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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

Brunch Lover

August 30th, 2010
10:00 pm

1. Highland Bakery
2. Landon’s on Cascade
3. American Roadhouse

Patrick Aggie

August 30th, 2010
10:02 pm

who cares…brunch is for wimps


August 30th, 2010
10:03 pm

Could someone please…PLEASE…once and for all…explain the mystery that is the Flying Biscuit? My friend and I have a theory to explain it’s odd success, but it’s not fit for print.

Daimond Diva

August 30th, 2010
10:04 pm

Ritter’s on Lower Roswell Rd in East Cobb-Sunday brunch that is fantastic!


August 30th, 2010
10:06 pm

flying biscuit
west egg


August 30th, 2010
10:13 pm

Ray’s on the River!! I LOVE the chicken strips, they have sesame seeds in the batter and are so tender…. And it’s all you can eat. Omelettes made to order.


August 30th, 2010
10:14 pm

eric i completely agree. flying biscuit isnt all that. these people just cant think for themselves…


August 30th, 2010
10:22 pm

Radial Cafe…yum yum….and best coffee around!


August 30th, 2010
10:26 pm

I am thinking for myself, I vote for Flying Biscuit. You vote for whomever you want. Flying Biscuit.


August 30th, 2010
10:27 pm

West Egg Cafe.
Social House.


August 30th, 2010
10:39 pm


August 30th, 2010
10:43 pm

Eating Highland Bakery’s Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes is an absolutely incredible life experience!


August 30th, 2010
10:52 pm

great ideas to check out and thank God for no “my house” or “my mammas house”

anyway, social house

doogy hunts

August 30th, 2010
10:55 pm

social house the best hands down!!!!


August 30th, 2010
10:58 pm

Absolutely Ria’s Bluebird Cafe! Great food. Great Service.

The Egg Man

August 30th, 2010
11:13 pm

Aspen’s Steakhouse for a wonderful $17.95 brunch buffet


August 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

Golden Coral. Case Closed.


August 30th, 2010
11:20 pm

Murphy’s!!!! #thatisall


August 30th, 2010
11:54 pm

Ria’s Bluebird, for the win! Tasty, flavorful food with options aplenty for vegetarians and omnivores alike. The caramelized banana pancakes and the southwest tofu scramble are to die for. Honorable mentions for Highland Bakery (sweet potato pancakes!), Thumb’s Up Diner, West Egg (pimiento cheese grits!), Stone Soup Kitchen, and Flying Biscuit midtown (Fried Green Tomato BLT, minus the “B,” plus veggie sausage). Great…now I’m hungry!


August 31st, 2010
12:11 am


August 31st, 2010
12:12 am

Sun in my Belly. Rosebud and Cafe di Sol are great brunch stops as well.


August 31st, 2010
12:43 am

My favorites are The Flying Biscuit in Roswell and Thumbs Up Diner. Never disappointed.


August 31st, 2010
1:11 am

The Social House! =) Great food and nice atmosphere!


August 31st, 2010
1:22 am

I, like others, don’t understand this fascination with the Flying Biscuit. The food is just awful.

I don’t think you can beat Canoe for brunch. And I love Murphy’s, but they don’t take reservations for brunch, so personally I’ll skip the wait.


August 31st, 2010
1:26 am

OK Cafe @ W Paces & Northside Dr. Canoe is great too.


August 31st, 2010
3:20 am

Ria’s Bluebird, Thumbs Up Diner.


August 31st, 2010
4:24 am

The Last Meal at Reidsville State Prison is to die for.


August 31st, 2010
8:05 am

Hello ATL – How did anyone not mention Paschal’s? The best breakfast buffet by far for those with southern taste buds.


August 31st, 2010
8:18 am


August 31st, 2010
8:23 am

Ria’s Bluebird or Wahoo!


August 31st, 2010
8:32 am

The Pecan in College Park !!!!

Father Murphy

August 31st, 2010
8:54 am

I like Chuck e Cheese


August 31st, 2010
9:09 am

We just took our mum for Sunday Brunch at Copelands in Kennesaw and it was GREAT!!!!! By the time we left we were so full of a wide variety of yummy food. BEIGNETS ANYONE??????


August 31st, 2010
9:16 am

Ray on the River!!!

Tigerfan 7

August 31st, 2010
9:36 am

The Shed on Glenwood is fantastic!


August 31st, 2010
9:42 am

Ray’s on the River has a pretty decent Sunday Brunch!


August 31st, 2010
9:59 am

Wahoo in Decatur has a really nice Sunday brunch. I also don’t understand the appeal of the Flying Biscuit – long waits for mediocre food.


August 31st, 2010
10:14 am

best of the big a list hasn’t changed for a decade. its like a broken record. the same old boring places by the same old boring palates (best pizza- mellow mushroom, best indian- imperial fez, best brunch- flying biscuit, etc etc). flying biscuit chain is as generic as a can of kroger wet dog food.


August 31st, 2010
10:14 am

Park’s Edge

Mama Mia

August 31st, 2010
10:29 am

Waffle House Hands down.

Jim Lesser

August 31st, 2010
10:33 am

I’ve seen a lot of interesting nominations on here, and most of them have not even been in business for a decade.

I agree that Flying Biscuit is just terrible. It used to be good when it was a single location in Candler Park, but now that it was bought out by Raving Brands (Monkey Joes, Shanes Rib Shack, Planet Smoothie Moes, and Doc Greens) for massive expansion, the quality has plummeted. I’m being dead serious when I say this – IHOP and Waffle House will give you a better breakfast/brunch. I think it’s because those chains know how to manage multiple locations in a better manner.


August 31st, 2010
10:48 am

Atlanta is loaded with great brunch spots. Here’s a short list of a few great ones.

Ria’s Bluebird (Voted the 7th best diner in the US by the Learning Channel)
Stone Soup Kitchen
Sun in My Belly
Highland Bakery
Gato Bizco

Flying Biscuit is for tourists…


August 31st, 2010
11:13 am

The Flying Biscuit by far! Especially the one at Terminus. Yes there are long waits on the weekends, but, Monday through Friday it’s easy to get a table. This location is cleaner and still keeps the eclectic atmosphere. Plus the staff is well trained.
Most of the other rrestaurants listed are Plain Jane’s like Waffle House. The others are so expensive you need to take out a second mortgage to go there.


August 31st, 2010
11:17 am


August 31st, 2010
11:20 am

West egg, J Christophers, and Old Hickory House in Dunwoody


August 31st, 2010
11:52 am

West Egg


August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

OK Cafe for me – good breakfast, and if you’re in the mood for lunch foods, the veggies are really really good. Always a wait, but always great service once you get to the table.


August 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

Since Huey’s is no longer an option….*sigh*….
South City Kitchen or J. Christopher’s would be my choices.

Daniel A.

August 31st, 2010
12:29 pm

Definitely Murphy’s in the VA Highlands! There choices are lengthy, but does not effect the flavor or preperation of the food. I love it!


August 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

AMERICAN ROADHOUSE in the Highlands has brunch that’s worth waiting for. Perfect cure for a Highlands-induced hangover.