From Upscale and Elegant to Hipster and Trendy, Brunch is On!
For the upscale, special occasion brunch the choice is either the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead or Park 75 at the Four Seasons in Midtown. And endless array of choices await diners at either one of these locations. Whether you fancy a carving station, full of meat-centric choices, a delicious offering of various shellfish like crab legs, oysters and shrimp or the perennial favorites like waffles and made to order omelets, they are all available at either one of these upscale restaurants in a posh atmosphere.
For those seeking unique and southern, yet still somewhat upscale head to Canoe or Murphy’s. Though these restaurants are located in different neighborhoods, they have been pleasing guests for decades with excellent service is a friendly atmosphere. Don’t expect to simply walk-in. Reservations are a must.
For a more trendy vibe head of the Inman Park / Old Fourth Ward area and dine at the Highland Bakery or at Park’s Edge. Both feature delicious menu selections but are a bit more trendy than their other brunch counterparts.
For those looking for a satisfying brunch that is still easy on the wallet head to Sun in My Belly or Urban Pl8. These two trendy spots fall into the hipster category. They both are out of the way locations, but the reward is how tasty the selections you’ll find at these spots are. Both offer plenty of free parking on-site too.
Grab your friends and head out to one of these fun spots for a phenomenal brunch you won’t soon forget!
8 Ria's Bluebird
One of the more inexpensive restaurants for brunch, they don't sacrifice on the taste. Come early as they don't take reservations. This down home southern is well worth the wait though. While it does get crowded at brunch, Breakfast is served all day. Choose from the omelet of the day, the huevos rancheros or even the unusual but delicious brisket breakfast - shredded brisket with 2 poached eggs and a toasted baguette. The coffee and espresso here are excellent. Vegetarians will find several options here too. At lunch, there are gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and a few hot entrees. (404-521-3737)
7 Babette's Café
Occupying a converted bungalow in the historic Highlands area, the dining room is Country French. One of the best things about brunch at Babette's Cafe's brunch is the drinks. The Bloody Mary's are quite glorious, probably due to the fact that they make just about all the ingredients in house. Although it is a popular brunch spot, the non-brunch dishes far outweigh the conventional ones. Stick to items like chowder and shrimp and grits over pancakes and omelets. However, the Babette's Benedict is a standout with perfectly poached eggs and a sun-dried tomato hollandaise. If you don't want to valet, there is a pay lot across the street. (404-523-9121)
The lines get mighty long for brunch at this Virginia Highland hot spot. But don't worry if you have to wait a bit. There are plenty of neat stores and shops to peruse while you wait. You can work up an appetite waiting as you should come hungry. Your brunch will start with a basket of biscuits and muffins. Entree favorites of guests are the Shrimp and Grits, Chilaquiles and the Crab Benedict. However, you can't go wrong with the Eggs Virginia Highland- poached eggs on spinach and mushrooms all on top of focaccia bread. Service is always pleasant and friendly. ((404) 872-0904)
5 Park 75
Park 75, located inside the Four Seasons in Midtown, Atlanta is the epitome of luxury. The beautiful marble everywhere you turn and the smell of fresh flowers wafting throughout the hotel as guests ascend the stairs to the dining room is just the beginning. During brunch guest are treated to arguably one of the best Bloody Mary's the city has to offer. Guest can choose between ordering off the menu or the buffet. The buffet is an endless array of goodies like fresh seafood, spring rolls, and much more. But traditional breakfast favorites like eggs, waffles and bacon are found on the buffet. Save room for the sweet treats too. Service is extremely attentive and sweet. They are happy to accommodate guests with allergies too. (404-253-3840)
4 Highland Bakery
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. For a hearty breakfast or brunch get the Country Fried steak eggs benedict. Another favorite of sweets lovers is the peanut butter French Toast. 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)
3 Sun in My Belly
There's a fun and kitschy décor in this Kirkwood spot. This hardware store turned restaurant offers comfy couches begging guests to linger over lattes and cappuccinos. Some breakfast favorites are the Kirkwood (scrambled eggs with boursin cheese), and the Challah French toast with honeyed ricotta. For those who really want to indulge, get the pimento cheese BLT. Sun in My Belly is one of the top caterers in Atlanta, so you know you are getting some really delicious food when you choose to dine here. It may be a bit out of the way compared to other brunch destinations, but certainly worth the drive (404-370-1088)
Canoe has been pleasing guests with its upscale southern cuisine for decades. What could be more peaceful than enjoying a relaxing brunch while overlooking the Chattahoochee river? It is the perfect spot when you are trying to impress someone. Ask for a table overlooking the River. You'll be tempted to fill up on the scones and biscuits, but don't. There are so many wonderful brunch appetizers and entrees, you'll need to save your appetite. Most patrons enjoy starting off their meal with the she-crab soup or smoked salmon on potato pancake. One of their signature entrees is the Fried Green Tomato Benedict. (770-432-2663)
1 The Café at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, remains the most elegant and generous offering in the city. Beginning with tasty coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and delicious champagne, you know you are in for a special brunch. Perennial favorites like custom omelets, waffles pancakes and bacon can be found on the buffet. But there are many other tasty treats on the buffet as well. Should you be a seafood lover, you'll find lots of oysters, shrimp, crab and decadent caviar on the menu. Meat lovers will feel they hit the jackpot with the carving stations. Find roast beef, duck and suckling pig here. (404-240-7035, 404-237-2700)
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. Malika also seeks Atlanta's hidden gems, writing about them on her Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She believes that an exceptional meal can be found at a hole-in-the-wall joint, as well as in a swanky building. Exotic travel is also important to our Atlanta expert, who wants to see the whole world. “There are so many great experiences and so much we can all learn from different cultures,” she says.
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