Chicken and waffles at South City Kitchen. 
Photo: Courtesy of South City Kitchen
Photo: Courtesy of South City Kitchen

Get out of bed for these 7 Atlanta breakfasts

It’s the most important meal of the day and whether you eat it at 2 a.m, 8 a.m. or 1 p.m (with a mimosa), this city loves breakfast. Fried chicken, grits, biscuits and combinations of them all; these are the 7 Southern breakfast dishes to try this weekend!

Comfy Chicken Biscuit at Home Grown
We’ve all been there; you imbibed a bit too much on bourbon the night before and need food. When that happens, we head straight to Home Grown on Memorial. Go straight to the counter; 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.

Brisket Bowl at 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 shred it in a spicy broth with a poached egg. Served with a toasted baguette to sop up all the deliciousness, it’s completely worth the wait on the weekends.

Ham & Egg Biscuit with Grits at Red Eyed Mule
Ham, biscuits and grits. Is there anything more southern? This Marietta spot is famous for its burger (Alton Brown is fan!), but definitely get up early for breakfast. Fluffy biscuit, salty ham, airy eggs and a side of buttered grits. It’s the true breakfast of champions.      

Chicken and Waffles at 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, fried chicken is a southern staple. When the chicken and waffles mood hits us, we head straight to South City Kitchen.

Scattered, Smothered and Covered at Waffle House
Y’all know we couldn’t write this list without including some WaHo! The beacon of light for late nighters and early birds alike, the big yellow sign draws us all in at one time or another. While the name says we should order the waffle, really it’s all about the hash browns. Scattered. Smothered. Covered. Chunked. Whatever floats your boat, darling.                       

Chef’s Breakfast at 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 dishes include fried chicken biscuits, doughnuts, bone marrow and fried quail. It will run you $22, but it’s worth every penny.

Chicken Biscuit with Pepper Jelly at Buttermilk Kitchen
Have you ever been 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 drooling over the fried chicken biscuit. Served on a fluffy biscuit with homemade pickles and roasted red pepper jelly, it is so good.

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