Casa Mia serves up a dinner menu that features 15 tapas options as well as other Latin specialties. Share small plates, such as Colombian chorizo sausage served with a diving pool of creamy salsa rosada ($6). Sauteed mushrooms and onions sneak into melted monterey-jack cheese in Casa Mia's mushroom cheese dip, waiting anxiously for slices of dunking bread to find them ($5). Less traditional options include the Latin sushi roll, which stuffs chicken ($7) or fish ($8) inside sweet plantains covered in avocado sauce. Those opposed to culinary communes can sample a Latin-inspired entree of their very own, such as the hot-pressed Cuban sandwich stacked with ham, swiss cheese, avocado, sauces, and your choice of veggies ($7), chicken ($8), pork ($9), or steak ($10). A selection of sharable desserts offers sweet-seeking tongues a dynamic finale, including churros in a chocolate dipping sauce ($5) and spanish flan glazed with caramel ($5). Check out Casa Mia’s brunch and lunch menus for earlier dining options.
Recently featured in Athens Food and Culture Magazine, Jack's Bar pleases adult palates of all styles with tantalizing wine tastings and a cozy, sports-centric ambience, including a heated patio and big-game-beaming TVs. Amid glowy lights and a backlit bar, imbibe six South American wines while getting the skinny on their complex flavors, a thrill for burgeoning fine-wine aficionados or developers of wine-flavored toothpastes. As stomachs savor zestful vinos, mouths can relish complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Customers must be 21 and up.
“Here’s to you, Andrew Volstead, NICE TRY!” The owners of The Volstead have good reason to raise a toast to this congressman, who famously passed the prohibition laws in the 1920s: he became the inspiration for everything their bar and restaurant wouldn’t be. To show their appreciation for libations, the team took great pains to restore the space to reflect the way it originally looked in 1893––the height of the American saloon era. But while the decorative archways, pressed tin ceiling, and William McKinley impersonators evoke the gilded age, the bar also holds a few modern twists. An ice rail runs along the wooded bar top to help keep cocktails and brews cold while draft beers are poured out at a 32 degree temperature and shots are shot back at a bone-chilling 5 degrees. Just under 100 guests can cozy into indoor tables and bar seating to enjoy weekly karaoke or trivia nights or linger on the outdoor patio as they gaze upon a handful of TVs and the large projection screen, which showcases Sunday football games and date-night movies.
Back in the kitchen, Chef David Perez leads a skilled culinary team as they handcraft 12 types of half-pound burgers, classic sandwiches, and 14 different appetizers to help create what part-owner Brian Holloway described to the Online Athens Banner-Herald as "a casual eating experience with an upscale feel." Black Angus beef patties are crowned with a variety of toppings, from jalapeño-pimento cheese and sliced hot dogs to fried eggs, while other hearty entrees include beer-battered fish and a 10-ounce rib-eye steak. Savory eats can also be consumed during the restaurant’s Sunday brunch, which serves up plates of shrimp and grits, ham and cheese omelets, and a pair of Elvis pancakes which arrived painted onto a velvet plate.
A Tavola! head chef Salvatore Bianco, a Naples native, crafts savory Italian offerings using generations-old family recipes, handmade pastas, and traditional wood-burning brick ovens. Diners can crack open fresh mussels coated in olive oil ($14) or wrap forks around the flavorful tendrils of the spicy spaghetti alla diavola ($16), festooned with jumbo shrimp. Pillows of ravioli come stuffed with ricotta and spinach ($15) and arrive bearing homespun, cross-stitched axioms and a coat of taleggio sauce. Meanwhile, tomato, caramelized onions, and pancetta set sail with mozzarella and hot peppers aboard the pancetta e cipolla pizza ($11.50). For a pleasing coda, tiramisu ($6) appeases sweet teeth with offerings of mascarpone and cocoa. Diners can pair these comestibles with potables from an extensive wine list while stationed inside the eatery's industrial-chic dining room, outdoors on an intimately lit patio, or underwater in a comfortably appointed bathysphere.
WhipLash prepares a menu of healthy, creative cuisine. Hogging the culinary spotlight are the café’s Break-Neck pizzas, all prepared on a thin, crispy house-made crust topped with house-made pizza sauce and caramelized cheese. Taste the Athens Classic’s ham-and-italian sausage ($17 or $22) or crunch into the ground beef and jalapenos waiting on top of the Old Mexico ($14.50 or $18.50). Hearty sandwiches such as the mango chicken ($7.50) and the B.L.A.T. (bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato) ($7.50) keep mouths from wandering off between bites, and pasta salads provide a delicious alternative to the disappointing experience of eating pasta or salad by itself.
Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods’ owner and founder, Dexter Weaver, has built a business around his company slogan, "automatic for the people," which also inspired R.E.M.'s 1992 hit album by the same name. A Los Angeles Times article reveals the story behind the words—each day within the neon-green building, Dexter and his staff dish out a mountain of fried chicken, pork-chop sandwiches, and squash casserole, all served "automatic with a smile." He even wrote a book, Automatic Y’all: Weaver D’s Guide to the Soul, which outlines his eatery's recipes, how they relate to life, and some of the best reasons to name a dog Okra.