We've already told you about the best places in Atlanta for some eggs, pancakes, and as much OJ, vodka, Champagne, and tomato juice as possible, but you know what's even better than a sweet brunch? A sweet NEW brunch. That's why we've rounded up the newest places in the ATL to cure your hangover, but you better get to 'em this weekend before everybody else finds out too. Oops...
What you’re getting: The Cinnamon Roll Waffle with chicken
A sweet cinnamon roll is pressed into an absolutely next-level waffle and topped with C-a-B’s notoriously good fried chicken, instantly making 'em some of the most impressive chicken and waffles in the city. Honey butter and syrup can be smothered equally on waffle and chicken alike.
What you’re getting: The Nasty McAlister
Covered with bacon, eggs, cheddar, and a secret house sauce on a freshly grilled bun at Ron Eyester’s newest place just West of the connector (in the old Fox Sports Grille location) is the best way to try the chef's flash-fried chicken with what may be the best marinade in town.
Old Fourth Ward
What you’re getting: The Croque Monsieur
Ham, cheese sauce, and a thick blanket of Gruyère is a hefty lift if you’re going to dunk it in the powerful house mustard, but don’t worry, it’s worth it, and no one will blame you if you use your hands. It's probably the only meal you’ll need all day, especially if you manage to get through all those salty, herbed fries (and their custom pickle).
What you’re getting: BLT Benedict
Thick, grilled slices of toast groan under a huge stack of thick bacon, spinach, heirloom tomatoes, poached eggs, Béarnaise, and goat cheese. Boulders of twice-fried and plenty salty potatoes are alongside if you can handle them. Otherwise, stick them in the cupholder for the ride home.
What you’re getting: Chorizo Scotch Eggs
Part bar food, part breakfast food, these chorizo-wrapped eggs are exactly what you need after a long night out in Atlanta’s greatest bar district. Cured chiles, a nice fried coating, and cilantro are the tasty toppings (for the eggs, not your Bloody Mary).
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Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere of Bantam + Biddy crossed the road and took their fried-chicken talents to Atlantic Station for Chick-a-Biddy, a farm-fresh concept with even more of the feathered fowl to love.
Be sure to try the Nasty McAlister here. It's covered with bacon, eggs, cheddar, and a house secret sauce, then served on a freshly grilled bun.
At this polished, subway tile-bedecked brasserie near Inman Park, French technique and traditional Southern ingredients create a cuisine of its own that's both sleek and indulgent. The Luminary features dishes like duck breast with crispy fried okra, short ribs with grits, and saffron-laced corn risotto on its dinner menu, and spicy chicken sandwiches and kale omelets at brunch. The drink menu is geared towards wine aficionados with an extensive selection of bottles from France, Spain, and California.
You’ll have your own silverware, so don’t try to steal one from the cool fox statue made of forks, knives, and spoons in the middle of the dining area. The menu ranges from the fancy end of pate and squid, to the more familiar burgers and chicken wings (confit). A short, but expert cocktail list treats bourbon, gin, and tequila with the perfect blend of bitters, so don’t even dare order a Jack & Coke.
In a fried chicken-loving, buttermilk-battered city like Atlanta, a popular vegan restaurant like True Food Kitchen is like a diamond in the rough. With residence in 11 states and more to come, True Food Kitchen is a fast-casual, health conscious chain that promotes wellness, with clean eating at the forefront. The Lenox Square outpost on Peachtree Rd. is turning out house tonics and kombuchas, vegetable bowls, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and entrees that are all rich in both nutrient and flavor. The same philosophy rings true for the cocktail menu, as well, with ingredients like organic tequila, fresh herbs, and fresh fruit in the restaurant’s craft cocktails.