athenian wrote:If you're going to either of these restaurants, you're doing it wrong.
Sandro, if you want finer food, go to The National or Five & Ten (both are run by Hugh Acheson, a guy with multiple James Beard award nominations and one of the best chefs in the South). I'm a huge fan of Farm 255, great food and a really awesome bar that is removed from the rowdy undergrad scene.
Also, the Athens Varsity stinks. It's the same food as the one in Atlanta without the historic building and atmosphere... (translation: it stinks).
The National and Five & Ten are both win. Farm 255 is really good, too.
At the Varsity, get onion rings and chili dogs. Those are the two foods they don't screw up.
Seeing bars mentioned makes me feel like I should give suggestions. Not really Valentines Day material, but for general consumption:
For bars, there are usually a lot of law students at Magnolia's, so anyone visiting the law school should go there. Visit the law school, visit the law school bar. Other fun bars:
General Beauregard's (Get the Dixie Tea!)
Sandbar (super bro, fun frozen drinks for the ladies)
9ds (Don't go on Wednesday--it's 18 and up night and miserable)
8es (I personally prefer it to 9ds, but to each his own)
Boars Head (Lots of games, free popcorn)
Capital Room (really classy place, makes good & cheap drinks esp. if you get there from 10-11 when there are dollar wells Th, F, Sat)
A lot of other law students like the Globe(Esquire magazine calls it one of the best bars in America), Trappeze, Highwire, etc. If you want to go creep on underage girls, there is always Bourbon Street.
The Terrapin brewery thing is here, too, if beer tasting is your thing.