I'm heading to Athens for a few days this summer – I’ll definitely make it to Five and Ten but does anyone have thoughts on the other places on my list?
Harrys Pig Shop
La Dolce Vita
Cinco y Dies
Square One Fish
CDawg, what do you get at BB? My last two experiences there were not very good.
Mama's Boy is fine. I need to hit the National again.
I like Harry's a lot. Big fan of their pulled pork and spicy sauce (on the side), the pork nachos and their brunswick stew.
Tlaloc is awesome salvadoran. Great pupusas, tacos, etc.
We stopped at Marker 7 again this past weekend. It has a nice covered porch and a view of five points although why they did not add fans I will never know. The fried calamari "with jalapenos" had one sliver of jalapeno. The oysters (LA) were not shucked the best and had lots of shell and dirt on them. Drink menu is not bad and my friend loves the clam strips.
Shokitini is ok for Athens sushi.
We really wanted to try Catch 22. Awesome menu but they closed at 3 PM on Memorial Day so we ended up at catch. I hear great things about the chef who also owns Chops and Hops in Watkinsville.
Eastside Peking still has a "secret" menu which is not offered unless requested. We had the beef with grandmas sauce which was pretty good although they showed us the jar of grandma's sauce. Dan dan noodles were so hot they were almost not edible. We were going to order the sauteed strings beans but $13 is spendy for nothing but beans. Still, your only slightly authentic Chinese option for Athens.
The cheese and oysters are all great, as is the belly. The squid ink could have just been a wrong order but the way it was handled iritated me. The chicken liver mousse is good but has a very strong iron taste and sometimes the reduction can be overpowering. I want to love BB but it hasn't done it yet.
Harry's (now called Harry's Barbecue) is very good, but you'd do even better to get a little out of town and visit Hot Thomas in Watkinsville, Zeb's in Danielsville, or Paul's in Lexington. None are more than a 30 minute drive.