Distinctive Athens Meals to Welcome You Home

Athens has always had a reputation for great local food. As many Ohio University Bobcats know, there are certain dishes, only found in Athens, that hold a special place in hearts and bellies. Now that school is back in session, here are a few distinctive meals that are always sure to welcome hungry students back to Athens.

A Cheeseburger at The Pub

There’s a reason this burger is rated “Best Burger in Athens” year after year! See why both locals and students flock to The Pub for this delicious sandwich. When the weather cools down, we recommend you pair with a side of the Beer Cheese Soup – yum!


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A Slice of Good Fella’s Pizza

Athens is home to quite a few incredible pizza spots, but many students will tell you that one local pizzeria just tastes like Athens – Good Fellas Pizza. With locations at both ends of Court Street, it’s nearly impossible to walk the bricks without getting a waft of the tempting, ginormous pies. Freshly-baked and open late, a slice of Good Fellas is a must-have for returning students.

Milkshake at Court Street Diner

Known as an Athens staple, the Court Street Diner is a popular stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centrally located on Court Street, the Diner is a favorite among students and their visitors. The best part of this old-timey spot? The old fashioned milkshakes they whip up! The huge shakes are classic and delicious, and they’re perfect to enjoy alongside tasty diner food.

Chipotle Mama at Big Mamma’s Burritos

OU students will tell you that you haven’t tried a burrito until you’ve tried a Big Mamma’s burrito – especially a Chipotle Mama. This fan favorite combines all the best ingredients in a warm tortilla, and it comes in Big and Baby Mama sizes. No matter what hungry stomachs are craving, Big Mamma’s has a burrito to satisfy, including a breakfast burrito and vegetarian options!


Turkey Tom at Bagel Street Deli

Don’t walk too fast or you might pass right by the hole-in-the-wall that is Bagel Street Deli. Stop in the bright and charming eatery to try its HUGE variety of bagelwiches (more than 48,000 different arrangements!) From sweet to savory to even spicy, all sandwiches are served on a tasty bagel of your choice. A go-to order for newbies? Try the Turkey Tom.

Chicken and Waffle Sandwich at Uptown Grille

The most beloved walk-up window in Athens is the home of the Uptown Grill. This restaurant is designed for lunch-goers and late night crowds, serving delicious sandwiches during the afternoon and again after 10 p.m. If you ask students what their favorite menu item is, you’ll likely get the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich as your answer. Hungry students line up for fried chicken, topped with sauce and smooshed in between two fluffy waffles. It’s the perfect way to end your night out!

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