I love visiting new places and finding vegan or vegetarian restaurants. I was thrilled with this one.
When you walk in, there’s a counter area and several tables. Then, there’s another room with a lot more tables. There’s a chalkboard with all the day’s specials, be sure to look at it.
I had a veggie platter: collard greens, “sausage” stuffing, and garlic mashed potatoes (yeah, I got what would make me feel the fattest!)
The garlic potatoes were insanely delicious! They come with a side of yummy gravy. The stuffing was good, but a little dry-ish and I didn’t care for the “sausage”. The sausage didn’t taste bad, it was kinda like a hot-dog in the stuffing; I just didn’t care for it – someone else might love it. The collard greens were very good and proof that you don’t need to cook collard greens with a pig-foot to make them taste good.
I also had a delicious southern sweet tea.
This restaurant has a cool vibe with all its music history. The décor is simple and basic, and I loved all the character of the building. The restaurant is very clean, and the service was excellent!
You most definitely do NOT come away hungry from this place. The portions were plentiful and it is stick-to-your-ribs food. The prices are really reasonable and you get a lot of food for your dollar. Wifi was free, and there is street parking all around the restaurant. I didn’t have any trouble finding a spot at all.
When I find myself in Athens again, I will definitely be back.
Suggestion for something to do while in Athens: If you are eating here, you must be in Athens. Might I suggest something fun to do? There is a “Walking Tour of Athens Music History” that you can get off the Internet (the public library might also have a map?). It lists many, many buildings in the downtown historic area and tells you a lot of the building’s music history. It’s free and something really fun to do (and get some good exercise). I printed it out, then followed the map and enjoyed learning about these buildings’ incredible histories. This restaurant, The Grit, is on the list – and everything is within walking distance.