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Here’s Where to Grab an All-Day Brunch in Atlanta

Brunch isn’t just a weekend thing at these Atlanta restaurants

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Eating brunch anytime of day is so popular now that even McDonald’s decided it was worth offering in select locations. In a city like Atlanta, where folks like to have a variety of dining options on the table, there’s one surefire way to remind people that ATL is indeed a Southern city — all-day brunch restaurants. And Atlanta has cornered the market on serving the meal that combines breakfast and lunch all day, everyday — not just on the weekends. Check out these restaurants serving brunch all day in and around Atlanta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gocha's Breakfast Bar

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3695 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331
(678) 927-9166
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The ride outside I-285 to Cascade Road is nothing when it ends with anything-but-boring dishes at Gocha’s. Owned by celebrity hairstylist Gocha Hawkins, the menu is inventive and totally satisfying. There’s no question that the golden brown-fried jalapeno shrimp and grit cakes not only sound good, but are good. The same goes for Gocha’s Cajun-Creole lump crab fish and grit plate, fried green tomatoes sprinkled with feta, and smoked salmon BLT. Desserts here, such as a fruit-filled fried pie, offer even more brunch sustenance.

2. Johnny's World Famous Chicken & Waffles

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3725 Main St
Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 748-4244
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It seems Neyo can do pretty much anything, which people have learned from his singing, dancing, songwriting, and even a stage performance as the Tin Man in “The Wiz”. Now, he and partners Karlie Redd and chef Crystal Smith are getting folks to dine on brunch throughout the day at their new College Park restaurant. Craving the bird-meets-bread combo of chicken and waffles (the chicken can come as breasts, thighs, legs, tenders or wings)? Pair the poultry with either a plain or red velvet waffle. Johnny’s also serves a mean roasted barbecue salmon with ginger teriyaki glaze, and features a brioche French toast log, served with either savory bacon, eggs, and potatoes or chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Be sure to leave room for a cheddar drop biscuit, or three, topped with honey butter.

3. The Breakfast Boys

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3387 Main St
Atlanta, GA 30337
(470) 312-2108
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Recently opened in the former Kafenio Greek restaurant space in College Park, the Breakfast Boys is a new restaurant from the owners of nearby Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and chef Lorenzo Wyche. Expect an upgrade on classic brunch dishes here, including jerk chicken atop sweet potato waffles, grits with both fried catfish and shrimp, coffee-rubbed steak and eggs, and green eggs and lamb empanadas topped with chimichurri. Some brunch cocktails on the menu are a bit strong, particularly the French Connection, made with vanilla Cognac, Grand Marnier, and crisp prosecco. 

4. Graffiti Breakfast at Chattahoochee Food Works

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1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Open daily at northwest Atlanta food hall Chattahoochee Food Works, Graffiti Breakfast pays proper respect to breakfast and brunch foods. Owned by chef Marcus James Waller and Tonya Waller, the restaurant stall gives these meals a Southern-soul food twist using produce and ingredients from several urban farms across Atlanta. Expect dishes like fried catfish and BEC sandwiches served on buttered brioche buns, waffles topped with rum-tossed apples, and a burger bowl (spiral fries topped with beef crumbles, sliced onions, peppers, tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, and Sunnshine sauce.)

5. Cultivate Food and Coffee

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1952 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 600-2964
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With an atmosphere described as part-Gatsby, art gallery, and Euro café, Cultivate’s bright white exterior makes it almost blend into the background on Howell Mill, just north of the on-ramp to I-75. It’s worth a stop on this busy stretch of road in ATL for the extensive beverage menu offering Ground Control immersion-brewed coffee, along with caffeinated concoctions like the Doppio (two espresso shots, a sparkling soda, and a shortbread cookie), and a variety of tea drinks. On plates, there’s the 8-ounce French toast farm cheeseburger, several hash presentations, and Nashville hot chicken served on a biscuit or with a waffle. There’s even vegetarian beignets with blueberry-basil dipping sauce and vegan options on the menu.  

6. West Egg Cafe

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1100 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-3973
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West Egg Cafe has been serving breakfast and brunch all day, every day on Howell Mill Road for more than a decade. It’s tough to beat sour cream pancakes with syrup and spiced honey butter or the simple comfort of the blue plate (two eggs, biscuit, choice of breakfast meat, and roasted garlic grits or skillet potatoes). Don’t skip the steak and eggs here or the fried chicken hash. On the Emory side of town? Check out the General Muir, partially owned by the folks behind West Egg, for Jewish deli-style brunch staples like smoked pastrami hash or pecan-crusted French toast with spiced honey butter. Make sure to order one of the open-faced bagels on the menu here, like the Avenue A with smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, red onion, cucumber, dill, and schmear. There’s also a location of the General Muir now open in Sandy Springs.

7. Buttermilk Kitchen

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4225 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(678) 732-3274
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Chef and owner Suzanne Vizethann’s non-stop breakfast and brunchery has been a Buckhead crowd-pleaser since opening in 2012. The bright blue building is known for starters that might as well be entrees. It’s too easy to fill up on the biscuit basket, which comes with ATL’s own Banner Butter, or the fried pickled green tomatoes, or even the cornbread loaf. But find room for the stone-ground grit bowl, with garlic spinach and chicken sausage or the pimento omelet with Benton’s bacon and red pepper jelly. For brunch on the unique side, stop by on Fridays before 3 p.m. and order the special waffle burger: a 50/50 blend of pork sausage and beef with bacon, maple aioli, and pepper jack between two buttermilk waffles.

8. Breakfast At Barney's

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349 Decatur St SE Unit A1
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 549-6042
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An uber-popular corner post for breakfast and brunch, as well as scene-y daytime socializing, Breakfast at Barney’s has been packing them in for brunch and a bit of luxury since opening last summer. Open daily at 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., the menu here features French toast drizzled with bourbon apple cider syrup, Creole-sauced salmon croquettes, and cornmeal-crusted catfish and grits. Make sure to try the 24 karat pancakes topped with edible gold, too.

9. ABC Chicken and Waffles-Nitro Coffee Counter

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340 Auburn Ave NE Suite-A
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 458-1234

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Osiris Ballard and chef Anthony Sanders brought their popular downtown Atlanta restaurant Atlanta Breakfast Club to Auburn Avenue in 2020. This location leans into its name, offering variations on buttermilk fried chicken and Belgian waffles on the menu. But the Georgia Peach version, with its warm peach cobbler and buttered-crumbled shortbread, is the star here. With all of that sinfully sweet and savory starch, make sure to order a caffeinated pick-me-up. That’s where nitro coffee beverages from Duluth’s Phoenix Roasters come in handy, like the medium roast Panama Black.

10. Ria's Bluebird

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421 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 521-3737
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Beloved ATL chef Ria Pell passed away in 2013, but her indelible legacy lives on at her Reynoldstown diner. There’s no going wrong on the breakfast side at Ria’s, from the lauded buttermilk pancakes and rum-soaked French toast to the 14-hour roasted brisket in spicy tomato broth and the vegetarian Bionic breakfast of skillet potatoes, poblanos, mushrooms, and grilled corn. Try one of the brunch sandwiches at Ria’s, including the pimento cheese brisket melt on sourdough, or nibble on a croissant baguette, with a side of pepper milk gravy. Don’t skip the drinks here. The lavender lemonade is a must.

11. Toast On Lenox

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2770 Lenox Rd NE Suite B1
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 748-4594
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Roc South chef and owner Virgil Harper opened his latest restaurant Toast on Lenox in early 2021, and it’s dedicated to all-day brunch. Kick off the meal with Cajun seafood dip with a roasted garlic baguette, before moving on to entrees like Mississippi fried catfish and grits, salmon croquettes, or crab cake benedict. Be sure to order a side of pimento cheese grits and honey butter biscuits, too.

12. Home grown GA Restaurant

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968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 222-0455
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There was a sense of dread that ran through the city in spring 2020, as Home Grown publicly weighed staying open or closed on social media as the pandemic spread. Thankfully one of ATL’s most popular all-day breakfast and brunch spots is still open and serving its famous comfy chicken biscuit. There’s now a parking lot patio, too. Everything is homestyle here, from the kitschy decor to the folksy vibe of fellow diners. It’s hard to ignore the undeniable flavor appeal of the humongous comfy chicken biscuit smothered in pork gravy, and even the chicken sausage breakfast dog link, the cream cheese-iced cinnamon Wafflebon, or the chorizo, cheddar, mozzarella, and ranchero sauce breakfast enchiladas.

13. Folk Art Restaurant

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465 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 537-4492
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The original Inman Park location is sure to present people with a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it. Folk Art has earned a reputation for having some of the best brunch fare in Atlanta since opening in 2013. Having opened a second location in Decatur in the former Thumbs Up space, Folk Art continues to pull in throngs of patrons there, too. Look for plates of Southern brunch fixings on the menu, like deep-fried cheddar jalapeno grit fritters, Angus beef patty melts, and roasted pork and chilis over eggs and queso. Don’t shy away from the staples at this restaurant, including the three-egg omelets and whiskey compote waffle with fried chicken. The latter totally stands up to fierce competition in this chicken-and-waffle-crazed town.

14. Rising Son

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124 N Avondale Rd
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 600-5297
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Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday from morning until late afternoon at this Avondale Estates restaurant. Rising Son is dedicated to Southern comfort and brings fresh seasonality to brunch. Start the meal off with a panko-crusted fried green tomato or breakfast dumplings filled with ground pork, ginger, and cilantro topped with a soy maple glaze. Don’t miss out on the fried trout and grits, the chorizo and scrambled egg tacos, or the vegan grit bowl with potlikker gravy. Brunch is a relaxed and delicious affair at this congenial spot.

1. Gocha's Breakfast Bar

3695 Cascade Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331

The ride outside I-285 to Cascade Road is nothing when it ends with anything-but-boring dishes at Gocha’s. Owned by celebrity hairstylist Gocha Hawkins, the menu is inventive and totally satisfying. There’s no question that the golden brown-fried jalapeno shrimp and grit cakes not only sound good, but are good. The same goes for Gocha’s Cajun-Creole lump crab fish and grit plate, fried green tomatoes sprinkled with feta, and smoked salmon BLT. Desserts here, such as a fruit-filled fried pie, offer even more brunch sustenance.

3695 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331

2. Johnny's World Famous Chicken & Waffles

3725 Main St, Atlanta, GA 30337

It seems Neyo can do pretty much anything, which people have learned from his singing, dancing, songwriting, and even a stage performance as the Tin Man in “The Wiz”. Now, he and partners Karlie Redd and chef Crystal Smith are getting folks to dine on brunch throughout the day at their new College Park restaurant. Craving the bird-meets-bread combo of chicken and waffles (the chicken can come as breasts, thighs, legs, tenders or wings)? Pair the poultry with either a plain or red velvet waffle. Johnny’s also serves a mean roasted barbecue salmon with ginger teriyaki glaze, and features a brioche French toast log, served with either savory bacon, eggs, and potatoes or chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Be sure to leave room for a cheddar drop biscuit, or three, topped with honey butter.

3725 Main St
Atlanta, GA 30337

3. The Breakfast Boys

3387 Main St, Atlanta, GA 30337

Recently opened in the former Kafenio Greek restaurant space in College Park, the Breakfast Boys is a new restaurant from the owners of nearby Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and chef Lorenzo Wyche. Expect an upgrade on classic brunch dishes here, including jerk chicken atop sweet potato waffles, grits with both fried catfish and shrimp, coffee-rubbed steak and eggs, and green eggs and lamb empanadas topped with chimichurri. Some brunch cocktails on the menu are a bit strong, particularly the French Connection, made with vanilla Cognac, Grand Marnier, and crisp prosecco. 

3387 Main St
Atlanta, GA 30337

4. Graffiti Breakfast at Chattahoochee Food Works

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Open daily at northwest Atlanta food hall Chattahoochee Food Works, Graffiti Breakfast pays proper respect to breakfast and brunch foods. Owned by chef Marcus James Waller and Tonya Waller, the restaurant stall gives these meals a Southern-soul food twist using produce and ingredients from several urban farms across Atlanta. Expect dishes like fried catfish and BEC sandwiches served on buttered brioche buns, waffles topped with rum-tossed apples, and a burger bowl (spiral fries topped with beef crumbles, sliced onions, peppers, tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, and Sunnshine sauce.)

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Cultivate Food and Coffee

1952 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30318

With an atmosphere described as part-Gatsby, art gallery, and Euro café, Cultivate’s bright white exterior makes it almost blend into the background on Howell Mill, just north of the on-ramp to I-75. It’s worth a stop on this busy stretch of road in ATL for the extensive beverage menu offering Ground Control immersion-brewed coffee, along with caffeinated concoctions like the Doppio (two espresso shots, a sparkling soda, and a shortbread cookie), and a variety of tea drinks. On plates, there’s the 8-ounce French toast farm cheeseburger, several hash presentations, and Nashville hot chicken served on a biscuit or with a waffle. There’s even vegetarian beignets with blueberry-basil dipping sauce and vegan options on the menu.  

1952 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. West Egg Cafe

1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

West Egg Cafe has been serving breakfast and brunch all day, every day on Howell Mill Road for more than a decade. It’s tough to beat sour cream pancakes with syrup and spiced honey butter or the simple comfort of the blue plate (two eggs, biscuit, choice of breakfast meat, and roasted garlic grits or skillet potatoes). Don’t skip the steak and eggs here or the fried chicken hash. On the Emory side of town? Check out the General Muir, partially owned by the folks behind West Egg, for Jewish deli-style brunch staples like smoked pastrami hash or pecan-crusted French toast with spiced honey butter. Make sure to order one of the open-faced bagels on the menu here, like the Avenue A with smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, red onion, cucumber, dill, and schmear. There’s also a location of the General Muir now open in Sandy Springs.

1100 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Buttermilk Kitchen

4225 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

Chef and owner Suzanne Vizethann’s non-stop breakfast and brunchery has been a Buckhead crowd-pleaser since opening in 2012. The bright blue building is known for starters that might as well be entrees. It’s too easy to fill up on the biscuit basket, which comes with ATL’s own Banner Butter, or the fried pickled green tomatoes, or even the cornbread loaf. But find room for the stone-ground grit bowl, with garlic spinach and chicken sausage or the pimento omelet with Benton’s bacon and red pepper jelly. For brunch on the unique side, stop by on Fridays before 3 p.m. and order the special waffle burger: a 50/50 blend of pork sausage and beef with bacon, maple aioli, and pepper jack between two buttermilk waffles.

4225 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

8. Breakfast At Barney's

349 Decatur St SE Unit A1, Atlanta, GA 30312

An uber-popular corner post for breakfast and brunch, as well as scene-y daytime socializing, Breakfast at Barney’s has been packing them in for brunch and a bit of luxury since opening last summer. Open daily at 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., the menu here features French toast drizzled with bourbon apple cider syrup, Creole-sauced salmon croquettes, and cornmeal-crusted catfish and grits. Make sure to try the 24 karat pancakes topped with edible gold, too.

349 Decatur St SE Unit A1
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. ABC Chicken and Waffles-Nitro Coffee Counter

340 Auburn Ave NE Suite-A, Atlanta, GA 30312

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Osiris Ballard and chef Anthony Sanders brought their popular downtown Atlanta restaurant Atlanta Breakfast Club to Auburn Avenue in 2020. This location leans into its name, offering variations on buttermilk fried chicken and Belgian waffles on the menu. But the Georgia Peach version, with its warm peach cobbler and buttered-crumbled shortbread, is the star here. With all of that sinfully sweet and savory starch, make sure to order a caffeinated pick-me-up. That’s where nitro coffee beverages from Duluth’s Phoenix Roasters come in handy, like the medium roast Panama Black.

340 Auburn Ave NE Suite-A
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. Ria's Bluebird

421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Beloved ATL chef Ria Pell passed away in 2013, but her indelible legacy lives on at her Reynoldstown diner. There’s no going wrong on the breakfast side at Ria’s, from the lauded buttermilk pancakes and rum-soaked French toast to the 14-hour roasted brisket in spicy tomato broth and the vegetarian Bionic breakfast of skillet potatoes, poblanos, mushrooms, and grilled corn. Try one of the brunch sandwiches at Ria’s, including the pimento cheese brisket melt on sourdough, or nibble on a croissant baguette, with a side of pepper milk gravy. Don’t skip the drinks here. The lavender lemonade is a must.

421 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

11. Toast On Lenox

2770 Lenox Rd NE Suite B1, Atlanta, GA 30324

Roc South chef and owner Virgil Harper opened his latest restaurant Toast on Lenox in early 2021, and it’s dedicated to all-day brunch. Kick off the meal with Cajun seafood dip with a roasted garlic baguette, before moving on to entrees like Mississippi fried catfish and grits, salmon croquettes, or crab cake benedict. Be sure to order a side of pimento cheese grits and honey butter biscuits, too.

2770 Lenox Rd NE Suite B1
Atlanta, GA 30324

12. Home grown GA Restaurant

968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

There was a sense of dread that ran through the city in spring 2020, as Home Grown publicly weighed staying open or closed on social media as the pandemic spread. Thankfully one of ATL’s most popular all-day breakfast and brunch spots is still open and serving its famous comfy chicken biscuit. There’s now a parking lot patio, too. Everything is homestyle here, from the kitschy decor to the folksy vibe of fellow diners. It’s hard to ignore the undeniable flavor appeal of the humongous comfy chicken biscuit smothered in pork gravy, and even the chicken sausage breakfast dog link, the cream cheese-iced cinnamon Wafflebon, or the chorizo, cheddar, mozzarella, and ranchero sauce breakfast enchiladas.

968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

13. Folk Art Restaurant

465 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The original Inman Park location is sure to present people with a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it. Folk Art has earned a reputation for having some of the best brunch fare in Atlanta since opening in 2013. Having opened a second location in Decatur in the former Thumbs Up space, Folk Art continues to pull in throngs of patrons there, too. Look for plates of Southern brunch fixings on the menu, like deep-fried cheddar jalapeno grit fritters, Angus beef patty melts, and roasted pork and chilis over eggs and queso. Don’t shy away from the staples at this restaurant, including the three-egg omelets and whiskey compote waffle with fried chicken. The latter totally stands up to fierce competition in this chicken-and-waffle-crazed town.

465 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Rising Son

124 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday from morning until late afternoon at this Avondale Estates restaurant. Rising Son is dedicated to Southern comfort and brings fresh seasonality to brunch. Start the meal off with a panko-crusted fried green tomato or breakfast dumplings filled with ground pork, ginger, and cilantro topped with a soy maple glaze. Don’t miss out on the fried trout and grits, the chorizo and scrambled egg tacos, or the vegan grit bowl with potlikker gravy. Brunch is a relaxed and delicious affair at this congenial spot.

124 N Avondale Rd
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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