7 Atlanta Restaurants That Do a Great Brunch
Too late for breakfast? Worry not, and check out these places in Atlanta, the City of Weekend Brunching!
Missed breakfast because of a late night? Looking for something to get rid of that hangover? Why not brunch?
Drive around Atlanta, especially on weekend mornings, and see the lines in front of the diners and restaurants. This town loves to brunch, and with good reason! Check out these favorite brunch places!
1. Watershed on Peachtree
Chicken and Dumplings
Watershed on Peachtree specializes in Southern-inspired brunch dishes. Crowd favorites are the Chicken and Dumplings (locally grown chicken and buttermilk biscuits), the Crabby Shrimp Burger and the delectable Brioche French Toast served with peach-maple syrup and a choice of bacon and sausage.
Head on over to Watershed on Peachtree for their Sunday Jazz Brunch room 11:30-15:00, where a live jazz band will be playing soulful music while you brunch.
Watershed is located at 1820 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11:30-15:00, 17:00-22:00. Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00. Sundays, 11:30-15:00. Closed on Mondays. Website: http://watershedrestaurant.com
2. Serpas Restaurant
Fried Oysters Egg Benedict
A former warehouse converted into a restaurant, Serpas Restaurant serves Cajun-inspired dishes. The Creole Omelet, with shrimp, crab, and Andouille sausages, is a sure palette pleaser. Or order the Fried Oyster Eggs Benedict for your morning dose of eggs - with a twist.
Want something sweeter? The Berry Buttermilk Pancakes are the lightest and fluffiest in town. And the chef makes beignets that really taste like they come straight from New Orleans.
Serpas Restaurant is located at 659 Auburn Ave NE #501, Atlanta, GA 30312. Hours: 17:30-23:00, Mondays to Saturdays. 11:00-15:00, 17:30-21:00, Sundays. Website: http://serpasrestaurant.com
3. Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant
Craving dimsum for brunch? Head over to Oriental Pearl, practically an institution in the city. Take a pick from the dimsum carts. The delicate shrimp and pork dumplings are heaven, and come highly recommended, along with the Crabmeat Cheese Wontons. Or get the Pu Pu Platter, which includes an assortment of goodies for you to taste. The Sesame Sauce Cold Noodles are a must-try too!
One off-the-menu dish is the Snow Pea Leaves in Garlic Sauce. This is a good addition to the meaty brunch that you’re having.
Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant is located inside Atlanta Chinatown Mall at 5399 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341. Hours: 11:00-12midnight, Mondays to Fridays. 10:00-12midnight, Saturdays and Sundays.
Overlooking the Chattahoochee River and surrounded by greenery, Canoe offers farm-to-table dishes in a beautiful garden setting. Certainly an elegant setting for brunch.
Try the assorted pastry basket for their delicious pastries. The Pecan Sticky Buns are worth a mention, and also the Zucchini Pecan Bread with Basil Cream Cheese.
For mains, the Crispy Smoked Chicken Biscuit with Southern Collards and Poached Eggs is phenomenal because of their special “Red Eye Gravy.” Or The Riverside Special, which is a plate of Applewood Bacon, French Toast, Hash Browns and Scrambled Eggs.
Canoe is located at 4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339. Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:00, Mondays to Fridays. 17:30-23:00, Saturdays. 10:30-14:30, 17:30-21:00, Sundays. Website: https://www.canoeatl.com/
5. Joy Café
Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy
Joy Café serves dishes that are a fusion of rural European and Southern American.
Try the Crab Cake Benedict, which is poached eggs served on two Maryland style crab cakes. One particular favorite of this writer is the Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy, which features Joy’s special Southern biscuit, homemade sausages and special Sawmill Gravy. This recipe has been handed down Joy’s family for generations. There’s nothing else quite like it!
Want something sweet instead? Joy’s Big Berry Belgian Waffle is light and crispy, with fresh berries and banana. The Mama Carol’s Buttermilk Pancakes are quite good too, available in different flavors.
Joy Café is located at 316 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Hours: 10:30-15:00, Mondays and Tuesdays. 10:30-16:00, Wednesdays to Fridays. 8:30-16:00, Saturdays. 8:30-15:00, Sundays. Website: http://www.joycafeatl.com/
6. South City Kitchen
Damn good Fried Chicken and Waffles
Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, this restaurant has a 1920’s atmosphere and serves one of the best Southern brunches in town!
What is Southern cuisine without its fried chicken? The Fried Chicken and Waffle here is a local favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Light, crispy buttermilk waffles with maple syrup and the restaurant’s famous buttermilk fried chicken in one plate!
Other brunch favorites include the Cheddar Biscuit and Gravy, featuring their special homemade pork patty, and also the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Hash.
South City Kitchen also serves gluten-friendly options of their brunch menu.
South City Kitchen is located at 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Hours: 11:00-22:00, Mondays to Thursdays. 11:00-22:30, Fridays. 10:00-15:00, 17:00-22:30, Saturdays. 10:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00, Sundays. Website: http://midtown.southcitykitchen.com/
7. Folk Art Restaurant
Located in Inman Park, this vintage restaurant serves the Southern Comfort, which is the best shrimp and grits in town, served with eggs and toast.
The sweet potato beignets are also worth mentioning. The chicken biscuits and gravy, a staple Southern breakfast/brunch, were pretty amazing too.
Folk Art Restaurant is located at 465 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307. Hours: 7:30-21:00, Mondays to Thursdays. 7:30-22:00, Fridays. 9:00-22:00, Saturdays. 9:00-21:00, Sundays. Website: http://folkartrestaurant.com/
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