Farm Fresh at Farm 255

“Excuse me waiter, there’s an animal in my salad.”

This was probably the best line I’ve heard in a while, and it was said by a friend to our server while eating a salad at Farm 255.

But more on that later.

Since last year, I’ve always wanted to try Farm 255. The Athens restaurant specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, with all of its produce, meats, and dairies coming straight from local farms. Sure it was out of my budget (fresh slaughtered cow ain’t cheap), and I know my palette isn’t sophisticated enough to tell the difference between local beef and Wal-Mart beef; but it was on my Athens bucket list.

And darn it, if I wasn’t going to finish it.

The inside decor of the restaurant looked like an updated farm-house interior. The scene was rustic, yet inviting and I was eager to try the Farm Burger with grass-fed beef, cheddar, shallot aioli, lettuce, pickled cucumbers and  chicken liver mousse.

The burger itself was good, not the best I’ve ever had (hello, Clocked!) but not the worst. In fact, something about it was almost too rich (blame it on the chicken liver mousse?) and too fresh to eat.

Yes, I realize how wrong all of this sounds. But seriously after years of dining on Steak and Shake, my taste buds just aren’t accustomed to day-old slaughtered cow.

Give me a frozen patty any day.

Meanwhile on the other end of the table my friend discovered a tiny meal worm  slithering away in her salad.

Calling our server over, she said the above quoted line…verbatim.

I almost choked on my chicken liver mousse.

The server was apologetic, and said that the lettuce was tilled this morning, and must have not been rinsed off  properly.

“This happens a lot,” she also added.

Oh boy, this wasn’t Fresh Express we were eating.

Surprisingly, we all had a good laugh about it at the table.

I don’t think I’ll be back at Farm 255 for a while. For one, I can barely afford it, and two, I’ll wait until my taste buds can mature properly – less Skippy peanut butter, more duck pate.

Yeah, like that will ever happen.

Farm 255

255 West Washington Street  Athens, GA 30601

(706) 549-4660

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Clocked Diner

You want to know what I had for Easter dinner? Ham? No. Macaroni and cheese? Nuh uh. Some sort of inedible Jello salad?  Guess again.

I had a thick, juicy burger.

That’s right, I said it. J-U-I-C-Y.

This was quite the unexpected Easter dinner, and I had originally planned on having a typical Sunday Easter meal. However, plans changed and me and a friend went to Clocked instead.

Clocked is a really cute diner next to Farm 255 and the 40 Watt Club. The inside is small but kitschy, and they have a great outdoor patio area.

I choose to get a standard hamburger  with french fries and feta sauce.

That feta cheese sauce has my heart. It is thick, rich, creamy and chalk-full of feta cheese. It’s a foodgasm and a heart attack all in one.

The burger came with lettuce, tomato, onion and their own special sauce, which was probably a blend of mayo and ketchup. But let’s get back to the juicyness of this burger. It was fall-apart juicy. Melt-in-your mouth juicy. To make a long story short, it was DELICIOUS.

I highly recommend Clocked for your burger and feta cheese cravings. And when that happens, call me.

Clocked Diner

259 W. Washington St.

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