Off-Campus Dining

Location
Athens, GA
Undergrads
24,496
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's so much to choose from!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Our school is located right in the midst of downtown so there are plenty of options that are cheap, some expensive

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Unless you have a car, you'll mostly eat out downtown when you're not on campus. Several fast food places provide cheap, good food including Five Guy's and Subway. For late nights, people usually head to Waffle House or The Grill. Casual dining is the most expensive, but can be worth it.The cost varies, but a meal will run around $6-8 in most places. The trick is ordering the right thing.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Athens is full of places to eat especially downtown

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are really great local restaurants and there are many affordable ones.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 37th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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Athens has many options for off-campus dining. While many places are inconstant and hit-or-miss, there are many great local restaurants at varying price points. There are also many chain restaurants for the less adventurous. Downtown definitely has the best spots for food. There are quite a few ethnic restaurants in the downtown area, and it is not hard to find a great sushi restaurant, memorable pizza and Italian dishes, tasty Tex-Mex, or a great little Chinese spot. Most places downtown close pretty early to accommodate the mass influx of barhoppers, but there are quite a few bars that offer food and some restaurants downtown stay open past 12 a.m.

Since Athens is a college town, many restaurants stay open late. Many fast-food joints around town stay open until 2 a.m. and for those on campus, Gumby’s Pizza and their dubious “Pokey Sticks” are popular, as are Jimmy John’s and Pita Pit for late night delivery sandwiches. Not too many places are open past 3 a.m., though, except for Waffle House, IHOP, The Grill, and all of the McDonald’s around town. New places are always opening, and students have been going crazy for a new place called Cheeseburger and Cheesesteak Factory, which features something called “Fried Paradise.” There, you can get nearly anything deep-fried, including Twinkies, Twix, coca-cola, cheese, donuts, and even an entire hamburger.Overall, if you know where to look, Athens undeniably has some of the best categorical food in pizza, Thai, sushi, and American classics anywhere.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • The Burger & Cheesesteak Factory
  • Five Star Day Café
  • The Grit
  • Little Italy Pizzeria
  • Shokitini Sushi, Grill & Lounge
  • Waffle House
24-Hour Dining
  • The Grill
  • IHOP
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
  • Happy China Buffet
  • Peking Restaurant
Best Breakfast
mama's boy
Best Healthy
  • Bluebird Café
  • Farm 255
  • The Grit
Best Pizza
  • DePalma's Italian Café
  • Transmetropolitan
Best Wings
  • Wild Wing Café
  • Wingster Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • DePalma's Italian Café
  • East West Bistro
  • The National
  • RuSan's
  • Shokitini Sushi, Grill & Lounge
  • Siri Thai Cuisine
  • Transmetropolitan
Other Places to Check Out
  • Basil Press
  • Carino's Italian Grill
  • Chili's Bar & Grill
  • Doc Chey's Noodle House
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Gyro Wrap
  • Kelly's Jamaican Foods
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Quiznos
  • Raising Cain's
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Stand
  • Uncle Otto's European Eatery
  • Which Wich
Did You Know?
The Grit is owned by REM's Michael Stipe, who got the name for the band's album "Automatic for the People" from the slogan of another Athens restaurant, Weaver D's.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Kroger
2301 College Station Rd.
(706) 353-854
Piggly Wiggly
484 North Ave.
(706) 548-4171
www.pigglywiggly.com
Publix Super Market
3620 Atlanta Highway
(706) 208-3700
www.publix.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amici Italian Café
Food: Italian
233 E. Clayton St.
(706) 353-0000
www.amici-cafe.com
Price: $5-$15
Bluebird Café
Food: Vegetarian
493 E. Clayton St.
(706) 549-3663
Price: $8-$15
Broad Street Bar & Grill
Food: American, full bar
311 E. Broad St.
(706) 548-5187
Price: $8-$15
The Burger & Cheesesteak Factory
Food: Sandwiches
227 Prince Ave.
(706) 546-0177
Price: $5-$10
Casa Mia
Food: Latin cuisine and tapas bar
269 N. Hull St.
(706) 227-4444
www.casamiatapas.com
Price: $8-$15
Clocked Restaurant
Food: American
259 W. Washington St.
(706) 548-9175
Price: $5-$10
DePalma's Italian Café
Food: Italian
401 E. Broad St.
(706) 354-6966
www.depalmasitaliancafe.com
Price: $15-$25
East West Bistro
Food: Fusion cuisine, Northern Italian, Seafood
351 E. Broad St.
(706) 546-9378
www.eastwestbistro.com
Price: $20-$30
Farm 255
Food: Fresh, local, organic
255 W. Washington St.
(706) 549-4660
www.farm255.com
Price: $10-$20
Five & Ten
Food: American gourmet
1653 S. Lumpkin St.
(706) 546-7300
www.fiveandten.com
Price: $15-$25
Five Star Day Café
Food: Gourmet soul food
229 E. Broad St.
(706) 543-8552
www.fivestardaycafe.com
Price: $8-$15
The Grill
Food: American
171 College Ave.
(706) 543-4770
www.thegrillathensga.com
Price: $5-$10
The Grit
Food: Vegetarian
199 Prince Ave.
(706) 543-6592
www.thegrit.com
Price: $5-$10
Gumby's Pizza
Food: Pizza
496 Baxter St.
(706) 543-5000
www.gumbyspizza.com
Price: $10-$15
Happy China Buffet
Food: Chinese
2301 College Station Road
(706) 552-3388
Price: $5-$10
Harry Bissett's New Orleans Café & Oyster Bar
Food: Steak and seafood
279 E. Broad St.
(706) 353-7065
www.harrybissetts.net
Price: $15-$30
IHOP
Food: Breakfast
1180 Baxter St.
(706) 354-1356
www.ihop.com
Price: $5-$10
Inoko Japanese Steak and Seafood House
Food: Japanese
161 Alps Rd.
(706) 546-8589
Price: $10-$30
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
265 E. Clayton St.
(706) 613-6500
www.jimmyjohns.com
Price: $5-$10
Last Resort Grill
Food: Southern
184 W. Clayton St.
(706) 549-0810
www.lastresortgrill.com
Price: $20-$30
Little Italy Pizzeria
Food: Take out, pizza
125 N. Lumpkin St.
(706) 613-7100
Price: $5-$15
Loco's Grill & Pub
Food: Sandwiches, salads, wings, bar
581 S. Harris St.
(706) 548-7803
www.locosgrill.com
Price: $10-$15
mama's boy
Food: Southern
197 Oak St.
(706) 548-6249
www.eatatmamasboy.com
Price: $5-$10
McDonald's
Food: Fast food
1124 Prince Ave.
(706) 543-0522
www.mcdonalds.com
Price: $2-$8
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
320 E. Clayton St.
(706) 613-0892
www.mellowmushroom.com
Price: $10-$15
The National
Food: Mediterranean
232 W. Hancock Ave.
(706) 549-3450
www.thenationalrestaurant.com
Price: $10-$30
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Food: Mexican
3640 Atlanta Highway
(706) 543-2299
www.ontheborder.com
Price: $10-$15
Peking Restaurant
Food: Chinese
2725 Atlanta Highway
(706) 549-9333
www.pekingathens.com
Price: $15-$20
Pita Pit
Food: Wraps
123 N. Jackson St.
(706) 552-0052
www.pitapitusa.com
Price: $5-$10
RuSan's
Food: Asian
196 Alps Road
(706) 552-0488
www.rusans-athens.com
Price: $5-$10
Shokitini Sushi, Grill, & Lounge
Food: Sushi
251 W. Clayton St., Suite 117
(706) 353-7933
Price: $5-$25
Siri Thai Cuisine
Food: Thai
367 Prince Ave.
(706) 548-7667
sirithaicuisine.com
Price: $10-$25
Transmetropolitan
Food: Italian
145 E. Clayton St.
(706) 613-8773
www.transmetonline.com
Price: $5-$15
The Varsity
Food: American
1000 W. Broad St.
(706) 548-6325
www.thevarsity.com
Price: $5-$10
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
1255 S. Milledge Ave.
(706) 549-8132
www.wafflehouse.com
Price: $5-$10
Wild Wing Café
Food: Wings
312 E. Washington St.
(706) 227-9464
www.wildwingcafe.com
Price: $5-$15
Wingster Café
Food: American
521 Baxter St.
(706) 583-9611
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 234 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 251 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 26% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 69% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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