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Nearby Dining in Athens, GA

With a history of Southern comfort foods and a growing international population, Athens Georgia is a culinary adventure, with something for whatever mood you’re in. 

Start your day with a brunch of butter grits and fried green tomatoes, pulled barbecue pork sandwiches or crab cakes for lunch, and amazing ribs for dinner. End your day with a local craft beer, or delicious chocolate truffles, created by a UGA alum.  

No matter what your tastes are, here’s our list of the best restaurants and bars in Athens, that will surely please. 

1

Last Resort Grill 

Last Resort Grill’s southwestern-inspired dishes should be your first stop for a meal in Athens. Farm-to-table dining gets an exciting update through regional favorites like Carolina Crab Cakes, Horseradish Crusted Salmon, and even veggie-filled options like The Veggie Stack. 

Beyond the menu, Last Resort Grill offers a unique dining experience as they use cooking techniques like open fire, grilling, brining, and more, much of which you can see from your seat in the dining room. Last Resort Grill is also the perfect place to immerse yourself in the flavors of Athens as they do source many of their ingredients from local bakers, makers, and growers. 

Insider Tip

The Last Resort Grill sources ingredients from local Georgia farms.

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2

Condor Chocolates

Take a walk on the sweet side at Condor Chocolates, a local chocolate shop beloved by students and locals alike. Though you can order chocolates for pick-up, part of the magic is perusing Condor’s glass confection cases packed with chocolates that are as colorful as they are decadent. 

This alumni-owned shop prides itself on their bean-to-bar chocolates, ranging from truffles to sipping chocolate to gelato and more. Stop by to treat yourself to all things sweet perfectly paired with an iced coffee or piping hot espresso. Keep Condor close even after you’ve left Athens by placing an order online—all of which is wrapped in recyclable paper packaging.

Insider Tip

Can’t pick just one? Order an assorted truffle box and try ’em all!

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3

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. 

Rediscover the beautiful world of beer at Creature Comforts Brewing Co., a family-owned craft brewery. Beer lovers from far and wide flock to their tap room for their complex yet balanced flavors, but perhaps the most welcoming aspect of Creature Comforts is their mission to foster human connection. More a neighborhood bar than tap room, Creature Comforts is a place to settle in for a long conversation over a cold beer fresh from the tap. 

Sip on year-round favorites like the subtly piney Cosmic Debris Double IPA or their clean, crisp, Classic City Lager. They also release beers that celebrate the seasons, so depending on when you visit, you might come across unique varieties like a creamy winter milk porter or a fruited berliner weisse perfect for summer sipping.

Insider Tip

In town to cheer on the Dawgs? Grab an Imperial Trop Haze – only available seasonally in September & October.

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4

Mama’s Boy

Breakfast and lunch are at their best at Mama’s Boy. Come morning, their plates are piled high with stacks of pancakes, buttered toast, french fries, and even fried green tomatoes. Self-described as the go-to for Southern fun cooking, Mama’s Boy blends classic Southern cooking with breakfast favorites to keep Athens well fed. 

They are first come, first serve, so get there early to snag a table and the mouthwatering meal that’ll come with it. Dig into pork tacos or tofu stir fry or opt for classics like biscuits and gravy or cinnamon buns.

Insider Tip

If you’re not in the mood for a biscuit, you’re in luck. Yep – you can order Chocolate Cake for Breakfast.

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5

The National

One of Athens’s most unique gathering places, The National strives to embody the casual cafes you’ll find throughout Europe. Though their Meditteranean food and carefully curated wine list will conjure far away places all on their own, the picture is made all the more vivid by their white and blue brick storefront and tables covered with white linen. 

As global as The National feels, many of their dishes showcase the changing seasons of Northeast Georgia. Dig into plates of creamy hummus, stuffed medjool dates, pan-roasted fish, and quality cuts of meat. You can even order The National for delivery from hangouts that don’t serve food, like the tap room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Insider Tip

Visiting Athens in the summertime? Made with housemade tonics and bitters, infused liquors and juices from the freshest local produce all summer long.

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