Brunch has always been big business in Atlanta, especially on the weekends. There are even entire restaurants now dedicated to serving the meal that combines breakfast and lunch served all day, everyday. But there’s something super appealing about the array of food options offered on a brunch or lunch buffet. It’s like a choose your own adventure meal filled with omelette and waffle stations, comforting dishes like shrimp and grits or shakshuka, breakfast meats, and biscuits, breads, and potatoes done every which way.
Below are five lunch and brunch buffets to consider checking out, serving everything from omelettes and fried chicken biscuits to Caribbean fare and Indian street foods paired with hot cups of chai.
406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Chai Pani launched a lunch buffet in 2022 that features some of the Indian street food restaurant’s most popular dishes, including kale pakoras, saag paneer, bhel puri, and butter chicken. There’s also plenty of naan to choose from on the buffet, as well as an assortment of chutneys and hot chai. Served daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $14.99 per person weekdays; $19.99 per person weekends. Kids 10 and under $9.99.
3290 Northside Parkway, Buckhead
The all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet in the kitchen is back at Local Three after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic. For folks who regularly attended the buffet at Local Three before the global health crisis, you already know the drill. But for people new to this Sunday buffet, simply head to the kitchen and grab whatever plates strike your fancy. Dishes on the buffet include everything from smoked salmon avocado toast, fresh buttermilk biscuits, and shrimp and grits to French toast, scrambles, and even a smoked brisket patty melt. Hit the buffet as many times as you wish, but the rule at Local Three is eat what you take. The restaurant reserves the right to charge an extra 20 percent to the final bill for excessive food waste. Sunday brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $49.93 per adult and $19.93 per kid.
Kenley’s Catering and Restaurant
75 Piedmont Avenue, Downtown Atlanta
The cafeteria-style breakfast offered at Kenley’s in downtown Atlanta is likely one of the most affordable in town. Only open on weekdays, Kenley Waller’s eponymous restaurant is a local favorite for downtown residents and Georgia State University students seeking meals filled with comfort foods. Kick off the day with the breakfast buffet featuring everything from biscuits and gravy and omelettes to build-your-own breakfast plates and sandwiches. $10 and under.
Tassa’s Roti Shop
224 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta
Tassa’s Roti Shop offers Trinidad and Tobago cuisine in Marietta, including combo plates like oxtail or goat with cabbage, creamed spinach, plantains, and rice and platters of curried potatoes and chickpeas served atop roti with a choice of meat. But regulars come for the budget-friendly 12-dish buffet filled with jerk chicken, peas and rice, roti, and even macaroni pie. Grab a plate, fill up, and take a seat or get it to go. Priced by the pound. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday; until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Historic Green Manor Restaurant
6400 Westbrook Avenue, Union City
There’s always a daily buffet on offer at this Southern restaurant and events spot in Union City. Once a grand home part of a 19th century farm, Green Manor is now a Southern restaurant and event space known for its crispy fried chicken and Sunday brunch and lunch buffets. The menu changes daily here, so be sure to check that out before making reservations. $19 to $25 per person.
870 Inman Village Parkway, Inman Park
This Inman Park Middle Eastern restaurant features a weekend brunch that includes sujuk and eggs (beef sausage), shakshuka, Turkish bagels, and barbari bread sprinkled with tumeric and sesame seeds topped with whipped feta and candied pistachios. While there isn’t a buffet here during brunch, for those looking to feed a group of four people, order the breakfast platter. For $59, Delbar’s Turkish-style breakfast platter comes with labneh, halvah, feta cheese, radishes, jam, honey comb, dates, fruit, butter, soft boiled eggs, sarshir, spreads like Nutella, fresh herbs, olives, raw vegetables, and walnuts. Pair the meal with Turkish coffee, fresh pomegranate juice, or a morning cocktail. Breakfast platter is $59 and feeds four people.