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104 E. Washington St. (Lumpkin St.) Send to Phone
Formerly housing the Athens Observer, a city newspaper, this historic building is home to a restaurant with a wide-ranging menu.

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun. Sept.-May

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Basil Press Restaurant Review

: Basil Press fuses the flavors of the Mediterranean with some from the New World. Caesar salad, for instance, is prepared the old-fashioned way---tableside, with a coddled egg and anchovies upon request. Pan-fried oysters present their creamy succulence on a pool of Tabasco-laden butter sauce, unfortunately notched up a tad too much to render the dish wine unfriendly, but fans of heat will like it. We’ve always enjoyed the pork loin here, and vegetarians will find myriad pleasures pleasingly presented, such as roasted vegetable ravioli, available as both an appetizer and a main dish. The wine list is so well priced and offers such good choices that one is hard-pressed to choose. Good old-fashioned desserts prepared tableside are treats, and plenty to share. Or consider the well-selected cheese plate with its accompaniments. The house-made membrillo is made from apricots, and does a good stand-in for the more traditional quince with the miticana de oveja from Murcia, Spain. Basil Press closes for the summer, reopening with the arrival of students on campus in September.


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