The meal we wait for all week is brunch. Our culture used to look down on those who missed breakfast, but now brunch is accepted as a weekly tradition to savor sleeping in and eating great food.
The only task for this meal is deciding where to have it. Narrow your options based on favorite foods, whether avocado toast, fried chicken or waffles, then target a specific menu or a place with a wide variety.
This Taste of Atlanta list is based on atmosphere and consistency of delicious food. Any of these options will please you and your brunchmates. If you wake up too hungry to decide, defer to our guide, and keep your brunch plans easy like Sunday morning.
- Murphy’s, Virginia-Highland (www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com). One of the perks of Murphy’s is the starter bread basket filled with freshly baked biscuits and muffins and always served warm alongside a flight of butters and jams. A must-order is Eggs Virginia-Highland with spinach, mushrooms and poached eggs on focaccia, covered in a sun-dried-tomato hollandaise. If you prefer something sweet, try the Hazelnut French Toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and powdered sugar. Enjoy brunch Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Muchacho, Reynoldstown (muchachoatl.com). If all you see on your Instagram feed is fancy toast, blame Muchacho. This restaurant hit the scene just a few months ago, premiering its incredible menu at Taste of Atlanta. Muchacho’s toasts have upgraded golden-brown bread from boring to decorative. Try the avocado toast layered with cherry tomatoes and fried egg or the PB&J toast with almond nut butter and house jam on grain bread. Bloody Marys and mimosas are on the menu, as is an understated gem, Ginger Tumeric Tonic. The full menu is available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
- Southern Art, Buckhead (southernart.com). Another Taste of Atlanta alum and Atlanta brunch favorite is Southern Art. Breakfast is served every day from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., but brunch is served exclusively on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Something unique at Southern Art’s brunch is the “honey luge,” which allows a large honeycomb to drip its honey down a wooden panel so it flows into a container. The luge is on display for the buffet as well as Sunday brunch, and patrons are encouraged to taste this high-quality honey.
- Seed, East Cobb (www.eatatseed.com). Most East Cobbers know Seed for dinner, but it also excels at brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To start, try the Iron Skillet Cornbread with homemade jelly and whipped butter. For the main meal, order something outside the box, such as Seed’s Smoked Salmon and Potato Pancakes with poached eggs, dill crème fraîche, asparagus and hollandaise. It’s a dish you won’t soon forget.
- Joy Cafe, Midtown (joycafeatl.com). You may remember Joy Cafe from “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” a few years ago. The restaurant moved from Buckhead to Midtown last year but still serves the same Southern comfort food. Joy Cafe is a contender for Atlanta’s best avocado toast. The cafe’s version has a twist: It’s made with sourdough toast with chunky guacamole, chopped tomatoes, feta, parsley and watermelon radish and served with a poached egg. Joy Cafe serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Superica, Buckhead and Krog Street Market (www.superica.com). Superica serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu highlights include the Breakfast Brisket Sandwich on Texas toast with cabbage slaw, guacamole, jalapeño pickles and two fried eggs. For something with a spicier kick, order the Huevos Mexicanos — two eggs scrambled with jalapeños, tomatoes, onions and cheese.
Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta. She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia grad and an expert in Atlanta’s best food. Stay up to date with food and restaurants by following Taste of Atlanta on Facebook (Taste of Atlanta), Instagram (@TasteofAtlanta) and Twitter (@TasteofAtlanta) and following her food stories on Instagram (@skyemichelle58).