Being Georgia’s capital and largest city, it should come as no surprise that Atlanta has an impressive brunch scene. Here’s our guide to the 10 best places to enjoy the best meal of the weekend – a hearty brunch.
The Café at The Ritz-Carlton
Located inside the luxurious Ritz-Carlton in the Buckhead neighbourhood, The Café offers guests a truly decadent brunch service each Sunday. Serving American cuisine imbued with Italian, French, and Spanish flavours, the lavish brunch buffet features over 100 selections ensuring that there is something to suit every taste. Carving stations featuring succulent meats and fish sit alongside a made-to-order omelet station, whilst other offerings include baked goods, salads, chacuterie, antipasti, entrées and desserts to name a few. In addition to the delectable cuisine, there are brunch cocktails and a lovely ambiance complete with live music. An experience like no other, reservations are highly recommended for this treat.
The Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 237 2700
Tucked away in an idyllic location along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe provides guests with delicious modern American cuisine and a lively environment. Within an elegant interior, guests can feast upon a host of dishes inspired by the freshest seasonal ingredients available. A relaxing spot for a Sunday brunch, highlights to note are the fresh baked goods, such as scones and Georgia pecan sticky buns; brioche French toast served with bourbon-cinnamon cream and a crispy smoked chicken biscuit with Southern collards, poached eggs and red eye gravy. Before or after their meals, guests are encouraged to stroll around the beautiful and peaceful outdoor space complete with walkways and lush landscaping.
Canoe, 4199 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 770 432 2663
A daytime venue that serves lunch and takeaway meals, Joy Café also serves weekend brunch to hungry diners. Serving New American cuisine influenced by both European flavours and Southern fare, this café is a casual and friendly neighbourhood venue sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes, from carnivores to vegetarians. Featuring many recipes passed down from generation to generation, the culinary team make everything from scratch, ensuring ultimate freshness. Delicious brunch items to try include biscuits with sawmill gravy and scrambled egg, or the brunch classic eggs benedict with crab cakes, atop a house-made English muffin with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Joy Cafe, 316 Pharr Rd., Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 816 0306
South City Kitchen Midtown
Housed in a historic bungalow in Midtown, near top attractions such as the High Museum and Piedmont Park, South City Kitchen specialises in contemporary Southern cuisine. Within the lively and modern interior complete with an open kitchen, this eatery serves lunch and dinner plus a delightful weekend brunch featuring a host of sweet and savoury items, including gluten-free choices. Tasty options include the innovative smoke-roasted beef benedict with Creole mustard hollandaise, pickled jalapeños and Red Mule grits or the crab cake hash with fingerling potatoes, an over-easy egg, hollandaise and tomato relish. Finish the meal with a sweet treat, such as the signature pecan pie with buttermilk caramel and vanilla ice cream.
South City Kitchen Midtown, 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 873 7358
Thumbs Up Diner
With six locations throughout the Atlanta region, breakfast lovers can be sure to find a Thumbs Up Diner in their area. A modern neighbourhood diner known for its delicious breakfast, this eatery serves up the most important meal of the day all day long, making it a great place for those wishing to sleep in. Every guest – from meat-eaters to vegans – will find something enticing on the menu, which features a build-your-own-breakfast plate with sweet and savoury choices and a build-your-own-omelette option. Whilst the possibilities are endless, diners can also choose to order a regular entrée, such as the chicken and waffle plate with eggs or the fried fish and grits.
Thumbs Up Diner, 573 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 223 0690
Thumbs Up Diner, 826 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 745 4233
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