Best Brunches in Downtown Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta restaurants serve delicious brunches. Here are our top picks.
  • Shrimp and grits from Sway: a hearty start to your day.
    Shrimp and grits from Sway: a hearty start to your day.
  • Feast on Asian/Southern fusion from Poor Calvin's.
    Feast on Asian/Southern fusion from Poor Calvin's.
  • Who says barbecue isn't brunch appropriate? Not Smoke Ring!
    Who says barbecue isn't brunch appropriate? Not Smoke Ring!

Every neighborhood in the ATL has its terrific brunch spots. You don’t have to venture too far to find that first cup of coffee or Bloody Mary. Here’s our list of the best brunch spots in downtown Atlanta. Reminder: Restaurants can’t serve booze until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

  • Poor Calvin’s – Fusion of Southern and Asian? Yep, that’s what you’ll find at Poor Calvin’s. Start with the Tiki Rum Punch. A seafood omelet comes with lobster, crab and calamari with Japanese mayo. Shrimp and grits comes with a Thai curry sauce. Yum.

  • Ration and Dram – The Ron Swanson plate is a meat lover’s dream and a hangover cure for sure with both bacon and steak. The dish would sure make the "Parks and Recreation" character proud. Other items like the "Build Your Own Biscuit" or "Grits Your Way" are sure to please, too.

  • Ray’s in the City – Ray's in the City offers a small brunch menu along with the regular lunch menu on weekends. All brunch items are just $12 and include items like chicken and waffles and steak and eggs. However, I’d recommend getting seafood like the Salmon Oscar topped with crab. 

  • Smoke Ring – You may not think that a barbecue spot would have a great brunch, but nothing about Smoke Ring in Castleberry Hill is ordinary. For example, while you can get a Bloody Mary or mimosa, Smoke Ring offers a Man-Mosa with beer AND champagne. The tater tots are large enough to make them an entrée as they are stuffed with bacon, cheddar and jalapeno. However, the breakfast burrito or brisket hash both highlight Smoke Ring's amazing ‘cue.

  • Sway – Located in the Hyatt Regency, Sway has terrific Southern offerings like fried chicken and shrimp and grits. Technically, Sway doesn't offer brunch, but breakfast is offered until 11 a.m., and it is oh so filling. Plus you can get the Shrimp N’ Grits at breakfast or lunch. Wash your grub down with one of Sway's delicious house-made juices like orange carrot. As we head into fall look for pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes.

Find the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner in Downtown Atlanta at our dining guide.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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