Ready for a weekend adventure? Explore Athens' vibrant culinary scene from cozy coffee to critically-acclaimed fine dining. Don't waste time deciding where to eat; take a 24 hour tour of some of Georgia's best restaurants.
9 AM: 1000 Faces Coffee
Not only will the folks at 1000 Faces Coffee make you a killer pour over, they'll teach you everything you want to know about where your coffee comes from and how you can make a gourmet cup of coffee at home. I highly recommend the Finca Idealista blend.
10 AM: Savory or Sweet?
If you're looking for something light and fun, head over to Ike & Jane for a homemade donut. They make twenty different kinds of unique donuts, from the Elvis! (peanut butter, banana, and bacon) to a vanilla donut topped with Lucky Charms.
In the mood for something more savory? Check out Ideal Bagel Co., and thank me after the pumpernickel everything bagel with herb cream cheese changes your life.
12 PM: Quirky Latin Fare
Cali N' Tito's is a must-do for locals and visitors at lunchtime. The location is truly unique, with an incredible outdoor patio, scattered playground equipment, and a live parrot. The only thing better than the vibrant atmosphere is the authentic food. Try the chicken milanese sandwich or the fish tacos with a side of yuca fritas and a banana shake.
After lunch, check out a tour and tasting at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. or Terrapin Beer Co.
4 PM: Happy Hour
The Old Pal is a refreshing break from the rowdy downtown bar scene you might remember from college. Happy Hour here entails $1 off house cocktails, $1 off draft beers, and $5 select wines. Cozy up with one of their classic cocktails and soak in the warm energy of Athens' Normaltown district.
6 PM: Fine Dining
Owned by James Beard award winning chef Hugh Acheson, 5&10 is a coveted spot for creative Southern cuisine. Acheson's cuisine ranges from hearty short ribs with confit red thumb potatoes to delicate celery root soup with apple and chive. Expect impeccable service, artfully crafted cocktails, and exceptional food.
11 PM: Cocktails and Oysters
If you can possibly eat any more after this fabulous day of culinary delights, drop into Seabear Oyster Bar for high-quality oysters and the only Absinthe drip in town. The oysters and drinks are fabulous, but the atmosphere is what truly makes this a great spot for a night-cap.
Not an oysters fan? You're only a stone's throw away from Hendershot's or the downtown Georgia Theatre rooftop bar, which offers a gorgeous view of Athens at night. Wherever you end up on your Athens culinary adventure, I know you'll find good people and even better food.
If you have a favorite that isn't listed, drop it in the comments section.