By: Maddy Plaster, @
*Correction/Clarification: The Fluff will no longer be serving dinner until further notice, due to staffing changes, but still stop in to try the breakfast and lunch menus. Be on the lookout for the resumption of the dinner menu.
I’m sure there are some of you who are wondering what I’m talking about when I say The Fluff. Some might ask if I’m referring to the Fluff Bakery, home to fabulous baked goods that top your grandma’s secret recipes. The rest of you may be completely clueless. Well, I am here to help explain what The Fluff is.
The Fluff Kitchen Bakery and Drinks previously known as Fluff Bakery, combines two fabulously different ranges of food: bakery and Thai cuisine. Yes, I know, the combination seems a bit mystifying, but I assure you it works. Who am I kidding, it goes beyond just working. You just can’t beat Fluff’s impeccable execution in tying together creative Thai dishes with delectable desserts.
The Fluff started as Fluff Bakery and Catering. After several years, the bakery decided to merge with Rickshaw Thai, a popular Thai restaurant in the Athens area. The joint menu now incorporates an assortment of curries, scrumptious burgers, and even a homemade meatloaf.
Fluff has become one of my favorite Athens spots; it’s especially unique because it is great any hour of the day. A cup of their Silverbridge coffee and a cinnamon twisty is the perfect way to jumpstart any morning. The lunch and dinner menus are out of this world, with a multitude of options that cater to both the picky and adventurous eater.
My personal favorite on the dinner menu is the peanut curry over jasmine rice, with a side of warm and toasty garlic naan bread. For those who may be hesitant about trying Thai food, the peanut curry is the dish for you. It has just enough kick, while still maintaining the sweet and creamy flavor of the peanut sauce. For those who are more adventurous, you can kick up the heat and add more hot chili sauce.
The meatloaf, another one of my favorite dishes, is mouthwatering and packed with flavor. Served with smooth mashed potatoes, and a crisp bahn mi salad, this dish is at the top of my list. The lunch menu for fluff is just as delicious as the dinner menu, with sandwich options, and make-your-own salads, if you are looking for something lighter.
Besides their widespread food menu, The Fluff also offers an excellent alcoholic beverage menu for those special students who are 21+. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it did! The Fluff has an array of beers including many from our very own Jackie O’s Brewery and Pub, as well as some more unique choices like the Tiger Lager and the Kombucha Ginger beer. All in all, you can’t go wrong with anything you get from here. It’s the perfect place to go when dining halls and Easy-mac just aren’t cutting it, and all you want and need is a home-cooked meal filled with love.
For all you students who can never think of a good sit down restaurant for when your family comes to visit, I have found your new spot. The Fluff has earned its ranking in my heart as the best restaurant, AND bakery, in Athens. Next time you’re uptown, make sure to stop in, so it can become yours as well.