The work week can be pretty chaotic. And don’t those weekends go by too quickly? No wonder people don't want to leave their 'hood to dine out. And luckily, it isn't necessary since there are plenty restaurants in Atlanta. Here’s a list of the best brunch spots on Atlanta's Eastside.
- 9 Mile Station – Though the menu is small at this rooftop restaurant in Ponce City Market, it is still hard to choose. If you've got a group of at least four, start with the sticky buns. Served with a coffee glaze, they are a sweet kickoff to brunch. If you fancy more sweetness, get the banana-stuffed French toast. Topped with pecans and berries, it is quite a filling portion. However, for a more hearty and meaty choice, go with the Benedict. What sets it apart is the pretzel bun, which marries well with the poached eggs and spinach. There are lots of specialty brunch cocktails and excellent wines and beers to sip while taking in the splendid city views.
- Cast Iron – Located in Inman Park is Cast Iron. The small restaurant with a small menu is cranking out utterly delicious share plates, borrowing from many different cuisines. For brunch, think items like duck chilaquiles, mortadella hash or vegetable shakshuka.
- Folk Art – This is the sister restaurant to the upscale Wisteria restaurant in Inman Park. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch there’s all day breakfast, too, with items like biscuits with sausage gravy, Benedicts, and chicken and waffles. Specialty cocktails include Mr. Sunshine, a mixture of gin, OJ, lemon juice and ginger syrup; and What's Up Doc, featuring vodka, carrot juice, apple cider and fresh ginger.
- Hampton + Hudson – In the new Inman Quarter development, Hampton + Hudson is a lively spot to catch your favorite sports team. But the food is way better than the eats in your average sports bar. Think items like steak tartare and octopus. At brunch, get the hangover fries or the pastrami hash. Then come back for the daily specials Monday through Friday.
- Highland Bakery – Luckily for fans of Highland Bakery, there are several locations in Atlanta, and the Eastside is no exception. I’m a sucker for the sweet potato pancakes, but if you are craving something heartier, get one of the six Benedicts. Signature items are country fried steak Benedict and cowboy Benedict. Note: no reservations.
- Ladybird – Another restaurant along the BeltLine, Ladybird is a popular spot on weekends for the fun bar atmosphere, but Ladybird serves an incredible brunch, too. Standouts include the Nashville hot chicken biscuit (the biscuits are made from scratch), breakfast tacos or skillet hash.
- Mai Kind of Brunch – This Korean fusion brunch spot is located in the East Atlanta Village. Standouts are the Korean sweet potato pancakes or the Mai bowl with eggs, Chinese spicy sausage and potatoes. Tip: Get the plum iced tea if available. Note: The restaurant is closed on Mondays and open Tuesday through Friday for breakfast only (8 to 11 a.m.) and Saturday and Sunday for brunch, closing at 3 p.m.
- TWO Urban Licks – With spectacular views of the Atlanta skyline and a location on the Atlanta BeltLine, TWO Urban Licks will start your brunch with the Get Proud Mary Ma – made with sriracha. Get the pimento cheese BLT or brisket hash for entrees.
- Venkman’s – Like to be entertained during brunch? Who doesn’t want to hear a live band while dining and throwing back Bloody Marys? You can do this at Venkman’s in the Old Fourth Ward. Just be sure to make reservations. This is also a great spot for groups. Get the oxtail chilaquiles while they are available. Plus Venkman's serves bottomless mimosas.
Excellent brunches abound in Atlanta, whether you're looking for bottomless mimosas or just a great mid-morning meal.
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.