The Best Under-the-Radar Brunches in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis | March 24, 2014 By Christopher Hassiotis  |  March 24, 2014

Whether it's a calm meal to recover from a night out or a lively get-together to catch up with friends, a good brunch is a seriously good thing. And while it's no tough thing to find brunch in Atlanta, there's always more to discover. Maybe they're better known for their regular service, or maybe they're just not well-known beyond their neighborhoods, but these restaurants are some of the city's under-the-radar brunch gems.

  • Serpas

    Why It's Great: Located in the Old Fourth Ward's Studioplex, Serpas is well known for its Louisiana-influenced cuisine, but still isn't often top of the list for ATL brunches. That should change.

    Must Order: The beef short-rib eggs Benedict ($16) is succulent and rich, while the cast-iron sunny-side-up eggs ($11) come served with Andouille sausage, nodding to chef-owner Scott Serpas' NOLA roots.

    Insider Tip: Still hungry after brunch? Come back for Sunday supper, when Serpas serves up three-course communal meals.

    Hit It Up: Sunday only, 11 AM-3 PM; 659 Auburn Ave.; 404-688-0040

  • Big Tex Decatur

    Why It's Great: Texas-sized portions of Tex-Mex dishes

    Must Order: The migas - scrambled eggs with crunchy fried tortilla strips, tender pork carnitas, jalapeño relish and refried black beans with warm flour tortillas and home fries on the side.

    Insider Tip: Get ready for a lively brunch, as the music-loving owners have a different bluegrass band performing in the restaurant every brunch day.

    Hit It Up: Sunday only, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM; 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-377-3939

  • Rosebud

    Why It's Great: The neighbors know it, but Rosebud doesn't bring in as many people from outside the Morningside neighborhood as it should. The restaurant embraces Southern regional ingredients and gives its dishes a good dose of personality.

    Must Order: Rosebud's breakfast burger ($13) is half beef, half breakfast sausage, and topped with pimiento cheese and an over-easy egg.

    Insider Tip: Rosebud serves brunch on Fridays, on the weekends… and on Monday nights too, for those who love breakfast-for-dinner or just aren't that into weekend crowds.

    Hit It Up: Friday-Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM, Monday 5-10 PM; 1397 N. Highland Ave. NE; 404-347-9747

  • Empire State South

    Why It's Great: Although Hugh Acheson's restaurant has received significant attention for its dinner, wine list and cocktail program, its brunch remains an under-the-radar gem with seasonal Southern ingredients and a great environment.

    Must Order: Dishes change regularly, but keep an eye out for whatever is incorporated with the farm egg and crisp Carolina rice.

    Insider Tip: It's under the radar, sure, but it's not unknown; if you want to head in at peak brunch times, make a reservation.

    Hit It Up: Sunday only, 10:30 AM-3 PM; 999 Peachtree St.; 404-541-1105

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    One Eared Stag

    Why It's Great: Weekend brunch is a great time to visit this Inman Park favorite. Creative spins on classics (vanilla pancakes with duck-liver butter? scrambled pasture-raised eggs with trout roe and chives?) satisfy foodies while also keeping the less adventurous happy.

    Must Order: It's simple, but the black-pepper biscuits and gravy ($7) show how to put a creative spin on a basic classic.

    Insider Tip: The chef's breakfast ($22) is an eye-popping platter of delights, but it's a little overwhelming and gimmicky.

    Hit It Up: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-2:30 PM; 1029 Edgewood Ave.; 404-525-4479

  • Across the Street

    Why It's Great: Sometimes a little bit of heat is just what you need to wake you up on the weekend, and coffee's bitter notes make spice more intense, so go for something Mexican.

    Must Order: The Pan Perdido ($9) offers a Mexican version of French toast soaked in a sweet tres leches batter. Fish & Grits ($10) comes fried in a dusting of cornmeal and is served with a poached egg and salsa verde.

    Insider Tip: This is the spot to hit up if it's sunny, with a great patio and tons of great people-watching, from joggers to dog-walkers to still-keeping-last-night's-party-going-ers.

    Hit It Up: Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-2:30 PM; 668 Highland Ave.; 404-781-0931

  • La Tavola

    Why It's Great: Italian may not be the cuisine that immediately jumps to mind when looking for brunch, but this Virginia-Highland spot hits all the right brunch notes: salty, savory and - most importantly - tasty.

    Must Order: The pork Milanese ($12.95) tops a breaded pork scallopine with arugula-radish salad and poached eggs, while grilled rabbit sausage ($10.95) gets fried eggs, semolina gnocchi and mushroom sauce.

    Insider Tip: Gluten-free? La Tavola has a whole menu for you.

    Hit It Up: Sunday only, 11 AM-3 PM; 992 Virginia Ave.; 404-873-5430

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Empire State South

American Midtown
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American Morningside-Lenox Park
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La Tavola

Italian Virginia Highland
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Serpas Restaurant

American Old Fourth Ward
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One Eared Stag

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