It might be common culture to share a post-show beer with these Atlanta musicians, but what about breakfast? After all, it is the most important meal of the day. Since “musician” is often-times synonymous with “night owl” in these parts, it’s a rarity to get to share coffee and croissants with these bards. But how do our musically talented friends greet their mornings in Atlanta? We decided to catch up with four of our favorite local performers to find out. (Spoiler alert: the stereotype that bands subsist on fast food and snatch & grab eats doesn’t hold true – at least not here. Forget cigarettes and angst for breakfast, Ruby Velle even shares her delectable green smoothie recipes on Instagram, @rubyvelle. Follow, but beware, her posts will make your mouth water.)


Brock Scott
Band: Little Tybee
Plays: Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar
Favorite breakfast spot in ATL?: Ria's Bluebird during the week and The Earl on Sundays for dunch.
Favorite ATL breakfast dish?: Ria's huevos rancheros.
If you're staying in for breakfast, what are you prone to cook up?: Cheesy jalapeño grits and skillet bacon.
Creating and performing requires the health of your mind, body, and soul. How does breakfast factor into nourishing yourself as a creative?: Being on the road locks you into an abstract but definite daily routine, with breakfast starting it out every morning. We always research the best local breakfast joint and make a point to have a family meal before we hit the road to the next city.




Andrew McFarland
Band: Reptar
Plays: Drums
Favorite breakfast stop in ATL?: I love breakfast, so this is difficult...I think I have to go with Pastries A Go Go at the moment because I've been going there for almost 20 years.
Favorite ATL Breakfast dish?: The Hangover at Sun in My Belly.
If you're staying in for breakfast, what are you prone to cook up?: Andrew McFarland's famous secret recipe home fries, bacon (obviously), cinnamon fruit salad, eggs over easy OR Omelet du jour, fancy as f@¢$ coffee and breakfast beers (tastefully paired with the menu, of course). OR breakfast tacos.
Creating and performing requires the health of your mind, body, and soul. How does breakfast factor into nourishing yourself as a creative?: This is funny after the last answer, but I typically don't eat breakfast. I just drink coffee. Maybe that's why it seems so special. When we're on tour, we typically opt for sleep over breakfast. Once this became clear to me I started waking up early and finding coffee shops within walking distance to wherever we stayed. I like to think I have a fairly impressive knowledge of coffee shops across the country.




Ruby Velle
Band: Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
Plays: Vocals
Favorite breakfast stop in ATL?: I really love Le Petite Marche in Kirkwood. They have a great variety of breakfast foods, brunch, and lunch. Try the Grits Stack (veggie and non veggie options). The food is so good that they had to move to a bigger location to handle more customers. Also they are just down the street from me, so no traffic on the way to breakfast is always a win.
Favorite ATL Breakfast dish?: I would have to say the Mexicali Omelet (veggie option) at Java Jive is my most favorite breakfast dish. They are an ATL staple restaurant. If you haven't gone, you must try it at least once. I've been there in my pajamas on New Year’s Day. No joke, there is a pajama party. It’s real like that in the A.
If you're staying in for breakfast, what are you prone to cook up?: Most days I have a green smoothie for breakfast, with ingredients from the Dekalb Farmers Market. But if I'm staying home for breakfast and want to cook, I'll mix up whatever organic veggies and herbs we are currently growing with some eggs and make a frittata. I do enjoy cooking, and my favorite herb is basil, so I'm likely to add that and some garlic, sea salt and lots of pepper. Sometimes Sriracha. Always accompanied with a freshly squeezed juice.
Creating and performing requires the health of your mind, body, and soul. How does breakfast factor into nourishing yourself as a creative?: It is true that my body is my instrument, so I've become increasingly more aware of what I put into my body and the results across all systems within and without. Though in the past I have put the theory of "breakfast as the most important meal" to the test. Sometimes just coffee for breakfast, sometimes over eating the wrong starchy foods, sometimes skipping it altogether with a glass of lemon water.
As I’ve evolved on my journey, I've come to realize that breakfast is a celebration, a meal that makes you present and grateful for the fact that you woke up. To be grateful that you can easily nourish yourself in order to prepare for the undoubtedly crazy, wonderful, beautiful and creative day ahead. My ideal nourishing breakfast is a small amount of food, but food that is nutrient rich and life giving. Food with strong Chi so that I can carry that good nourishing Chi to others I encounter on the stage or in my life.




Wes Hoffman
Band:The Constellations & Saved by the Band
Plays: Bass
Favorite breakfast stop in ATL?: I absolutely love breakfast/brunch at Ziba’s Bistro in Grant Park. You really can't beat the service and the ambiance of the place. The food is always on point and they do bottomless mimosas and bloody marys on Sundays. Kind of a win-win situation for everyone.
Favorite ATL Breakfast dish?: This one is a toss up. The fried green tomato, fried egg, bacon and pimento cheese (PBFGT) sandwich with hash browns from Sun in my Belly in Kirkwood is a hangover killer for sure. Get it with extra Cholula! Also my all time favorite breakfast food is corned beef hash, and the Red Flannel Hash at Radial Cafe is absolutely fantastic!
If you're staying in for breakfast, what are you prone to cook up?: We have our own chickens at our house in Kirkwood. As anyone who raises their own birds knows, backyard eggs are night and day to grocery store varieties. I would most likely make a big frittata with Mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions and Italian sausage. Yum.
Creating and performing requires the health of your mind, body, and soul. How does breakfast factor into nourishing yourself as a creative?: Breakfast may happen at 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. depending on what's going on that day. I juice a lot, and I find that juicing really helps maintain my energy level throughout the day way better than coffee, and without the caffeine crash. It's hard to be creative or productive in general without a clear head. Organic greens, apples, celery, cucumber, carrots, turmeric, a ton of fresh ginger and cayenne pepper does an amazing job.

Local Scout Abby Carney is a freelance scribe who often spends her days in coffee shops and yoga pants, much to her inner fashionista's chagrin. She takes exploring seriously, so you can usually find her aimlessly wandering through the neighborhood ogling feathers, leaves, and found treasures, or on the internet, making the world safer, one slain troll at a time. Tweet at your girl @AbbyMCarney.