Where to Brunch: Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta's Avalon
t's Friday — time to quit working for the weekend and start planning out your brunch(es). On Fridays we highlight an ATL brunch spot worth a visit. Let us know your favorite place in the comments below or via Twitter.
The Spot: Oak Steakhouse
The Gist: The Avalon steakhouse — an offshoot of the Charleston original, and sharing owners with the neighboring Italian spot Colletta — recently expanded its kitchen's offerings, adding a Sunday brunch service (11 AM to 3 PM). The food veers from light salads to meaty breakfast entrees, with plenty of Southern pastries to share.
Eat This: A shareable order of gravy-and-cheese-topped poutine starts brunch off on a hearty foot. Stay with that trend of filling plates with an order of fried chicken atop a fluffy Belgian waffle ($15), or go for a more traditional steak-and-eggs benedict ($18), where grilled flatiron steak, poached farm eggs and a spiced Hollandaise sit comfortably atop a Southern-style biscuit. Want to up the meat ante and take full advantage of the steakhouse vibe? Opt for the Belly & Bone ($16), a rich dish that marries pork belly, bone marrow bread pudding, hollandaise sauce and poached eggs. End on a sweet note with an order of beignets ($5).
Drink This: Oak has a rotating selection of cocktails on tap. One that's perfect for brunch is called The Violet Hour ($12). Italy, England, Poland and France all meet up in this blend of Cocchi Americano Rosa variety, Boodles gin, Sobieski vodka and house-made lavender-infused simple syrup.
Know Before You Go: Like the cocktails, but already done with brunch? Avalon has an open-container policy; just get a to-go cup from your server.
950 Third St., Alpharetta; 678-722-8333