The Fluff is one of those hidden gems of Athens that really makes you feel like a local when you find it for the first time. From the array of specialty drinks to the amazing brunch options to the amazing atmosphere, Fluff has everything you need for a relaxing meal under one cozy roof. All of the baked goods are made in-house or made locally, so freshness is guaranteed every time. Their goal is to use the best ingredients possible, and you can tell that they do through their cooking.
Fluff’s menu is inclusive and extensive, including a number of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options. The store’s Sunday-Wednesday hours are 7:30 to 3, so their regular daily menu mainly consists of amazing brunch and lunch options. The menu ranges from breakfast sandwiches of all types to rice bowls, so there is really an option for everyone.
WHAT WE TRIED
BBQ Pork Business Biscuit: Seriously, this is one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever tried. The biscuits are made in-house and are super flavorful on their own; adding the pork barbeque just adds another delicious dimension. It’s a whole meal of its own without sides, especially if you’re sticking around for the baked goods (which you should!).
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel: The staple breakfast sandwich is elevated by the house-made bagels in a variety of flavors (we went with an everything bagel and it was perfect!).
The drink menu at Fluff is almost as extensive as the food. They use Silver Bridge Coffee Company roasts for their drip and Herbal Sage for their teas, further cementing their mission to use locally sourced products. Aside from their coffee and tea options, they also have an impressive cocktail, wine and beer menu that includes mimosas, Irish coffee, and Jackie O’s beer.
WHAT WE TRIED
Toddy: Fluff’s cold brew espresso is no joke. It’s strong and deliciously earthy, and does the job to wake you up!
Apple Cider: While not a Fluff classic, I couldn’t resist trying their apple cider and getting in the fall spirit! It was a refreshing reminder that despite the weather, fall is here.
Red Blend Tea: I’ve been a huge fan of Herbal Sage teas since I first got to Athens, but hadn’t tried their red blend yet. It has a natural sweetness and a touch of cinnamon and is a great option for help in getting rid of the sniffles.
The bakery goods almost steal the show at Fluff. There are about a dozen different options, ranging from energy balls to cookies to something called the “booty shaker”. The sugary delights are a great way to top off a great meal, and nothing is better than “homemade” sweets after a long morning of classes!
WHAT WE TRIED
Red Velvet Whoopie Pie: It’s better than cake, honestly, and at $2.50 a pop, it’s the best deal on the menu for sweets. Be forewarned: your mouth WILL turn red from eating this, so it may not be the best choice to discreetly cheat on your diet with.
Maple Spelt Cookie: As great as chocolate chip is, it’s always great to switch things up every once in a while. White chocolate, maple, and dried berries make for a light delight that nearly doesn’t feel like dessert.
Next time you’re wondering where to eat on Court, take Fluff for a spin! While they are only open until 3 Sunday-Saturday, they recently have extended their hours and introduced a special dinner menu with $3 tacos and more. It’s worth the effort to find this gem of a place; life is fun, eat it up!