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Going to a football game in Athens, Georgia? Here are seven restaurants and a bakery to try

August 30, 2022 at 8:05 p.m.

Photo by Anne Braly / Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior. The Grit, in a historic building at 199 Prince St. in Athens, Georgia, thrills locals as soon as the doors open for lunch each day.

If you’ve been to Athens, Georgia lately, you know it’s more than a college town. The food scene proves there’s more to this town than Georgia Bulldogs football in the fall. This is a place where you can enjoy American classics as well as dishes from innovative chefs who take food to a new level of flavor.

The oldest restaurants in town are still working well. The Mayflower, which has been serving fried chicken and other comfort food since 1948, is just one example. New restaurants, such as ZZ & Simone’s, with an excellent Italian menu, have joined in to help transform this college town into a true foodie destination.

“The culinary scene has changed dramatically over the past 10 to 20 years, moving from a landscape of cheap, meaty college restaurants and three places to a vibrant dining scene full of creativity and variety,” says Shannon Dominy, Food Specialist communications to the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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