Whether it’s studying, site seeing, or tailgating for the big game, everyone gets hungry at some point. So who you gonna call? Unfortunately the Ghostbusters can’t help when it comes to satisfying an appetite, but not to worry. Within 15 minute driving radius of downtown Athens, GA, there are restaurants that serve every type cuisine under the sun and multiple restaurants to choose from for each type of cuisine. Even if you tummy starts rumbling in the wee hours of the morning, many Athens restaurants are open until two or three in the morning. When it comes to pizza restaurants in Athens, there are choices that you’ll find throughout the country such as Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, and Domino’s. No disrespect to them, but local pizza places Gumby’s Pizza, Bulldawg Pizza, and Mellow Mushroom are the best for a variety of reasons.
Gumby’s Pizza & Wings is located on Baxter St. within walking distance from UGA campus. On their website, they have Daily Deals coupons that can be printed out when making an order. Gumby’s Pizza also sends out fliers with coupons to residential addresses and apartment complexes and include coupons with new editions of the Athens phone book. Their “Belly Buster” deal for $29.99 is my favorite order which includes a large 1-item pizza, large pokey stix, six pepperoni rolls, 10 wings, and a 2-liter. Their world famous pokey stix are hand tossed pizza dough covered with butter & fresh garlic and smothered in mozzarella cheese. Lastly, Gumby’s Pizza is available all the way until 3 am Monday through Wednesday and 3:30 am Thursday through Saturday.
Bulldawg pizza pays tribute to the Athens, GA, are with its very name. Located on S Milledge Ave, it is a short drive from UGA campus and easily accessible from Loop 10/Highway 29. They also send out fliers with coupons to residential addresses and apartment complexes and include coupons with the Athens phone book, as well as coupons available on their website. Their signature pizza, and my favorite order, is the 24″ Big Dawg Pizza for $20.99. Their form of bread sticks are known as Dawg Bones and come multiple types are available. Other tasty items selections include subs, wings, calzones, and pasta. Their delivery is free with a $7.00 minimum. They are also open late; 3 am Monday through Thursday and 4 am Friday & Saturday.
Mellow Mushroom is located on E Clayton St, an ideal location for people who are visiting downtown Athens. Their menu has an exceptionally wide variety of selections for a restaurant known for its pizza. For example, they have vegan items available as well as Gluten-free items. Their Mighty Meaty is my personal favorite and includes juicy pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, ground beef, and bacon. Mellow Mushroom also does catering and their location on E Clayton St has a fully stocked bar plus an outdoor patio for enjoying the downtown Athens scenery. And for those who like trivia, Mellow Mushroom hosts trivia on Wednesdays at 9 pm and of course feature drink specials. They are open until 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 12 pm Friday & Saturday.