Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
Pastry chefs Arpana Satyu and Martin Burge run this stylish cafe and lift doughnuts to artful new levels. Lately they’ve been reveling in raised “bismarck” doughnuts filled with jellies like passion fruit and raspberry.
Dough in the Box, Marietta
Jesus and Dannia Balestena bought this 1950s throwback in 2010 and craft nearly thirty variations daily. Apple fritters are standouts, and they make the best cake doughnuts in the metro area (try the sour cream version)
The Porter Beer Bar
Atlanta’s ultimate hair-of-the-dog destination, located (where else?) in Little Five Points. On early weekend afternoons, the customers usually fall into two categories: the bedraggled, often leaning on the long bar solo or in brooding pairs, and the perky, who tend to congregate in the pub’s cavernous back room, growing noisier as they imbibe.
One Eared Stag
Start the day gently with thick Greek-style yogurt scattered with fruit and nuts, or go the full Phalen with a stack of sourdough waffles glossed with duck liver butter and topped with seared duck liver and sorghum.
Local Three Kitchen & Bar
Owners Todd Mussman, Ryan Turner, and Chris Hall pride themselves on thinking outside the box, and it was a brilliant stroke to set up an all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet line in the kitchen they inherited.
The Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The nearly extinct, upscale all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch craze of the 1980s lives on at the stately Buckhead Ritz. Pile your plate with chilled seafood, freshly baked croissants and other pastries, prepared salads, cheese blintzes, roasted potatoes, bacon and sausage, sushi rolls, and parfaits and a dozen other mini desserts.
It may be discreetly tucked into a nondescript strip mall on Peachtree Road, but it is well known to the local elites, who keep the restaurant busy until it stops serving breakfast at 2:30 p.m. Look to the dishes with Greek influences to give your morning a little opa.
West Egg Cafe
Small details impress: Spiced honey butter served with the waffle delivers a wallop of cinnamon and mellow sweetness, and fried green tomatoes stay crisp even while wrapped in a whole-wheat burrito with scrambled eggs.
Thumbs Up Diner
The flagship Thumbs Up on the Old Fourth Ward’s Edgewood Avenue—a pioneering business when it opened in 2000 along this now-booming restaurant row—attracts the city’s most egalitarian breakfast flock. Whether black or white, in designer jeans or in sweats, customers huddle amiably at the curving counter and in booths surrounded by exposed brick walls.