March Madness is here. Being from North Carolina, basketball and March Madness is a huge deal for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am no college basketball expert. However, picking teams and making brackets is always a fun way to have friendly competition with friends and family. Making brackets can also be extremely stressful. After all, it is called “madness”. You never know when the team you are counting on is going to let you down. I would know, I am a Tarheel basketball fan.
All that being said, there is something you can turn to when your brackets and team are letting you down…Comfort food. And lucky for you, the Classic City has no shortage of it. So I’m rounding up the best places in town to get food that is good for the soul and can mend your broken basketball hearts.
1. The Place
The Place, Athens very own restaurant dedicated to serving the best southern comfort food. From shrimp n’ grits to mac and cheese, The Place has you covered on all your favorite foods that will leave you full and smiling, even after a tough loss.
Breakfast food in general is great comfort food, and Mama’s Boy makes the best. Their biscuits can solve any problem you may have, especially with a piece of fried chicken in between. You also cannot go wrong with their fried green tomatoes or their delicious biscuits and gravy.
If you want the ultimate comfort combo, go for the Build Your Own Veggie plate at South Kitchen and Bar. Don’t let the word “veggie” fool you, the options include duck fat tater tots, fried pickled okra, truffled mac and cheese, home-styled collard greens, and more.
Burger and fries is a classic comfort combo. At Grindhouse Burgers, you can build your own or try one of theirs. Some of my favorites? Their Cowboy Burger with cheddar, applewood bacon, crispy vidalia onion rings, and bbq sauce and their Dixie burger with pimento cheese, fried green tomatos, carolina cole slaw, and chipotle ranch, which you can enjoy with sweet potato fries or crinkle cut fries (we say get both, you deserve it).