Brunch is my favorite meal of the day…… actually it’s my favorite meal PERIOD. If I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be brunch. Nothing makes me happier than eggs, biscuits, and potatoes all in one place (can you tell I’m from the South?) and the food coma that inevitably comes after.
In honor of my love for brunch, I wanted to share my top Atlanta-based brunch spots that are UNBEATABLE.
The first thing I’ll say about West Egg is…. be prepared for a long wait (unless you wake up at 8am and eat breakfast, but who does that?). West Egg is located in the heart of Midtown in Westside Provisions, which is one of my favorite spots to go to in Atlanta for its overall vibe and amazing food/bar options. There’s a coffee shop inside as well, so if you’re just walking by and want a coffee to go, you can definitely do that (all their lattes are to die for). Every time I’ve gone here, there has been fast service and INCREDIBLE FOOD. I usually get the Georgia Benedict, which is a combination of biscuits, turkey sausage, eggs, and grits. It really doesn’t get more Georgia than that. It can get kind of loud, but it’s still my most favorite brunch spot in Atlanta to this day.
Biscuits are my LIFE and Holler and Dash is the best at making them. The best part is that there are no wait times – it’s always counter service and you seat yourselves (unless you can’t find a seat…. but that usually doesn’t happen). My FAVORITE item on the menu is the Garden Goat – it has kale, fried goat cheese, and jam. I’m an avid goat cheese lover, so this was basically a trip to heaven. They have non-biscuit-related items on the menu too, like healthy bowls, omelettes, and toasts (I’ve been wanting to try their avocado toast)!
I absolutely LOVED Sun in my Belly the very first time I even went. The aesthetic inside is beautiful, and is slightly classier than the other brunches I’ve mentioned. My favorite item on the menu is the Kirkwood Breakfast, which has some of the BEST scrambled eggs I’ve ever tasted, a LAVENDER biscuit, and hashed potatoes. Are you seeing a trend here?
The parking situation isn’t great, and the wait is always long on weekends, but it’s definitely worth a trip to the Decatur area.
Another packed brunch spot, Murphy’s is located in the Virginia Highlands area and is also an amazing option. Not only do they have brunch, but they have incredible pastries and and cakes that you won’t be able to resist (I know I couldn’t – after-brunch desserts are okay right?). It can get kind of loud inside, but if you snag a seat outside in the summer, it feels like heaven. A lot of the places on this list are only breakfast/brunch focused, but Murphy’s is open for all meals of the day, and has an amazing menu for each. They have an incredibly diverse menu for brunch including waffles, french toast, chilaquiles, a ton of egg combinations, toasts, and salads, so it’s perfect to go with even the pickiest of friends.
Parking here isn’t amazing either, but valet is an option (what is it with the best brunch places and not having parking….).
ATL Breakfast Club is located in the heart of downtown, and has some of the best waffles I’ve had in a while. If you’re wondering where I took the picture for this post, it’s from here! Their chicken biscuits are amazing, and they also have healthier options such as yogurt and oatmeal. My go-to brunch order is the Southern Breakfast with scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, and a biscuit. Give me this and you have my heart.
The only downside here is the parking situation – there aren’t many spots in their small lot and because it’s downtown Atlanta, finding a parking lot that has low parking fees can be slightly complicated.
Buttermilk Kitchen is also such a cute brunch spot on the outskirts of Buckhead – it looks like a tiny house on the outside but once you go inside, it completely transforms. I went on a Thursday morning, and the wait wasn’t too long, but I know it gets time consuming on the weekends (are you really surprised…). I got their yogurt granola bowl, and it was super filling and yummy at the same time. Their milky way cold brew is amazing, and they also have bottomless coffee options….AKA I’m never leaving.
Located in the heart of Midtown ATL on Peachtree Street, Joy Cafe is a little less well-known, but it’s still bustling on a weekend morning. If you’re there on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be a 45 minute+ wait, but for good reason. The menu is absolutely incredible, with omelettes, salads, waffles, pancakes, you name it. My FAVORITE item on the menu was the breakfast burrito….and I’m not really a breakfast burrito type of person. I ordered it on a whim to try something different from my usual eggs + potatoes + biscuit combo, and I was blown away. 10/10 recommend. The best part is that you can work it off by walking to Piedmont Park!
I know Flying Biscuit is a pretty popular chain in the Southeast, but I’ve gone here multiple times and have never been disappointed. To this day, I still think they have the best grits I’ve ever had in the South, so that says a lot. There are locations ALL throughout Atlanta, and they’re even in suburbs that are 20-30 minutes away – so it’ll be super easy to check this one off your list. I’ve always had great service here, and every time I’ve gone there has been no wait. It’s one of those restaurants that I’ll always love and go back to, because I know it won’t disappoint me.
I honestly cannot believe this place is not talked about more – it’s located a little further up north in Johns Creek, but it’s the best place to go if you want waffles. I spoke about this restaurant in an earlier blog post about my favorite coffee shops in Atlanta, because it’s just that good at EVERYTHING. My favorite item on the menu is the Yogurt Parfait Waffle (one of the healthier ones), which has a plain waffle with greek yogurt, fruit, and granola. The waffles here are the perfect combination of dense and soft, which makes them so amazing. If you can make a trip to the Johns Creek area, this is definitely worth a try.
And that’s it for my favorite brunch spots in Atlanta – these 8 have been on heavy rotation whenever I want some good, dependable brunch food, and they never disappoint. If you’ve been to any good spots, PLEASE let me know – I’ll definitely make sure to try them out!