Somewhere between waking up late and deciding on the first meal of the day, we find the magic of brunch. It's a time of day when we get to pair banana flambe french toast with a mug of refreshing beer-- because, hell, why not. The best part is, there are so many places with great deals, meaning after blowing all of your hard earned dollars at the bar on Saturday night, you can still make it out for one last weekend festivity. We've picked 5 unique Atlanta restaurants that serve a knock-out brunch and won't break your bank account.
West Egg Cafe
The West Egg Cafe is an energetic and modern joint that serves breakfast all day and offers a killer brunch on weekends. This cafe offers convenient service for those who want a full dining experience or just a cup of coffee and a morning pastry. The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu offers both delicious, sweet treats and hearty, filling dishes. Try the Banana Bread French Toast with caramel-banana sauce for just $9.00 or the Salmon Cakes Benedict with poached eggs, lemon caper hollandaise and your choice of roasted garlic grits or skillet potatoes for $14.00. The best part? Their brunch is served until 5 pm! Check out their brunch menu here: West Egg Brunch.
Sun in my belly
Founded in 1996 by Executive Chef and owner Alison Lucker, Sun in My Belly offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and catering with a healthy dose of TLC. It's one of the most popular and affordable cafes in Decatur, and focuses on visually appealing aesthetics for a beautiful dining experience and soul-quenching Southern delicacies to fill your stomach. The brunch menu is available every day until 4 in the afternoon and most items are priced at $9.95, which means more opportunities for that favorite meal of the day and more money in your pocket when you leave. Try the Scrambled Egg Pressed Panini filled with hook cheddar and honey glazed bacon, all served with a side of hashed potatoes. If paninis sound too much like lunch for you folks that like to sleep in, try a fresh-made omelet of the day to satisfy those breakfast cravings. Check out the full brunch menu here: Sun in My Belly Brunch.
Little Five Points
With a slogan like “Artful Eats for Simple Folks”, you know you’re getting your money's worth at this hip Atlanta diner. Headed by chef and owner Jason Hill, Folk Art serves all-day-diner style dishes such as chicken and waffles, signature roasted pork chili and jumbo biscuits with jelly or sausage gravy. This Southern soul food is complimented by specialty cocktails like the “Mr. Sunshine”, a mixture of gin, orange juice, lemon juice and ginger syrup. Enjoy it all in a refurbished, rustic environment with a comfortable, Americana atmosphere. With prices starting at $11, Folk Art keeps you and your wallet full. Check out their brunch menu here: Folk Art Brunch.
One Eared Stag
This Atlanta favorite is located on the east side of town and is often praised by critics and food writers for its unique, world-class menu that is focused around a variety of meat dishes. Executive Chef Robert Phalen delivers an excellent collection of healthy options for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but he's especially on his brunch game. The One Eared Stag brunch menu includes classic favorites with a special twist like scrambled eggs with créme fraiche, poblano peppers, lump crab and toast and other similarly combined dishes. Top it all off with a redneck mimosa for just $4.50. With so much offered in one dish, you are sure to leave with a full stomach and definitely some left-overs. Check out their full brunch menu here: One Eared Stag Brunch.
Hugo's Oyster Bar
Located in downtown Roswell, Hugo's Oyster Bar serves seafood dishes inspired by the Coastal American South within a casual and comfortable atmosphere. As the name suggests, Hugo's is well known for their oysters, but the bar and restaurant have so much more to offer. The brunch menu offers a variety of breakfast favorites with a seafood twist such as the Crab Cake Benedict or the Hangtown Fry Omelet with bacon and oysters, both $14.50. Hugo's also opens their famous Bloody Mary bar every weekend, which has all of the supplies you need to make your bloody mary as outrageous as your mind allows. So, if you want to still eat extravagantly without paying that way, Hugo’s is your place. Check out their brunch menu here: Hugo's Oyster Bar.
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