What it is about this gluttonous weekend meal that makes it all the rage? Maybe it’s because I know I can go right back to bed after I eat it. Or maybe it’s just because it is a fun way to spend an afternoon with excellent food and friends catching up or reliving a wild night out on the town. As a homegrown Georgia peach, I have a few that I have on my must visit brunch list.
When in Atlanta, I love brunching at Anis Bistro and Café. Located in an older residential section of Buckhead, Anis is a family owned café serving up beautiful and delicious Provencal fare. A major crowd favorite is the steak frites. They also serve up some of the best nutella and banana crepes outside of France. Don’t forget the homemade whipped cream!
Located in my hometown, this local café has been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch fare for over 20 years. They serve breakfast and lunch all day everyday but I find when I’m home visiting I make my visits to the café on Sunday for an early brunch. My favorites are- good ole scrambled eggs served with grapefruit and toast and blueberry pancakes. They also make a cinnamon roll so big and sweet you can’t help but smile.
In downtown Brunswick, Indigo Coastal Shanty is another local favorite. They aren’t your typical brunch spot with mimosas and French toast, but it’s a great spot to get your weekend grub on. Chef Kate is a classically trained in fine dining but turned in her chef coat to open Indigo, a casual restaurant serving island style fare. I’ve had everything on the menu and you really can’t go wrong. My favorites include: curry chicken salad, a pimento cheeseburger topped with a fried green tomato (oh yea), and jerk fish sandwich.
Newer on the scene is Heirloom Café. Located in the historic Boulevard Neighborhood of Athens, Heirloom Café made its home in an old gas station, and is retrofitted to perfection as a homey farm-to-table café and market. Their brunch is lighter than most offering fresh salads and traditional egg dishes. They also serve up a tasty veggie burger (made in house) and a personal favorite: Love on a Biscuit, a down home version of eggs benedict with seasonal toppings on a homemade biscuit.
A Classic City brunch institution is The Last Resort Grill. This downtown favorite serves up brunch staples like omelettes, a seasonal frittata, and pancakes. Order the Spinach Feta Grill: challah toasted in egg batter, then grilled to perfection, topped with poached eggs, portabellas, fresh spinach, artichokes & feta with our homemade roasted tomato sauce. Want something sweeter? Get the stuffed French toast: egg dipped challah bread baked with layers of rich ricotta cheese & seasonal flavors.
Emily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more check out her blog Em’s on the Road. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.