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Best brunch

This venerable brunch spot in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood has been serving Atlanta for almost 30 years. Photo courtesy The Reynolds Group

This venerable restaurant in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood has been serving Atlanta for almost 30 years. Photo courtesy The Reynolds Group


1. Murphy’s

You say, “The brunch there is outstanding, and every time I go on a Saturday or Sunday there’s a long line” and “Years ago I had a crabcakes benedict at Murphy’s. It was a special, not a regular brunch item. To this day, the best meal I ever had. Crabcake topped w/ poached egg, Canadian bacon and a jalapeno hollandaise. Unreal!!!”

2. Highland Bakery

3. Canoe

4. Thumbs Up Diner

5. West Egg

6. Rosebud

The riverside setting is just one of many reasons Canoe is our pick for best Atlanta-area brunch spot.

The riverside setting is just one of many reasons Canoe is our pick for best Atlanta-area brunch spot.


1. Canoe

Food and beverage writer Bob Townsend says, “Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River near Vinings, Canoe offers a lovely natural setting to relax and enjoy chef Carvel Grant Gould’s sophisticated Southern-style cuisine. At brunch, that means the likes of Georgia pecan sticky buns, duck and eggs with sage biscuits, or cornmeal pancakes with warm berry preserves.”

2. Shaun’s

3. Rosebud

4. Muss & Turner’s

5. Babette’s Cafe

233 comments Add your comment


August 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, of course!


August 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

Corner Cafe in Buckhead


August 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

Flying Biscuit. Or Meehans.


August 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

The Red Hen, BY FAR! The BEST omelettes in town (right, John Kessler?)


August 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

Pacci for Midtown folks. I agree with Red Hen Cafe for OTP.


August 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

I agree – Pacci has a great brunch!!


August 30th, 2010
2:15 pm

It’s a toss up for me between the french toast at Haven or the french toast at Flying Biscuit… but I think the creme anglaise at FB seals the deal!


August 30th, 2010
2:17 pm

Shaun’s and Rosebud both have a great brunch!

If you are looking for something more casual – Pastries A Go Go or Thumb’s Up Diner


August 30th, 2010
2:45 pm

This is a no brainer…. The Flying Biscuit….

Miss Diva

August 30th, 2010
3:08 pm

Pappadeaux in Alpharetta without a doubt!!!


August 30th, 2010
3:10 pm

I like Highland Bakery for brunch


August 30th, 2010
3:10 pm

Flying Biscuit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


August 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

Flying Biscuit. YUM!

Try Copelands

August 30th, 2010
3:22 pm

Copelands has a nice laid back atmosphere, a little jazz music, subdued lighting and mostly decent food. Just make sure you aren’t sat near a screaming kid (as with any restaurant) and it makes for a relaxing weekend brunch. The crabcake bendict is a favorite.

I Do Not like the Flying Biscuit on Johnson Ferry Rd. So-so food (big dry biscuits) and bad service. Wouldn’t go again even for free food.

Joann Richardson

August 30th, 2010
3:29 pm

The Highland bakery!


August 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

Einstein’s (not the bagel place, the restaurant on Juniper) and Murphy’s

Ms Jones

August 30th, 2010
4:06 pm

Murhy’s, Sun in my Belly, Carpe Diem… I’ve brunched at 20 places better than Flying Biscuit… I can’t figure out why people love that restaurant. J Christopher on a bad day beats Flying Biscuit.


August 30th, 2010
4:10 pm

I agree with Try Copeland’s. Copelands has a great brunch. plus the jazz band adds a great touch


August 30th, 2010
4:36 pm

City Bistro in downtown Cumming rocks for Sunday brunch. Croissant french toast…good stuff!


August 30th, 2010
4:54 pm

Highland Bakery


August 30th, 2010
4:55 pm


August 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

Relish in Roswell


August 30th, 2010
5:20 pm

Canoe in Vinings is excellent


August 30th, 2010
5:23 pm

Sun in my Belly


August 30th, 2010
5:28 pm

Relish – Historic Roswell


August 30th, 2010
5:47 pm


August 30th, 2010
5:50 pm

Red Hen Sucks


August 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

The West Egg!

Mr. M

August 30th, 2010
6:28 pm

Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands

mike S

August 30th, 2010
6:34 pm

Pastries A Go Go – Decatur
The Social House – Howell Mill Rd.
Highland Bakery – Highland Ave.

I tried to stick with Atlanta restaurants, although I wavered slightly with Pastries A Go Go. The Social House is my favorite new brunch joint. I’m almost hesitant to mention it, since it’s still relatively unknown.

El Azteca has on Peachtree in Buckhead has a unique Sunday Brunch. It’s an all you can eat buffet, with Mexican lunch and breakfast choices.

Flying Biscuit used to be awesome until it went corporate. It had great biscuits at the old Candler Park location, but now they are hard as a rock. Since being splattered on every street corner in Metro Atlanta, it seems as if they are no longer able to manage quality control. J. Christophers and Thumbs Up don’t seem to be managing their growth very well either.


August 30th, 2010
6:35 pm

West Egg is great. The original Flying Biscuit is wonderful, the other locations are pale imitations.


August 30th, 2010
6:38 pm

Sun In My Belly, hands down. Waffle House is better than Flying Biscuit.


August 30th, 2010
6:41 pm

The Flying Biscuit Cafe!!


August 30th, 2010
6:43 pm

Rosebud, Sun In My Belly, and Highland Bakery


August 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

The Nook on Piedmont Park. Nothing better than sitting on their great patio, drinking a mimosa and eating a delicious brunch.


August 30th, 2010
6:51 pm

Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland, Einstein’s on Juniper in Midtown, Canoe in Vinings, Grace in Norcross/The Forum. South City Kitchen in Midtown is also great.


August 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

Serpas – Old Fourth Ward


August 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

I live O-OTP but when we want vittles during the middle of the Sabbath, that would be Sunday dinner versus Sunday supper, we take the white picket fence off the Winnabaguh, disconnect the LP tank (impotent safety tip) and head for Murphy’s in VA Highlands. The parkin’s kind of tough but the food is worth it…


August 30th, 2010
7:09 pm

Thanks to BobDog and Mr. M for listing Murphy’s in Virginia Highland. The brunch there is outstanding, and every time I go on a Sat. or Sun. there’s a long line.


August 30th, 2010
8:42 pm

Thanks for the tips – will look into El Azteca – yum, Mexican food for brunch!! Also wonder what a Pappadeaux brunch would be like, their food is tasty at dinnertime! We went to Copeland’s for a special occasion (pricey) but the food was memorable, truly worth the $$$! Waiting for that next special occasion to go back! Just go hungry so you can try all the foods, they almost have so much you can’t try all that they have in one visit.


August 30th, 2010
9:12 pm

Rosebud in Morningside is phenomenal. Osteria 832 in Virginia-Highland has a wonderful and unique brunch too–try the baked eggs or the french toast.


August 30th, 2010
9:14 pm

Gilberts! Great for large parties.

Mello Yello

August 30th, 2010
9:21 pm

Thumbs Up Diner


August 30th, 2010
9:23 pm

ITP – Parish and Rosebud- NO Contest. Rosebud has THE best omelettes, french toast, etc in town.And music and a GREAT atmosphere!! Parish is a little pricey, but worth it, for sure.
OTP- Chequers Seafood Grille @ Perimeter has an AWESOME brunch – and it’s C-H-E-A-P!!! Under $22.00 per person and AMAZING food & service!!
Going to the Flying Biscuit now is akin to going Burger King or Mickey D’s it’s so awful. What a shame. But there ARE great places like Parish and Chequers!

ole smokey

August 30th, 2010
9:24 pm

Pappadeux – Alpharetta

HS Teacher

August 30th, 2010
9:41 pm

Murphys in VA Highland.. mmmm!


August 30th, 2010
9:44 pm

Carol Street Cafe–followed closely by Highland Bakery


August 30th, 2010
9:50 pm

American Roadhouse in the Highlands,Pappadeaux in Alpharetta,and I would also say Relish out in Roswell

real foodie

August 30th, 2010
9:56 pm

Firewater Chophouse in Cumming.


August 30th, 2010
9:57 pm

I’m still a fan of Corner Cafe. Been to Rosebud for dinner (YUM!) but never for brunch so I’m sure it’s great too. Haven’t been to Murphy’s in years, but when I did it was wonderful! I agree about Flying Biscuit…it went downhill when it started multiplying.