The 9 Best Brunches in Midtown Atlanta

Need a brunch fix? Head to Midtown.
  • The Southern Benedict fills the bill (and your tummy) at TAP Gastropub.
    The Southern Benedict fills the bill (and your tummy) at TAP Gastropub.
  • Fried chicken is a staple at many Southern brunches.
    Fried chicken is a staple at many Southern brunches.
  • Delightful ceviche satisfies at Eclectic Bar and Bistro.
    Delightful ceviche satisfies at Eclectic Bar and Bistro.
  • Try Asian fusion at Pijiu Belly on the Westside.
    Try Asian fusion at Pijiu Belly on the Westside.

Sure you can scramble a couple of eggs and heat up some bacon in the microwave. But don't your weekends demand more satisfaction than that? Sure they do. Grab a couple buddies and head out to one of these nine best brunch spots in Midtown. 

  1. Apres Diem – A longtime staple in Atlanta, Apres Diem fills a void for coffee lovers. The European café features delicious small plates and a wonderful atmosphere for brunch. Start your meal off with a Manmosa or an Ugly Maria. Order the signature half and half of hummus and baba ghanouj. For mains, try the huevos Española or the lobster scramble.

  2. Bantam + Biddy – This family-friendly restaurant serves brunch until 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. We recommend the Big Chicken Skillet. Still want brunch on a weekday? No problem. They serve the Southern Breakfast All Day at lunch  eggs, creamed grits, pimento cheese, stewed collards, bacon and jalapeño cornbread.

  3. Eclectic Bar and Bistro – It’s easy to miss Eclectic Bar and Bistro in Midtown. The small restaurant is nearly hidden away in a tiny strip mall. But it is so worth seeking out. For one, it has a lovely patio in the back. And two, the dishes are a definite departure from most brunch menus. Think lobster ceviche and sun-dried tomato bruschetta. But here’s what I’m crazy about – schnitzel and waffles (thinly pounded fried chicken served with a pomegranate-maple glaze).

  4. Einstein's – In the heart of Midtown lies Einstein’s. Though you may dismiss it as part of that chain you see everywhere, you’d be missing out. The interior is quite upscale. This is the place you want to bring a group. Because you can order a carafe of blood orange mimosas. Get the fried green tomato Benedict with poached eggs, goat cheese, basil aioli and red pepper puree.

  5. Highland Bakery – They have a terrific selection of coffee to get you caffeinated for the day. If you’re looking for brunch on the sweet side order the signature sweet potato pancakes or peanut butter French toast. Tip: You can order half an order of these items. Cilantro corn cakes are a tasty option for those looking for something heartier. 

  6. Pijui Belly – This Westside restaurant puts an Asian spin on comfort food. Ditch the mimosa for a bourbon milk punch. They are known for their rotisserie chicken, and you can get that served with waffles at brunch. Or opt for the gluttonous pork belly scramble.

  7. Park 75 – It doesn’t get more posh than brunching at Park 75 in the Four Seasons hotel. We love that chef Robert Gerstenecker is growing many of the herbs, along with keeping bees in the rooftop garden. Indulge in a Belgian waffle with peaches and pecans, of course. Frittatas and corned beef hash are excellent, too.

  8. South City Kitchen – For years, South City Kitchen has been the go-to spot for Southern dining in Atlanta. And brunch is no exception. The fried chicken is a specialty whether you get it with waffles or by itself. But a smoked brisket Benedict sticks to your ribs quite nicely as well.

  9. TAP – While many look to their own neighborhoods and spots within walking distance for brunch, TAP is a hidden gem for brunch. Besides the lovely patio for spring days, the prices are quite reasonable. Start with an avocado hummus or whatever seasonal vegetable they are using in their hummus. Trust me. Then follow that up with the Southern Benedict, fried chicken with pimento cheese topped with a hollandaise-covered poached egg. Tip: The $5 valet charge is credited to your brunch bill.

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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