and the Peking Duck. For the veggie-inclined, try the home-style tofu (deep fried with a mixed vegetable white sauce). The expansive weekday lunch buffet is all-you-caneat and the best bang for your buck. $$

Peppino’s 2597 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-613-1616 File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sun. The Look : Family-friendly pizzeria with quick orderat-the-counter service. Menu : The standard NY-style staples: big slices of thin- and thick-crust pizza, calzones, subs, stromboli, pasta and a salad bar. $

Piccadilly Cafeteria 3700 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-353-0030 www.piccadilly.com File Under : American. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. $

Piccolo’s Italian Steak House 2061 Hog Mountain Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-705-1501 www.piccolositaliansteakhouse.com File Under : American, Italian and Pizza. Features : Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Simple yet refined dining with a large mural of Italian countryside spanning one wall. Menu : Fresh pasta made in-house using a hand-cranked pasta machine. Try timeless classics such as shrimp scampi, ravioli or gnocchi. Hand-cut, black angus steaks are fired on a wooden grill and offered in four styles: Tuscan (sea salt and cracked black pepper), Sicilian (bread crumbs, bacon bits, roma tomatoes and mozzarella), Au Poivre (cognac peppercorn cream sauce) and Melenzane (fried eggplant, mozzarella and a tomato cognac mushroom sauce). Lots of chicken and seafood options as well. Finish your meal with a cannoli or tiramisu for dessert. $$$

The Pita Pit 123 N. Jackson St. • 706-552-0051 www.pitapitusa.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Delivery, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. Late-Night, M.–Sat. The Look :Order at the counter for a healthy alternative to typical fast food services. Several tables line the wall beneath animated paintings of vegetables for anyone not on the go. Menu :Customize a light and tasty Lebanese-style pita filled with your choice of lean meats, crisp veggies, cheeses and signature sauces. Breakfast pitas are served around the clock. $

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Look : Casual and family-oriented atmosphere. Menu : Good ‘ole country cooking. The buffet rotates each day, but you can expect meats (steak and gravy, catfish, fried chicken), vegetables (turnip greens, candied yams, fried okra), bread (corn bread, hush puppies, rolls) and fresh desserts (peach pie, banana pudding, coconut pudding). $$

Polarberry Frozen Yogurt 2080 Timothy Rd. • 706-353-7511 File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : Outside Seating, CC. Hours : 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., 7 Days. The Look : A family owned and operated froyo shop with counter service located on the Westside. Menu : A rotating variety of frozen yogurt, often including vegan-friendly non-dairy and sugar-free options. Try red velvet cake, Georgia peach, blueberry-acai or strawberry shortcake for a nonfat and guiltfree alternative. Plenty of candy, cereal and fruit to add to your frozen creation. $

Porterhouse Grill ‰ 459 E. Broad St. • 706-369-0990 www.porterhouseathens.com File Under : American, Bars. Features : Reservations, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. Sunday Brunch. The Look : Elegant, upscale dining on the edge of downtown. A 60-seat semi-private dining room is an ideal location for meetings, rehearsal dinners or exclusive occasions. Menu : The namesake steak, an 18-oz Porterhouse served with sauteed cremini mushrooms, is an obvious specialty. Other entrees include Prime Rib Au Jus, filet mignon with melted bleu cheese, and Bistro Medallions wrapped in applewood smoked bacon. Lighter fare includes Sesame Barbequed Salmon topped with pineapple salsa and Stuffed Tilapia full of crab meat and lemon beurre blanc. Lunch offers eight selections for $8 each. After your meal, indulge in a chocolate ganache tart or amaretto peach cobbler. On Sundays, an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Southern breakfast food and made-to-order omelets is offered. Drinks : A full bar with four beers on tap and a long list of wines. Treat yourself with a dessert wine or cognac. $$$$

The Pub at Gameday 251 W. Clayton St. • 706-353-2831 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. The Look : A large space with a wooden interior, granite-topped bar and a roomy outdoor seating area. Relax on a leather couch with a board game or try your hand at a round of darts. Expect more excitement on gamedays. Comedy nights are hosted monthly. Drinks : Six beers on draft and a lengthy list of pilsners, lagers, stouts, porters, wheats, ciders and more. Bartenders will gladly mix cocktails from the selection of liquors at the full bar.

Quiznos 700 Baxter St. www.quiznos.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers & Chicken. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. $

Rachel’s Southern Style Restaurant 1021 Jamestown Blvd. • Watkinsville • 706-310-0091 File Under : Downhome & BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.-Fri., Lunch, Sun. The Look : Quaint eatery with cedar tables down the road in Watkinsville. Menu : Traditional Southern cuisine with a rotating menu. Entree options include whole fried catfish, fried chicken and salmon patties. Green beans, sweet potato casserole, collards, mashed potatoes and cabbage for sides. Homemade cakes and pies for dessert. $$

Rafferty’s Restaurant & Bar 15 Huntington Rd. • 706-613-0045 www.raffertys.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Outside Seating, Take-Out, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

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The Rail Athens 1120 Mitchell Bridge Rd. • 706-354-7829 www.therailathens.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken, Bars and Clubs. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.–Fri. and Sun. The Look : Formerly Lucky Dawg Billards, this bar and grill features pool tables, dart boards, slot machines and big-screen TVs. Trivia contests, pool tournaments and Texas Hold’em Poker are held weekly. Menu : Typical bar food such as burgers, sandwiches, wings, quesadillas, nachos, jalapeno poppers and fries. Drinks : 15 beers on draft and a fully stocked bar to appease the pickiest of drinkers. $

Raising Cane’s 795 Baxter St. • 706-548-2008 www.raisingcanes.com File Under : Chicken. Features : Take-Out, Drive-Thru, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Fri.–Sat. The Look : Fast food chicken joint conveniently located near the UGA high-rise dorms. Menu : The four meal choices (The Box, The 3 Finger, The Caniac and The Sandwich) all come with chicken fingers, a combination of sides (fries, coleslaw, Texas toast) and Cane’s secret-recipe sauce. $

Red Lobster 1956 W. Broad St. • 706-549-5376 www.redlobster.com File Under : American. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$$

Redfearn Grille 197 E. Broad St. • 706-549-4433 www.hi-athens.com/hih_dining.htm File Under : American, Bars. Features : Buffet, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Sleek and modern dining area located inside the Holiday Inn. Menu : Go for the lunch buffet Wednesday through Friday, or order off the menu of locally inspired cuisine with plenty of Southern charm. Items include a portabella panini, cobb salad and contemporary tapas. Menu items change frequently, so check for daily specials. Drinks : Full bar offering a good selection of wine and cocktails. $$

The Roadhouse 137 North Lumpkin St. • 706-613-2324 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, Live Music, CC. The Look : As one of the oldest bars downtown, little has changed since this dive’s first day. Posters of popular musicians decorate the heart of pine walls and the bar itself was constructed using old church pews. Drinks : All the usual domestics and imports. Nothing frilly going on behind the bar, but if you’re looking for a cocktail, try the Chipmunk (Rumplemintz with a splash of Jagermeister).

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The Royal Peasant 1675 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-549-7920 www.royalpeasant.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.–Sat. Lunch & Dinner, Sun. The Look : Nestled snugly in the Five Points neighborhood, this quaint version of an old English Pub is perfect to share a pint with friends or kick back and watch a game of soccer on the high-def “telly.” Menu : Traditional British fare with a slight Indian influence. Food fit for Peasants (London broil, lamb stew) and food fit for Royals (bangers & mash, fish & chips, lamb vindaloo curry). Specials such as corned beef and shepards pie rotate daily. Drinks : Nine beers on draft, two dozen English and Scottish bottled brews, wines with a UK flair and a handful of select craft beers. Plus a good selection of Scotch and whiskey. $$

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rated with colorful artwork, is full of entertainment, ranging from arcade games, foosball, pool, shuffleboard, darts and ping pong. The door in the back leads to a fenced-in courtyard with picnic tables great for warm nights. Drinks : 20 high-end brews on draft and nearly 120 in bottles. Try a “Gooch” shot for a night you’ll never forget.

Ru San’s 196 Alps Rd. • 706-552-0488 www.rusans-athens.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Reservations, Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : An Atlanta-based chain located in the Beechwood Shopping Center with a large covered outdoor patio and club-like atmosphere. Menu : An impressive selection of 50 house rolls, 30 specialty rolls, a few tuna-only rolls and many sashimi and sushi assortments. Non-sushi items too, like noodles, teriyaki meals, tempura and fried rice are plentiful. Drinks : Premium cold sakes and sake cocktails as well as a sizable beer and wine list that includes a few plum wines. $$

Ryan’s Family Steakhouse 1021 Dowdy Rd. • 706-543-8203 www.ryans.com File Under : American. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. $$

Sakura Steak House 3557 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-227-0001 www.sakuraathens.com File Under : Asian. Features : Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : This beautifully crafted restaurant is divided into three distinct sections: a sushi dining area, central food and drink bar, and a hibachi grill dining room. A three-dimensional cherry tree,

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bamboo screens, wooden walls, stone flooring and a curved ceiling punctuated by small star-like holes creates a natural and elegant atmosphere. Menu : An extensive menu of nearly 200 options offering sushi, sashimi, hot pots, yaki udon, teriyaki and hibachi dinners. 16 chef special rolls to choose from such as the signature Sakura Roll (shrimp tempura, eel, kani, avocado and crunchy tobiko) and the Crazy Dragon Roll (spicy tuna topped with a whole eel). Lunch offers hibachi and sushi meals served with soup, salad, vegetables and rice. Drinks : Try a Japanese beer or sake. A fully stocked bar is capable of providing a large variety of cocktails. Wine, too. $$$$

Sandbar 220 College Ave. • 706-548-1988 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : A beachy environment decorated with palm trees, surf boards, fishnets and a large shark hanging from the ceiling. An upstairs area called The Lighthouse creates extra room for busy nights. Drinks : Tropical drinks are key here, with Mudslides, daquiris, pina coladas, Hurricanes and Mojitios. Intense drinks like the Sandblaster (190 proof shot) and the Sandpail (aka “Blackout Bucket”) are sure to wipe you out. A few drafts and fair number of bottled beers, too, including the Landshark Lager.

The Savannah Room 1197 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-542-6341 www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/restaurants File Under : American, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Reservations, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Fri. The Look : Relaxed fine dining in UGA’s Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Menu : Soups, salads and main courses like honey-bourbon salmon, portobello mushroom ravioli and potato gnocchi primavera. Daily specials include a soup and sandwich of the day and three entrees.

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Schlotzsky’s Deli 1490 Baxter St. • 706-543-2518 www.schlotzskys.com File Under : Sandwiches, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Drive-Thru, Catering, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi. The Look : Refined decor makes this deli nicer than your average fast-food chain. Several big-screen Mac computers provide games to play while you wait for your order. Menu : Oventoasted sandwiches on freshly baked bread is the anchor of the menu. Lots of healthy options between eight-inch specialty pizzas, wraps, paninis, salads and soups. Choose between a brownie, Carvel ice cream or a rich Cinnabon to wrap up the meal. $

Shane’s Rib Shack 2301 College Station Rd. • 706-543-0050 196 N. Milledge Ave. • 706-548-4650 www.shanesribshack.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Beer & Wine (College Station Rd. location), Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Menu : Slowsmoked pork, BBQ chicken, ribs, chicken tenders and wings (tossed in buffalo, lemon pepper, teriyaki or BBQ sauce). Sides include coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, Brunswick stew, french fries and mac-n-cheese. $$

Shokitini ‰ 251 W. Clayton St. • 706-353-7933 www.shokitini.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Posh dining room with a projected big screen

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behind the sushi bar that creates a contemporary atmosphere. Three private karaoke rooms upstairs. Menu : An extensive selection of sashimi and sushi, with over 100 options in total. Special rolls include the Classic City Roll (crab, asparagus, avocado, eel sauces, mayo and shrimp) and the Red & Black Roll (tuna, salmon, red snapper, crab and avocado topped with red and black tobiko). Japanese steak, shrimp, chicken and noodle dishes as well. Red bean ice cream and green tea cheesecake for dessert. Drinks : Lots of hot and cold sake options as well as 13 specialty saketinis. A long wine list, too. $$

Sideways 364 E. Broad St. • 706-319-1919 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Live Music/DJs, Outside Seating, CC. The Look : This bar’s rooftop patio has a great view of downtown and campus and provides an escape from the sometimes rowdy scene downstairs. Socialize with friends by the bar or play a game of pool, darts or beer pong. Drinks : Kamikaze shots, cherry bombs and caffeine-infused 3 a.m. shots keep the party going into the wee hours of the night. Outside, order from a full-service cash bar.

Silver Lining Cupcake Co. 1075 Baxter St. • 706-583-8686 www.silverliningcupcakeco.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Delivery, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. The Look : This locally owned cupcake bakery has a cute interior and friendly atmosphere. Order a batch of cupcakes ahead of time, or drop by the store to see what’s available in the display booth. Menu : Sweet treats baked up fresh each morning and topped high with made-from-scratch icing. The selection of cupcakes rotates daily, but expect decadent flavors such as birthday cake, banana split, almond amaretto, sea salt and caramel, pink champagne and chocolate coconut. Coffee and teas are available to accompany your snack. $

Sips n Strokes 3061 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-208-7337 www.sipsnstrokes.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Beer & Wine, CC. Hours : 7–10 p.m., Mon.–Sat. The Look : A franchise that got its start several years ago in Alabama and is partly to thank for spreading the art bar trend across the nation. Drinks : Sip on a beer or glass of wine as your instructor guides you through painting a picture.

Siri Thai Cuisine 367 Prince Ave. • 706-548-7667 www.sirithaicuisine.com File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Cozy, two-floored Bottleworks location decorated with traditional Thai decor. Menu : Long, diverse menu of traditional Thai dishes with an emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients. Offers, curry, noodle, fried rice, Thai BBQ, duck and seafood entrees, as well as many options for vegetarians, such as Mock Duck Ginger, Eggplant Garlic Chili and Tofu Gra Prow. For dessert, try homemade taro custard, fried banana or purple rice pudding. $$

Sisters Creole Market 150 E. Whitehall Rd. • 706-850-7222 www.sisterscreolemarket.com File Under : Something Different. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Tues.–Sat. The Look : An old country store with New Orleans charm from Louisiana natives and take-out-only service. Menu : A menu of several Cajun and Creole favorites. Po-boys are offered many different ways, with a choice of meatballs, fried oysters, almond chicken salad, roast beef, fried shrimp or french fries. Entrees include jambalaya, red beans and rice, étouffée, fried shrimp and fried oysters. Try the bread pudding with whiskey sauce for dessert. $$

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Smoothie King 2361 W. Broad St. (The Omni Club) • 706-369-3111 1993 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-850-0962 1591 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-613-2600 www.smoothieking.com File Under : Smoothies. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Vary by location. Open 7 days.

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q 3755 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-546-0385 www.sonnysbbq.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $$

Speakeasy 269 E. Broad St. • 706-546-5556 www.speakeasyathens.com File Under : Something Different, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Vegetarian-Friendly, Reservations, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Dinner, 7 days. The Look : This intimate second-floor setting is a blend of eclectic and Southern decor. Menu : Southern inspired tapas that change with the seasons. An order of several small plates (sesame tuna, fried asparagus, paella with housemade chorizo, gruyere fondue, filet mignon kebobs) can be great for sharing. Drinks : An extensive wine list. Lots of specialty cocktail options like the Georgia Peach Martini (citrus vodka, peach puree, peach schnapps and lime), Ruby Red Lips (citrus vodka, grenadine, grapefruit juice and a sugared rim) and Raspberry Lynchburg Lemonade (Jack Daniels, triple sec, sour, Sprite, raspberry liqueur). $$$

Square One Fish Co. ‰ 414 Thomas St. • 706-353-8862 www.squareonefishco.com File Under : American, Bars. Features : Full Bar, Reservations, Live Music, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Dinner, 7 days. Sunday Brunch. The Look : A swank, nautical-themed eatery located on the eastern edge of downtown. Private room available for meetings and parties. Menu : Start out with jerk-spiced calamari or a shrimp and scallop bisque. For dinner, try a popular dish such as macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi, tequila-spiked swordfish or fried frog legs. A fresh catch is available every day and can be prepared grilled, blackened, broiled, sauteed or poached. Also, a raw bar with oysters or clams on the half shell, chilled New Zealand mussels, sesame seared tuna and multiple ceviche selections. 50 cent oysters are also available every day. Drinks : A variety of signature mixes as well as a selection of wines available by glass or bottle. $$$$

Sr. Sol ‰ 175 Tallassee Rd. • 706-546-1570 2455 W. Broad St. File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar, Delivery, Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Attached to a gas station, this unassuming spot has an open kitchen and outdoor patio. Menu : A mixture of Americanized Mexican (like the Taco Americano) alongside authentic national delicacies. For the adventurous, try filling your taco with lengua (tongue) or ordering a bowl of menudo, a red chili soup consisting of honeycomb tripe (stomach) and hominy. Burritos, tacos, sope and a wide selection of tortas for those wishing to stick with something more familiar. Drinks : Wash down your meal with a Margarita or beer, available on draft or in a bottle. Several Mexican beers and lots of tequilas to choose from. $$

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Stevi B’s Pizza 122 Alps Rd. • 706-208-9552 www.stevibspizza.com File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Buffet, Take-Out, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. $

Strickland’s Restaurant 4723 Atlanta Hwy. • Bogart • 706-548-7003 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Mon.–Fri. Breakfast, Sat. The Look : A family-run joint with cafeteria-style service that’s been in business for around 50 years. Head a ways down Atlanta Highway past the Georgia Square Mall to find this friendly spot. Menu : Fluffy buttermilk biscuits, bacon, homemade sausage and eggs for breakfast, while lunch is a spread of traditional soul food like country fried steak, meatloaf, fried pork tenderloin, green beans and mashed potatoes and gravy. $

SunO Dessert 480 E. Broad St. • 706-850-8300 www.sunodessert.com File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : Take– Out, Catering, Outside Seating. Hours : Open 7 days. Late Night, Th.–Sat. The Look : Watch as each dessert is madeto-order in this friendly Atlanta-based shop decorated with painted snowflakes. Menu : Asian-inspired desserts including creamy, snow-like shaved-ice and ice cream-filled crepe cones topped with a combination of fresh fruit, nuts and candy. Add tapioca pearls to a green, black, milk or Thai tea for a specialty “bubble tea.”

Sweet Peppers Deli 296 W. Broad St. • 706-354-6728 www.sweetpeppersdeli.com File Under : Sandwiches. Features : Catering, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Standard chain deli with counter service and a covered outdoor seating area on the edge of downtown. Menu : All encompassing menu of paninis, wraps, clubs and specialty sandwiches (such as the shrimp salad croissant and muffaletta). A LiteLine selection also offers low-calorie options like a turkey and avocado sandwich and an Asian veggie crisp wrap. For dessert, try a slice of Strawberry Wave Cheesecake or a Chocolate Eruption. $

Taco Stand ‰ 2131 Hog Mountain Rd. • Watkinsville • 706-769-3233 2230 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-549-5481 247 E. Broad St. • 706-549-1446 670 N. Milledge Ave. • 706-549-2894 www.thetacostand.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar (Broad St.), Beer (Milledge Ave. & Eastside), Take-Out, Outside Seating (Broad St. & Milledge Ave.), CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : The decor varies somewhat according to location, but a laid-back atmosphere and fast-casual set up are common denominators at this Athens staple that has been around since 1977, where you’re sure to see somebody you know. Menu : An assortment of simple, fresh and affordable Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas and tostadas, with tofu options for the veggie-inclined. Chips and salsa round out every meal. A selection of imported and domestic beer and Margaritas at the downtown location make it a popular hangout. $

Talk of the Town Country Cooking 401 North Ave. File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri. The Look : This quaint Southern-style lunch spot has a steam table of daily specials in the back. Menu : Meals come with a meat (e.g., countryfried steak, smothered chicken, pork), three vegetables, bread and sweet tea or lemonade. Traditional sides include cabbage, purple-hulled peas, green beans and mac ‘n’ cheese. $

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Wilson’s Soul Food has been a fixture at Athens’ Hot Corner since it opened in 1981. Angelish Wilson co-owns the traditional Southern lunch spot with her brother, Homer, but handles the restaurant’s day-to-day operations herself, which makes her one of downtown’s more visible characters. On running a restaurant: I love to cook, and I love to see people eat. And also, when I put love into what I’m doing, then you have people come in, and they’ll be down-and-out, and before they leave here, they have love within them… Eating food, like home-cooked food or “homebody food,” puts that nourishment back into you, and puts that jump back into you! So, it’s all out of love. On her role in the community: I can sum it up by saying that young girls need women that they can look up to. So, I try to be that beacon… I tend to steer them in the right direction if I get a chance to talk to them, or to be that role model in the community. Because I am a single mom, and my aim is to let people know—young girls know—that even though they’re single, and they have kids, they, too, can raise successful kids. On fame: Last year in April, the O Magazine called, wanting to interview me, so I was in Oprah’s magazine in the July issue, and also, in May, Gardens and Guns called… They came down to interview me and I was selected [to be pictured] on the front cover of the July issue with my cherry pie. On family: My brother, Homer Wilson, he and I work together good, you know, we get along. And also, my mom, Elizabeth Wilson, she’s a guide in our life… Our daddy shaped and molded us to be independent… whatever you wanted in life, you had to go out and get it. You had to do it honestly… To see him raise 15 kids—and I have two, so I know I can do two!

Taqueria Del Sol 334 Prince Ave. • 706-353-3890 www.taqueriadelsol.com File Under : Mexican. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.–Sat. Lunch, Mon. The Look : A gas station converted into a modern and sleek eatery with order-at-the-counter service and a large patio. Taqueria Del Sol was nominated for a James Beard Award this year. Menu : Simple Mexican and Southwestern dishes with an eclectic Southern influence. Six taco choices include the Memphis Taco (chopped smoked pork, jalapeno coleslaw and tequila BBQ sauce) and the Fish Taco (fried tilapia with poblano tartar sauce and jalapeños). Four enchiladas are also available (cheese, brisket, refried bean and roasted chicken) with your choice of sauce (beef red chili, pork green chili or

lemon cream sauce). Weekly specials feature a taco, chef, blue plate and seafood special. Drinks: Full bar with a wide variety of tequila, liquor and bottled beer selections. Try a West Side Margarita (Herradura Reposado, Patron Citronage) or a Build-Your-Own Margarita. $

Taqueria La Jalisco 3750 Old Jefferson Rd. • 706-316-3560 File Under : Mexican. Features : CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A small, hard-to-find taqueria housed inside a Mexican grocery store on the westside of town is worth the trip. Menu : Expect an assortment of authentically prepared Mexican cuisine, including tacos, burritos and tortas loaded with carne asada, chorizo, carnitas and al pastor pork. $

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Taqueria La Parrilla 1431 Capital Ave. • Watkinsville • 706-310-9991 2439 Jefferson Rd. • 706-549-4977 www.taquerialaparrilla.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Full Bar (Jefferson Rd.), Beer & Wine (Watkinsville), Take-Out, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Family-friendly Mexican restaurant with festive south-of-the-border decor. Menu : Close to 50 combination meals, including several vegetarian options. Specialties include the shrimp cocktail (shrimp, tomato sauce, avocado, onions, cilantro and tomatoes) and the tostada de ceviche (lemon marinated fish mixed with fresh vegetables). Drinks : Enjoy a Margarita or Mexican beer with your meal. Domestics to choose from, too. $

Taste of India ‰ 131 E. Broad St. • 706-559-0000 www.indiaathens.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Buffet, Take-Out, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Fine dining accented by white table cloths, candles and traditional Indian tapestries and statues. Buffet table in the back. Menu : Versatile Indian menu with vegetarian, chicken, seafood, lamb, goat and tandoori entrees. Popular dishes include mulligatwany soup (pureed lentils and vegetables), palak paneer (homemade cheese cubes in spinach), spicy lamb vindaloo and tangy chicken tikka masala. The daily lunch buffet always offers at least three meat and three vegetarian dishes and is a low-cost way to load up on a little bit of everything. Pair your meal with a mango or strawberry lassi (blended yogurt drink) for something sweet, or finish everything off with a traditional dessert like kheer (rice pudding) or kulfi (dense ice cream). $$$

Ted’s Most Best 254 W. Washington St. • 706-543-1523 File Under : Italian and Pizza. Features : Beer & Wine, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days. The Look : Business partners Jessica Greene and Jay Totty of The Grit transformed the former Snow Tire storage space into a hip and contemporary pizza joint, named in memory of the late Grit owner, Ted Hafer. Outdoor patio with bocce ball court.Menu : Oven-fired pizzas (including build-your-own), panini-style sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts. Local ingredients are used whenever possible, so the menu is modified seasonally. $$

Ten Pins Tavern 2451 Jefferson Rd. • 706-546-8090 www.tenpinstavern.com File Under : American, Something Different. Features : Full Bar, Live Music, CC. Hours : Dinner, Late Night, 7 Days. The Look : A bowling alley, bar, restaurant and lounge area all under one roof. Get ready for your game of bowling by fuel-

ing up with a meal or a drink. Menu : All-American fare like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, buffalo wings and chicken fingers. Fried okra, tater tots and fries on the side. Drinks : 6 beers on tap including 4 Terrapins. A full bar has everything from well drinks to top-shelf liquors. $

Thai Spoon ‰ 149 N. Lumpkin St. • 706-548-9222 File Under : Asian, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.–Sat. The Look : Serene Thai-themed downtown dining. Menu : Authentic Thai with boatloads of curry, rice and noodle dishes, as well as chef specials like lamb panang curry, frog legs and spicy basil roasted duck. Start out with an appetizer like steamed mussels, fresh basil rolls or coconut soup. All dinner entrees come with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, tofu or mixed vegetables. $$

Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant 1225 N. Chase St. • 706-613-9301 File Under : Mexican and South American. Features : Beer, Take-Out, Checks/CC. Hours : Open 7 days. The Look : Small, brightly painted eatery with a name that means “God of Rain.” Menu : Goes beyond the typical Mexican restaurant with multiple pages of authentic Mexican and Salvadorian specialties such as papusas (corn cakes stuffed with meat, cheese and beans), torta de pambazo (fried potatoes and chorizo between two slices of bread fried in red salsa) and sopes (corn cakes topped with meat, pico de gallo and fresh cheese). Gorditas, enchiladas and chilaquiles, too. Drinks : The usual domestic bottled beers as well as a few Mexican options like Dos Equis and Modelo. $

Topper’s International Showbar 100 N. Jackson St. • 706-613-0504 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : Late-night spot with exotic dancers onstage and sports on the flat-screen TVs. Multiple pool tables in the back. Drinks : Champagne and domestic beer on the cheap. Plenty of cocktails such as the Pole Dance Tini to give big spenders lots of options.

Toro’s Run 318 Washington St. www.facebook.com/toros.run File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, Live Music/DJs, CC. The Look : A Spanish flag and photographs of bullfighting decorate the red walls of this new bar. Downstairs, a “Bulls Den” with dance lights and a club atmosphere hosts a second full bar. Drinks : Seven beers on draft and even more in bottles. A good selection of tequilas, including KAH which comes in hand-painted, skull-shaped Dia de los Muertos bottles, and cocktails such as the Bullseye (Peroni, V8 juice and a raw egg) and the Sitting Bull (Jack Daniels, Coke, raspberry and Ouzo).

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Toshiro Japanese Express 2467 Jefferson Rd. • 706-543-1118 www.toshiro.us File Under : Asian. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Delivery, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : Fast and casual Japanese eatery. Menu : Nearly 20 different grilled entrees (teriyaki steak, Hawaiian chicken, hibachi shrimp), all served with soup, steamed or fried rice and veggies. Fried rice dishes and yaki soba or udon with your choice of meat make up the rest of the menu. $

Transmetropolitan ‰ 1550 Oglethorpe Ave. • 706-549-5112 145 E. Clayton St. • 706-613-8773 File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, Live Music, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch (Oglethorpe Ave.). The Look : Pizzeria with a classy-casual aesthetic. The downtown location has walk-up counter service and local art decorating the walls, and the Oglethorpe location has full table service and a rooftop patio. Menu : Choose between 40 toppings to create your own pie or choose from several specialty pies like the Hungry Sasquatch loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, ham, bacon and a few veggies. There are also pasta bowls, salads, calzones and sandwiches. The Oglethorpe Ave. location serves brunch items like omelettes, Ojos Diablo (braised beef brisket and poached eggs in a spicy tomato broth) and thin crust pizzas. Drinks : Eight beers on draft, including Terrapin and Sweetwater, and 25+ in bottle. Full selection of wine and a 20+ list of vintage cocktails. Both restaurants feature a separate bar area. $

Trappeze Pub ‰ 269 W. Washington St. • 706-543-8997 www.trappezepub.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly, Bars. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Weekend Brunch. The Look : A bar, pub and coffee house fusion. To the left, a large room with several high-backed wooden booths is flooded with sunlight during the day. To the right, you’ll find the bar with an old tavern atmosphere. Menu : Classic pub fare with a fancier twist. Fresh salads, soups and sandwiches with sophisticated flavors. Drinks : One of the largest selections of beer around with over 30 rotating beers on tap and more than 200 others in 15 categories (bocks, stouts, barley wines, porters). $

Treppenhaus 114 College Ave. www.treppenhausbar.wordpress.com File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : CC. The Look : A new two-story European-styled draft house with a steel and wood interior and two full bars. Drinks : Beer is the focus here, with 20 on draft and even more in bottles. Take a seat at the picnic tables upstairs for a full beer hall experience.

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Two Story Coffeehouse 1911 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-850-6701 1680 Lumpkin St. • 706-850-5422 www.twostorycoffeehouse.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries. Features : Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Mon.–Sat. and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. Eastside location closed Sundays. The Look : The original Five Points location is in a cozy house with two levels for distinct purposes. Catch up with friends and socialize downstairs or find the perfect spot to curl up and read on the quieter second floor. The new Eastside location can be found in a shopping mall. Menu : Proudly serving 1000 Faces coffee, brewed to perfection by either French press or manual pour-over. In addition to teas and typical espresso drinks, Two Story has several specialty drinks such as The Babarr (chai with a shot of espresso and stick of cinnamon) and the Cubano Shot (cubano sin leche con dolce). Cold options include fruit smoothies, Italian sodas and chocolate milk. For a snack, get a muffin, pastry, slice of cake or gelato.

The Varsity 1000 W. Broad St. • 706-548-6325 www.thevarsity.com File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features : Drive-Thru, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Fri. & Sat. The Look : “What’ll ya have?!” greets you at the door of this classic fast-food eatery, still going strong after 70 years of business. Menu : A greasy heaven of burgers, hot dogs, french fries and onion rings. Wash it all down with a famous Varsity frosted orange shake. $

Viva! Argentine Cuisine 2270 Barnett Shoals Rd. • 706-850-8284 File Under : Mexican and South American. Features : Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tues.–Sun. The Look : Family-run restaurant with counter service during weekday afternoons and table service during dinner hours. Menu : Traditional Argentine cuisine heavy on meat and potatoes. Try the Argentine cheesesteak topped with chimichurri sauce or the pastel de papa, a shepherd’s pie-like entree. Empanadas are offered in a variety of flavors including ham and cheese, spinach and mushroom, chicken tinga and traditional ground beef. Homemade vegetarian soups include a hearty lentil vegetable and a butternut squash bisque. $$

The Volstead 351 E. Clayton St. • 706-614-9596 www.facebook.com/VolsteadAthens File Under : Bars and Clubs, American. Features : Full Bar, Take-Out, Outside Seating, Catering, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, Mon.–Sat. and Lunch on Sundays. The Look : This new downtown spot named after Andrew Volstead, the congressman responsible for prohibition, is a restaurant by day and bar by night. Menu : Home-style entrees, burgers, wings, salads and desserts priced for a college budget. Late night food is served until midnight. Drinks : Serves the coldest drinks in town. 28 frosted taps provide draft beers on the verge of freezing, and a frozen Shoc-a-Vodka system creates blistering 5 degree shots. A unique frost rail that runs the length of the bar keeps your drink icy cold through the night. Lunch and dinner wines and plenty of cocktails, too.

Walker’s Coffee & Pub 128 College Ave. • 706-543-1433 www.walkerscoffee.com File Under : Coffee Houses and Bakeries, Bars. Features : Outside Seating, Wi-Fi, CC. Hours : Open 7 days. The Look : Spacious wooden interior with large booths and bar seating, an outdoor patio and a covered alley with tables running parallel. An ideal place to study during the day and a social place to drink at night. Menu : All the essentials are here in this well known local establishment: locally roasted coffees, teas, blended freeze drinks and juice. For breakfast, grab a pastry, croissant, breakfast burrito, drunken waffles, bagel or fresh

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fruit. At lunch, several sandwiches (roast beef, PB&J, hummus) and pesto pizzas are available. Drinks : Eleven beers on draft and over 70 in bottles. Marry the coffee and pub halves with an Irish Coffee.

Weaver D’s Fine Foods ‰ 1016 E. Broad St. • 706-353-7797 File Under : Downhome and BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch, Mon.– Sat. The Look : A bright green standalone building with a big reputation due to its “Automatic for the People” slogan made famous by R.E.M. Menu : Presided over by the genial Dexter Weaver, lunch features hefty portions of simple soul food like fried chicken, pork chops, sweet potato souffle, squash casserole and buttermilk cornbread. If you have room left for dessert, ask for a slice of homemade cake, lemon pie or apple cobbler. $$

What’s Cooking 2546 Commerce Rd. File Under : Mexican and South American. Features : Outside Seating. Hours : Lunch & Dinner. The Look : A fun, kitschy atmosphere that’s kid-friendly. Counter service. Menu : Authentic Latin cuisine like tacos, burritos and Cuban sandwiches. Burgers and chicken fingers are options, too. $

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Whiskey Bent 335 E. Clayton St. • 706-548-8899 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : Spacious place with simple, no-frills decor and large wooden booths built out of barrels lining the wall. Drinks : Whiskey is the focus, with over 15 different types on display. You’ll find all the familiar faces here like Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Johnnie Walker. $

White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates 217 Hiawasee Ave. • 706-353-6847 www.whitetigergourmet.com File Under : Something Different, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, BYOB, Check/ CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Tu.-Sat. The Look : Making its home within a small, historic Boulevard building, this eatery has local art decorating the walls and picnic tables outside beneath shaded trees. Get “food without the ‘tude” at this cute and eclectic spot. Menu : Meat and veggie sandwiches made with local produce, like the veggie ciabatta, famous smoked BBQ sandwich and portabella cheese “burger,” alongside seasonally rotating sides including carrot ginger soup, collard greens and roasted beets. The homemade sweets, an ever-changing supply of truffles, barks, dipped cookies and more, are delicacies here. $$

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Willy’s Mexicana Grill 196 Alps Rd. • 706-548-1920 www.willys.com File Under : Mexican, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer, Take-Out, Catering, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. The Look : A brightly decorated Atlanta-based chain with an assembly-line method to making orders and popular trivia and college nights. Menu : Made-to-order burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas with your choice of sinatoa or adobe chicken, cilantro garlic steak, chipotle BBQ pork, tofu, rice, beans and vegetables. All ingredients are fresh and never frozen. Drinks : Willy’s Coca-Cola Freestyle machine can mix up to 125 different combinations of sodas, juice, tea and flavored waters. $

Wilson’s Soul Food 351 N. Hull St. • 706-353-7289 File Under : Downhome and BBQ, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Delivery, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Mon.-Sat., Only Lunch, Wed. The Look : This family-run operation has been dishing out soul food from its Hot Corner location for the past 30 years. Menu : A rotating menu of Southern soul food favorites like pulled pork, fried chicken, BBQ ribs and meatloaf. Collard greens, cabbage,

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429 E. Broad St. • 706-613-0095 File Under : Bars and Clubs. Features : Outside Seating, CC. The Look : A comfortable space with burgundy walls, floor-length paintings, a stone-lined bar, dark wooden accents and a waterfall in the corner. Don’t be intimidated by its upscale interior; this bar has a friendly, casual atmosphere. Menu : Several tapas to complement your drink such as white bean hummus, spicy Thai edamame and rosemary bar nuts. Drinks : An extensive wine list with something for every set of tastebuds. Champagne martinis like the Flirtini, Amaretto Fizz and Bomb Pop are just as popular as the wines here. A menu of nearly 40 specialty and high gravity beers, too.

1210 S. Milledge Ave. • 706-548-4020 www.yoforia.com File Under : Ice Cream & Smoothies. Features: CC, Outside Seating, Catering, Wi-Fi. Hours : Open 7 days. Late Night, Fri.-Sat. The Look : Bright orange and green colors highlight a modern, clean design. Pick up an empty bowl and make your own creation at the self-serve stations. Menu : A dozen flavors of frozen yogurt and twice as many toppings. Try green tea, pomegranate, honeydew or taro frozen yogurt made with organic milk and load on the fresh fruit, nuts or candy. $

Wingster Café 521 Baxter St. • 706-583-9611 File Under : Sandwiches, Burgers & Chicken. Features : Take-Out, Delivery, CC. Hours : Lunch, Dinner & Late Night, 7 days. The Look : Located near the high-rise freshman dorms, this is a popular late-night spot for pick-up-and-go service. Menu : A grab bag of student favorites: wings, chicken fingers, sandwiches, wraps and a few Asian dishes, too, like sesame, teriyaki and sweet and sour chicken, egg rolls and crab rangoon. $

198 College Ave. • 706-354-8351 File Under : Ice Cream and Smoothies. Features : TakeOut, Outside Seating, CC. Hours : Open 7 days. Late Night, Th.-Sat. The Look : Independent and locally owned frozen yogurt shop with sleek decor of white and cool-colored accents, walk-up counter service, and health facts expounded on a wall. Menu : All-natural, fat-free frozen yogurts made fresh every morning. Sweet and tart flavors include original, mango, pomegranate and dark chocolate. Top off your treat with fresh fruit, cereals and candy. $

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11661 Hwy. 441 N. (J&J Flea Market) • 706-613-2410 www.jandjfleamarket.com File Under : Downhome and BBQ, Italian and Pizza. Features : Take-Out, Outside Seating, Cash Only. Hours : Breakfast & Lunch, Sat.–Sun. The Look : Five different eating spots located in a big red barn near the back of the J&J Flea

1591 S. Lumpkin St. • 706-850-7424 196 Alps Rd. • 706-549-3179 350 E. Broad St. • 706-850-5675 www.yourpie.com File Under : Italian and Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly. Features : Beer & Wine, Take-Out, Delivery, Catering, Outside

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Seating, Wi-Fi, Checks/CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, 7 days. Late Night, Fri. & Sat. The Look : Watch as your 10" personalized pizza is hand-tossed and popped into the brick oven as you move down the prep line. Menu : Customization is key. Choose among eight sauces (basil pesto, ranchy marinara, spicy Thai), eight cheeses, 20 fresh veggies and 16 premium toppings (sun-dried tomatoes, tofu, roasted red pepper, capicola). Vegan and gluten-free pizzas are available. Several specialty pies, brick-oven paninis and bread bowl salads, too. Top off your meal with a gelato from a dozen different choices. $

Yummy Bites 489 E Clayton St. • 706-543-8898 www.facebook.com/YummyBitesAth File Under : American, Sandwiches, Burgers and Chicken. Features : Delivery, Take-Out, CC. Hours : Lunch & Dinner, Late Night, 7 Days. The Look : Simple downtown café with an open kitchen. Menu : An All-American lineup of burgers, hot dogs, wings and subs. Substitute a veggie patty on any burger. A hotline features a different entree and side specials each day, such as green chile chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice, fried chicken and mashed potatoes and homemade spaghetti. $

Zeb Dean’s Barbecue 5742 Hwy. 29 N. • Danielsville • 706-795-2701 File Under : Downhome & BBQ. Features : Take-Out, Catering, Checks/CC. Hours : Tu.–Sat, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The Look : Unassuming BBQ joint with UGA and Nascar-themed decor. Menu : Dean’s signature pepper-vinegar sauce attracts ‘cue hounds from far and wide, and the cream corn-based Brunswick stew has also contributed to this spot’s reputation as worthy of a roadtrip beyond nearby Daniellesville. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, tots and slaw for those looking for non-BBQ grub. $

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