No matter who you are, a hearty breakfast is always a good way to start off any day. At 10 Best, we've compiled a list of the best breakfast spots in Atlanta. Whether you are someone who opts for a light or vegetarian breakfast or you want that sausage gravy biscuit, grits and pork chop (like any good Southerner would want) we've got you covered with the 10 best spots for breakfast in Atlanta.
It doesn't matter what part of the city you live in, there's a spot for you. If you are on the north end of the city, visit Another Broken Egg Cafe or the iconic Silver Skillet. Some of the trendy spots for breakfast are Sun in My Belly and Highland Bakery, but both are worth the wait.
While spots like Ria's Bluebird and Rise-N-Dine have made a name for themselves over the years as THE spot to go for a solid breakfast, there are newcomers that have quickly become quite popular with locals. Home Grown is once such spot with unique upscale Southern offerings. And over in the Emory, The General Muir, a jewish deli, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner has exploded in popularity.
Whichever restaurant you choose to patronage for breakfast, you are guaranteed to have a spectacular meal.
If you are looking for creative menu items, then you'll want to visit Radial. Think Oreo pancakes or lime-coconut vegan cakes. Don't miss out on biscuits covered in a savory Rosemary gravy. Another menu is the Smoked Gouda Scramble. This huge burrito comes with pork or turkey, tomatoes, basil and Gouda, just bursting with flavor.
Brunch lovers will be especially excited by all the offerings at Radial on weekends. Specials like Flan-stuffed French Toast. And of course there are lots of vegetarian and vegan options available here. Staff is super friendly and accommodating with requests.
Plenty of parking is available in the back of the restaurant. (404-659-6594)
If you'd like to feel like you went through a time warp, back to the 1950s when you have your next breakfast, you may want to visit the Silver Skillet. Located in Midtown, this evokes memories of true Southern hospitality, with waitresses that have been there for decades that refer to customers as "honey" and "darling"
The Silver Skillet was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. For a true Southern breakfast get the biscuits and grits or the Pork chop breakfast. The steak biscuit is tasty and the pies are a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. (404-874-1388)
The General Muir
The General Muir, a Jewish Deli located in Emory, gets its name from the ship that the owner's grandparents came in on. The spot is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all are successful.
Of course there are bagels on the menu with your choice of toppings including lox. You should try The General: two pieces pastrami, two eggs, two latkes, applesauce, sour cream. Of course another breakfast favorite is the French Toast. It is hazelnut crusted and comes with spiced butter and roasted bananas.
There is free parking in the adjacent garage for two hours during the day and three hours during the evening. (678-927-9131)
Gato Bizco Cafe
Gato Bizco Cafe seems to fly under the radar despite the in town trendy neighborhood location. Maybe it is because it is located across the street from a very popular breakfast and brunch spot. They serve great omelets and sweet potato pancakes. Many regulars advise not to leave before trying this.
The hours are a bit strange. On Mondays and Tuesdays they are open in the evenings. Every other day 9 am to 2:30 pm.
This cafe is really tiny, so expect to wait. There are only four booths and less than 10 spaces at the counter. What it lacks in size, it makes for in its food. (404-371-0889)
Home Grown became a favorite of the Reynoldstown neighborhood when it opened up in 2010. They strive to make all welcome as is evident from the customers: civil servants, food professionals and office works.
On a typical day, there are traditional breakfast favorites on the menu. The cuisine of Home Grown can best be described as upscale Southern. You'll find shrimp and grits on the menu as well as vegan sloppy joes.
They also have fantastic fried chicken. Get some to go and have a picnic in the nearby Oakland Cemetery. Whatever you order, you are sure to enjoy it as they strive to make each guest feel very welcome. (404-222-0455)
You might think this is a normal cafe serving up eggs, grits and bacon - a typical American breakfast. You'd be surprised to find that they serve breakfast with an international flair here. Find Pierogies on the menu,served with caramelized onions, green apples and sour cream. Also give the Pangea a try. This comes with eggs, feta, olives, hummus and roti.
Of the hotels in the area, this is the closest spot to go and have a delicious breakfast. Make sure to order Sweet potato pancakes or the herbed potatoes. Even if you are strictly a coffee drinker, you'll want to make an exception and order the orange juice. (404-377-4407)
Another Broken Egg Cafe
While Another Broken Egg Cafe might be a chain, it certainly has its loyal supporters. Probably because Another Broken Egg has such a friendly staff in addition to heaping portions of food available.
There are sandwiches and salads available but the best food is found on the breakfast menu. Choose from items like the Crab Cavallo, crab cakes served with toast points and eggs. Omelettes and skillet dishes don't disappoint either. Of course, there are sandwiches, burgers and salads on the menu too.
Be sure to start your meal with an order of Beignets, complete with honey marmalade dipping sauce! Trying to eat healthy? Get the berry topped grits (770-408-0110)
Sun in My Belly
This neighborhood cafe uses local, seasonal ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is housed in an old hardware store. At breakfast, the Kirkwood is popular with scrambled eggs and Boursin cheese or the Challah French Toast. If visiting for lunch or dinner don't miss the cumin spiked hummus. Another lunch favorite is Fried Green Tomato sandwich with bacon and pimento cheese.
Besides a regular dinner menu, they also boast a prix fixe dinner that changes weekly. The four courses are all top notch and make for a fun and easy planned group outing. If you save room, you can sample the chocolate chunk brownies, fresh baked cookies, or the Danishes.
Thinking of having a rehearsal dinner? They are a popular spot for such an event. (404-370-1088)
Although there are other locations to this favorite brunch spot of in-towners, the original in Old Fourth Ward remains a favorite. One of the most beloved dishes on the menu is the sweet potato pancakes. At lunch, the curried chicken salad is a customer favorite. So is the crab burger. Staff is always friendly and courteous to all guests. Waits for tables can be very long on weekends. Many like to bring their dogs and sit on the patio. Don't have time to sit down? Get something from the bakery to go. There are lots of options for vegetarians too. (404-586-0772)
If you plan to have weekend brunch at Ria's, plan to come early, because crowds quickly gather, and the tiny place takes some time to turn over. It is worth the wait as the homemade food is to die for. Breakfast served all day is the real attraction, whether you choose the omelet of the day, banana pancakes, huevos rancheros, or even the unusual but delicious brisket breakfast. An array of vegetarian and vegan options are available, should any guest require that. Expect to see a variety from hipsters to churchgoers. At lunch, find gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and a few hot entrees, including the brisket white cheddar quesadilla, Reuben Two Ways and Veggie Philly. (404-521-3737)
About Malika Harricharan
Malika is the Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta. With a background in marketing, Maika's passion is Writing and Social Media Marketing and she works for various clients in Atlanta.
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