EAT: During the past decade or so, Athens has attracted a new legion of fans: foodies. Its pedestrian-friendly downtown is simmering with restaurants that have put it squarely on culinary maps. If wandering through downtown Athens has you hungry, stop by Five & Ten, the flagship restaurant of James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugh Acheson. A sampling of the fare reveals Acheson’s reinvention of Southern flavors as he blends them with Italian and French influences.
Stop in at the Big City Bread Cafe where organically grown food fills a menu that covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with plenty of tasty options. Visitors can even take tours that hit the hot spots among the Boulevard, Downtown, and Five Points eateries.