Often, when waiting in a longer-than long line on the weekend mornings, we can't help but wonder if someone is playing a bit of a practical joke on us. We love eggs benedict as much as the next guy, but we can't help but wonder – is there another way? Could there be another restaurant in Atlanta doing magical things with eggs that we don't have to wait 45 minutes to an hour to consume? The answer is yes. Atlanta is host to numerous pancake slingin' and egg beatin' stops that are flying just under our radars.
Across the Street
Mostly known for their creative takes on Mexican classics (and for having quite an epic patio), we've come to know the Freedom Park spot for quite the unbelievable brunch. Their menu sports the go-to classics – crab eggs benedict, fish and grits and huevos rancheros to name a few – but it's the dishes like the Divorced Eggs and Drunk'n Eggs that really steal the show. Two beer-poached eggs on a bed of hominy mash with homemade tortilla crisps, gooey cheese and salsa verde? Yes, please.
Why wait until 5 p.m. for a boozy slushy? Victory's Decatur joint shows us its eggier side every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Not only can patrons expect breakfast sandwiches (naturally), but also homemade donuts and Pimm's Cup slushies. (Pro-tip: If you have the wherewithal to stick around into the evening hours you're sure to find a happy ending.)
One Eared Stag
Still not convinced breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well then, clearly you've yet to brunch at One Eared Stag. Their black pepper biscuits alone are a revelation, but when they're coupled with country sausage gravy or couching a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich? That just can't be beat. And when we're feeling a bit on the fancy side, we go straight to the soft scrambled pasture raised eggs with smoked trout roe. Even fancier? The chef's breakfast. (Most important meal of the day indeed.)
Hilda's isn't messing around when they say they serve up "breakfast to write home about." Housed right on the edge of the Beltline's Eastside trail in the Irwin Street Market, Hilda's is a great place to load up before hitting the trail. Buttermilk waffles? A bevy of flavored grits? Homemade granola? We're drafting up letters to our Mom just thinking about it.
You don't need to give us a reason to head to this Oakhurst establishment, but the thought of a fulfilling breakfast certainly gets our motors going. Served only on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Steinbeck's breakfast is the thing that dreams are made of. One bite of their Crème Brulée French Toast and its bourbon macerated strawberries – and you'll be believers, too.
Empire State South
It's no surprise that the folks of Empire State South can serve up fiercely delicious meals at any hour of the day. We're fans of the sweet and earthy flavors of the beets & strawberries, which are served with escarole, ricotta cheese, pickled rhubarb, pecans and burnt honey and bee pollen. (Which makes us feel all la-di-da and then some.) And when we're feeling carnivorous? Well, let's just say nothing beats a hangar steak for breakfast. (Trust us.)
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