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 specialties (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. Here are the best brunch spots in Atlanta.
The Best Brunch Spots In Atlanta
The General Muir
The General Muir is a solid New York style bakery and deli style 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 neighborhood joint has 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. I can never say no to ordering these when they’re part of the specials. Get a plate for the table to share.
Located in Grant Park, Ria’s Bluebird is one of my all time favorite spots for brunch. My favorite go-to order is their huevos ranchero that 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.
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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.
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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 it’s 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 are incredible.
But the great thing about this spot besides what’s quite possibly the most perfect bacon and egg special is that they also have incredible sandwiches and omelets. A few other favorites are their beet cured salmon plate, BLT sandwich and the fried chicken biscuit. You just can’t go wrong here.
Thanks to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives though, this spot is CRAZY packed on the weekends. The good news is, they serve breakfast all week long and have recently started serving alcohol.
4225 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta GA 30342
Last but not least, Joy Cafe located in midtown is a really great breakfast spot perfect for weekend brunching. Try the steak tacos that are so delicious and filling. This may be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, period. Full of flavor, tender steak and fresh pico de gallo.
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 and a chocolate, chocolate chip cake. They typically do cinnamon rolls as well, but we weren’t complaining about that day’s 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.
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316 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
I think this is one of Atlanta’s best kept brunch secrets. Superica is a fantastic Tex-Mex casual restaurant from Ford Fry. But their brunch is only served on the weekends and it is rarely that packed. It’s as if the word still hasn’t gotten out on how incredible it is.
I go for the huevos ranchero or the huevos mexicanas. But the thing you are not to forget to order, are their epic pancakes. Might be my favorite in Atlanta. They are massive, so you only need a short stack for the table to share or even if you’re ordering them for yourself. It’s a hearty portion. But the best part about Superica’s epic pancakes is the syrup. It’s a buttermilk syrup and it is like nothing you’ve ever had before.
Don’t forget to have their black and white coffee, which is cold brew with horchata. And while I know it’s hard not to fill up on the chips, try to leave room for that pancake, you’ll thank me later!
This popular Virginia Highland staple is always a local favorite. Before you’re ready to order, enjoy a basket of biscuits and muffins with some jams. Try the caramelized banana french toast to satisfy the sweet tooth, or the salty and spicy chilaquiles.