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A new academic year beginning means new freshman and an influx of students eating in the dining halls. We all know dining hall food can get a bit old after a while, though, so here are some of the best one-of-a-kind foods throughout Athens to try if you’re looking for a change.
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Union Street Diner, 70 W. Union St., is known for being open 24/7 and having great food and a great staff, but the diner’s milkshakes are basically unbeatable by any other place in town. No matter what milkshake you get, it’ll be a good choice.
Think of mozzarella sticks, but even better. Each mozzarella stick from Lucky’s, 11 N. Court St., is hand-made right before you eat it and has dough loaded with cheesy goodness. Dipped in marinara sauce, they are a long shot from the freeze-dried sticks you find at the store, and they’re at least twice the size. To top it off, on Fridays you can get as many cheese sticks as you want for 50 cents each.
These fries are known as some of the best food after a late night on Court Street, and they’ve earned their title. Basically anything from O’Betty’s, 11 W. State St., is amazing, especially the cheese fries. If you’re feeling extra famished, add some chili as a bonus to end a great night.
The line for Uptown Grill, 11 W. Union St., going all the way down to Buffalo Wild Wings on a weeknight says everything about the chicken and waffle sandwich. It may sound a little odd — and that there’s no way a chicken and waffle sandwich would sound good — but give it a try. Many students swear by them.
The Pub, 39 N. Court St., is one of the best places to go for burgers. They are super cheap, and they have a massive selection. One of their burger recipes has been around since 1974, so you know it’s a good choice.
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The Pub, located on Court Street, is known for it’s cheeseburgers and classic bar food.
Whit’s, 49 S. Court St., is the place in Athens to go for a cold treat. The frozen custard is known for being made fresh daily. The shops also has weekly flavors that are different throughout the year. Whit’s also has about 30 toppings to choose from, so you can go wild and put anything you want on your frozen custard.
Take a break from the dining halls and try out any of those signature Athens restaurants.Back to The Orientation Guide