Food & Drink

The Best Atlanta Brunches You Can Enjoy From Home

You’ve surely noticed that restaurants aren’t operating normally right now, as coronavirus is still pretty much everywhere. But fortunately for all you brunch fans -- in other words, fortunately for all Atlantans -- there continue to be restaurants that are preparing the most popular meal in town. And, yes, in at least one case, you can get a literal case of brunch beer to go. If takeout brunch doesn’t give you faith that we will figure out way out of all this pandemic mess, nothing will. Here are the best places to find it right now.

Aria Restaurant

Buckhead
Aria is offering the novel idea of “Nosh For Tomorrow” with any takeout dinner order. Options change daily, but there’s a system that makes it easy. You order one or more of the day’s dinners (like slow-braised Painted Hills short beef rib), and you then add on your next morning’s meal, which could be a build-your-own bagel combo with house-smoked salmon and a 12-cup pot of Lakehouse ground coffee. Check the menu before you let your mouth commit to something it might not get, you know? Oh, and Aria has put its entire wine cellar up for sale on the website, so take advantage of that. 
How to order: Order curbside pickup online

Buttermilk Kitchen

Chastain Park
Chef Suzanne Vizethann, who just released a cookbook you might wanna grab to brush up on your home brunch skills, is operating curbside-style from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8am to 2pm. Definitely start with a three-biscuit basket (with Atlanta’s always-great Banner Butter), then get a sweet-tea-brined chicken biscuit, because it’s a whole different thing and who’s judging in a pandemic anyway? Or try the “B.E.L.T.” which is basically a cheeseless BLT with spinach, red and pickled green tomatoes, and lemon aioli on multigrain toast. Vizethann also just announced family-style weekend brunch packages of quiche lorraine and beet-cured lox platters, but those orders must be placed by 2pm Wednesday. You can add canned beer at $7.50 each, and bottled mimosas or prosecco.
How to order: Order online

Canoe

Vinings
Another historic staple of ATL suppers and weekend riverside midday dining is keeping brunch alive through its own “Next Day Breakfast” pack for two. For $20, you get four ounces of smoked salmon (it’s great), two bagels, goat cheese schmear, capers, and onions -- and wine and half-priced beer are also available. While you’re looking you might as well add their sliced Spotted Trotter charcuterie plates for $18. Orders must be placed before 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, and same-day pickup ends at 7pm. 
How to order: Order online or call 770.432.2663 

Murphy’s

Virginia-Highland
With one of the most iconic brunches in town, Murphy’s pretty much never stopped brunching. The restaurant gets started early on weekends at 9am, and runs through noon with neighborhood classics like the malted waffles with Irish whiskey maple syrup, as well as chicken sausage or bacon croissants, hazelnut-crusted French toast casseroles, and Logan Turnpike stone-ground grits by the quart or pint. You can also add a quart of its house bloody mix.   
How to order: Order takeout online or delivery through Zifty

The Southern Gentleman

Buckhead
Not only is TSG offering Georgia shrimp and grits, pimento cheese omelettes, buttermilk-fried chicken and pancakes, and skirt steak with eggs, but if you order two brunch entrees you’ll get a whole comped bottle of rosé. Hours are 11am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
How to order: Call 404.939.9845 for curbside pickup or order delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats

Sweetwater Brewing

Buckhead
It wasn’t even that long ago that Sweetwater renovated its taproom with a kitchen, but the brewery has gotten such a hang of things that it now offers brunch-to-go, with meals that feed four. The options are double-brined fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and meaty beer gravy, sourdough French toast (which you’ve tried and failed to make recently), and shrimp with parmesan grits -- topped with coconut cream sauce made from the Insane OG Mexican lager collab with B-Real of Cypress Hill. All brunch meals include 12-packs of your choice of Sweetwater beer. You can also substitute a crowler of citrus IPA -- the 6.4%-ABV Hazy Commitment or the lower-powered Summer Session -- fresh from the pilot system.
How to order: Order online or call 770.876.0251

Taverna

Buckhead
You’re probably not going to Italy any time soon, but at least you can trick your stomach into believing it woke up there via Taverna’s brunch offerings. The usual favorites -- such as the chorizo and manchego omelette, the fried-egg-topped brunch beef burger, and the rotisserie hash (yes, with roasted meats) -- are all yours from noon to 3pm on weekends. Yes, you can also get mimosas to go, and they’ll deliver. 
How to order: Call them at 678.791.1311 for pickup or delivery

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Mike Jordan salutes Atlanta restaurants and all the workers who’ve not had it easy with all this virus business, but are loved and appreciated by everyone in the city. Find him on Twitter at @michaelbjordan, or on Instagram at @mikejordanATL.