Every weekend since I’ve lived in Atlanta, I’ve made it my mission to search for the best brunch spots in the city.
Sunday brunch has become a much anticipated tradition in my weekly routine, and I’ve uncovered some awesome places to chow down with friends and end the weekend on a high note.
I’ve primarily explored the brunch scene around my neighborhood, sticking mostly to Old Fourth Ward and Virginia Highlands. However, I’m starting to expand my brunch reach, and will continue to venture into other neighborhoods as my time in Atlanta continues!
Check out my top 5 favorite Atlanta brunch spots so far!
Neighborhood: West Midtown
Look on any list of favorite brunch spots in Atlanta, and you’ll undoubtedly find West Egg. Located in the popular Westside Provisions District in West Midtown, this restaurant, loosely based on The Great Gatsby, serves up some of the best brunch food I’ve ever had.
The decor of the restaurant is simple and clean- the focus of West Egg is the spectacular food. Offering both breakfast and brunch on Saturdays (until 4 pm) and Sundays (until 6 pm), the menu is extensive and unique, with tons of options for both a sweet and savory palate.
My personal favorites are the black bean cakes & eggs (a great vegetarian option with spicy black beans and perfectly cooked poached eggs), the pimiento cheese & bacon omelet (a sweet, salty, Southern take on a classic omelet), and chicken chilaquiles (a savory chicken tortilla dish with a kick).
West Egg also serves up some serious libations for the brunch crowd; they offer a variety of tasty cocktails, but their true star is mimosa bottle service, complete with your own bottle of prosecco and carafe of orange juice delivered to your table.
If you show up to West Egg past 11:30 on a Sunday, expect a long wait. The food is revered on the Atlanta brunch scene, and metro Atlanta alcohol sales don’t start until 12:30 pm on Sundays. If you do have to wait, check out the variety of great shops and restaurants in the area, as well as the new Westside Provisions District Farmers Market, which will be held every Sunday from 10-2 until September.
Neighborhood: Grant Park
Located on a barren stretch of Memorial Drive in Grant Park, Home Grown is a welcome respite for Atlanta brunch-goers. This quirky brunch favorite is a hodgepodge of furniture, people, and food offerings; in addition to breakfast and brunch, Home Grown has a small thrift store in the back of the restaurant, as well as occasional live music from an in-house keyboard/xylophone player.
With a small-town diner feel, the menu is hearty and Southern. The Comfy Chicken Biscuit is a perennial favorite; for only $10, you can indulge in a fluffy biscuit, topped with two fried chicken breasts smothered in pepper gravy. This dish is so beloved in Atlanta, it’s been written about by multiple local publications and featured on tons of “must try” Atlanta brunch dishes. You have to try it for yourself to understand the hype!
If you still aren’t convinced, Home Grown was rated the #7 breakfast in America by Playboy. You just can’t beat those kind of rankings.
Neighborhood: Inman Park
Nestled in Inman Park just off the BeltLine and steps from Freedom Park, Folk Art is a small, local joint filled with charm.
The setting is cozy and rustic; a large wall of steel-framed windows separates covered patio seating from the interior of the restaurant, where you can find a mix of vintage reclaimed tables and chairs, in addition to a variety of weathered signs and artwork. Take a seat at the diner-style counter to get a peek at the bustling kitchen if you prefer to catch more of the action.
While the menu has a distinctly Southern flair, there was a great variety of tasty, healthier options. I loved my smoked salmon and spinach eggs benedict, while my friends noshed on the foul play, a fried chicken and sweet potato waffle dish with a whiskey peach compote.
Folk Art is the perfect spot to amble to on a Sunday morning walk; the restaurant is located in an idyllic neighborhood with easy access to the best of the BeltLine.
Sun in My Belly
Although the name admittedly makes me giggle, Sun in My Belly is a bright, airy restaurant befitting of its name. While SIMB is located in a seemingly deserted part of Kirkwood, the effortless exterior charm, coupled with the beautiful interior details, make it a perfect spot to spend a weekend afternoon.
The brunch offerings are simple but carefully crafted; the challah french toast is refreshing yet filling, stuffed with ricotta and topped with seasonal berries. It’s tough to find great smoked salmon south of the Mason Dixon line, yet the SIMB smoked salmon and bagel plate was fitting of a traditional New York deli. SIMB offers some interesting brunch specials as well; when my group visited, my vegetarian friend enjoyed a biscuit topped with over-medium eggs, avocado, cheddar, and sriracha.
The service at SIMB was a bit slow; however, the relaxed pace encouraged lounging and enjoying Sunday brunch, which is a much-needed departure from the often frenzied Atlanta brunch scene.
Check out Sun in My Belly on the first Sunday of every month, when they host a Jazzy Brunch and the opportunity to BYOC (bring your own champagne!)
Neighborhood: Virginia Highlands
For a slightly more upscale brunch experience, check out Rosebud, situated between Morningside/Lenox Park and Virginia Highlands.
Rosebud is located on picturesque North Highland Avenue, surrounded by local neighborhood favorites like Alon’s Bakery and bar The Family Dog. The interior of the restaurant has a distinctly swankier feel than the other brunch spots on this list; however, the food is still reasonably priced, and the atmosphere still accessible to the average brunch patron.
Rosebud is well known for their brunch; the portions are massive and satisfying, with favorites like Gordo’s Breakfast (perfectly cooked fried chicken and biscuits, with an over easy egg and sausage gravy), The Ultimate Pancake stuffed with sausage and bacon, and the Nasty McCalister, a giant breakfast chicken sandwich with cheddar, bacon, and egg. The menu does change seasonally, so check in for different options depending on the time of year.
In addition to the obligatory weekend brunch menu, Rosebud also offers brunch on Monday nights (served from 5-10 pm), as well as Fridays from 10 am-3:30 pm. This spot is popular for brunch, as well as dinner, so reservations are recommended.
Note that the Morningside Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 7:30-11:30 am right next to Rosebud, so parking may be tight on Saturday mornings!
Stay tuned for more editions of my favorite Atlanta brunch spots as I continue to explore other neighborhoods and parts of the city!
Comment if you have any brunch spots I should be checking out in and around Atlanta!