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This Week in Eggs: Rise-N-Dine

Omelette and sweet potato

Omelette and sweet potato

Where do you get a great breakfast in Atlanta?

According to my kids, the best place on the east side of town is Rise-N-Dine cafe in Emory Village. I had only been once before, and I liked the way the menu could be made as healthy or as stick-to-your-ribs filling as the mood warranted.

When I recently found myself having to kill a couple of hours near Emory, I went back and got this plate of food: a “Farm-to-Market” omelette with assorted veggies, cheddar and mozz. From the list of sides I got this roasted sweet potato, which totally hit the spot. I wish more places offered a sweet potato with breakfast. (My kids say the sweet potato pancakes here are also very good.)

The thin omelette was fine, no more. I give it kudos for being yellow through and through rather than brown in spots, but the filling was dull and kind of slipped around the plate. But I recall on my first visit I had a fantastic bowl of homemade granola with yogurt and fruit.

Here’s a little look-see inside:

Have you been? Where else should I go for breakfast? I hear the Red Hen Cafe in Alpharetta is good.

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November 10th, 2009
5:16 pm

We live near Emory and drive all the way to Grant Park for these two excellent breakfast choices.
Stone Soup Kitchen, Grant Park great coffee, buttermilk pancakes, East Haven scramble
Ria’s Bluebird, Grant Park great coffee, pancakes, Early Bird, Bionic.

Also, Believe it or not, Manuel’s Tavern serves a good basic breakfast on Sat and Sun 11-3. The prices are very reasonable.


November 10th, 2009
5:50 pm

Ain’t nothing better than Ria’s Bluebird.I want my daughter to name my first granddaughter Ria.


November 10th, 2009
7:56 pm

I was not impressed with Red Hen. While the menu offers some unique items, the quality does not live up to the desciption of the food! On top of that, during our visit,the waitstaff was more interested in surfing the internet on a laptop set up beside the bar, including our waiter.


November 10th, 2009
7:58 pm

Ria’s is great. I love the pancakes and the tempeh-biscuit-gravy breakfast bowl.

I’m also a fan of the pancakes at West Egg Cafe. And the deal where you can build your own breakfast at Thumbs Up is cool and their food is always reliably good (though never great IMO).

My newest favorite breakfast is at Noon on 11th Street. In-freaking-credible biscuit and gravy. Last time we were there my wife had to ask about the bread products because they’re so great and the guy said they get their breads from H & F Bakery, so that explains the goodness. They also cure their own bacon and it’s wonderful.

Honorable mention: the croissant with jelly at Joli Kobe. They make good croissants (a notch below H&F and Breadgarden — my faves) and you get one of those cute little personal jars of jelly with it.


November 10th, 2009
9:45 pm

I realize many people have their opinions of their favorite breakfast spot…but my treasure hunt takes on a bit of a different twist than just food. Of course the taste of the meal is the most important, but on Wednesday mornings, my friend Don and I go looking for the ultimate breakfast experience. He is a young man…but due to disabilities cannot drive, so the Wednesday breakfast becomes so much more. We’ve tried the Flying Bisuit and were disppointed in the hardball they named the store after. We adored the potatoes and grits, and the people were nice and thoughtful. Thumbs Up in Roswell was very cool–so much that I shivered a bit and my tea got cold, but we liked its simplicity, salmon and eggs. We went vintage for Original House of Pancakes one morning and were let down by a lack of energy in the place. Some things should be left a memory of the 70’s I guess. We’re still on the hunt every Wednesday morning…and if it’s the only place you’ve been all week…then the judging is bound to be tough. The search goes on.


November 10th, 2009
9:56 pm

The Red Hen in Alpharetta is just ‘meh.’ I wanted to like it since it’s a locally owned place and not a chain, but as the previous poster mentioned the food isn’t that special. You can get the same or better at a J. Christopher’s.


November 11th, 2009
8:12 am

I have eaten at the red hen 3 times and i have had a wonderful breakfast everytime. You can tell the food is fresh. I would reccomend giving the red hen a try.


November 11th, 2009
11:02 am

my favorite place for brunch these days is the social house on howell mill. service is not great but they have a pleasingly electic menu with several mainstay breakfast/brunch items.


November 11th, 2009
12:25 pm

J.R.’s BBQ has been in business in Norcross for 20+ years. The BBQ is good but the breakfast is AMAZING. The biscuits, gravy, hotcakes, and BBQ turkey omlette (add cheese to it, sounds wierd but is delicious)are my favorites and they serve it until 2pm on weekends which is great for lazy folks like me.

M. Johnson

November 11th, 2009
12:26 pm

I like breakfast at the Glenwood in East Atlanta. They do fried oysters, eggs, bacon and a biscuit for about $7.50. Add a Blue Moon with an orange wedge and you have a great Sunday brunch.

I also miss Calavino’s Kitchen. She had the BEST breakfast specials!

Alpharetta Girl

November 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

My husband and I try various different places for breakfast. We tried Red Hen and were not impressed. The service was awful and the food was overpriced for what it was.
Our FAVORITE place is BB’s Bagels on McFarland Road in Alpharetta. It’s in an old Airstream trailor. But they have some of the best bagels – true NY style kettle boiled bagels. They make all their flavored cream cheeses! Their bagel sandwiches are killer. Love the french toast and if you don’t find something on the menu, ask if it’s not too busy and they’ll make it for you. The staff are good ol’ New Yorkers, so sometimes may seem a little rough around the edges, but it’s also what gives the place personality! Sitting at the counter is always an experience!

Lake Claire Daisy

November 11th, 2009
2:45 pm

Sun in My Belly in Kirkwood is a great spot for breakfast!

Lily toad

November 11th, 2009
3:50 pm

Ria’s is the best. I’ve never had better pancakes. My girlfriend orders the Early Bird — eggs, grits, bacon and biscuit or toast. I order pancakes and an extra plate. Then we share pancakes, grits and bacon. Great coffee, too.

Midtown CPA

November 11th, 2009
6:08 pm

I agree with Ria’s and have loved the ole Atlanta staple, Flying Biscuit (the original two, that is). I think my favorite OTP breakfast joint is the Red Hen in Alpharetta. The food is fresh and fun place to be. If anything, its a nice and welcome change from the usuals.


November 11th, 2009
6:33 pm

My wife and I are regulars at the Red Hen and definitely recommend it for your list. Weekends are busy and the space is intimate. Definitely worth a try! The grits are amazing.


November 11th, 2009
6:42 pm

Parish in Virginia-Highland seems to take it pretty seriously with lovely pain perdu and beautifully poached eggs. I’ve eaten breakfast at a lot of the places mentioned here: West Egg is OK. Social House was good, too. Ria’s wasn’t bad, but I didn’t think the pancakes tasted any better than what can be made at home.

Which leads me to my real issue with breakfast: it’s expensive. $8, 9, $10 for the entree, another $3 or $4 for a side of sausage. Another $3 or $4 for potatoes. If I’m going to drop that kind of money for a meal, I’d rather it be lunch or dinner.

But I would love to find a breakfast place that is so good it would make me stand in line for 45 minutes like those poor souls I see at Flying Biscuit on Sundays.


November 11th, 2009
7:09 pm

I can also endorse the Ren Hen. It has a unique menu and dedicated owners. I’ve eaten both lunch and breakfast there with my kids and with friends. I can recommend eggs josephine, cheesy artichoke squares, the portabella burger and brownie bombs.


November 11th, 2009
8:29 pm

Highly recommend the Red Hen – I, personally, think it far exceeds J. Christophers and has a much better menu. Family owned. Our son is a Marine and one of the first places he wants to go when he visits is “breakfast at The Hen” – the last time he was home; the owners went a large container of their cream cheese grits back home to Camp Legeune with him. The homemade granola is pretty awesome! The artichoke squares are worth the trip to Alpharetta alone! Go – you won’t be disappointed.


November 12th, 2009
10:05 am

I love love love Rise-n-Dine. You can pick from a variety of different kinds of meals, and all are delicious. For example, in the mood for a salad- the Greek is excellent. Last time I went, I got the sweet potato pancakes (that are great, as your kids said), but all of us ended up descending on my friend’s peirogie bowl. I have Polish heritage and have never seen all the elements combined as deliciously as this: peirogies with keilbasi in a bowl covered with cooked onions and apples. Oh man.


November 12th, 2009
10:43 am

Thumbs up is awesome and we also love Radial Cafe! Sun in My Belly is super cool too except for the Fyling Biscuit length wait on Sundays!

John Kessler

November 12th, 2009
2:19 pm

Thanks for all the tips!

Patrick Hill

November 12th, 2009
3:23 pm

I LOVE The Red Hen. I am a solid supporter of locally owned and operated restaurants. On top of this fact, the food and atmosphere is outstanding! The owners are always onsite paying attention to every detail ensuring a fantastic customer experience. I wake up craving the grits and there is nothing better than the brownie bombs for dessert. Their french toast is very original and is the best I’ve had in metro Atlanta. You should definitely check this place out. You won’t be disappointed!


November 12th, 2009
6:13 pm

The Sawmill is crazy good, but it is all the way up in Blairsville, so not really an Atlanta spot. I like the Old Hickory House on Northlake Pkwy. Just an old school breakfast, I’m working towards 50 years old, I feel like a young child in there compared to the rest of the clientele.


November 12th, 2009
7:00 pm

Despite what others may have said, I believe The Red Hen is a very high quality restaurant. Not only are the cream cheese grits awesome but I particularly love the chicken salad. I’m a regular here and no matter what anyone else says, I will be coming back again and again. Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful food and even more wonderful people!


November 12th, 2009
10:42 pm

I personally like The Red Hen….John, you should check it out. The food is awesome and the service is great and I am a huge breakfast fan!


November 13th, 2009
10:58 am

Highland Bakery is a cool place for breakfast too. Actually, just getting one of their great muffins and a coffee for take out qualifies as a nice breakfast for me.