Food & Drink

ATL's 10 most important breakfast and/or brunch items

Published On 07/23/2014 Published On 07/23/2014

After a night of making some seriously bad decisions, starting your day with one of Atlanta's best boozy brunch deals (bottomless Bloody Marys, anyone?) might not be a good decision. Instead, you might be better off inhaling one of the ATL's 10 most important AM-eat items. Now if only someone had assembled a list like that...

Sebastian Davis

Comfy Chicken Biscuit

Home Grown (address and info)
The East side’s best breakfast spot feeds you with fresh veggies grown from their own gardens and meat from... um, all around Georgia. Their open-faced biscuit with insanely crispy and juicy fried chicken drowned in an amazing sausage gravy is a must-have.

Highland Bakery

French toast

Highland Bakery (address and info
Old Fourth Ward
This local legend has one of the richest and deepest breakfast menus in the game, but the standout is the French toast with monstrously thick slices of challah that are covered with seasonal fruits, French cream, brown sugar, and all the syrup you can handle.

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Caramelized banana pancakes

Ria's Bluebird (address and info)
Grant Park
The New York Times
 calling them the “world’s best pancakes" is the main reason Ria's little parking lot on Memorial is so packed with cars that belong to people packing their not-so-little midsections with golden flapjacks topped with things like pecans, bananas, and chocolate chips.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown

Biscuits with cranberry apple butter

The Flying Biscuit Cafe (address and info)
Atlanta’s most iconic side dish is perfect for any mood you find yourself in. Hungry? Check. Happy? Check. Making awkward small talk on a Sunday morning after making a “new friend” last night? Definitely check.

Goldberg's Bagel Co. and Deli

Bagel with lox & capers

Goldberg’s Bagel Company & Deli (address and info)
It combines this classic NYC breakfast sandwich with a touch of the Southern flavor, which makes it obvious why Goldberg’s is Atlanta’s best bagel spot: it's got the bagel game on... sorry'boutthis!... lox.

Sun in my Belly

Challah French toast

Sun in My Belly (address and info)
Those in Buckhead needing thick, egg-caked sweetness can do no better than SIMB’s toast du France, which is split in two and stuffed with fresh fruit.

Joy Cafe

Joy's Big Berry Belgian Waffle

Joy Cafe (address and info)
That toasty brown slab of ridged batter can barely hold the stacks of fresh fruit and cream that threaten to ruin its very foundation. Fortunately, it'll hold at least until your eager fork plunges through its defenses, and it succumbs to the unstoppable forces of your appetite.

Sebastian Davis

Skillet Country Ham

Silver Skillet (address and info)
This is the great-Granddaddy of Atlanta breakfast spots. Will Ferrell (as Ron Burgundy), Clint Eastwood, Dave Chappelle, and Guy Fieri are just a few who have graced its hallowed booths, where the signature dish is the country ham with eggs, and biscuits with their “red eye” gravy.

Le Petit Marche

The egg sandwich

Le Petit Marche (address and info)
Kirkwood has one great breakfast dish with many equally great options. Your bread, for example, can be almost anything, but go big with the croissant, cram it full of bacon or sausage, add cheese, and then stuff whatever else you want in the remaining space. It’s your challenge to make it all fit.

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Breakfast quesadilla

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill (address and info)
South Buckhead
South Buckhead’s best 24-hour place (with the best talking parrots!) has all the standards, but the one signature that you need to consume is a little odd: it's the breakfast quesadilla, wich is the perfect combo of eggs, bacon, cheese, and a “healthy” dose of greens that taste anything but.

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1. Home Grown 968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Reynoldstown)

A friendly atmosphere and some good ole Southern comfort food make this spot feel like home. Fill up on goodies like soft shell crab po' boys, sloppy joes, redneck tacos (coleslaw & BBQ pork in a pancake!) and fried bologna sandwiches.

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2. Highland Bakery 655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

Serving "the stuff you can count on", Highland Bakery dishes out breakfast sammies, granola, and a fried chicken benedict in the AM, and follows through later in the day with comfort food staples like grilled cheese.

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3. Ria's Bluebird 421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

A casual diner done up in cabin motifs and murals by local artists. This breakfast and lunch joint is doing Southern grub right with fish and grits, biscuits, and huevos. They've also got a lot of vegetarian options if you're looking for some country fried tempeh.

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4. The Flying Biscuit Cafe 1001 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

The biscuits with cranberry apple butter at the Flying Biscuit are definitely one of the most iconic dishes in ATL, and therefore they area must-try if you're anywhere near the area.

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5. Goldberg's Bagel Company & Deli , Atlanta, GA 30327 (Buckhead)

The classic NYC breakfast sandwich has gone South at Goldberg’s and that makes this Atlanta’s best bagel spot.

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6. Sun in my Belly 2161 College Ave, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Decatur)

This whimsical European resto and catering company plates seasonal and locally sourced dishes.

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7. Joy Cafe 1100 Peachtree St NE #100, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

The one-time Buckhead breakfast favorite, Joy Cafe, is now a Midtown mainstay for from-scratch breakfast foods with Southern flavor. The updated, much larger 2,800sqft space is home to a full bar and large patio, but Joy Cafe remains otherwise unchanged. Breakfast is still bustling, prices still low, Joy’s Big Berry Belgian Waffle is just as big and heaping with seasonal berries, and Joy’s Famous Shrimp & Grits are still just as famous (once a feature on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, always a feature on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives).

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8. The Silver Skillet 200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

This is the great-granddaddy of Atlanta breakfast spots with lots of famous characters like Ron Burgundy (and some real life celebs like Clint Eastwood, Dave Chappelle, and Guy Fieri) who have eaten here. The signature dish is the country ham with eggs, and biscuits with their “red eye” gravy.

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9. Le Petit Marché 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

Brunch’s only flaw is that it’s usually relegated exclusively to weekends, and Kirkwood’s Le Petite Marché solves this quandary by making brunch an all-day, everyday affair. Sandwiches are the name of the game here: some, like The Sarah, modeled into paninis, others like the Egg Sandwich cradling delicate scrambles, and still others like the Caribbean Chicken slathering spicy jerk aioli onto unassuming chicken breast and other sliced meats. Sweets include a French Toast Sandwich, whose bready bits are battered in vanilla rum before serving as a cocoon for maple syrup-drizzled eggs and bacon.

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10. R. Thomas Deluxe Grill 1812 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

This is the best 24-hour place in Buckhead. It's got all your classic American fare, but the stand-out is the the signature R. Thomas quesadilla with a perfect combo of eggs, bacon, cheese, and greens. It's delicious, yet somehow ridiculously healthy. Food's made of organic, free-range, gluten-free and raw food options. At any time of day, it's got fluorescent lighting and colorful talking parrots. Eat here to know Atlanta, and know yourself. Or, you know, just to get full and feel refreshingly weird all at the same time.