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The Traveling Hobo Cafe featured on Fox 5 Atlanta’s Burgers with Buck

 

Buck Lanford of Fox 5 Atlanta traveled to Watkinsville last week to taste the best burger in the Athens area as part of the news station’s Burgers with Buck series. With a lead from an informal Facebook poll, the news host was sent to Watkinsville for The Traveling Hobo Cafe’s Summer BBQ Burger. The burger features a 10 oz. Angus patty topped with cole slaw, bacon and BBQ. See how Buck enjoyed his visit to The Traveling Hobo Cafe and Watkinsville in the video above.

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Burgers ‘n Beers

We’re celebrating the flavors of Oconee County! Let’s explore some of the best burger and beer pairings in the area. Get your taste buds ready as we travel from Downtown Watkinsville to Epps Bridge with burger and beer flavors you must try.

Chops & Hops

At Chops & Hops, located in Downtown Watkinsville, try the restaurant’s Bacon Jam Burger paired with the Southern Brewing Company’s Hobnail. The burger includes house-made bacon jam, pepper jack cheese, fried spicy pickles, mixed greens, and red onion served on a H&F Bread Co. bun. The Hobnail is locally-brewed out of Athens, and is described as “crisp with a clean citrusy finish.”

Chops & Hops Bacon Jam Burger paired with The Southern Brewing Company’s Hobnail. Photo provided by Chops & Hops.

“Great food and service, but the beer selection tops any in the area. Great variety of local and regional breweries’ offerings on tap, as well as in bottles and cans.” – John G. via TripAdvisor

 

Traveling Hobo Cafe

You’re in for a treat at The Traveling Hobo Cafe. This popular burger spot offers some of the wildest and flavorful burgers you can think of. Try the restaurant’s 8 oz. Bison Burger topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy fried onion rings, and for even more flavor — chili! Top off this western flavor with the diner’s root beer float served Southern-style in a mason jar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Traveling Hobo Cafe’s popular bison burger. Photo provided by The Traveling Hobo Cafe.

“After hearing EVERYONE at work talking about it, I decided to try it and OHHH MMMMMM GGGGGGG it was sooooo great!!! I would recommend this to anyone who likes hole in the wall deliciousness. This place is [definitely] my new favorite place” – Mindy Lacey via Facebook

 

Pour Restaurant & Bar

Pour Restaurant & Bar is one of the newest addition to Downtown Watkinsville, and offers delicious beef sliders on their list of appetizers. Served on Hawaiian sweet buns and topped with a teriyaki glaze, the beef sliders offers sweet moisture to the taste buds. The Oberon Ale is a perfect pairing with mildly fruity aromas, described as a classic summer beer.

Pour Restaurant & Bar’s Trio of Beef Sliders paired with Oberon Two Hearted. Photo provided by Pour Restaurant & Bar.

“What a fabulous addition to the downtown Watkinsville restaurants! Great Food and Service!” – Robert Rainz via Google

 

Catch22 Gastropub

In for a surprise? Catch22 Gastropub’s customers highly recommend the Chef’s Choice Burger. Be surprised with anything from burgers topped with BBQ and pork skins to a cheesy jalapeno fest. Pair these flavor-filled burgers with the pub’s flight of beers to find the perfect match to the chef’s creativity.

“Great Burgers & Beers” submitted by WAHMto5 via TripAdvisor.

“Excellent beer selection and a diverse menu that does not overwhelm you with options. I had the “Chefs Choice” burger and was completely blown away with the creative license taken on this work of beefy, cheese, jalapenoey art. It felt like an episode of Man v. Food.” – Jokiga8 via TripAdvisor

 

Groove Burger

Located at Epps Bridge, Groove Burgers is perfect for those looking for traditional burgers or something with a twist. Try the restaurant’s firecracker burger topped with jalapenos, spicy ranch, and Havarti cheese to pair with Terrapin Beer Co.’s Hi-5 IPA. The local brew has a tropical, citrus flavor with biscuit and caramel malt notes that perfectly pairs with the spiciness of the firecracker burger.

“Yummy! Great service!” submitted by Sarawilson8 via TripAdvisor.

“Everything we ordered was delicious! The burgers are fresh and the sides are original and yummy. The atmosphere was perfect for visiting with the family and watching the games. Great service. Will be back!” – Terry Chadwick via Google

 

Let us know your favorite pairings to enjoy in Watkinsville-Oconee County. Also, taste these pairings and share your favorites by tagging us in your photos online using the hashtag #OconeeEats.

 

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2017 Oconee County Restaurant Poll Winners

This week we kicked off Georgia Restaurant Week with our annual restaurant poll. See the results of the poll below. With more than 50 restaurants throughout the county, there are endless options for our visitors to indulge in some of the best cuisines in the state. Try these favorites during your next visit, and explore more of our dining options, here.

1. Overall Favorite Restaurant: Chops & Hops

Chops & Hops led Oconee County’s list of restaurants as the overall favorite. The restaurant offers a variety of options including lamb chops, steaks, salmon, salads, burgers, and more. Patrons also enjoy extensive bar options including locally-brewed beers.

2. Best Burgers: Chops & Hops

The results for the best burgers in town were close. Chops & Hops led The Traveling Hobo Cafe, Catch 22 Gastropub, and Groove Burgers only by a few points to claim the title of best burgers in Oconee County.

3. Best Southern Cuisine: Hot Thomas BBQ

Hot Thomas BBQ has a longstanding legacy in Oconee County, and was able to redeem itself this year as the best BBQ spot and southern cuisine in the county. Try their classic BBQ sandwiches, tender ribs, flavorful chicken, and array of desserts.

4. Best Biscuits: Golden Pantry

Golden Pantry wins the title for the best place to get a biscuit. Offering chicken, bacon, and variety of sausage biscuits, there’s something for everyone.

5. Best Burritos or Tacos: Taqueria La Parrilla

Taqueria La Parrilla was the local favorite for Mexican and Southwestern cuisines. Try some of their popular dishes like the fish tacos, chalupa, Mexican pizza, taco salad and more!

6: Best Fine Dining: Chops & Hops

Looking to wine and dine your partner? Chops & Hops is also the place for a special night out. Pair a glass of wine with one of Chops & Hops’s quality steaks, tuscan chicken, or seafood dishes and enjoy the romantic ambiance of the restaurant.

7. Best Dessert: KiKi’s Bakeshop

Travel Downtown Watkinsville for freshly baked sweets at KiKi’s Bakeshop. The bakery has an extensive selection of baked goods including scones, cupcakes, pies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

 

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Walking in Watkinsville

William Massey’s “Object of Wo(man)” along Main Street in Downtown Watkinsville

There is a lot to do on foot in Watkinsville. Park your car and explore public art, locally owned restaurants, and walking trails all within a 1-mile streak. Start at the Oconee County Welcome Center in Downtown Watkinsville, and pick up a map highlighting the area’s unique shops, historic sites, dining and parks.

 

Public Art

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Sculpture Garden

Known as the Artland of Georgia, the city of Watkinsville features two public art exhibitions in its downtown area. There are a total of 27 art sculptures and art panels as part of two exhibits: Public Art Watkinsville: A Pop-Up Sculpture Exhibit and Artscape Oconee: The Monuments of Artland. Many of the pieces are within walking distance of each other, and can be enjoyed while shopping and dining in the city. You can find a guide on this collaborative effort by the City of Watkinsville and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in the welcome center. Also, stroll through OCAF’s on-site sculpture garden, a tranquil garden featuring sculptures in a variety of mediums.

Locally Owned Restaurants

Photo by Gary Kufner.

Within a 5-minute walk from the Welcome Center, you can enjoy a dozen locally owned restaurants specializing in baked goods, BBQ, steak, burgers, Mediterranean dishes and more. There is an endless option of dishes from local favorites like Kiki’s Bakeshop, JB’s Smokin’ Pig BBQ, Chops & Hops, The Traveling Hobo, and Girasoles. Keep your adventures outside and enjoy these restaurants’ outside dining patios, or dine-in to experience the ambiance of the dining establishments, which occasionally feature live music.

Walking Trails

Harris Shoals Park. Photo by JR Charles.

Watkinsville Woods is only a short walk off of Main Street, with six acres of greenspace. The wooded walking paths provide access to groves of native trees, a historic spring, and once-covered rock outcrop known as “Pulpit Rock.” Watkinsville is the only city in Georgia of its size with a walking park inside the city limits. Also less than a mile from Main Street is Harris Shoals Park, where visitors to the park can also enjoy a walking trail and picnic near the shoals of Calls Creek.

This post was first published on blog.exploregeorgia.org.

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A Weekend Guide to Perspectives, Georgia’s Premier Pottery Event

 

Georgia’s largest pottery showcase and sale is on the horizon! PERSPECTIVES: Georgia Pottery Invitational is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event hosted by the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). The 20-day event in Watkinsville features pottery exhibits, demonstrations and studio tours. From Aug. 25 to Sept. 13, 2017,artists and art lovers will experience a showcase of 6,000 handmade, functional pieces by 50 Georgia potters. Here’s a weekend guide to Georgia’s premier pottery event of the year.

Where to Stay

Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Downtown Watkinsville. Photo provided by Matt Brewster.

Just a short walk from OCAF is the Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast. Listed as one of the top inns to stay in Georgia, the bed and breakfast provides an inviting and relaxing environment with a pool and beautiful garden. The Victorian-style manor also features themed rooms raved about by national and international guests.

For a traditional lodging experience, the award-winning Springhill Suites by Marriott Athens is located just a few short miles from OCAF with on-site and off-site gym and pool access. Book your room soon; the popular hotel fills fast!

What to Do

One of three exhibits at Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational.

Friday

On Friday, arrive at your hotel to view the three-part pottery exhibit and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces. Items will include mugs, cooking dishes, tea pots, large pots and much more. The Opening Gala will take place on Aug. 25 at Rocket Hall. Enjoy refreshments and live jazz music performed by local band Period Six. The opening reception is an exclusive opportunity to view and purchase pottery before the exhibits are open to the public.

Saturday

After a full breakfast complimentary of your stay, head over to the Rocket Hall Courtyard, where potters will perform pottery demonstrations focused on wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, renowned artist Naoki Izumi will lead a workshop on the methods and secrets of Echizen pottery, one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan.

Dining at Chops & Hops in Downtown Watkinsville.

In your free time, enjoy shopping in Historic Downtown Watkinsville with unique shops that feature art galleries, clothes and accessories, home and garden décor, antiques and more. You can also explore popular lunch options in the area like unique burgers at The Traveling Hobo Café, ribs at JB’s Smokin’ Barbeque and a classic BBQ sandwich at Hot Thomas BBQ. End the night with dinner at Chops & Hops, an unforgettable fine dining experience. For more dining options, visit visitoconee.com/dining.

Sunday

Wake up to Sunday brunch at Girasoles with Mexican-Mediterranean fused dishes crafted by Chef Zambrano. On Sept. 3 and Sept. 10, well-known Georgia potter Michael Pitts will host Gallery Talks with discussions on pottery styles, clays, glazes and firing techniques.

The Elder Mill Covered Bridge built in 1897.

Finally, a serene view and a classic photo at the Elder Mill Covered Bridge is the perfect way to end your trip before traveling home.

For more information on Perspectives, visit visitoconee.com/perspectives.

This post was first published on blog.exploregeorgia.org.

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A Guide to Elder Mill Covered Bridge

 

 

Breathtaking only minimally describes the view of Watkinsville’s Elder Mill Covered Bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1897, was originally positioned between Watkinsville and Athens. It now sits boldly above Rose Creek just five miles from downtown Watkinsville off of Hwy 15 on Elder Mill Rd. A Georgia Antebellum Trail attraction, the bridge is popular among visitors and residents of Oconee County who often stop by to capture amazing pictures. Here are a few tips to consider before your visit:

Tip 1: Drive an average-sized vehicle. The bridge is restrictive to oversized vehicles.

Tip 2: Bring a camera. Visiting the Bridge is a must-capture moment and great for family photos.

Tip 3: Wear tennis shoes. Wear hiking-appropriate shoes to get a closer view of Rose Creek.

Tip 4: Prepare for BBQ. Watkinsville’s popular restaurant, Hot Thomas BBQ, is less than 5 minutes away.

Tip 5: Take in the moment. The calming sounds of Rose Creek and the isolated scenic view are unmatched.

 

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3 things to look forward to this spring in Oconee

There are only two weeks before it’s officially spring! With hints of warm weather this winter building our anticipation for sunny days and budding flowers, here are three things to look forward to this spring in Oconee County.

Locally-grown foods

 

 

Spring means strawberry season! Washington Farms will open for strawberry season in April. At the farm, pick your own strawberries and enjoy creamy, homemade strawberry ice cream from April to May. The U-Pick farm will also host Super Spring Saturdays April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13. Bring your family to enjoy a petting zoo, wagon rides, and other fun activities on the farm.

 

Photo courtesy of onlineathens.com.

Hosted in Downtown Watkinsville, also visit the Oconee Farmers Market for Georgia grown items like green beans, nuts, free range eggs, grass-fed beef, berries, and more. The farmers market will host a soft opening April 1, and officially kickoff the season April 22. You can browse the market for a variety of produce each Saturday until November.

Art shows

Photo courtesy of Farmington Depot Gallery.

During the first weekend of April, witness the spontaneous creativity of local artists at theFarmington Depot Gallery. Once a train depot, the gallery will host its annual spring festival,Festifool, featuring an artist market, art cars, and raku demonstrations.

 

This spring, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation will present its 22nd annual art exhibition,SOUTHWORKS. SOUTHWORKS is a premier art exhibit showcasing the talent and work of artists from across the country. Browse the galleries of OCAF between April 7 and May 5. A reception will be held April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the show and the artists and pieces accepted into the juried exhibition.

New restaurant opening

 

Spring is also the season for the official and anticipated opening of Pour Restaurant & Bar. Located in Downtown Watkinsville next to the Eagle Tavern Museum, the upscale restaurant will offer beer, wine, and distilled spirits, as well as food, and will initially serve only dinner. Experience a new taste in Watkinsville-Oconee County with dinner indoors, or enjoy the spring weather and gourmet eats on the patio of Pour.

 

Take a trip to Oconee County this spring, and enjoy all the wonderful experiences in art, culinary, and outdoor fun the area has to offer. For more upcoming events, click here. For a full dining guide, click here.

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Watkinsville’s 12 Days of Christmas: Winter Weather Eats

Watkinsville’s 12 Days of Christmas: Winter Weather Eats

Photo courtesy of Online Athens

The holidays are upon us and cold weather has officially set in, which means it’s the perfect time for winter treats, meals and beverages. Thankfully, in Watkinsville you don’t have to go very far to find delicious, perfectly wintery eats.

Kiki’s Bakeshop

What’s a holiday dinner without a warm, freshly baked dessert to finish off family meal? Luckily, Kiki’s Bakeshop has all the sweets you’ll need this winter. The local bakery is offering an exclusive holiday menu, featuring rum bundt cake, Christmas cookies and a yule log cake. All holiday orders need to be placed by 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, however Kiki’s will be offering holiday bread, scones and muffins as pickup items for those who miss the order deadline.

JB’s Smokin’ Pig

Photo courtesy of JB’s Smoking’ Pig

Whatever the time of year, barbecue is always a good choice for dinner. As the JB’s Smokin Pig is a new addition to downtown, this is the BBQ spot’s first holiday season in Watkinsville. Although the order period for holiday smoked hams and roasted turkeys has passed, the restaurant is celebrating it’s first Christmas by offering take-out meals until 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, posting on Facebook that, “Whether it’s sides, BBQ or both, we’d love to make your day less stressful.”

Krimson Kafe

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Although the Krimson Kafe’s official menu isn’t offering any holiday-specific options, the restaurant already caters perfectly to cold-weather dining. On a sub 40-degree day, almost nothing sounds better than a warm cup of homemade soup, or a “Wildabeast” sandwich, made with smoked turkey and gouda cheese.

Jittery Joe’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jittery Joe’s is short on food items, but on a cold winter morning coffee is almost always a must. Not only can the customers at the downtown Watkinsville location try new, special blends to fit their holiday cravings, but the coffee roaster’s online store is also offering a special holiday deal, including a 25 percent off sale on select items.

Around Town

Photo courtesy of Foodbidden.wordpress.com

Outside of downtown, there are tons of other places to eat your way into the holiday spirit. Located on the Oconee Connector, Gigi’s Cupcakes offers special holiday boxes, and even serves up a perfectly-Christmas red velvet cupcake. Lastly, those looking to eat out for the holidays but still get a home-cooked experience can head over to Rachel’s Southern Style Restaurant for delicious southern cooking and an ever-changing daily menu.

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Top 5 for a UGA Game Day Weekend

The UGA Bulldogs kicked off the 2016 football season with a win over the University of North Carolina on Saturday. Now with the Dawgs’ first home game of the season approaching, the excitement for Game Day between the hedges is near. In between cheering on the Dawgs and tailgating in Athens, find time to unwind in Watkinsville-Oconee County with our Top 5 List Georgia Fans must experience:

 

1. Dinner at Chops & Hops: A hometown favorite, the locally-owned fine dining establishment has been occupied by Georgia Dawgs quite often. Experience the great food and nice atmosphere that UGA students and athletes travel just 8 short miles for.

2. Downtown Shopping: Pick out your game day outfit at Orchard Street Boutique and Empire South, or find unique treasures for your home at Attic Treasures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Antique Shopping: If Attic Treasures inspires you, drive down to Bishop where you can find a cluster of antique stores all within one mile of each other along Highway 441.

4. Elder Mill Covered Bridge: If you’re traveling south, stop by this rare Georgia beauty. The bridge is one of only 13 functioning covered bridges in the state. Click here for a guide to visiting the 1890s bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Washington Farms: The popular farm won’t open for the fall season until late September, but it’s the perfect way to enjoy a Georgia fall weekend. The farm will feature a corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and much more.