It's true, Atlanta’s got some serious brunch game, but breakfast is more than just a little tomato juice and liquor plus a plate of eggs on a Sunday afternoon. So we rounded up the best places to grab a biscuit, some grits, waffles, fried chicken, and all your other AM favorites on a daily basis. Feast your eyes...
The 12 Best Breakfast Spots in Atlanta
What you’re getting: The Comfy Chicken Biscuit
This biscuit is as close to being made completely out of butter as is scientifically possible. On top is a locally farmed piece of fried chicken that's gleefully drowning in sausage gravy. Pro tip: snag a spot at the counter for frequent coffee refills.
What you’re getting: The challah French toast
Thicker-than-an-Atlanta stripper challah is egged and fried. Their honey-enriched ricotta cheese and whatever fresh, seasonal fruit they have on hand are almost too pretty to eat. But real beauty is on the inside, where it belongs.
What you’re getting: Buttermilk, buckwheat, or even gluten-free pancakes
Don’t let the local-sourcing and veggie-consciousness make you think they don’t roll rich and delicious. They soak these cakes in their strawberry-rhubarb sauce, whipped cream, and top them with seasonal-appropriate fruit.
What you’re getting: The Southern Breakfast
Two battered and fried pork chops, two eggs, grits, gravy, and a biscuit prepare you for another ATL day like nothing else. There is a reason that every star from Eastwood to Ferrell eat here. It’s good food and good people. What other reason do you need?
What you’re getting: Buttermilk pancakes (with toasted Georgia pecans, caramelized bananas, and chocolate chips)
Ms. Pell’s legacy is in each stack of these flat, round, delicious, sweet, and savory love-circles.
What you’re getting: The biscuits (obviously)
Besides being perfect with just some butter and their house apple jam, the biscuits are the perfect carrier for every other menu item. Stuff 'em with grits, sausage, steak, and bacon -- you’re an adult. Heck, you can even get a Benedict on a biscuit. It incorporates a layer of pimento cheese, poached eggs, their infamous turkey bacon, and a gentle layer of hollandaise.
What you’re getting: Fresh strawberries and cream
The delicious, fried puff is sliced down the middle, slathered with a fresh strawberry cream, and piled with fresh strawberries on top of that. Oh, it’s dusted with powdered sugar, too. If you want something a little less delicate, eating one of Chef Kamal Grant stuffed donut sandwiches in the morning will show the boss who the real player in the office.
What you’re getting: The pimento omelet and the day’s special
Smoked bacon, pimento cheese, and red pepper jelly are always on the menu. But keep on eye on the specials board because the fried chicken biscuit pops up regularly, and the pancake specialties are worth the wait outside their white deck.
What you’re getting: The garlic bagel and lox
Freshly boiled bagels are still done with the original Jewish-Grandmother recipe that has dominated Atlanta for over 40 years. Top it with tomato slices, fresh onion slices, a little leaf lettuce, capers, and buttery smoked salmon, and you just found the perfect breakfast sandwich.
What you’re getting: Build-your-own breakfast plate
You’re the architect, and your tools should include a few eggs (with cheese), grits (with cheese), two slices of ham, a pecan pancake, and a Belgian waffle (with pecans). You can throw in some fried catfish, too, if you’re a real Southern gentleman.
What you’re getting: The omelet
Fill their fluffy eggs with whatever your heart desires: Pecan-smoked bacon, ham, sausage, roast turkey, and a half dozen cheeses are appropriate choices. Keep your eyes on the specials though, because ingredients like crab and arugula find their way on there on a regular basis.
Honorable Mention: Waffle House
What you’re getting: Actually, not waffles
You don't need us to tell you about the Waffle House, but ever since the first location opened in Avondale, the hash browns have been the king of breakfast in Atlanta. Anyone who’s spent more than two 2ams at WH knows you smother, cover, and top them with onions, cheese, and chili. Peppers, tomatoes, ham, and mushrooms are all cherries on your fried potato sundae.
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1. Home Grown968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
2. Sun in my Belly2161 College Ave, Atlanta
3. Radial Cafe1530 Dekalb Ave NE, Ste G, Atlanta
4. The Silver Skillet200 14th St NW, Atlanta
5. Ria's Bluebird421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
6. The Flying Biscuit Cafe1001 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
7. Sublime Doughnuts535 10th St NW, Atlanta
8. Buttermilk Kitchen4225 Roswell Rd, Atlanta
9. Goldberg's Bagel Company & Deli, Atlanta
10. West Egg Cafe1100 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
11. Waffle House135 Andrew Young International Blvd 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.
This whimsical European resto and catering company plates seasonal and locally sourced dishes.
This spot has some amazing buttermilk, buckwheat, and gluten-free pancakes. They soak these cakes in their strawberry-rhubarb sauce, whipped cream, and top them with seasonal fruit.
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.
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.
Sublime is to donuts what Picasso was to painting. They're serious about the craft of creating sweet dough with a hole in the middle and their huge variety of gourmet donuts convey that with every delectable bite.
Buttermilk Kitchen's a down-home comfort food den with lamps made from buckets, salvaged window shutters on the ceiling, an open kitchen with a customer-friendly walkway, and Suzanne Vizethann's Southern comfort dishes. The daytime-only restaurant is known for its excellent breakfast menu, which features dishes like white bread French toast, a three-egg pimento omelet, and stone-ground grits. Once a month, the restaurant opens at night for its Fancy Fried Chicken Dinner, a four-course BYOB dinner centered around, you guessed it, fried chicken.
The classic NYC breakfast sandwich has gone South at Goldberg’s and that makes this Atlanta’s best bagel spot.
WEC's serving breakfast all day long but you can also fill up on their salad, sammie & burger eats for lunch, or comfort food dinner options like mac 'n cheese, chicken & waffles, and the "PB&J" burger.
This chain, slinging their delectable waffles to hungry ATL-iens, has locations all over Atlanta... and will also have golden, buttery syrup all over your face after you make it through a plate of their legendary eats.