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Athens Cooks Opens, Special Holiday Menus and More Food News

Athens Cooks celebrated its soft opening with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 7. Credit: Sam Lipkin

Wondering what’s coming to the corner of College and Clayton streets downtown, in what was most recently Subway but is probably still best known as the former Cookies & Co. (even though that business has been closed for years)? It looks to be a second location of @local, a “coffeehouse and study lounge” that has its original in Covington. The menu is pretty much what you’d expect except for the fact that you can add glitter to your drink for a 75-cent upcharge.

There’s a new food truck in town: Athens Mini Pancakes, making exactly that with a LOT of toppings on Friday and Saturday nights. Check its Instagram stories for locations and times.

Slater’s Steakhouse is open in Five Points, sans Vivian Liddell’s mural. In classic steakhouse style, it features sides priced separately from entrees.

The National, as per usual, is doing a special prix-fixe Hanukkah dinner on Dec. 20 and 21. Three courses will run you $45 per person. Vegetarian options are available. Book on Resy and note “Hanukkah” as your occasion.

Five and Ten is focused more on New Year’s eve, with a special prix-fixe menu running Dec. 27–31. The menu can be three courses without wine ($65), three courses with wine ($90), five courses without wine ($85) or five courses with wine ($110). Reserve here.

Vampire Penguin, in The Mark, has closed.

Slutty Vegan, on Baxter Street, has vegan chili through the end of the year.

Athens Cooks is open, at 100 Prince, selling kitchen and cooking supplies. The store hopes to open a coffee bar by January and add pastries, sandwiches, charcuterie and wine tastings. Current hours are 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday.

Right across the street, Hendershot’s, which already has coffee and wine, has food beyond bagels and snacks once again. Hooray! The menu is available Monday–Saturday from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and includes beignets, a sandwich called the Jenn’s Steak Hawaii (pan-fried spam, two eggs, Colby cheese, tomato, bacon-pepper jam, house-pickled onions and a pineapple spear), breakfast burritos and build-your-own breakfast sandwiches. There are also grab-and-go sandwiches.

Clean Eatz, a healthy eating franchise out of Wilmington, NC, is open in the Epps Bridge area of Oconee County, near the movie theater, offering wrapz, flatbreadz, burgerz, smoothiez and other things pluralized with a Z.

The Rowdy Goose, on Clayton Street, is now Empourium with slightly different branding but still a college vibe and a frozen drink machine, plus slightly fancier cocktails with homemade simple syrups.

Bubble Cafe has a special Sunday menu, featuring bubble waffles.