Athens, GA - restaurant/food tasting groups?
I moved to Athens very recently and would like to start trying out the culinary scene. But I hardly know anyone in town yet and it's a bit boring to go out to eat on my own. I was wondering, are there any groups in Athens that get together for restaurant/food tasting? Any pointers appreciated. Thanks!
I also recently moved here from Boston. In addition to the four course men, you should go th five points bottle shop which sponsors wine tastings with apps at various restaurants in Athens. It is not for the food, but for the people you will meet who will tell you about their favorite restaurants. So far, I like La Dolce Vita on Broad for italian, could go head to head with most eateries in Boston's North End, the Five and Ten though pricey and the Last Resort Grill for lunch, dinner or brunch. For the last resort just be prepared for crowds and noise.
Good luck. I grew up in Athens then moved to Boston from 1998 to 2006 during my twenties and early thirties. Now I'm in Birmingham, which has a better food scene than Athens, but no where near Boston, much less the larger cities. While the South (Athens or Bham) board is not nearly as prolific in posts as the Boston board, there are some gems.
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If you left Athens in 1998, you have missed out on some exciting restaurants. In addition to La Dolce Vita and Five and Ten, mentioned above, there is Farm 255 (downtown) and The National (also downtown and tied in with Five and Ten). Five and Ten routinely makes many Best of Atlanta lists, even though it is 65 miles away.
I grew up in Athens but my mom still lives there so I'm in town about once every other month (though more often during football season). I know about all of the restaurants you mention, although I still haven't made it to the National yet. With a few new places opening over the last say 5 years, the offerings in Athens have greaty improved since I grew up and attended UGA there. Unfortunately reasonably authentic non-Latin ethnic is seriously lacking. In no way am I slamming Athens, it certainly has a relatively great scene for its population size.
I moved here 5 years ago and here are two of my favorite places you can check out.
The Grit, (Famous world-wide for its vegetarian menu))
199 Prince Ave.
Athns, GA 30601
Broad Street Bar and Grill
311 E. Broad St.
Athens, GA 30601
For Chinese Cuisine, I hear Peking is the best located at:
2725 Atlanta Hwy.)
Athens, GA 30606
Welcome to Athens and enjoy!