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These Atlanta Restaurants Offer More Than Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast

From hearty breakfast salads to bean and cheese pupusas with plantains

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—or so the experts say. Mix it up with something other than the oft-ordered pancakes, waffles, or bacon and eggs. Many Atlanta restaurants open early for the morning meal and offer everything from hearty salads and rejuvenating soups to anything-but-boring breakfast sandwiches and tacos. Here are a few noteworthy breakfast dishes to try around Atlanta.

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Fellows Cafe

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Fellows Cafe opened in downtown historic Roswell inside the “Yellow House” on Green Street. Breakfast and brunch here includes lemon ricotta hotcakes, various types of toasts, and a breakfast salad consisting of kale and beet greens mixed with roasted cumin carrots, radishes, pumpkin seeds, and toasted chickpeas. It’s topped with two over easy eggs and tahini dressing.

Tortas Factory Del DF

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Situated in Powers Plaza in Doraville, the family-owned Tortas Factory opens for breakfast at 7 a.m. and offers tacos, burritos, sopes, and, of course, tortas (toasted sandwiches) on the menu. Try the egg with pork sausage torta or the egg, bean, and ham torta instead of a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit for breakfast.

Las Delicias De La Abuela

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Las Delicias De La Abuela on Buford Highway offers a handful of hearty Colombian breakfast dishes on the menu, including a corn cake arepa with queso and eggs and traditional calentado with rice, beans, and sweet plantains served with a salad. For something comforting and filling, order a bowl of changua or Colombian egg and milk soup served with a slice of bread. Both the Doraville and Duluth locations open at 8:30 a.m. daily.

Taqueria San Pancho

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Located along Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, this counter-serve Mexican restaurant offers a hearty breakfast burrito filled with Mexican sausage, refried beans, eggs, cheese, and salsa for under $7.

Lee's Bakery

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Vietnamese restaurant Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway opens bright and early for pho and banh mi at 8 a.m. daily. But, head in for a steaming hot bowl of pho in the morning. The restorative soup contains all the ingredients to kick off the day: water, electrolytes, meaty proteins, and starch. Make sure to pair this with hot tea.

Spiller Park Coffee—Toco Hills

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Spiller Park in Toco Hills is a busy coffee shop in the morning, and for good reason. Not only does it serve mighty fine coffee, but it also happens to be the place to grab an order of green tomato shakshuka. Spiller’s take on the north African skillet dish comes complete with poached eggs, tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeño and poblano peppers, and feta cheese with a side of rye toast. Open at 7 a.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. on the weekends.

The Poncey Highland

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The quaint cafe and coffeehouse on North Highland keeps breakfast and brunch delightfully unpretentious. It also keeps rolling out fancy toast and waffle specials throughout the week. Grab a latte and an order of chickpea smash served on fresh toast and topped with feta cheese and chives or a curried chicken salad with honey-lime curry sauce, red grapes, purple onions, and chives. As for waffles, try the prosciutto and arugula topped with eggs over easy and drizzled in a balsamic reduction. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Julianna's Coffee & Crepes

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Crepes aren’t necessarily an unusual choice for breakfast, but the petite Julianna’s tucked inside a circa-1901 house on Lake Avenue in Inman Park takes its crepes to a new level. The counter-serve restaurant serves Hungarian-style savory and sweet crepes made from an old family recipe. Try the Breakfasty One with scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss, and sautéed mushrooms or the Royale with Tasso ham, Gruyere, field greens, and peach chutney. Opens at 8 a.m., Tuesday - Friday and 9 a.m. on weekends.

Recess, the “healthy-ish” food stall from the Castellucci Hospitality Group (Bar MercadoCooks & SoldiersDouble Zero), opened in 2018 at Krog Street Market for anything-but-boring, vegetable-driven dishes. During brunch, try the Casablanca with lentils, buckwheat, puffed rice, chard, okra, and carrot puree or the Bob Barley with barley, quinoa, carrots, zucchini, kale, and eggplant tahini paired with a daily-made tonic or fresh-pressed dtox juice. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Rosie's Coffee Cafe-Downtown

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The second location of soul food restaurant Rosie’s Cafe—the original is located on Sylvan Road—is now open in the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz stadium. Absolutely order the fish and grits here made with lightly battered perch filets atop creamy buttered grits. Breakfast on the weekdays or non-game days is highly recommended. Sunday brunch is super busy, so plan accordingly. Opens at 7 a.m. daily.

Le Petit Marche

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The utterly charming and quaint Le Petit Marche in Kirkwood is a restaurant that knows its clientele wants more than just bacon and eggs for breakfast. Try the Mediterranean breakfast with scrambled eggs, feta, tomatoes, black olives, spinach, and basil pesto served with pita points or a tofu scramble made with potatoes, green chiles, marinated peppers, spinach, and tomatoes served with vegan pita points. Keep an eye out for the breakfast salad specials here. Opens at 8 a.m. daily.

El Tesoro

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If a trip to Buford Highway isn’t feasible on a weekday morning, pop over to El Tesoro in Edgewood before heading to work to grab breakfast tacos or burritos and a horchata iced coffee or Mexican hot chocolate to-go. Each taco or burrito comes with a base of scrambled eggs and a choice of fillings like refried beans, migas, chorizo, soy sausage, Mexican sausage, or poblano, onion, and crema with esquite corn, mushroom, and squash.

Muchacho

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Muchacho on Memorial Drive is where to head for breakfast tacos, good coffee, a daily rotation of pastries, and fancy toasts. However, make sure to try the protein-packed breakfast bowls here like the savory with sprouted brown rice, legumes, and seasonal roasted vegetables or the Vietnamese with sprouted brown rice, pesto, egg, and sweet hot peppers. Opens at 7 a.m. daily.

Carniceria El Ejido

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This congenial, family-run butchery and taqueria in East Point keeps its menudo simple but spicy. The spongy-soft chunks of tripe really soak up the savory red chile pepper broth in this soup. If more heat is desired, add a dab or two of the red-hot salsa to the bowl. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. daily.

Menudo is widely available at many Mexican markets and small taquerias around Atlanta on the weekends.

Panaderia Karina

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This Salvadoran bakery offers a small list of food on its menu, including pupusas, which are similar to arepas. For a quick breakfast on the go, grab a bean and cheese pupusa and a side of plantains. Pair it with a cup of strong coffee or a hot chocolate.

Fellows Cafe

Fellows Cafe opened in downtown historic Roswell inside the “Yellow House” on Green Street. Breakfast and brunch here includes lemon ricotta hotcakes, various types of toasts, and a breakfast salad consisting of kale and beet greens mixed with roasted cumin carrots, radishes, pumpkin seeds, and toasted chickpeas. It’s topped with two over easy eggs and tahini dressing.

Tortas Factory Del DF

Situated in Powers Plaza in Doraville, the family-owned Tortas Factory opens for breakfast at 7 a.m. and offers tacos, burritos, sopes, and, of course, tortas (toasted sandwiches) on the menu. Try the egg with pork sausage torta or the egg, bean, and ham torta instead of a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit for breakfast.

Las Delicias De La Abuela

Las Delicias De La Abuela on Buford Highway offers a handful of hearty Colombian breakfast dishes on the menu, including a corn cake arepa with queso and eggs and traditional calentado with rice, beans, and sweet plantains served with a salad. For something comforting and filling, order a bowl of changua or Colombian egg and milk soup served with a slice of bread. Both the Doraville and Duluth locations open at 8:30 a.m. daily.

Taqueria San Pancho

Located along Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, this counter-serve Mexican restaurant offers a hearty breakfast burrito filled with Mexican sausage, refried beans, eggs, cheese, and salsa for under $7.

Lee's Bakery

Vietnamese restaurant Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway opens bright and early for pho and banh mi at 8 a.m. daily. But, head in for a steaming hot bowl of pho in the morning. The restorative soup contains all the ingredients to kick off the day: water, electrolytes, meaty proteins, and starch. Make sure to pair this with hot tea.

Spiller Park Coffee—Toco Hills

Spiller Park in Toco Hills is a busy coffee shop in the morning, and for good reason. Not only does it serve mighty fine coffee, but it also happens to be the place to grab an order of green tomato shakshuka. Spiller’s take on the north African skillet dish comes complete with poached eggs, tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeño and poblano peppers, and feta cheese with a side of rye toast. Open at 7 a.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. on the weekends.

The Poncey Highland

The quaint cafe and coffeehouse on North Highland keeps breakfast and brunch delightfully unpretentious. It also keeps rolling out fancy toast and waffle specials throughout the week. Grab a latte and an order of chickpea smash served on fresh toast and topped with feta cheese and chives or a curried chicken salad with honey-lime curry sauce, red grapes, purple onions, and chives. As for waffles, try the prosciutto and arugula topped with eggs over easy and drizzled in a balsamic reduction. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Julianna's Coffee & Crepes

Crepes aren’t necessarily an unusual choice for breakfast, but the petite Julianna’s tucked inside a circa-1901 house on Lake Avenue in Inman Park takes its crepes to a new level. The counter-serve restaurant serves Hungarian-style savory and sweet crepes made from an old family recipe. Try the Breakfasty One with scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss, and sautéed mushrooms or the Royale with Tasso ham, Gruyere, field greens, and peach chutney. Opens at 8 a.m., Tuesday - Friday and 9 a.m. on weekends.

Recess

Recess, the “healthy-ish” food stall from the Castellucci Hospitality Group (Bar MercadoCooks & SoldiersDouble Zero), opened in 2018 at Krog Street Market for anything-but-boring, vegetable-driven dishes. During brunch, try the Casablanca with lentils, buckwheat, puffed rice, chard, okra, and carrot puree or the Bob Barley with barley, quinoa, carrots, zucchini, kale, and eggplant tahini paired with a daily-made tonic or fresh-pressed dtox juice. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Rosie's Coffee Cafe-Downtown

The second location of soul food restaurant Rosie’s Cafe—the original is located on Sylvan Road—is now open in the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz stadium. Absolutely order the fish and grits here made with lightly battered perch filets atop creamy buttered grits. Breakfast on the weekdays or non-game days is highly recommended. Sunday brunch is super busy, so plan accordingly. Opens at 7 a.m. daily.

Le Petit Marche

The utterly charming and quaint Le Petit Marche in Kirkwood is a restaurant that knows its clientele wants more than just bacon and eggs for breakfast. Try the Mediterranean breakfast with scrambled eggs, feta, tomatoes, black olives, spinach, and basil pesto served with pita points or a tofu scramble made with potatoes, green chiles, marinated peppers, spinach, and tomatoes served with vegan pita points. Keep an eye out for the breakfast salad specials here. Opens at 8 a.m. daily.

El Tesoro

If a trip to Buford Highway isn’t feasible on a weekday morning, pop over to El Tesoro in Edgewood before heading to work to grab breakfast tacos or burritos and a horchata iced coffee or Mexican hot chocolate to-go. Each taco or burrito comes with a base of scrambled eggs and a choice of fillings like refried beans, migas, chorizo, soy sausage, Mexican sausage, or poblano, onion, and crema with esquite corn, mushroom, and squash.

Muchacho

Muchacho on Memorial Drive is where to head for breakfast tacos, good coffee, a daily rotation of pastries, and fancy toasts. However, make sure to try the protein-packed breakfast bowls here like the savory with sprouted brown rice, legumes, and seasonal roasted vegetables or the Vietnamese with sprouted brown rice, pesto, egg, and sweet hot peppers. Opens at 7 a.m. daily.

Carniceria El Ejido

This congenial, family-run butchery and taqueria in East Point keeps its menudo simple but spicy. The spongy-soft chunks of tripe really soak up the savory red chile pepper broth in this soup. If more heat is desired, add a dab or two of the red-hot salsa to the bowl. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. daily.

Menudo is widely available at many Mexican markets and small taquerias around Atlanta on the weekends.

Panaderia Karina

This Salvadoran bakery offers a small list of food on its menu, including pupusas, which are similar to arepas. For a quick breakfast on the go, grab a bean and cheese pupusa and a side of plantains. Pair it with a cup of strong coffee or a hot chocolate.

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