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Restaurants & Coffee Houses => The Rest of Georgia => Topic started by: Barnum on May 28, 2010, 04:46:17 PM

Title: Athens Options
Post by: Barnum on May 28, 2010, 04:46:17 PM
I have to give a recommendation for lunch in Athens tomorrow.  Odd that being in ATL for almost 20 years now, still have never made it to Athens.

Any good suggestions?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Barnum on May 28, 2010, 07:05:09 PM
Five & Ten (http://www.fiveandten.com/) certainly looks nice, though not open for Lunch.

Not open for lunch on Saturday, but I DO want to try Farm 255 (http://www.farm255.com/) one of these days.

Not sure, but maybe The National (http://www.thenationalrestaurant.com/) is the best option for a weekend Lunch.

Though if it was breakfast/brunch, I'd be tempted to try Mama's Boy (http://www.eatatmamasboy.com/pages/base.php).
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: uptown jimmy on May 29, 2010, 12:00:21 PM
Of these options, DEFINITELY The National. Trust me.

And for something very tasty, and a bit more casual with a lovely patio setting beneath the trees, you might consider Big City, but you didn't hear that from me...

Jimmy
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Beerbitch on May 30, 2010, 07:00:09 AM


National

and Five and Ten does do a weekend brunch

Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: LamarT on July 23, 2010, 11:54:15 PM
The National is a good restaurant. Even when it is not so great it is still very good.
I have had one lower level meal in 5 times dining there which is a great average.

Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: exBFF on August 04, 2010, 06:16:56 PM
The National's good...but I love Last Resort Grill.  Haven't had many good experiences at Five and Ten. We want to like it, so we try it every six months or so - but, for us, it's just blah.  But it's very popular, so we must just be missing something.

Although it's new, try Chef Lamar's Iron Grill.  Check out their website.  Really good.  Can't wait till they start doing their Sunday Brunch. The preview menu on the website just looks incredible.
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Northside Chip on August 04, 2010, 06:37:47 PM
I wish I had read about Chef Lamar's last week but I just joined. The wife and I ate at Last Resort last weekend and it was fabulous. Next time we will hit Lamar's and give it a go.

NC
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: exBFF on August 07, 2010, 05:58:28 PM
We ate at Chef Lamar's Iron Grill again tonite...SOOO worth it.  Give it a shot.
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: uptown jimmy on August 08, 2010, 02:26:39 PM
The Last Resort is mediocre at best. The menu is boring, the ingredients merely okay, the execution often amateurish, and of course it appeals directly to that vast pool of college kids we import from Cobb County every fall, as well as to their parents and to other older, monied Southern folk who dine often at chain restaurants and who wouldn't know skate wing from a skateboard, or sweetbreads from a breakfast pastry.

Five and Ten is a world-class restaurant serving some of the best food in the Southeast. The menu, ingredients and execution are on a par with the best restaurants in California or France, the atmosphere is unpretentious (if sometimes a bit loud on a Friday night), the service impeccable (most of the time), the food often moan-inducing.

YMMV. But there is, often, accounting for taste, contrary to the old saying.

Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: hallucinex on May 16, 2011, 05:13:09 PM
Any updates on Athens? Need to be there 2 nights training for my job.  I'd be willing to go all out one night.  Are the main ones mentioned here still the best?  Any suggestion for the other place to eat?  Hole-in-wall, ethnic, etc?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Beerbitch on May 17, 2011, 06:37:32 AM
If you've never been -- Five and Ten is a must in Athens.  His other restaurant is also excellent -- The National. 

I've always had a great meal at Cali N' Titos.  Casual, order at the counter and sit outside at picnic tables.  I think they charge a small corkage fee, but 5 Points Bottle Shop is right near by and usually pick up some beer before heading over.

For breakfast, The Grit.

Cool Bar -- Manhattan Club

Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 17, 2011, 10:53:59 AM
Any updates on Athens? Need to be there 2 nights training for my job.  I'd be willing to go all out one night.  Are the main ones mentioned here still the best?  Any suggestion for the other place to eat?  Hole-in-wall, ethnic, etc?  Thanks!

<<< sounding like a Shill, but just likes the place. >>>

Watkinsville is just a short drive South, if you get a chance try Chops & Hops in downtown Watkinsville, good beerz, very good food and a neat vibe.

do a map at:
www.Bing.com/maps (http://www.Bing.com/maps)

to see where it is ..

....
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: morebread on May 17, 2011, 11:22:06 AM
Any suggestion for the other place to eat?  Hole-in-wall, ethnic, etc?

For the other place try The Sultan in Bogart. There's also a Vietnamese place that isn't half bad.
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Beerbitch on May 18, 2011, 05:59:43 AM
Any updates on Athens? Need to be there 2 nights training for my job.  I'd be willing to go all out one night.  Are the main ones mentioned here still the best?  Any suggestion for the other place to eat?  Hole-in-wall, ethnic, etc?  Thanks!

<<< sounding like a Shill, but just likes the place. >>>

Watkinsville is just a short drive South, if you get a chance try Chops & Hops in downtown Watkinsville, good beerz, very good food and a neat vibe.

do a map at:
www.Bing.com/maps (http://www.Bing.com/maps)

to see where it is ..
....

I'll take the shill off and second the recommendation!

Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: hallucinex on May 18, 2011, 08:27:49 AM
Thank you all so much!  ;D 
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: Hrothgar on May 18, 2011, 10:36:59 AM
Dining at Five and Ten this evening before catching Neko Case at the 40 Watt. Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: hallucinex on May 22, 2011, 12:58:04 PM
Thanks to everyone again for the suggestions.  I was staying 10 minutes from Watkinsville, so I ended up at Chops and Hops.  Had a great vegetarian plate and a few beers.  ;D  The parmesan risotto incuded was excellent.

I also attempted to eat at the Sultan restaurant by the mall for a lunch, but it appeared to be closed.  Also was taken out to eat to a place called Mexicali Grille that was completely boring and average in every way.

Gotta travel to Augusta this week so maybe I'll make another thread ..

Cheers.
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 23, 2011, 09:36:50 AM
I know I'm late to the party but for future reference check out Big City Bread for any meal. 
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: hallucinex on May 24, 2011, 10:46:34 AM
Snails AND rabbit on one menu?!  Totally my speed.  Will have to check it out next time.  Mmm.   ;D  Thanks!

I know I'm late to the party but for future reference check out Big City Bread for any meal. 
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: uptown jimmy on June 03, 2011, 09:41:21 AM
Sisters. It's a little Creole spot on Whitehall Road, in the old Jot 'Em Down location, an old general store not far from the east-side shopping area. It's run by three sisters from Louisiana.

And it's awesome. We had roast beef and fried oyster po' boys, and shrimp etoufee and jambalaya. Oh me gods: we ate like stones teenagers.

They seems to be doing real good business and that's good news, because Athens is lucky to have them here. Great food and good people are always a beautiful combo.

Only drawback: the zoning there prevents them from having any seats, so it's all togo. But that's ok, just sit in your car and enjoy. Or get things that travel well and take it home. Regardless, this is easily on of the five best food finds in Athens right now.
Title: Re: Athens Options
Post by: MadBob on September 05, 2011, 07:39:35 PM
Just returned from the Athens area, Watkinsville to be exact!

New in town is Acapulcos Mexican Grill at 1260 Mars Hill Rd. Located in a small strip mall next door to Dragon Flys (A Quilting Store), on the menu tonight was Chorizo Tacos. 3 on the plate with rice and beans. A good quantity of tasty Chorizo, not overcooked and just the right flavor mix, no need for the tomatillo sauce these.

Also tried out the Chili Verde. Tender almost melt in your mouth with a nice green chili sauce spiced just on the med hot side of spice/heat (for mainstream), very flavorful IMO.

Light colored refried beans were creamy and just right, not to heavy. Rice had good flavor with fresh vegs.

Sweet Tea with a lemon slice just right in the sweet and tea balance.

Medium priced, good quantity, staff attentive. Will go again. (Don't look for the Menudo yet, must go to Senior Sol for that on Sat/Sun)