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Bantam + Biddy

1544 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-907-3469

Rotisserie chicken may seem like a passé concept, but Shaun Doty learned the art of quality execution for quick meals with his Yeah! Burger restaurants.

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Buttermilk Kitchen

4225 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342

678-732-3274

Led by Suzanne Vizethann, a caterer and personal chef who won an episode of Food Network’s Chopped, this converted house filled with old-timey knickknacks is pure charm.

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Cafe Jonah

3188 Paces Ferry Place,, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-343-3107

Jennifer Levison’s second venture forgoes her signature soup for create-your-own fruit salads and steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast, and quiches, frittatas, daily changing salads, and overstuffed sandwiches for lunch.

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Carroll Street Cafe

208 Carroll Street SE, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-577-2700

We’ll concede that the charm of this bistro, tucked into a historic mill village storefront, seasons the dining experience, but the cafe hasn’t earned locals’ loyalty on charisma alone.

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Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-541-1105

Famed chef Hugh Acheson directs a talented crew who create a playground of ideas and an expansive vision of Southern food. Don’t miss the coffee counter, baked goods, and wine list.

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Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

815 North Chase Street, Athens, GA, 30601

706-354-7901

Heirloom houses a takeaway market and does a brisk breakfast and lunch trade. Evenings and weekends the pace is slower, with a small but inventive dinner menu and standout brunch focused on local foods.

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Highland Bakery – Buckhead

3343 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326

678-904-2146

The ever-popular neighborhood cafe now has a third location in Buckhead, making it harder to resist breakfast and lunchtime favorites. The homemade cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins, and whimsical specialty cakes keep customers coming back.

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Highland Bakery – Midtown

1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-835-3130

The homemade cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins, and whimsical specialty cakes keep customers coming back. Sunday brunchers can’t seem to get enough of the sweet potato pancakes, shrimp and grits, and Crabcakes Benedict.

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Highland Bakery – Old Fourth Ward

655 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-586-0772

It’s hard to beat breakfast or lunch at this popular neighborhood cafe, converted from a historic redbrick bakeshop. The homemade cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins, and whimsical specialty cakes keep customers coming back.

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Java Jive

790 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-876-6161

Steven Horwitz and Shira Levetan keep the neighborhood awake with strong coffee, fluffy biscuits, stacked pancakes, and fried matzo. We’ll brave long waits for the weekend-only gingerbread waffles with lemon curd.

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Mama’s Boy

197 Oak Street, Athens, GA, 30601

706-548-6249

A favorite with students and townies alike, Mama’s Boy was named “best breakfast” five years in a row by readers of alt-weekly Flagpole. The kitchen dishes up standbys like corned-beef studded hash and fried-chicken stuffed biscuits.

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Ria’s Bluebird

421 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-521-3737

This funky-cool diner across from Oakland Cemetery sports a creative patio and sometimes-daunting crowds for breakfast and brunch on the weekends.

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Rise -N- Dine

1565 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-377-4407

Freshly squeezed juices, gourmet bacon, goat cheese scrambles, and sweet potato pancakes start the day on an upbeat note for the university crowd.

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Stone Soup Kitchen

584 Woodward Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-524-1222

Selling homemade soups, nifty sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and scrambles, the restaurant blesses the Grant Park neighborhood with wonderfully simple food.

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The Flying Biscuit Cafe

1655 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-687-8888

The original owners sold the Flying Biscuit brand, and though the quality isn’t what some longtime customers may remember, folks still clamor for weekend brunch.

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The General Muir

1540 Avenue Place, Atlanta, GA, 30329

678-927-9131

Choose any mealtime, day or night, and this airy restaurant near Emory—labeled a “Jewish deli” for shorthand but encompassing so much more—will impress.

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Thumbs Up Diner – Decatur

174 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-687-0999

This popular Decatur eatery serves breakfast and lunch. Multiple metro locations including Roswell and East Point.

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Thumbs Up Diner – East Point

1617 White Way, East Point, GA, 30344

404-768-3776

This popular eatery serves breakfast and lunch. Multiple metro locations.

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