9 Atlanta Brunches without the Waiting

Brunch in Atlanta. No need to stand in line at these restaurants.
  • Delicious breakfast pizza at No. 246 in Decatur is, well, delicious.
    Delicious breakfast pizza at No. 246 in Decatur is, well, delicious.
  • Enjoy lovely and hearty dishes on Portofino's patio at brunch.
    Enjoy lovely and hearty dishes on Portofino's patio at brunch.
  • A sexy spot for your next brunch: 5Church.
    A sexy spot for your next brunch: 5Church.
  • A surprisingly stellar brunch can be found at TAP gastropub.
    A surprisingly stellar brunch can be found at TAP gastropub.
  • Smoked salmon and avocado toast satisfy at The Federal.
    Smoked salmon and avocado toast satisfy at The Federal.

Brunch is a sacred event in Atlanta. But that doesn't mean you should have to wait in long lines for a delicious feast to start your lazy day. Here are nine restaurants that offer a fabulous brunch and rarely have a wait. 

  1. 5Church – Stepping inside at brunch you'll notice a fancy cart on display with all kinds of interesting items for customizing your Bloody Mary. The crab cakes and poached eggs are perfect and full of lump crab. But another fine choice is the juicy lamb burger with crispy fries at this Midtown spot.

  2. Better Half – Also located in Midtown is the newly added brunch service at Better Half. Expect to find chef Zach Meloy’s unique spin and fusion of dishes. These include items like cucumber salad with French radish. Or try scrambled eggs, tomatillo salsa, mushrooms and feta.

  3. Dantanna's – A Bloody Mary bar with anything you can imagine for a such a drink is the first step to a fabulous brunch at Dantanna's in Buckhead. Get the shirred eggs in tulips (two eggs baked in crepes stuffed with lobster, shrimp and crawfish in brandy cream sauce).  

  4. Eclectic Bar and Bistro – Choose from items like a smoked salmon or steak Benedict, schnitzel and waffles, or the Florentine hash browns with chicken breast, sun dried tomatoes, truffle pesto and goat cheese. Tip: Ask to dine on the gorgeous flora and fauna patio.

  5. The Federal – Located in the heart of Midtown is a steak house called The Federal. However, unbeknownst to many Midtown dwellers, there’s a fantastic brunch menu that awaits. Start with a lavender mocha, then order the ricotta toast with walnuts, honey and Asian pear. Another healthy entree is the avocado toast with smoked salmon and soft boiled egg – hearty and delicious. Still craving steak? There’s a brisket hash and a Texas breakfast on the brunch menu, too. Plus, there’s validated parking in the garage next door. If visiting Atlanta, know that The Federal it is just a short walk from many of the nearby hotels.

  6. La Tavola – Though the Italian spot in the Virginia Highland neighborhood gets packed for dinner, few seem to know how amazing the brunch is. Challah French toast, a beet salad, and the steak and eggs are quite perfect, especially when dining on the patio.

  7. No. 246 – Ford Fry’s Decatur restaurant is wildly popular at dinner but the secret about brunch isn’t out just yet. Besides a brunch pizza topped with a poached egg, a short rib hash is a perfect way to go. And don’t forget about the cello flights.

  8. Portofino – The well-appointed dining areas with gorgeous crown molding are lovely, but when the weather is nice, dine on the patio. For a sweet start to brunch, get the zeppolis, but for a not-so-sweet dish get the blini, a potato pancake topped with caviar. For main dishes, you can't go wrong with the shrimp and polenta or duck Benedict

  9. TAP – It’s easy to overlook TAP, as this gastropub is where many gravitate for an after-work beer or dinner. But TAP does a wonderful brunch, too. Skip the Bloody Mary and sample a non-traditional cocktail like the Cherokee Rose, made with guava puree. Start with the avocado hummus. For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the The Southern Benedict: two fried chicken pieces on top of a biscuit, along with pimento cheese and poached eggs. 

Looking for a meal in Atlanta beyond brunch-time? Start at our Atlanta restaurant search.

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

 

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