Athens Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Athens

April 14, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Athens is a city in Limestone County, in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 21,897. The city is the county seat of Limestone County and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area.
Things to do in Athens

1. LawLers Barbecue

1506 Highway 72 East, In front of Cracker Barrel, Athens, AL 35611 (Formerly Lawler's Barbecue Express III) Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 20 +1 256-233-1818
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

LawLers Barbecue

Located at Exit 351 on Interstate 65...a favorite stop for anyone headed North or South on the interstate. Just across from McDonalds. GPS address is 1506 Highway 72 East, Athens AL 35611 The way it is... Using old-fashioned recipes and time honored traditions, we still smoke barbecue real slow in our USDA facility in Tennessee. This insures the highest quality and consistency so that every customer at every location gets the same tasty, tender, juicy barbecue. We have developed systems and procedures that allow us to offer you almost fast food speed of service...yet everything is made as you order! We always have plenty...so if you need a big order at the last minute...we have you covered! In an age where most pork barbecue is cut, chopped, or ground by machine...we still hand-pull or "pick" the meat from the bone. Sure it's harder and takes longer...but our "pickers" (as we affectionately call them!) are our best quality control. Their trained and caring touch leaves only the leanest, moistest pork...lightly sauced to let the great hickory flavor burst through in every bite!! Guess you could say...we keep pickin' so you'll keep grinnin' The truth of the matter... Because we are just a "little barbecue joint" ...not near as fancy or as famous as some...we know we must try harder to earn your business. We want to be faster, cleaner, and tastier. We cannot be everything to everybody, so we just want to be everything to YOU. At LawLers Barbecue we believe in "cooked slow...served fast! We think you deserve Tickled Pink Service! We don't need to win trophies or contests...we win when you become a regular customer! If you haven't tried us yet...what are you waitin' for?

Reviewed By djraid76

I had a loaded baked potato. It was huge and good. The parking lot a challenge and getting back on the road was the same. Cheap Eats Its serve yourself. You order at the back and sit. I noticed a long line at the take out window. They do most their business that way,

2. K-May Donuts

1102-B Highway 72 East, Athens, AL 35611 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 256-444-2004
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

K-May Donuts

Reviewed By Betty R - Athens, Alabama

Donuts are delicious. Must go very early in the morning because she will sale out and the shop closes for the day. All donuts are very tasty. Highly recommend you checking out these donuts.

3. Starbucks

1286 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611-4404 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Cafe Breakfast +1 256-230-9385
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By Photodude45 - Shenyang, China

Starbucks is a great and dependable place to spend in Athens, Alabama. You know what you're going to get and you know that the atmosphere will be what you've come to expect of a Starbucks establishment. The one thing that sets Starbucks apart in Athens is that it's a bit of cool in a place that's um... ok to visit, but wouldn't want to live there.

4. 306 Bbq

23101 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613-7644 Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 256-444-2306
Excellent
57%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

306 Bbq

Reviewed By Spiegs1968 - Vienna, Virginia

To me the hallmark of great BBQ is when it doesn’t need the sauce. At 306, the pulled pork and ribs stand on their own, also excellent ham and tasty-meaty wings. Like many great bbq joints, no frills here and none are necessary. Fast, friendly service and a team very proud of their product. Sides are basic but that’s not why you come. Price and value are normal for BBQ in the area. Definitely worth the drive but not every week.

5. Kreme Delight

401 W Washington St, Athens, AL 35611-2535 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food +1 256-232-9130
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Kreme Delight

Reviewed By amygervais - Athens, Alabama

I have lived in Athens most of my life and one of the pieces of my childhood consisted of trips to Kreme Delight. I always got a vanilla dip cone- and I still do! The only change through the years is that now you can use a card instead of cash only! It is an institution in Athens and a must drop by- you will probably have to stand in line at certain times in the summer, but it's not bad.

6. Village Pizza

222 W Market St, Athens, AL 35611-2555 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 256-233-7627
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Village Pizza

Reviewed By mkitchens - Oxford, Mississippi

We were in town for the day, and a local recommended Village Pizza. We order the Sid, which was delicious. Service was also very good.

7. Suzanne's

1207 E Forrest St, Athens, AL 35613-2057 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch +1 256-232-8210
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By smmarkfan - Huntsville, Alabama

A client of mine treated me to lunch here. I had the chicken casserole (which was more like a creamy stew), the cornbread salad and the strawberry-pretzel salad.
I much say that the food was deceptively delicious! What they lack in presentation they more than make up for in flavor!
And, while the case of sweet treats looked extremely appetizing, I had to pass. No time for a nap this time of day.
If you find yourself in Athens around lunchtime and want something other than the standard burger/fries, give Suzanne's a try. You'll be glad you did.

8. Clark's Restaurant

1221D Kelli Dr, Behind Raceway I-65 & Hwy 72, Athens, AL 35613-2701 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American Lunch, Dinner +1 256-771-7700
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Clark's Restaurant

Clark's Restaurant is located just off I-65 and highway 72 behind Raceway. We serve fine dining & comfort food at afforable prices. The atmoshpere is bright and cheerful with quiet music that allow you to converse with your guests. We have consistantly maintained a high 90s health rating for the 5 years we have been open. All our food is cooked fresh with the finest ingredients. We have children's items available.

Reviewed By Clarks4mom - Huntsville, Alabama

We ate at Clarks and had their filet mignon and rib eye steaks with compound butter. It was cooked perfectly and simply melted into our mouths with each bite. The steak was definitely the star of the meal, but the sides were tasty, too. We had green beans, sweet potatoes, butter beans, baked potato and cole slaw as our sides. Desserts were on the menu, but we were fully satisfied with our dinner and opted out. We will certainly return to this quaint little restaurant for the steak alone.
The restauant is a converted brick house and the decor is neither trendy nor shabby. It is just a pleasant place to have a very good dinner. One need not dress up for their dinner as casual attire is certainly acceptable.

9. Cracker Barrel

1212 Kelli Dr, Athens, AL 35613-2700 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 256-232-4141
Excellent
55%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Reviewed By Mick M

Got hungry and grand daughter agreed on Cracker Barrell because of the Dumplings. She ordered the Dumpling dinner with a side of dumplings. Wife got the porkchop lunch and I ordered the campfire chicken dinner. And as usual we all enjoyed our meal. It's hard to go wrong at CB.

10. Las Trojas Cantina

22051 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613-2664 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 256-230-6224
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Las Trojas Cantina

Reviewed By twilson29 - Huntsville, Alabama

Great atmosphere and plenty of televisions for all the sports. The food was amazingly delicious. The fiesta plate was huge and full of chicken, steak, and jumbo shrimp. The charros beans are great. They stay really busy but we did not wait for food very long. The staff is very hard working and polite. Definitely give this place a try, you should not be disappointed. Pic of fiesta plate attached

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