Finding the Best Brunch in Atlanta – A 2019 Guide

Here in Atlanta, if there’s one thing we’re serious about, it’s good food. From classic, old-fashioned Southern comfort food to innovative modern cuisine, you can find anything you’re craving in the ATL. We’ve got delicious dinners, lovely lunches, and breakfasts to die for, but above all, we know how to do BRUNCH.

If you aren’t familiar with the best in-between meal of the day, brunch is a magical time between breakfast and lunch, where pastries and heavenly meats come together. Brunch is the reason that waffles and fried chicken go together. It’s the best thing since sliced bread (and speaking of, you need to try some southern-style french toast.) Georgians are so obsessed with brunch, we even got liquor laws changed in 2018 to make room for our morning mimosas. That’s right: Georgia laws now permit brunch locations to begin serving alcohol at 11AM on Sundays, rather than having to wait until 12:30. Like I said, brunch is magical.

Whether you’re visiting Atlanta for the first time, moving to Atlanta full-time, or you’ve been here forever, brunch is an absolute must on your list of fun things to do in Atlanta. Of course, with so many options, it’s hard to pick where you should spend your morning relaxing and eating with friends! To help guide your taste buds, here are our favorite brunch spots in Atlanta.

Buttermilk Kitchen

 

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With a name like Buttermilk Kitchen, you know their chicken buttermilk biscuits are going to be out of this world. Buttermilk’s chef and owner, Suzanne Vizethann whose cooking has been featured on the Food Network competition Chopped, and opened up her own restaurant in 2012. Vizethann and her team make everything on the menu from scratch, and she even gets her fruits and veggies from local farms. Try the french toast with rhubarb jam and mascarpone whipped cream, and you’ll become the newest Buttermilk brunch regular.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Today, you can find Flying Biscuit Cafes in 13 different Georgia locations, but it all started in 1993 on Atlanta’s east side. The menu is based in traditional southern comfort food, so it’s the perfect spot to visit if you need some classic flatiron grits or oven fried chicken. The Flying Biscuit also features gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, so if you have friends of all diets, you need to check this top brunch spot in Atlanta out.

The General Muir

 

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Did you think that bagels in the south couldn’t compare with New York’s bagel and deli scene? Prepare to be amazed when you enter the General Muir. Down on Emory Point, this eatery has been a staple for Atlanta brunch lovers since 2013. Try the smoked hash with crisped pastrami, or grab an open faced bagel with lox for an authentic Jewish cuisine experience.

South City Kitchen

Looking for the perfect brunch restaurant in Atlanta’s midtown? South City Kitchen Midtown has you covered. South City Kitchen takes a modern, sophisticated spin to classic southern cuisine, all while staying true to the heart of Atlanta’s people. It’s been a part of the midtown food scene for over two decades, and the brunch menu includes everything from fried green tomatoes to a malted buttermilk waffle topped with freshly fried chicken and pure maple syrup. Anyone else getting hungry?

West Egg Cafe

 

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Located in Atlanta’s bustling West Side, West Egg Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy your Sunday brunch. In addition to serving breakfast all day long every day, the brunch menu is offered all day during the weekend. Need something to wash down your challah french toast? Choose from classic, grapefruit & sage or pineapple & strawberry mimosas.

Murphy’s

Murphy’s has been serving up eggs to-order for over 35 years, and is an icon of a classic Atlanta breakfast. Instead of eggs benedict, try the signature Eggs T. Murphy for a delicious twist. Other egg dishes include eggs slam mulligan, eggs santa fe, and eggs virginia highland. Basically, if you love eggs, Murphy’s has you covered.

Bread & Butterfly

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Do you miss Cakes & Ale as much as we do? Good news! The owners of your favorite Decatur eatery have brought their talents to the brunch game in Bread & Butterfly. If you love carbs, might we recommend the super-fluffy buttermilk pancakes, which come stacked high and covered in melted butter and hot syrup? For the health conscious brunch eater, try the homemade avocado toast or the omelette du jour.

Highland Bakery

You can find a Highland Bakery in 4 different downtown Atlanta locations, plus an additional location in Decatur. Customers love the high quality coffee and array of brunch choices, from fried chicken benedict to classic shrimp & grits, and have given this bakery 5 stars across Yelp, Google and Tripadvisor.

Ticonderoga Club

 

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For those who want to try something a little different, how about brunch in one of Atlanta’s hottest bars? The Ticonderoga club has brought new meaning to the best meal of the day, with a limited menu including a grain bowl with pomegranate and lemon buttermilk dressing, and their take on a crispy fish sandwich. Pair your brunch with the Club’s innovative “Special Cups” cocktails, like the Acrylic Afternoon.

Canoe

If you’re looking for an upscale, riverside brunch experience, Canoe is the perfect choice for you. This classic Atlanta eatery has been catering to Atlanta natives and visitors since 1995, and has perfected their lunch menu over decade. Start with some Georgia sticky buns, enjoy a classic salad, and finish with smoke salmon eggs benedict, gracefully covered in hollandaise sauce. Trust us, the wait is worth it.

8 Arm

 

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Sometimes you need brunch, but it’s not the weekend. Never fear, because 8 Arm offers brunch from Tuesday-Sunday for all you weekday brunch lovers. Chef Sarah Dodge has honed her craft, creating a 6-dish menu that’s short and to the point. The point being, they’re all delicious. Looking for a healthy boost to your day? Grab a piece of avocado toast. In the mood for a cheat meal? The 8 Arm burger is probably calling your name.

Atlanta’s Top Brunch Restaurants

No matter what Atlanta neighborhood you live in, you can easily find an amazing brunch near you to enjoy on a relaxing Saturday or Sunday morning (or, in the case of 8 Arm, any day but Monday!). We’ve listed our favorites, but with Atlanta’s deep love of food, there are dozens more amazing brunch restaurants to choose from. So have fun exploring and try them all to find your favorite brunch spot in the ATL!