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I am going to be in Athens for the first time in February; I am speaking at a conference. Please share some of the best restaurants in the area. I would prefer "local" cuisine - soul/southern/bbq, but am open to any great restaurants that are there. Thanks.

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  1. Chef Lamar's is one of Athen's best restaurants. Go to Copper Creek for good food and cold drinks. Five and Ten is also a great restaurant. Five Star is a good southern comfort food place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fresh Air has good BBQ. Porterhouse Grill is a great fine dining for dinner only restaurant.

    Chef Lamar's Iron Grill @ 1155 Mitchell Bridge Road Building A, Athens, GA 706 - 543 - 9955.
    http://theirongrill.com/about.html
    Copper Creek Brewing Co. @ 140 East Washington St., Athens, GA 706 - 546 - 1102.
    http://www.classiccitybrew.com/burnts...
    Five and Ten Restaurant @ 1653 South Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 706 - 546 - 7300.
    http://www.fiveandten.com/
    Five Star Day Cafe @ 229 E Broad St, Athens, GA 706 - 543 - 8552.
    http://www.fivestardaycafe.com/
    Fresh Air BBQ @ 1110 Hull Rd., Athens, GA. 706 - 546 - 6060.
    http://www.freshairbbq.com/
    Porterhouse Grill @ 459 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706 - 369 - 0990.
    http://www.porterhouseathens.com/

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    1. What about Jot-Em-Down BBQ.? Friends have recommended it to me although they have only eaten at the old location. I have it on a list to try when I'm in town and want a tasty lunch.
      If it's chopped Q I'll skip it. I like sliced and prefer a little outside meat mixed in. I was underwhelmed by Paul's east of town. OK, but did not meet my expectation based on reputation. Butt Hut may be an addition to my list if the parking is reasonable. Those 15 min. meters suck. I don't know anytime that I'll park and return in less than 15 min.

      1. re: JHLI

        Jot em Down doesn't have sliced, but they do have ribs, if that interests you. I think their 'q is excellent. Parking isn't an issue at Butt Hutt...it's not downtown, it's on Baxter up the hill from Sanford Stadium and has it's own parking lot. The BBQ place downtown is called Dawg Gone Good BBQ at the corner of Washington and Hull. Only open Th-Sat.

        1. re: JHLI

          In my experience, most 'cue places in GA go with chopped or at best pulled. I have seen sliced, but it's rare to find it. I prefer pulled then chopped, never sliced.

          1. re: Dax

            Yea, I should have added pulled, to sliced as my favorite. That's what I get at my favorite places around Atlanta, made by the three who used to collaborate at Sam and Dave's plus Fox Bros.

            I grew up eating sliced BBQ when I lived in Smyrna and ate at Old South and at the several Hickory House BBQ's in the 50's, 60's, Atlanta. Must have slipped back in time with my thinking for some reason. In those days there were not so many choices. I still prefer sliced to chopped at those places which I don't frequent anymore.

            Pulled is now my favorite. I should try Jot-em-Down. If it's cooked well it might rival good pulled pork. I like ribs, but don't get them often. I've had some good ones at Hometown BBQ in Lawrenceville and a place called the Rib Shack in Highlands, N.C.

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            Rib Shack
            461 Spring St, Highlands, NC 28741

            Old South Restaurant
            Old S Golf Links, Bluffton, SC 29910

            The Hickory House
            16161 Whyte Hardee Blvd, Hardeeville, SC 29927

      2. Farm 255 is an excellent, farm to table retaurant in Athens. They actually run the farm where most of the food comes from. www.farm255.com

        For traditional southern, I love Weaver D's. Mama's Boy is is also good for southern with a twist; only open for b'fast and lunch.

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        Farm 255
        255 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601

        1. I agree that Farm is at the top of the list in Athens. The raclette is fantastic and is usually on the menu. Just know that most entrees change with their supply/season and quantities are sometimes limited later in the evening. My very favorite is The Last Resort. Have eaten there for brunch, lunch, and dinner and have never had a ho hum meal. Five Star Day Cafe is the most unique breakfast joint around. If you eat their biscuits and gravy in the AM you won't want to eat the rest of the day!

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          Five Star Day Cafe
          229 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

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