If you're visiting for the Super Bowl or otherwise, you'll notice that Atlantans love breakfast and brunch. At times, those can be two different entities. Breakfast is a hot cup of coffee and a simple menu that fills the belly until lunch. Brunch is a leisurely event with friends, a variety of foods and, more often than not, drinks.
Luckily, Downtown Atlanta restaurants have a place for everyone’s morning dining routine. Here are some of our favorite breakfast and brunch spots in Downtown Atlanta.
Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants in Downtown Atlanta
You cannot start about talking about breakfast in Atlanta — or the South — without mentioning the iconic Waffle House. With its pecan waffles, strong coffee, eggs and friendly waitresses, Waffle House is a must-do for breakfast. There are several restaurants in Downtown Atlanta, including on Piedmont Avenue, Andrew Young International Boulevard and Marietta Street. And, if we’re talking about Atlanta-based restaurants, don’t forget Chick-fil-A and its breakfast sandwiches. There are several Chick-fil-A’s around Downtown, including at the food courts at Peachtree Center and CNN Center.
The Atlanta Breakfast Club specializes in delicious breakfasts with a wide variety of dishes from locally sourced produce.
Atlanta Breakfast Club, located on Ivan Allen Boulevard, offers a variety of breakfast options including peach cobbler French toast, breakfast tacos, fried chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, and a Southern breakfast (eggs, meat, grits and biscuit).
The Brunch Cabana, located in historic Castleberry Hill, serves brunch all day, and we particularly love the cinnamon pancake sandwich, the vegan burger, and the meat and potato hash.
Corner Bakery Cafe, located in Peachtree Center, offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, power flats, oatmeals and yogurts as well as sweets from its bakery. The bakery recently introduced a new breakfast option, the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of pesto and the BLT & Egg sandwich made with applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and lettuce. The coffee, by the way, is hand-roasted cold brew.
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint has a Sunday brunch that features endless mimosas along with such delicacies as collard green spring rolls, seafood gumbo, fried chicken biscuit, chicken omelet and bacon-wrapped shrimp.
The Weekday Cafe is perfect for those who want a great breakfast quickly and without breaking the bank. Located in the heart of Downtown at Park Place South, most of the meals start at around $2 and go up as high as $4.99 for the burrito sandwich.
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails offers a weekend brunch that features mimosas, beignets and “ginormous cinna-buns.”
Cafe Momo, located at Peachtree Center’s food court, is a self-serving buffet where you pay by the pound. It has a variety of breakfast options for vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Ray’s in the City, right next to AmericasMart, offers a weekend brunch that features specialties such as horseradish-encrusted grouper, Ray’s Sunrise Skillet, lobster chilaquiles and salmon Oscar. Take a look at the brunch cocktail menu — you’ll like it. Among the offerings are the Cityscape Mimosa, Loaded Bloody Mary and a seasonal Sangria.
Downtown Atlanta Hotel Restaurants Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch
Chefs at Sear, located in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, prepare a delicious meal.
Prime Meridian at the Omni Hotel offers a wide variety of morning refreshments for all tastes, including gluten-free breakfast breads, its signature blueberry maple sausage patty, Chuao Venezuelan bittersweet hot chocolate and a selection of cage-free egg dishes. It also has Bloody Mary’s and mimosas.
Breakfast at the historic Glenn Hotel, near CNN Center, can either be a Power Breakfast with organic steel-cut oatmeal or organic yogurt or a more substantial one such as eggs on a waffle, oatmeal-buttermilk hotcakes or steak and eggs.
AG, located in the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, is famous for its breakfast buffets as well as signature cocktails.
At the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, one can have the best of both breakfast world’s. AG offers a la carte weekend brunch, where you can have seasonally inspired features such as banana pudding French toast, Fisherman Tom’s Catch and a smoked salmon plate. There also is a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday. For those who want breakfast during the week, AG has several delicious offerings including the tofu scramble, pig & grits, and the AG omelet. For those who want to grab ’n go, the Ritz-Carlton offers Jittery Joe’s coffee shop. Jittery Joe’s is an Athens, Ga., coffeehouse favorite and it serves its own coffee as well as breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
Have brunch at the Sun Dial Room in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and enjoy the magnificent view.
The Westin Peachtree Plaza offers a Southern-Style buffet breakfast in The Cafe, its lobby restaurant. Enjoy made-to-order eggs, homemade cereals, fresh pastries and Belgian waffles. But for a special treat, go to the Sunday brunch and enjoy the view from The Sun Dial, which offers spectacular views of metro Atlanta. Among the options are corn chowder, surf & turf burger, pulled pork Benedict and blackened Georgia trout. The Sun Dial also has remarkable wine, beer and cocktail offerings.
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta offers a variety of breakfast and brunch options. Sway is famous for its fried chicken, Appalachian fish and hot fresh biscuits served with tomato jam. Our favorites include the Quinoa scramble and egg white portobella omelet. There is also a breakfast buffet for $24.
Sear, in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, has a wide variety of breakfast options including smoked trout hash, crunchy French toast and broken yolk sandwich.
Southern Elements, located in the Atlanta Hilton Hotel, offers a daily gourmet breakfast that features cooked-to-order omelets and waffles, smoked salmon, cured meats, smoothies and freshly baked breads. There is also an a la carte menu with such items as smoked salmon & egg casserole and chicken & waffles.
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel offers a buffet breakfast in its Collage Restaurant as well as a la carte options with fresh, seasonal selections.
The Drafting Table, located at the Hotel Indigo next to AmericasMart, serves breakfast until 11 a.m. daily and features such entrees as whipped ricotta french toast and smoked ham and Gruyere frittata.
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