Walk a little ways down Union Street and you’ll start to catch a whiff of some of the deep-fried deliciousness coming from one of Athens’ finest diners. Conveniently open 24 hours a day, the Union Street Diner is the perfect place to grab a quick bite in the morning before class or at night on the way home from the bars.
With a menu that reflects their hours of operation, you can get a wide variety of food—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and a lot of it, for prices that won’t break the bank. I first discovered USD my freshman year on a list of places all Bobcats need to go to before they graduate. I’d seen the small diner on Court Street that has a classic, old-fashioned diner look to it. So upon first arriving at USD, I was a little disappointed by the atmosphere it provided; though my thoughts soon changed.
Nestled back in one of the corner booths of USD, I opened the menu and was in immediately immersed into food heaven. There is not one thing on the menu that I wouldn’t eat. Though, I usually stick to my regular meal when I eat there – deep-fried pickles and mac & cheese bites. Having gone so regularly with my friends, I’ve got to know a little more about the servers and how the business runs.
One of the things I love best about USD is that they partner with other local businesses. Selling sandwiches often comes with the business of a diner, and rather than buy bread from a large distributor, USD purchases locally from Jackie O’s. Thus, giving the customer a more unique taste of what Athens has to offer.
Whenever friends and family come to campus, I always suggest eating at USD. It’s become one of my younger sister’s favorite places to go when she comes for Sibs Weekend. And it will forever be my favorite place to eat in Athens. Even after graduation, I will continue to come back for a meal at Union Street Diner and reminisce about of all the fond memories I have made there.