Home Grown

The restaurant prides itself on using local vegetables (some from its own garden), but you’ll find more evidence of such efforts on the lunch menu; breakfast is mostly a straightforward montage of egg dishes, pancakes, and biscuit sandwiches.

Java Jive

A wonderfully eccentric Poncey-Highland stalwart since 1994, Java Jive serves a side of droll irony with its eggs and coffee.

Highland Bakery

The business has expanded to outposts in Midtown and Buckhead, but we remain loyal to the bustling original. Grab a signature cinnamon roll if you’re in a hurry, but it’s worth sticking around for a sit-down meal.

Octane Coffee & The Little Tart Bakeshop

The second location for the city’s premiere java slingers and a bakery start-up that first earned loyalists at local farmers markets share a space in the back of Grant Park’s Jane building across from Oakland Cemetery.

Reveille Cafe

This newcomer launched outposts in Marietta and Acworth last year, bringing fresh energy to breakfast in the northern burbs. Southwestern influences rev many of the egg dishes,

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.

Buttermilk Kitchen

The eclectic decor looks like the handiwork of your artiest friend. The kitchen is still finding its footing, but count on the flaky, fluffy biscuits and a couple of Vize­thann’s more inventive plates to please.

The Original Pancake House

Founded in 1953 in Portland, Oregon, and with 120 locations—mostly franchises—across the country, the OPH is an anomaly: The menu boasts crave-worthy specialties made with more skill and consistency than many of its independent counterparts.

The Red Eyed Mule

The location between Marietta and Kennesaw supports the highest concentration of biscuit pit stops in the metro area. The best of the bunch resides in a nondescript redbrick building with a dim, equally unassuming interior. Oh, but those biscuits.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Ah, the bumpy flight of the Flying Biscuit. In 2007 owner Delia Champion partnered with local franchise operator Raving Brands to expand beyond the Candler Park original and its Midtown offshoot. The quality at the franchised branches (there are now nine in Georgia) falters. The flagship, launched in 1993, has experienced its own ups and downs over the years, though recently we returned to find the cooking improved.

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