Welcome to the most delicious time of the year to visit Athens. Not only is it Ohio Brew Week, but also it just happens to be 30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week, celebrating local restaurants that use ingredients produced within a 30-mile radius of Athens.
Here is our guide to five wonderful foodie destinations, whose dishes are worth traveling for this week and any time of the year.
Food Truck: The Cajun Clucker. Permanently installed at Little Fish Brewing Company, Cajun Clucker specializes in classic Cajun dishes like jambalaya (vegetarian versions, too!) and po’ boys plus New Orleans-inspired twists on chicken strips and wings. Facebook.com/TheCajunCluckerFamily-Friendly Fare: Kiser’s Barbeque. Kiser’s considers anyone who eats their food a part of their honorary family, which is good because their low and slow pit smoked barbeque is a favorite that spans generations. express.kisersbarbeque.com
Globally-Inspired: Sol Restaurant. Heavenly Caribbean comfort food awaits you at Sol’s Uptown and East State Street locations. The fish tacos are a year-round favorite, but their Ohio Brew Week special menu is not to be missed. solrestaurant.net
Fine Dining: Rhapsody Music & Dining. The learning lab of Hocking College’s culinary program, Rhapsody reminds diners that traditional Appalachian cuisine can be both elegant and comforting when created with care and local ingredients. rhapsody.hocking.edu
All Local: Village Bakery. With a menu that always reflects what’s in-season in Southeast Ohio and a commitment to renewable energy and community awareness, the Village Bakery is a place to sip fair trade, organic coffee, enjoy a flaky pastry and find out the latest Athens happenings. dellazona.com