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Where You’ll Want to Dine in Athens, Georgia


Athens is known for many things.

Of course, it’s most well-known for the University of Georgia and the —ahem — 2021 National Football Champion Georgia Bulldogs. (Go Dawgs!) It’s also a live music mecca, where legendary bands like R.E.M., the B-52s, Widespread Panic, and more got their start. It’s also home to the state botanical garden, the spectacular Twilight bicycle race series, and the “Tree that Owns Itself.

Crucially, though, the Classic City offers some of the best darn restaurants in the state, with options ranging from grilled cheese sandwiches to signature steak dinners. So here’s a special Hit List with our 10 — make that 11 — essential Athens restaurants. Even there, we’ve somehow neglected to acknowledge The Taco Stand (looking at you, spinach cheese dip and margarita pitchers) or The Grill (temporarily closed for repairs but special shout-out to the feta fries). But that’s the thing with Athens: You could eat around Athens for days and never have a bad meal.