The Best Places for Brunch in Atlanta: 7 Recommended Restaurants
Atlanta, Georgia is a treasure trove for restaurants with great lists of options for breakfasts and brunches, with a variety of American comfort food that will surely brighten up your morning. Here is a list of some of the most popular places to get those eggs, waffles, sausages, biscuits, and other fare that will make you feel at home.
A mainstay in the historic and trendy neighborhood of Virginia Highlands Atlanta for three decades, Murphy’s can already be considered a landmark in the area. It is a full service restaurant, a bakery, and a wine shop all rolled into one. It specializes in contemporary American cuisine that adapts with seasonal fresh ingredients and the catch-of–the-day proteins. It serves classic southern fares like shrimp and grits and braised beef brisket.
Murphy’s is also famous for their weekend brunch service. Among their brunch bestsellers are the smoked Maine salmon & bagel, chilaquiles, shrimp and cheddar grits, and parmesan crusted chicken breast. Likewise popular are their various signature egg dishes such as Eggs T. Murphy, Crab Cake Benedict, Eggs Slum Mulligan, and Eggs Santa Fe. They also serve fritatas, burgers, salads, and other sandwiches.
They also serve delicious bakery products and desserts that go well with their locally roasted brewed coffee. Among the favorites sweet treats of their loyal patrons are the lemon blueberry crème brulee, mocha cake, and the Dessert Trio, which is composed of bonzo cake, tollhouse pie, and vanilla bean panna cotta.
Address: 997 Virginia Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone: (404) 872-0904
2. West Egg Café
As their name implies, West Egg Café is a breakfast and brunch specialist, as evidenced by the long lines of hopeful diners outside their restaurant every morning. They are also consistently making it on the list of ‘Best Breakfast Restaurants in Atlanta’ conducted by various publications. Conveniently located in downtown Atlanta, their all-day breakfast menu is very popular for those who are craving for comfort food in the midst of the city.
Besides their delicious omelets and biscuits, the most popular among their dishes is the Georgia Benedict – a turkey sausage patty with gravy on top of a split biscuit and a side of potatoes or grits. The Blue Plate, their version of bacon and eggs dish, is also among the bestsellers. For their weekend brunch, the dishes that most people raved about are the Salmon Cakes Benedict and the Pulled Pork Benedict. Other favorites are shrimp and grits, chicken chilaquiles, and benedict burger.
West Egg Café also serves brewed coffee and a range of delectable pastries that can be served in their separate café lounge area with a more relaxing ambience.
Address: 1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: (404) 872-3973
3. Folk Art Restaurant
Located at the Inman Park, the first planned suburb in Atlanta, Folk Art Restaurant’s décor conformed to the vintage atmosphere of the place. Its rustic interiors with weathered hardwood floors and reclaimed furniture pieces radiate a warm nostalgic ambience. It was the owner’s intention to make it a ‘feel good place’, reminiscent of the old south, for dining and family get-togethers.
Among the most preferred brunch fare here is eggs benedict. They also serve eggs any style you like (sunny side-up, scrambled, etc.), which can be paired with any of the following: sausages, bacon, ham, pork chop, or fried chicken. This will be served with a side of grits or hash brown and toast – a truly classic American breakfast. Other favorite fares are waffles, pancakes, and french toast. They also have an array of delicious and nutritious sandwiches such as Classic Shrimp Po’ Boy, The Big Easy Muffuletta, Corner Store Reuben, and a lot more. Let’s not forget their specialty burgers with your choice of ground meat (turkey, beef, or lamb) such as their Triple ‘D’ Meatball Burger.
Folk Art Restaurant also serves coffee and desserts. They also have a special menu for kids.
Address: 465 N. Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 537-4493
This is definitely a must-try restaurant not only for their scrumptious food but also for their beautiful setting and cozy décor. Located along the Chattahoochee River in Vinings, Atlanta, Canoe has a stunning riverfront in their beautifully landscaped garden making an idyllic al fresco dining experience. Inside the restaurant building is a warm and pleasant interior of wood and brick finish topped with a unique ceiling that resembles the inner part of an upturned canoe.
Their outstanding weekend brunch menu includes the well-loved smoked salmon eggs benedict and their signature dish called ‘The Riverside’ that consists of applewood bacon strips, eggs, hash browns, and french toast. Other notable entrees are the duck and beef burger served with sunny side up egg and other side dishes, the oak roasted Springer Mountain chicken with cheddar grits and spicy casserole, and the smoked Carolina trout salad with fried green tomatoes, avocado, and poached egg. On the sweet side, they have the brioche french toast and the cornmeal & blueberry pancakes.
Canoe also has a wide range of appetizers and freshly baked pastries to go with your morning coffee or tea.
Address: 4199 Paces Ferry Road, SE Atlanta, GA 30339, United States
Phone: (770) 432-2663
5. Sun In My Belly
This full-service restaurant in Kirkwood Atlanta is known not only for their lovely and mouthwatering food but also for their colorful, homey, and almost quirky décor. Sun In My Belly started as a catering company until they found a home where they can now serve American Style haute cuisine to everyday diners. The owners and chefs advocate the use of local and seasonally fresh produce and high quality meat products in creating their dishes.
Their signature brunch dish is ‘Alison’s Famous Pimiento Cheese Omelet’, named after its chef and owner. Customers really come back for this honey-glazed bacon filled egg dish. Almost equally popular is the Kirkwood Breakfast, which are fluffy scrambled eggs with herbed boursin cheese and honey-glazed bacon as well. Other delightful brunch entrees are the quiche of the day, the omelet of the day, and the bagel with smoked salmon. As for healthier alternatives, they have a vanilla parfait with granola and a challah french toast served with seasonal fruits.
Sun In My Belly also serves a broad selection of scrumptious sandwiches, salads. and appetizers during brunch service, as well as a special kids’ menu.
Address: 2161 College Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30317, United States
Phone: (404) 370-1088
6. Joy Café
This restaurant offers time-honored southern Georgia cuisine with an infusion of traditional European gastronomy. Joy Café was established with her husband by its chef who grew up learning her grandmother’s southern recipes by heart. She later on passionately studied authentic Tuscany and Provence cookery from her travels abroad. Their usual menu for the day progresses from classic Southeastern American breakfast fares that are available until 3PM. This will then overlap with their lunch and afternoon menu of archetypal American comfort food and timeless Italian and Spanish dishes.
Signature southern breakfast fares at Joy Café are Joy’s Big Berry Belgian Waffle, Mama Carol’s Buttermilk Pancakes, and Chef Joy’s grandmother’s recipe of biscuit & sawmill gravy. Other diners’ favorites include crab cake benedicts, steak & egg tacos, and breakfast burritos, as well as breakfast sandwiches made of eggs, bacon, and cheese on a Southern biscuit, toast, or English muffin. A short time before noon, more yummy dishes are whipped in their kitchen such as an impressive array of international specialty salads and specialty sandwiches. All of these delicious dishes are made from scratch, including the dressings, from the finest and freshest ingredients.
Joy Café also serves various recipes of the classic grilled cheese that delights kids and adults alike. They also have freshly made desserts for ending your meals on a high note.
Address: 316 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 816-0306
7. South City Kitchen
This Midtown area restaurant is set on a cozy and homely old bungalow, complete with a charming fireplace and open patios that exude with timeworn Georgian charm. South City Kitchen serves contemporary southern cuisine that earned accolades from various food critics and publications. The classic Springer Mountain Farms Fried Chicken in their brunch menu is not only a certified bestseller, but USA Today also named it as one of ‘The Best in the South’ in their review of various restaurant-made southern fried chicken. This can be paired with either waffles or collard greens and potatoes.
Other well-loved brunch house specialties are BBQ pork benedict, Benton’s ham benedict, and smoked brisket benedict. Each one is served with a different flavor of hollandaise sauce and vegetable side dish plus their very own Red Mule Grits. They also have their signature South City Breakfast dish of soft scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and applewood-smoked bacon. On the lighter side, they have grilled salmon, egg white frittata, and house made pecan granola.
South City Kitchen is also famous for their appetizers. A bowl of creamy she-crab soup or an order of fried green tomatoes or cheese pimiento is a great meal starter here. You can then end your repast with a pineapple upside down cake, a buttermilk devil’s food cake, or perhaps, their signature pecan pie.
Address: 1144 Crescent Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Phone: (404) 873-7358
These restaurants made our list for their popularity, good diners’ reviews, and reasonable pricing. You will likewise be delighted with the friendly and personable service of their staff and the clean, pleasant, and stylish setting of their stores. Have a nice brunch!
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