Neighborhood Gems for Brunch Around Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  May 22, 2015
Credit: Le Petit Marché

You love brunch, we love brunch. Atlanta loves brunch! And in our recent Brunch Survey, you shared your thoughts, feelings and opinions on the city's Top 10 spots to spend a weekend. But maybe you're looking for something off the beaten path, or something that's just mellow — more homestyle than hubbub. Have we got some places for you all across Atlanta's various neighborhoods…

Brookhaven: The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant

Okay, so it's technically near Brookhaven, but this time-capsule restaurant adjacent to the DeKalb Peachtree Airport is worth a visit. Its World War II theme provides a step back in time, while the Sunday brunch buffet offers endless classics including carved meats and smoked salmon.
What to Order: It's a buffet — try it all. But don't overlook the $1 mimosas.
3829 Clairmont Rd.; 770-234-0057

Kirkwood: Le Petit Marché

This Kirkwood standby recently relocated across Hosea Williams, but it retained its charm as well as its dedication to quality food. Breakfast's offered every day of the week, but it's on the weekends when things really start to bustle, particularly on the modest patio.
What to Order: French toast sandwich: vanilla-battered bread, scrambled eggs and either bacon, chicken sausage or veggie sausage.
1984 Hosea L Williams Dr. NE; 404-371-9888

Johns Creek: Pampas Steakhouse

Pampas isn't necessarily a hidden gem in Johns Creek — it's one of Atlanta's top-rated restaurants, after all. But its brunch service doesn't immediately spring to mind. There's still steak and plenty of it available on Sundays, but you'll also find the Argentinean-influenced restaurant shifting gears to serve up brunchy fare like frittatas, pancakes and French toast.
What to Order: Grilled lobster B.L.T.: bacon, lettuce, tomato, lobster tail and honey mustard dressing on ciabatta bread, with blue cheese potato chips.
10970 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek; 678-339-0029


Castleberry Hill: The Smoke Ring

Barbecue and brunch? Heck yes. Just think of all the wonderful nooks and crannies that oozing poached-egg yolk can find in a pile of pulled pork. Another positive? Brunch here arrives on both Saturday and Sunday.
What to Order: Pulled-pork benedict.
309 Nelson St. SW; 404-228-6377

Buckhead: Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

This upscale Italian steakhouse isn't what first springs to mind when scanning restaurants for brunch. But head into Phipps Plaza, where Davio's is located, on a Sunday for a menu that's not too heavy on the eggs and sweets — brunch here is definitely less "br-" and more "-unch."
What to Order: Egg pizza with mozzarella, smoked bacon, scallions, truffle oil.
3500 Peachtree Rd.; 404-844-4810

Midtown: Babs

Owner Randy Adler and his affable staff pack a lot of personality into this compact Midtown space in the bottom part of a historic home. Dishes on the ever-changing menu veer toward Southern standard plates (eggs, bread, sausage, bacon, etc.), though we've had great dishes that draw influence from all over the globe.
What to Order: The Sunday brunch theme changes weekly, so if you want certainty, track down Babs on social media that day, or call ahead and inquire. Otherwise, just go with the flow and show up with an open mind and an empty stomach.
814 Juniper St. NE; 404-541-0888

Old Fourth Ward: Across the Street

This contemporary Mexican place comes to mind more for its margaritas and sunny patio, but a brunch pulling influences and flavors from south of the border is a fine thing to find. And yes, you can still have a margarita…as long as it's after 12:30 PM.
What to Order: Crab enchiladas served with poached eggs and creamy poblano sauce.
668 Highland Ave.; 404-781-0931