Cravings: The New Go-to Cafe


Polly Rackley

A custom sandwich from Cravings.

Polly Rackley

Many restaurants are emerging in downtown Athens to cater to increasing numbers of undergraduate students. Finding a restaurant that satisfies both the student population and the variety of other residents is difficult, but Cravings gets the job done. 

Located on East Broad Street, Cravings stands out with its modern minimalist advertising and front window. The bright green logo featuring a delicious looking salad catches the eye. As you walk in, the smell of sweet boba tea and fresh bread fills your lungs. 

Greeted by kind staff, you have many items to choose from their handwritten chalkboard menu, including signature salads, delicious sandwiches, unique boba tea flavors, and the freshly wrapped baked goods in the display cabinet. Orders are customizable, and there is even an option to create your own sandwich. 

After ordering and choosing from the well-lit wooden tables or the window seat barstools, your food is brought to you in no time at all, and the smells of fresh produce rise to your nose. The food is plated simply and is pleasing to the eye.

Their most popular salad, the oriental chicken salad, starts with fresh romaine lettuce topped with mandarin oranges and beautifully sliced grilled chicken, with toasted almonds and noodles added for crunch. The delicious dressing is even made in house. Similar to a mix between traditional caesar and a tangy, lighter feeling vinaigrette, it was by far the best part of the meal. 

If you are looking for a more savory option, building your own sandwich has endless possibilities. I, for one, recommend a ham sandwich on a french roll with mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, and cheese. The mayonnaise helps the ham and cheese blend seamlessly with the fresh produce. The fresh baked bread and mouth-watering melted cheese will make you wish you ordered two. 

 A great place to study and an incredible option for both yummy and healthy food, Cravings has everything to offer to the growing college community of Athens as well as the locals both young and old.