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...
ATL's 10 most important breakfast and/or brunch items
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 (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.
Caramelized banana pancakes
Ria's Bluebird (address and info)
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill (address and info)
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 Grown968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
2. Highland Bakery655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
3. Ria's Bluebird421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
4. The Flying Biscuit Cafe1001 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
5. Goldberg's Bagel Company & Deli, Atlanta
6. Sun in my Belly2161 College Ave, Atlanta
7. Joy Cafe316 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta
8. The Silver Skillet200 14th St NW, Atlanta
9. Le Petit Marché1963 Hosea L Williams Dr SE, Atlanta
10. R. Thomas Deluxe Grill1812 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
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.
The classic NYC breakfast sandwich has gone South at Goldberg’s and that makes this Atlanta’s best bagel spot.
This whimsical European resto and catering company plates seasonal and locally sourced dishes.
The Big Berry Belgian Waffles at Joy Cafe are totally worth the trip. The waffle's covered in so much fresh fruit and cream that if it weren't for the plate, it'd definitely be too much to hold.
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.
This Kirkwood spot has one great breakfast. It's must-try item? The Egg Sandwich of course.
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.