The one meal I always look forward to is breakfast. Whether I make myself breakfast at home which can be as simple as an egg and slice of toast, or go all out and do my recent addiction, spinach scramble on top of sourdough, I always make myself breakfast every single morning. Or if you’re lucky enough to have been invited to my house for brunch, challah french toast that’s to die for is one of my specialities (thanks Mom!). I’m that person who has breakfast for dinner, breakfast for lunch, and sometimes has two breakfasts on the weekend, one at home, one with friends.
So this post is near and dear to me because these are places I frequent often. I’d much rather get brunch with friends, than get cocktails on the weekend. It’s just my thing and I’m totally okay with it. Trust me, there’s a LOT more great brunch spots in Atlanta that are not on this list like Murphy’s and South City Kitchen to name a few. But these are my favorites that I could live at if I had to. And to be honest, when can I move in? I’d also love to know what yours are so I can check them out so be sure to let me know in the comments! PS if you didn’t see my first edition of this series, check out the Best Of Donuts here.
THE GENERAL MUIR
I’ve written about The General Muir in my Atlanta Shopping Destination Series. It’s unfortunately a little bit far for me to get to, but it is well worth the drive. The General Muir is a solid New York style bakery and restaurant that serves up the classics with their own unique twist. Take their Avenue A that I always get. It’s a bagel and lox but like none other you’ve had before. It’s got all your usual suspects on it like red onions, smoked salmon and tomato. But it’s also topped with diced avocado, crispy cucumber and tart grapefruit. It’s to die for.
They also serve up some serious hearty dishes like their smoked hash or if you prefer something on the sweeter side, their pecan crusted french toast is not to be missed.
1540 Avenue Place, Atlanta, GA
This spot for me, is a bit of a drive from my house, but totally worth it. They’ve got so many great things on the menu. Everything is amazing on the menu, but what they’re really known for are their pancakes. The BEST in Atlanta. Every week they usually do a new special flavor and many times during the summer you can count on their peach pancakes. Now listen, I don’t enjoy fruit in my pancakes, I actually despise banana pancakes believe it or not, but Ria’s does it right and just serves up their already amazing buttermilk pancakes but topped with fresh peaches. I can never say no to ordering these when they’re part of the specials. Get a plate for the table to share.
I’ve recently become a huevos ranchero fanatic and have started to ditch my usual bacon and eggs ritual. Ria’s Bluebird in Grant Park is one of my all time favorite spots for brunch. Sure their huevos ranchero are amazing and topped with the most delicious tomatillo salsa.
Little insider tip, this place gets insanely busy on the weekends. Since they’re open daily from 8am-3pm I recommend making this a weekday trip if you can.
421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA
One of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta is the Inman Park hood. If I could live anywhere in this city, that’s exactly where it would be. But until I decide to ever leave my condo, I just have to visit here as often as possible. Inman Park is full of great restaurants and many of my personal favorites are located on Highland Ave. Folk Art is an eclectic cool spot that fits right in with the neighborhood.
I obviously had the huevos ranchero here and they’re delicious, hearty and amazing. But their french toast is one of my favorites. It’s simple, no fuss, and actually reminds me of the way my mom used to make it for us as kids with classic white bread and a little cinnamon. I know it sounds a little boring, but to be honest, sometimes simple food is best.
Another menu item to write home about are their grits. I don’t care if you don’t even like grits, because honestly I’m not even a big grits person myself, but you’re ordering them. They’re like none you’ve ever tasted before. Order them, thank me later.
465 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve eaten here because it’s my number one spot on this entire list. It’s great quality food, good service, local ingredients and closest to my house. I typically order the sausage and egg special which is good enough on its own. If I’m lucky to dine with someone who likes to share, we’ll order a half stack of pancakes because their pancakes RULE.
But the great thing about this spot besides what’s quite possibly the most perfect B&E special is that they also have incredible sandwiches and omelettes. Their daily specials are always insanely good and that’s what I grabbed a photo of here. A tomato basil and corn omelette with a balsamic glaze. I don’t typically order grits as I’m not southern and I’m not totally sold on them, but it’s a close call between these and Folk Arts. A few other favorites are their beet cured salmon plate, BLT sandwich and the fried chicken biscuit.
Thanks to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives though, this spot is CRAZY packed on the weekends. Good news is, they serve breakfast all week long. My kind of place!
4225 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta GA 30342
Last but not least, Joy Cafe located in Buckhead is a super tiny breakfast spot perfect for weekend brunching. On this past visit, it was my first time getting the very popular steak tacos and I’m glad I made that decision. This may be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, period. I was a little apprehensive because tacos for breakfast just sounds weird, but these were incredible. Full of flavor, tender steak and fresh pico de gallo. Served up with their breakfast potatoes, you’ll be stuffed for hours. I was only able to eat two out of the three so I recommend sharing and also ordering avocado toast for the table.
As soon as you sit down at Joy Cafe, you’re served a small plate full of their latest baked treats. This particular day was pumpkin carrot muffins (not pictured because they were devoured in seconds) and a chocolate, chocolate chip cake as you can see in the top right corner. They typically do cinnamon rolls as well, but we weren’t complaining about that days selection. It’s one of the best parts of Joy Cafe and it helps to satisfy your brunch sweet tooth, so you can then enjoy something a little more savory.
316 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305