I'm surprised nothing turned up when you did a search. Athens has gained a reputation as being an Ohio local food haven. It's been a while since I graduated, but while I was there I loved o'betty's hot dogs. (http://www.obettys.com/). I also love Casa Nueva (http://www.casanueva.com/) I've driven four hours from northern Ohio just to have a Casa meal. I seem to remember hearing good things about Restaurant Salaam (http://www.restaurantsalaam.com/), but it opened after I left. There is also Purple Chopsix (http://www.purplechopstix.com/)
Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina
6 W State St, Athens, OH 45701
Son just started his freshman year at Ohio University. I recommend Broney's Alumni Grill -- big cheap menu, garlic wings loaded with actual garlic. Brenan's Deli. Court Street Diner.
Court Street Diner
18 N Court St, Athens, OH 45701
4000 Lincoln St E, Canton, OH 44707