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athens - the grill

this place is really nothing to write home about, but i occasionally pop in for a coffee and a bit of breakfast on my way to the library. tried a new item today on the breakfast menu - their chicken biscuit.

It's the best I've ever had. I'm not lying. This this was so scrumptious I bought some extras to take home with me. Everyone in athens must try this and report back. served only before noon, so get there early!

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  1. I don't think I have ever been to the Grill before 2 AM or after 4 AM so I cannot comment about the how good the food is, only how adequate and surprisingly absorbent it is during those hours.

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    1. re: Dax

      i hit clocked for late night eats these days - open til 4am now

    2. It's been a while but always leave there filled and happy even if all i have is a milk shake. I forget: what is their signature fresh fry dip. The folks I was with who eat there weekly all ordered fries with something to dip them in but my mind is blank as to what it was. anyone know.

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        1. re: batdown

          YES! thank you batdown.
          It was good

      1. I'm with Dax - have never been before 2:00am, at which time it's perfect! Fries, feta dressing, milkshake, the works. So worth it after a night downtown. Ahhh...

        www.refinedrogue.com

        1. it's all about the 2am fries with feta cheese dressing. their burgers aren't bad either

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          1. re: jeffbatl

            The burgers rock even when you're sober. Incidentally, they use 90% lean beef and you can get them to use a whole wheat bun too. (Just in case you're like me and get a crippling case of guilt from licking the feta dressing off the sidewalls of the paper cup it came in.)

          2. On the Athens topic, is Five Star Day still around? Nothing like some southern home cooking. I'd go back for the chicken salad alone...

            www.refinedrogue.com

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            1. re: erowan

              it's still there and even has a location on the eastside. I never got into five star though. i think it's their macaroni that put me off. when it comes to the whole 'gourmet sould food' thing, i hit up mamas boy

              www.eatatmamasboy.com

              1. re: batdown

                Went to Mama's Boy for brunch this morning. The Veggie Scrambler with spinach, goat cheese, etc. was fantastic. The biscuit, however, could have held a door open on a breezy day. I'd go back in a heartbeat, I'd just substitute something for the biscuit.

                1. re: creativeusername

                  their biscuits are REALLY hit or miss. sadly, that is the problem with a lot of restaurants here: one guy in the kitchen really knows how to cook, and the other guy is too stoned to know whats going on.

                  1. re: batdown

                    batdown-you really hit the nail on the head.

                    1. re: batdown

                      Well, that sucks. I typically splurge on one meal out a week so consistency is important to me.

                      1. re: creativeusername

                        I have had several good meals (and biscuits!) at mama's boy. Also, they were so friendly and accomodating to my toddler-age son when I took him for an early lunch. I found the biscuits to be dense and a little sweet, but I liked them that way, more like a cream scone. I really liked the fried chicken breast with the bacon cream gravy, but keep in the mind the chicken breast is not on the bone. Perhaps you can go at lunchtime since they have a similar menu and it will be easier on the budget.

                        1. re: creativeusername

                          sometimes you get unlucky - but that's no reason not to try mama's boy or any of the other good restaurants in athens. mama's boy is very good - you wont be sorry you went, even if your biscuit doesnt come out perfect.

                          1. re: batdown

                            I love the Grill. I started going there the week it opened. It was my go too place when I was at UGA. Whenever I go through Athens (all too infrequently anymore) I always eat a meal there.

                            The Grill was started by a guy named Russo, who had a Gyro shop down the street. A guy named Steve started there as a waiter when it first iopened and after several years wound up buying Russo out. I wonder if Steve still owns the place.

                            1. re: sarge

                              And supposedly Russo was a front for the mob & both places ended up being to profitable, so he then opened Chow Goldsteins as a legit place & it failed.

                              1. re: beteez

                                Chow Goldstein's was one of the coolest weird concept restaurants ever. Whenever I've told a friend who didn't go to UGA about it, I get that "What have you been smoking?" look. Too funny.

                      2. re: creativeusername

                        I went to Mama's Boy for brunch yesterday (Sunday) and had the same thing I always have: French Toast with peach compote and a side of grits (I added bacon, too). It was fantastic yesterday! I loved it all. The grits are cooked with some sort of smoky cheese that makes the flavor just pop. And the French toast wasn't burnt (like last time I went when they were training a new cook). I have tried this place for lunch and was sorely disappointed. The brunch is where it's at.

                        1. re: peacheskdd

                          mmmm. I really wanted to try that peach french toast. I definitely have to go back!

                          1. re: creativeusername

                            i too went to mamas boy on sunday for brunch and had the pimiento cheese burger...something i've wanted to get but always pass it up for something else on the menu. it was good! I like my pimiento cheese a little chunkier, but the burger was cooked well and had great flavor. would sub the fries for something else though, they were about a 5 out of 10.