Atlanta is a town that loves the first meal of the day. Whether it’s breakfast on a Wednesday at 8AM, brunch on Sunday at 1PM or the 2AM meal on a Saturday, we throw ourselves fully into it. It’s fried chicken, it’s grits, and oh so many biscuits. These are the 8 Southern breakfasts you have to try immediately!
- Comfy Chicken Biscuit Home Grown: We’ve all been there; you imbibed a bit too much on bourbon the night before and you wake up with your body screaming foul. When that happens, we head straight to this unassuming building on Memorial. Head straight to the counter and order a strong cup of coffee and the Comfy Chicken Biscuit. What you’ll get won’t be particularly photogenic, but it will be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. A made from scratch buttermilk biscuit topped with fried chicken and a whole mess of sausage gravy. That gravy will cure the worst of ailments.
- Brisket Bowl Ria’s Bluebird: Ok, we know everyone (NY Times included), says ‘go for the pancakes!’, but for us, it’s all about the brisket bowl. They slow roast beef for 14 hours and then shred it in a spicy broth and poach an egg in there. Served with a toasted baguette to sop up all the deliciousness. It’s completely worth the wait on the weekends.
- Biscuit Basket 4th & Swift: The best part of almost any meal is the giant basket of carby goodness that is a bread basket. When you head to 4th and Swift for brunch, they step it up with a basket of freshly baked biscuits and pastries made in house by pastry chef Lauren Raymond. And it wouldn’t be proper if it wasn’t served with a pile of homemade jams and sweet butter. Technically this is something for the table to share, but we never really took to that particular lesson..
- Chicken and Waffles South City Kitchen: Ok, so chicken and waffles are not Southern (seriously, look it up!), but that doesn’t mean we haven’t welcomed it into the fold and perfected it! After all, it has fried chicken and nobody can touch a Southerner’s fried chicken skill! When the chicken and waffles mood hits us, we head straight to South City Kitchen.
- Scattered, Smothered and Covered Waffle House: Y’all know we couldn’t write this list without including some WaHo! The beacon of light for late night revelers and early birds alike, this big yellow sign draws us all in at one time or another. And while the name says we should order the waffle, really it’s all about the hashbrowns. Scattered. Smothered. Covered. Chunked. Whatever floats your boat here.
- Chef’s Breakfast One Eared Stag: Move over mimosas, this breakfast comes with an ice cold Schlitz. Served on a tray, the contents of the Chef’s Breakfast is a constantly rotating mix of whatever the chef feels like preparing that day. Recent examples are fried chicken biscuits, donuts, bone marrow and fried quail. It will run you $22, but it’s worth every last penny.
- Chicken Biscuit with Pepper Jelly Buttermilk Kitchen: If you’ve ever been driving down Roswell Road on a weekend morning and noticed a line coming out of a small building, no Beyonce isn’t in town, the masses are lining up at Buttermilk Kitchen. And what are they drooling for? It’s the fried chicken biscuit of course! Served on a fluffy biscuit with homemade pickles and roasted red pepper jelly, it’s so good, you won’t even have a second thought to that other chicken biscuit the cows are hawking down the road.
- Ham & Egg Biscuit with Grits Red Eyed Mule Ham, biscuits and grits. Does not get more Southern than that for breakfast! This Marietta spot is famous for their burger (Alton Brown is fan!), but definitely stop by their breakfast. Fluffy biscuit, salty ham, airy eggs and a side of butter grits. It’s a great start to your day.