Atlanta
1. Atlanta Breakfast Club
Downtown
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Although it’s located right by the Georgia Aquarium, there’s nothing fishy about Atlanta Breakfast Club’s delicious breakfast menu. For a solid breakfast without all of the bells, whistles, and drama that sometimes come with some of the city’s most popular brunch spots, head over to Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard to enjoy a meal expertly prepared by the good folks at ABC. The Black-owned breakfast eatery boasts all the classics that you’d expect—from old-fashioned oatmeal to buttermilk pancakes—as well as some mouthwatering twists, like the peach cobbler French toast and the French toast-battered breakfast tacos. This is a club that you’ll definitely want to be a part of.

2. J. Christopher's
Multiple locations
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Although it currently has 24 locations across Georgia and Tennessee, J. Christopher’s got its start as a beloved neighborhood eatery at the start of 1997. Twenty-five years later, J. Christopher’s is still growing and thriving, and much of the locally owned chain’s success is due to its great customer service and varied menu options. In contrast to many breakfast restaurants, J. Christopher’s offers both meat alternatives like turkey bacon and turkey sausage and healthy options such as egg whites and sugar-free menu items. There’s something for everyone, but don’t let the extensive menu intimidate you—you can’t go wrong with one of J. Christopher’s delicious skillets.

3. Gocha’s Breakfast Bar
Cascade & Fayetteville
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Gocha’s Breakfast Bar also embraces breakfast inclusivity by boasting several vegan- and pescatarian-friendly food options, and thanks to its two locations in Atlanta and Fayetteville, you can enjoy Gocha’s fresh meals—we’re talking salmon grit cakes, veggie omelettes, krunch-tastic french toast, veggie sausage hashbrown bowls, gulf shrimp skillets, and more—whether you’re ITP or OTP. In addition to its robust menu, the sensational eatery really does put the “bar” in Gocha’s Breakfast Bar, so expect some adult-friendly beverages, from Hennessy Margaritas (and other varieties) and classic cocktails to mimosas and alcoholic coffee kickers.

4. Toast On Lenox
Buckhead
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Open from 9 am to 5 pm every day from Wednesday to Sunday, Toast on Lenox is a restaurant that you can always depend on for flavorful, Southern-inspired breakfast and rejuvenating fresh juices. The Lenox Road mainstay has plenty of menu highlights, from health-conscious starters (acai bowls, avocado toast, and crispy lemon crema brussel sprouts) to unbelievably good main plates (lobster waffles, decked-out breakfast platters, and Mississippi-fried catfish and grits). Plus, if your breakfast plans end up turning into brunch, you can be assured that one of Toast on Lenox’s specialty cocktails—like the Rosé Sangria (rosé, peach combier, peach brandy, and lemon) and the Toast Mimosa (prosecco and choice of classic, pineapple, watermelon, peach, blackberry, strawberry, grapefruit, apricot), for example—will certainly quench your thirst.

5. Redbird
West Midtown
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One of the fastest and most dependable breakfast options in Atlanta—and probably the entire country at this point—is Chick-fil-A, but the beloved chain is far from the only place in the city where you can snag a delicious early morning chicken biscuit. In fact, Redbird may be the biscuit authority in Atlanta, period. In addition to chicken-based breakfast biscuits like the Little Birdy (fried chicken, Cheddar cheese, and chili maple) and the Buffalo Birdy (buffalo chicken thigh, blue cheese dressing, and pickled celery), Redbird actually offers a pretty diverse selection of biscuits. Old Man Thunder (bacon, egg, and American cheese), Pure Guava (whipped cream cheese, guava paste, salted cashew butter), Ocean Man (smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled onion, capers, and dill) are all worth trying, so head over to Redbird on Saturday or Sunday at 11 am for a late biscuit-filled breakfast.

6. R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill
Buckhead
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Since 1985, R. Thomas Deluxe Grill has been a breakfast staple in Atlanta, and although the restaurant’s legendary owner and founder passed away in 2017, the Peachtree Street eatery hasn’t lost any of its soul. Fresh and healthy breakfast options are listed all throughout R. Thomas’ menu, including breakfast quesadillas (sundried tomato tortilla filled with eggs, cream cheese, fresh basil, white cheddar, bacon, pepper, and onions), The Buckhead Betty (rosemary potatoes topped with red onions, salmon pieces, scallions, and classic hollandaise sauce), and more. Stop by R. Thomas Deluxe Grill for a breakfast that meat eaters, seafood lovers, and vegetarians alike can appreciate.

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