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The culinary authors at Utage Athens Sushi Bar compose compelling nonfiction masterpieces about tasty Japanese cuisine. The 10-piece lobster-roll dish, a maki plate, weaves avocado, cucumber, lettuce, and masago into a flavorful fabric of deep-fried lobster ($12.50). Utage stultifies hunger with 26 varieties of authentic raw nigiri, one for each human sense.

440 E Clayton St
Athens,
GA
US

Sushi fans will find plenty of familiar favorites at Inoko Sushi Express, including standards like spicy tuna rolls, tempura crab-stuffed spider rolls, and fresh avocado rolls. But the chefs here also put their own creative spin on sushi, whipping up bagel rolls stuffed with salmon and cream cheese, and reconstructing an old staple, the California roll, by breading and deep-frying the entire thing. Beyond sushi, they also craft traditional Japanese entrees like chicken katsu, or hibachi specialties like chicken and mango teriyaki. And they don't just cater to the lunch- and dinner-time crowds: three nights a week, Inoko Sushi Expres stays open until 1 a.m., tempting night owls and jet-lagged early birds with a special late-night menu.

2301 College Station Rd
Athens,
GA
US

On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.

1076 W Broad St.
Athens,
GA
US

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.

1016 E Broad St
Athens,
GA
US

Bull Dawgz Wings & East Side Deli satisfies cravings with gigantic burgers, inventive sandwiches, and plates of hot wings. Dig into the sweet chic grilled chicken sandwich or fiery jerk burger with a side of peanut butter soup. After filling up on a housemade tuna or chicken salad sandwich, explore the shop's aisles for groceries including fresh produce, juice, and basic household items.

1037 Baxter Street
Athens,
GA
US

Cuisine Type: Barbecue

Most popular offering: Family pack

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Alcohol: None

Number of Tables: 11?25

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2012

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas in 1941, he kept his menu small and simple, only cooking up beef brisket, pit hams, and barbecue beans, which he sold alongside potato chips, beer, bottled milk, and sodas. Dickey smoked all of his meat in-house, a practice that put his eatery on the map and one that his sons, Roland and T.D. Dickey, still rely on today.

The menu has expanded since Travis?s time behind the grill, offering plates and sandwiches that brim with nine kinds of barbecued meats, including spicy cheddar sausages, pork ribs, polish sausage, and Texas-style beef brisket that?s chopped to order. Several types of baked potatoes are piled high with meats and cheeses, which diners can wash down with a gallon of tea or Dickey's signature 32-ounce big yellow cup of soda. Staying true to the same spirit of hospitality, cooks always include a buttery roll; a homestyle side such as jalape?o beans and fried okra; dill pickles; and free ice cream with every meat plate.

810 Hawthorne Ave
Athens,
GA
US