Local Food Carts in Athens

By Julia Flint, Photography by Sarah Warda

These two food carts are committed to serving what’s in season, taking local food on the road. Each works with a variety of the region’s local food producers to showcase some of the Athens area’s best local products. Read more about another favorite food cart in Athens—Holy Guacamole—in our summer issue.

The Not Guilty Food Cart

Specializing in grilled sandwiches, seasonal soups, and smoothies, Not Guilty serves up street food that you can feel good about eating. Food is purchased from the likes of the Jackie O’s Bakeshop, Crumb’s Bakery, Integration Acres, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Cherry Orchards, Athens’ Own, Herbal Sage Tea Company, and Silver Bridge Coffee.

You can find Not Guilty on weekdays in Athens from 9am until 2:30pm on the corner of Union and Court streets.

Monday-Saturday evenings, Not Guilty rents the cart to the brewery, Jackie O’s. The cart is set up at the Jackie O’s Taproom on Stimson Avenue in Athens. Items such as nachos, black bean hummus, and spelt berry salad can be enjoyed with the Jackie O’s beers on tap.

Chelsea’s Real Food Mobile Kitchen

You can find Chelsea and her son at the Athens Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am until noon. Chelsea’s summertime menu includes sandwiches, salads, smoothies, handmade fruit popsicles, and fire-roasted spiced sweet corn. She also sells single-serving bags of homemade kale chips. Chelsea specializes in locally sourced, made-from-scratch cooking, and offers pasture-raised meat as well as vegan options. Chelsea purchases food from farmers at the Athens Farmers Market and from the Chesterhill Produce Auction, among others.

Where to Find a Taste of Athens Food Carts


Boogie on the Bricks

Saturday, June 20

Court Street, Athens, Ohio


Last Call at Ohio Brew Week

Saturday, July 18

Court Street, Athens, Ohio



Ohio Pawpaw Festival

September 11 to 13

Lake Snowden, Ohio



Final Fridays on the Square

June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25

Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio