As college students living on a budget, sometimes DoorDash isn’t an option for late night cravings. Although some might prefer a midnight snack of a Big Mac and a Wendy’s Frosty, here is a ranking of the best restaurants within walking distance of campus to satisfy your hunger late at night.
6. Mac Shack
While the new Court Street eatery is definitely on the pricier side, there is a certain late night hunger that only mac and cheese can fill. The Mac Shack is still finding its footing among other food vendors in Athens, so customers should plan on being patient and understanding with the workers. Despite the adjustment period, the restaurant has become a fan-favorite due to the pop culture inspired menu and satisfactory product.
Lauded as one of Athens’ best burger joints, The Pub Bar and Grill is delicious and completely affordable. The restaurant also features nightly drink specials that will turn any outing into an occasion. The Pub is open until 2 a.m. every night of the week and has the exact vibe of a nighttime college hangout.
4. Pita Pit
Pita Pit never closes its doors earlier than midnight, which guarantees delicious wraps and bowls late into the evening. This restaurant is the perfect location for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, and although some of the menu items are on the expensive side, the quality makes the purchase entirely worth it.
Goodfella’s Pizza is without a doubt one of Court Street’s most iconic food spots. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends, this pizzeria has the exact atmosphere one looks for when seeking reprieve from a busy night out and a cheap, but rewarding slice. With two different locations, Goodfella’s is easily accessible and their consistent product never disappoints.
As the name states, Insomnia Cookies is designed to be a fix for those who can’t seem to fall asleep. While there are certainly cheaper options for a sweet treat, there are few that are available so late at night. The warm and gooey cookies rarely ever disappoint, and their ice cream is top notch as well.
Finally, when it comes to late night cuisine, nowhere comes close to Big Mama’s Burritos. The restaurant not only sells burritos, but also appetizers, melts and vegan options. The atmosphere of this restaurant seems to scream “late night hangout,” and the staff are always accommodating with delicious Mexican food and efficient service.
Honorable Mention: El Tenampa
While El Tenampa’s weekday hours don’t extend past 10 p.m., their margarita and nacho-filled doors are open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. The atmosphere of this restaurant is what ushers most people through the door, along with delicious food and drink. This combination makes it the perfect late night hangout on the weekends.