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Atlanta Weekends: A Brunch for Every Occasion

Meeting gal pals for brunch? Family in town? Woke up wishing for brunch? Whatever your reason for having brunch, Atlanta has a restaurant to fit the bill. In Atlanta, there is a brunch for every occasion.

Brunch like never before — find it at The Americano. (Photo by Ken Goodman)

Best Brunch with your Parents


Brunch at Atrium is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The challah French toast sounds too good to pass up, what with its poached strawberries, whipped mascarpone and vanilla maple syrup. Too hungry for French toast? Try The BeltLine Sandwich: brown sugar bacon, hash browns, pickled green tomato, green onion, fried egg and greens. Wake up with an espresso martini.

Where: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Bantam + Biddy

Located in the heart of Midtown, Bantam + Biddy is a casual, family-friendly restaurant serving regional, all-natural and pastured poultry. Brunch possibilities on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. are the cinnamon roll waffle and shrimp & grits. On Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. you can get bone-in fried chicken with corn bread and your choice of two sides. Breakfast all day dishes include a fried chicken and cheddar waffle, banana bread waffle, buttermilk pancakes or the Southern breakfast complete with eggs, grits, pimento cheese, fried okra, bacon and jalapeño cornbread.

Where: 1544 Piedmont Ave. NE

Local Three Kitchen & Bar

Local Three Kitchen & Bar serves brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. You might start with a fresh pastry or berries and cream then perhaps the quiche of the day or mixed berry pancakes.

Where: 3290 Northside Parkway NW

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint

Eat a little. Dance a lot. Or, eat a lot and dance a lot at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. (Photo courtesy of Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint)

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is open Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. Brunch choices begin with bacon-wrapped shrimp, wings and seafood gumbo, to name three menu items. A few choices for main dishes are Juke Joint fried chicken, the Juke cheeseburger, bayou salmon and jambalaya pasta.


Located in Buckhead Village, Taverna serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Brunch drink specials are the mimosa and the Aperol spritz. Moving on to the food, start with a basket of squash zucchini chips for the table or antipasto Emiliano. There are egg dishes, avocado toast and orange vanilla French toast. The B.E.C sandwich is made up of bacon. egg and cheese on brioche bread with house fries. The folks at Taverna won’t let you leave hungry.

Where: 280 Buckhead Ave. NE

TWO Urban Licks

Brunch on the patio at TWO Urban Licks is the perfect way to enjoy the weekend. (Photo courtesy of TWO Urban Licks)

Get brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. You may get all shook up with Fat Elvis French Toast (peanut butter, banana stuffed, tempura fried and bacon maple syrup). The Two breakfast brings two eggs any style, two pieces of bacon and breakfast potatoes. There are steak and eggs, shrimp & grits, and a fried chicken biscuit. If the weather is nice, choose to sit on the patio.

Where: 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Best Brunch with Friends

9 Mile Station

Enjoy the Atlanta skyline from the patio of 9 Mile Station
Have brunch with a view at 9 Mile Station. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown)

9 Mile Station, which you’ll find on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Morning Bun serves four to five people and includes berries, a cream cheese icing schmear and cinnamon. There are three salad choices. Main dish offerings range from the brunch burger to smoked brisket tacos and a brunch BLT.

Where: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE

Chido & Padre’s

Live la buena vida during brunch at Chido & Padre’s. (Photo courtesy of Chido & Padre’s)

The folks at Chido & Padre’s invite you to “live la buena vida” and join them for a brunch fiesta every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. On the menu are breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, chorizo hash, huevos rancheros, avocado toast and plenty more.  

Where: 128 East Andrews Drive NW


Located adjacent to Lenox Square Mall in the Shops Around Lenox, this Buckhead restaurant bills itself as an upscale sports bar. Brunch gives the option of ordering a la carte or choosing the Bottomless Brunch, which allows you to choose unlimited brunch items. Selections include shrimp & grits, chorizo skillet and waffles, to name a few. There also are soups and salads and appetizers such as wings, pan-charred local okra and Cajun chicken egg rolls. Dantanna’s opens at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays with the full menu available until 11 p.m.

Where: 3400 Around Lenox Road NE

Flying Biscuit Cafe

Indulge in the epitome of Southern comfort food at the Flying Biscuit Cafe, a homegrown spot so good that it now has locations throughout Georgia and nearby states. The Midtown location wasn’t the first, but it’s easily one of the busiest. A bustling, eclectic environment is part of the Flying Biscuit experience. You can get breakfast all day, every day. On weekends, the hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Biscuit’s sweeter standards — French toast with raspberry sauce, organic oatmeal pancakes with warm peach compote — are customer favorites. The crowning jewel, of course, is the famed biscuit itself — perfectly fluffy and seriously addictive.

Where: 1001 Piedmont Ave. NE

Hampton + Hudson

Have a cup of Batdorf and Bronson to start your brunch at Hampton + Hudson. (Photo courtesy of Hampton + Hudson)

Get brunch from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hampton + Hudson. You can go traditional with H +H Eggs (two eggs fried or scrambled, choice of bacon or chicken sausage, cheese grits or garlic + herb roasted home fries, served with a house made buttermilk biscuit) or spice it up with the chilaquiles (served on tortilla chips with Mexican cheese, green chilaquiles sauce, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, eggs scrambled or fried and the option to add chicken sausage or add or substitute impossible sausage or bacon for extra charge). There are sweets (cinnamon roll anyone?), salads, soups and burgers. Get a Batdorf and Bronson cup of joe or a nitro kea cold brew coffee.

Where: 299 North Highland Ave. NE

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Indulge the weekend vibe at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall. (Photo courtesy of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall)

Located along the Atlanta BeltLine, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall serves a tasty brunch. Weekend brunch is a hearty selection of Southern staples and tasty extras like mushroom strata and breakfast tacos with chorizo scrambled eggs. Standouts include the Nashville hot chicken biscuit (the biscuits are made from scratch) and skillet hash.

Where: 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE

Postino Buckhead

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Postino Buckhead. Table bites include ricotta fritters, croque monsieur and croque madame plus seeded avocado toast and cast iron sticky bread. Main dish offerings are a focaccia stack, a smoked salmon carpaccio and a meatball shackshouka. Wet your whistle with sure shot (a rosé concoction), a Sherry Mary (the Postino Bloody Mary) or a Killer Queen (an explosive Moscato refreshment).

Where: 3655 Roswell Road NE

Suite Food Lounge

Suite Food Lounge is a modern lounge fit for a lively brunch experience with friends. Enjoy brunch classics like the Red Velvet Chicken ‘n Waffles and Bananas Foster French Toast. Not to be outdone by the Lounge’s shrimp ‘n grits, the fish & grits sound pretty tasty (fried catfish, two eggs any style, cheese grits). Suite Food Lounge is open Sunday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m.

Where: 375 Luckie St. NW


Spice up your brunch at Superica. (Photo courtesy of Superica)

Enjoy brunch at Superica Buckhead every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Selections include huevos rancheros, chilaquiles divorciados, tamales and eggs, and hot cakes alongside a selection of aguas frescas, micheladas and more.

Where: 3850 Roswell Road NE

Best Brunch with Music

BQE Restaurant & Lounge

Menu choices start with Bananas Foster French Toast, end with wild caught red snapper with in between items including 24-hour brined buttermilk fried chicken, seafood gumbo, Gouda grits and lots more. Saturday brunch is served from noon until 5 p.m.; Sunday brunch is available from noon until 5:30 p.m. Live music and BQE go together like, um, shrimp & grits.

Where: 262 Edgewood Ave. NE

Dancin’ Crepe

Try Underground ATL’s tapas eatery for bites that make for a memorable brunch. Where savory meets sweet, Dancin’ Crepe lives up to its name as the music and vibes will leave you with no other option but to dance. You might recognize the owner, Yandy Smith-Harris, from the show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Where: 68 Pryor St. SW

Metro Diner & Bar

Metro Diner & Bar opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 3 a.m., so brunch is when you want it. You will find traditional diner ambiance on the second floor and a karaoke bar at the first level entry. The breakfast menu starts with appetizers such as a cheesy quesadilla and “gigantic” nachos. You can get wings or a salad. Main dishes include pancakes, French toast or waffles, egg dishes and sides such as corn beef hash, bread choices and meat choices.

Where: 229 Peachtree St. NE

Best Boozy Brunch

Fado Irish Pub

Weekends at this Irish pub are all about brunch (Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.) and bottomless mimosas. One choice is the classic Irish breakfast with two eggs, Irish sausages, rashers, black & white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes and sourdough toast. The Irish breakfast sandwich comes with Irish sausage, rashers, fried egg on sourdough and is served with hash browns.

Where: 273 Buckhead Ave. NE

Pijiu Belly

This Westside gastropub infuses American, Southern, Chinese and Korean flavors into its offerings. Get brunch Saturday or Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. In case you are wondering, “Pijiu” means “beer” in Mandarin. The name is fitting as the restaurant has a wide variety of craft brews. Available for brunch are egg-stuffed scallion pancakes, pork belly Benedict and a three meat scramble. You might want to try the Kentucky Joe (bourbon cream, Batdorf & Bronson coffee, chocolate liqueur, whipped cream).

Where: 678 10th St. NW

Best Brunch for a Special Occasion


Southern brunch, anyone? Stop at 5Church. (Photo courtesy of 5Church)

If you are looking for a Southern brunch, then head to 5Church Atlanta. The offerings range from classic chicken and waffles to shrimp & grits. The crab cakes and poached eggs are perfect and full of lump crab. Another fine choice is the juicy lamb burger with crispy fries. A variety of barista drinks and cocktails are also available.

Where: 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Midtown; 3379 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead

The Americano

Don’t be shy with the maple syrup when brunching at The Americano. (Photo by Ken Goodman)

Enjoy brunch at The Americano, inside the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel, on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Celebrity chef Scott Conant created a menu with favorites including steak and eggs, Wagyu beef cheek hash, pasta al pomodoro and a table-side Bloody Mary cart. And, oh those pancakes.

Where: 3315 Peachtree Road NE

By George

Stop by Peachtree Street’s most elegant dining room for a delicious brunch. Some must-try signature selections include the steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, and the chicken & sweet potato waffle. 

Where: 127 Peachtree St. NE


The new American bistro-style restaurant, THE CHASTAIN lies adjacent to Chastain Park in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood and provides modern twists on Southern classics. Enjoy brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Breakfast and coffee bar items are served at the AM Cafe from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily, or from 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday). THE CHASTAIN serves the freshest ingredients right from its own garden and from local farmers. These ingredients can be found on such dishes as avocado toast loaded with avocado, sumac, puffed quinoa, lemon oil and chili powder on freshly baked double fermented house sourdough, which incidentally you can order by the loaf. Shrimp toast, fresh garden salads and handcrafted sandwiches round out the menu, which also includes a variety of freshly baked pastries. Pick up a matcha croissant (Saturdays only), apple coffee cake or a sticky pecan bun to accompany your morning coffee from the espresso bar.

Where: 4320 Powers Ferry Road


Don’t let the name fool you, this Downtown gem is not just for the fellas. If you’re a fan of cigars, music and Cam Newton, his cigar lounge and restaurant is the perfect spot especially if you’re looking for a Sunday brunch (noon until 5). The Fellaship breakfast offers two eggs, bacon, grits and toast. There is shrimp and grits, not to be outdone by steak and eggs and lamb chops. Fellaship enforces a strict dress code so leave your T-shirt and ball cap at home, along with your flip-flops. Brunch includes a live band.

Where: 110 Centennial Olympic Park Drive

South City Kitchen

South City Kitchen’s fried chicken and waffles will leave you smiling. (Photo courtesy of South City Kitchen)

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., enjoy brunch at South City Kitchen with malted buttermilk waffles topped with pure Vermont maple syrup (plus optional toasted pecans or fried chicken) and South City staples like the shrimp & Marsh Hen Mill grits and more.

Where: 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Midtown; 3350 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead

The Southern Gentleman

Go hungry when you head to brunch at The Southern Gentleman. (Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee)

Start your Southern Gentleman brunch with a Coffee Bacon Oldie (slow n’ low, orange bitters, honey, maple bacon skewer). Move onto white cheddar hushpuppies, chocolate chip banana bread or deviled eggs. For your main meal, perhaps try the Southern fried chicken and country skillet cake or the peach cobbler French toast. Brunch at The Southern Gentleman is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Where: 3035 Peachtree Road

Best Brunch with Gal Pals

Apres Diem

Serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Apres Diem will start you off with crab cakes or fried calamari (among several others). You can get a salad or a sandwich. More choices include salmon Benedict, huevos española, a brunch burger and a waffle.

Where: 931 Monroe Drive NE

Breakfast at Barney’s

This trendy neighborhood favorite serves all-day brunch with a Southern twist. Enjoy endless options from smoothies to comfort food and delicious drinks. If you enjoy yams, mac & cheese, and collard greens then this restaurant’s famous soul rolls are a must. 

Where: 349 Decatur St. SE


Sunday brunch at Carmel, located in Buckhead Village, is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Starter choices include ceviche and tartare, salads, toast, crab fritters, tostadas and a pastry basket made daily in house. Mains include vegetable dishes with egg, a grouper torta, shrimp with chorizo, pickled tomatillos and creamy polenta. Pastries and coffee, of course, are available.

Where: 3009 Bolling Way

Joy Cafe

If it’s made from scratch you crave, meet your pals at Joy Cafe. (Photo courtesy of Joy Cafe)

Joy Cafe offers all the delicious things made from scratch that you can imagine. Our mouths water at the thought of Joy’s Big Berry Belgian Waffle or the famous shrimp & grits, but Joy Café has other offerings like classic eggs Benedict, fresh omelets, breakfast sandwiches and salads, too. Want a casual spot for a stick to your ribs, hearty brunch? Joy Café is it.

Where: 1100 Peachtree St. NE

Le Bilboquet

Craving Parisian cafe culture? Le Bilboquet is for you. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown)

On Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Le Bilboquet serves brunch. Located in the center of Buckhead Village, the French bistro brings a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood — and to you. Start your brunch with a baker’s basket complete with homemade jam. Try les oeufs Benedict or l’omelette du jour. There are soups and salads, French fries and fingerling potatoes. Seafood, too.

Where: 3027 Bolling Way NE

The Nook

Saturday and Sunday brunch at The Nook begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. What’s on the menu? Appetizers include mac and cheese bites and house-smoked chicken wings. The Nook’s “World Famous Totchos” (tater tots smothered to goodness) vary from loaded with sour cream, mixed shredded cheese, Nook’s secret cheese sauce, bacon
and scallions to redneck — pulled pork, Coca-Cola barbecue sauce, Nook’s secret cheese sauce and jalapeños. There are breakfast plates plus sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. You can get a Nook bowl or something sweet such as Nooktastic waffles.

Where: 1144 Piedmont Ave. NE

Sun in My Belly

Breakfast is served every day from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Sun in My Belly. Among the breakfast items are a pimento cheese omelet, biscuits and gravy, bagels and lox, yogurt parfait and the Kirkwood breakfast (soft scrambled eggs with Boursin cheese, lavender biscuit and choice of plain bacon, honey glazed bacon, pork sausage, chicken sausage or veggie sausage)

Where: 2161 College Ave. NE

Best Last-Minute Brunch

Atlanta Breakfast Club

You may not want to leave Atlanta Breakfast Club — so many delicious dishes to try. (Photo by Melissa McAlpine)

Atlanta Breakfast Club, located on Ivan Allen Boulevard, is a great place to stop near Atlanta’s major tourist attractions. This cozy Downtown restaurant offers a variety of breakfast options including peach cobbler French toast, breakfast tacos, fried chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, and a Southern breakfast (eggs, meat, grits and biscuit). Atlanta Breakfast Club is open Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Where: 249 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

ADios Cafe

ADios Cafe, in historic Castleberry Hill, serves breakfast from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Wake up with Mexican eggs Benedict (poached eggs, Applewood bacon and green chile hollandaise, atop the cafe’s homemade masa cake). Or try the Adios (chorizo hash browns and black beans topped with two eggs, salsa verde, sour cream and an avocado slice). Order papas locas and you get rosemary potatoes, pico de gallo, cheese, topped with two eggs and sour cream.

Where: 180 Walker St. SW

Corner Bakery

Corner Bakery Cafe, located across from the Hyatt Regency, offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal and yogurt as well as sweets from its bakery. The bakery offers the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of pesto and the BLT & Egg sandwich made with applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and lettuce. The coffee, by the way, is a hand-roasted cold brew.

Where: 270 Peachtree St. NW

Folk Art

Open weekends from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Folk Art’s breakfast can begin with a sweet potato beignet, grit fritters or The Randy (apple bacon dipped in pancake batter and fried). Order the complete breakfast and choose your meat (bacon or sausage). Pick from a really big selection of Benedicts. Or get an omelet. There’s also French toast, pancakes and waffles or plates. Really what more could a brunching person want?

Where: 465 North Highland Ave. NE

Gocha’s Breakfast Bar

You won’t leave hungry after feasting on the steak skillet at Gocha’s Breakfast Bar. (Photo courtesy of Gocha’s Breakfast Bar)

To get your breakfast fix in Atlanta’s Cascade area, Gocha’s Breakfast Bar doesn’t miss. Gocha’s provides a wide variety of breakfast options to fulfill every taste, including pescatarian and vegan. The menu offers specials like salmon sliders, a breakfast pizza and a variety of breakfast bowls. Fancy something on the sweet side? Gocha’s Krunch-tastic French toast is served with fresh berries and house vanilla bean sauce while traditional chicken and waffles mix sweet and savory together.

Where: 3695 Cascade Road

Highland Bakery

Highland Bakery is a local favorite. Luckily for fans of Highland Bakery, there are several locations in Atlanta. You can count on coffee and muffins. More choices include an array of homemade breads and home-style Southern fare. Shrimp & grits, sweet potato pancakes, black-eyed peas and Benedict eggs done every which way make it hard to save room for sweets, like mini-doughnuts or cinnamon rolls.

Where: 655 Highland Ave. NE

Rosie’s Cafe

Some go for the food while others go for the family feel. Head to this hidden gem for one-of-a-kind comfort food and excellent coffee. Rosie’s serves breakfast all day. Just a few choices are Rosie’s A.M. Stacker (a breakfast sandwich with your choice of meat and bread); the Breakfast Bowl (choice of grits or potatoes with two eggs fried or scrambled and your choice of meat; and a breakfast burrito.  

Where: 48 Northside Drive

For more information about brunch in Atlanta, see Best Brunch Spots in Atlanta in Every Neighborhood and Downtown Brunch Spots.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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