Food & Drink

Atlanta's Best New Brunches to Try This Weekend

Published On 10/22/2015 Published On 10/22/2015

It’s widely known that ATLiens love a good brunch. Seriously, we have no problem waiting over an hour for a table or being the 30th person in line for a biscuit. But do you know what we love even more? A good new brunch, which is why we've rounded up the seven best in the city.

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Fat Belly


So brand spanking new they don’t even have a website yet, this pop-up brunch spot operating out of Decatur’s Doggy Dogg is fresher than an infant -- with food to match. Operated by a husband and wife team, everything on their small and simple menu is made from scratch (including the lemon-thyme infused strawberry jam that goes with their incredible fried chicken biscuit) and explosively delicious. Pro tip: be prepared to take your food to go -- there’s no seating inside and only a handful of tables outside -- oh, and if not the aforementioned biscuit, said food should be the Pop-Tart of the Day.

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Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Old Fourth Ward

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches are always amazing, but they become straight-up next level when they’re crammed in between two pieces of buttery, crispy Texas Toast smeared with rich strawberry jam. For optimal enjoyment, nab a place at this spot’s pet-friendly patio, and don’t forget about their cocktail menu, because you know that you’re there for those just as much as you are for the food.

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Bellwoods Social House


This Westside standout has all the standards, but the one signature item you need to consume is the Belgian waffle: the crisp, yet tender slab of ridged batter, topped with your choice of house-made fruit infused-butter (peach, mango, or blueberry) and syrup (jalapeño-vanilla infused maple, mixed berry, or classic maple) is a perfect and booze-absorbing way to start your day. Especially if you’re also going for the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Flora and Flour

Flora and Flour

East Atlanta

Just one of the Global Grub Collective’s vendors to set up shop in the former Urban Cannibals space, this “bagels and biscuits” boutique is former Miller Union pastry chef Lauren Raymond’s newest venture. The bagels bring chewy New York authenticity to the A, and the buttery biscuits are waiting to be stuffed with any combination of fluffy eggs, meats, and cheeses you want -- with a cup of local Joe’s coffee, it’s certain to pry those tired little eyes wide open.




If you’ve made some dubious decisions the night before, Elmyriachi is there to welcome you with open arms, $15 bottomless mimosas, and heaping plates of spicy and savory Mexican-inspired eats, the best of which is their insanely delicious, gargantuan smoked pork belly bacon omelette with creamy Monterey Jack cheese. It's probably the only meal you’ll need all day, especially if you manage to get through all those perfectly seasoned home fries.

Dulce Vegan Bakery

Dulce Vegan


With its glaring lack of bacon, a vegan spot may not be the first place you think of when you think of brunch, but after gorging on steak, fried foods, and booze all week, you oughta keep it clean for at least one meal. And with creamy grits topped with smoky tomato gravy, rotating seasonal veggies like leeks, mushroom, and lush avocado, Dulce Vegan’s spectacular grit bowl is the ideal way to do it. It’s healthy, but it tastes anything but.




One of Atlanta’s premier, upscale Italian dinner spots will begin offering Italian-inspired brunch options every second Sunday of the month (until further notice) starting early next month. Expect rich Italian takes on classics like ciabatta French toast alongside a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with seasonal fixings and Prosecco cocktails such as fresh peach Bellinis. The fettuccine carbonara has everything you need to greet the day: carbs, meat, lush egg yolks, and cheese.

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Brook Bolen is an Atlanta-based writer who’s too busy plowing through the Grit Bowl at Dulce Vegan to do much else. Follow her at @brookbolen.

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1. Fat Belly 310 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

This brand new breakfast pop up is operating out of Decatur's Doggy Dogg and is helmed by a husband and wife team. All of their menu offerings are made from scratch, and you should definitely get the Pop Tart of the day, no matter what flavor is featured. There's very limited seating and it's only outside, so be prepared to take your food to go.

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2. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

Named after Lady Bird Johnson --a First Lady known for her fondness for the outdoors -- Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is a modern, outdoor-themed bar and restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in one of five aptly-named “mess halls,” including the outdoor "Grove" space sporting Adirondack chairs and ping pong tables to match the restaurant’s campfire motif. Ladybird’s menu has decidedly Southern bent, with dishes ranging from "trail snacks" like Navajo fry bread and pimento cheese fritters, to the shared camaraderie of large format "basecamp" dining with dishes like the Butcher’s Board (smoked ribs, grilled steak, beef cracklin, and sides). Pair your large-format feast with wine... by the jug. An outpost for sophisticated summer camp dining (upscale s’more included) in a cavernous, laid back atmosphere, Ladybird is a frontrunner on the BeltLine.

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3. Bellwoods Social House 1000 Marietta St NW Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30318

This Westside watering hole wants to fill you up with booze, beer, and what is instantly in the running for best bar food in the city: think PBR-brined wings, some pork shoulder tacos, and the best cocktails this side of Marietta St.

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4. FLORA & FLOUR 477 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

This former Global Grub Collective vendor has set up shop in the former Urban Cannibals space and is a "biscuits and bagels" botique helmed by Lauren Raymond. The biscuits are ready to be stuffed with breakfast sandwich fixins and the bagels bring New York quality to Atlanta.

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5. elmyriachi 1950 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

From the geniuses that created Elmyr, this Kirkwood location knows it's burritos. We suggest the Jimmy Mucho -- s meat-laden giant that comes with your choice of meat (we recommend going with the brisket) and is topped in BBQ sauce and curtido.

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6. Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe 994 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

Kirkwood's best vegan bakery will draw you in with its quirky, spacey 1960s theme alone. Once you're inside, you'll continue to be dazzled by the flavor palette of the cakes and sweet treats that are completely free of dairy, animal product, and processed sugars. Coconut chocolate almond, raspberry lemon, banana, and cookies & cream are merely a few of the flavors that lie under the thick piles of bright turquoise and pink icing sitting pretty on the top of their cupcakes. If your sweet tooth has yet to appear with a vengeance, there's always a daily selection of vegan sandwiches, too.

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7. Portofino 3199 Paces Ferry Pl NW, Atlanta , GA 30305

This elegant Italian restaurant boasts authentic, carefully-crafted menu items—lamb bolognese, fried Castelvetrano olives—and a considerable wine selection, along with a beautiful outdoor patio.



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