One of the best parts of Athens is the large variety of unique and fun restaurants. Whether you crave Greek, Chinese, Mexican, or good old American, there is a restaurant somewhere in Athens that caters to every palate. The Blue Gator menu even offers Louisiana-style crawfish, jambalaya, and yes, alligator. There is a lot of variety for vegetarians or those who are healthier eaters, thanks to places like Casa Nueva, Pita Pit, and Bagel Street Deli.
Athens' eateries are definitely one of the highlights of going to Ohio University. The food is a great alternative to the usual chain restaurants, though you can find those as well in the form of Damon's, Ruby Tuesday, Bob Evans, and Buffalo Wild Wings. One minor problem can be finding a "classy" restaurant for special dates or occasions. Seven Sauces and Stephen's are the only upscale restaurants uptown, but they do offer a great selection of steaks, seafood, and other higher-priced dishes. And the menus constantly change to ensure a wide selection. If you do find yourself getting tired of Athens and are craving the familiarity of a chain-restaurant menu, Lancaster is only about 40 miles away. But more than likely, you'll never have to head that way for a great meal.