Athens Bagel is one of many popular brunch places around the city.
Photo: Michelle Baruchman / AJC
Photo: Michelle Baruchman / AJC

Athens' best restaurants for Sunday brunch

Before leaving Athens, make sure to stop by one of the many delectable breakfast spots in the city. To help you narrow your search, we've rounded up the best brunch restaurants, listed by food item.

Biscuits. Mama's Boy. You may be discouraged to eat at Mama's Boy when you encounter the line wrapping around the building. But once you bite into a warm, crispy biscuit topped with blackberry jam, you'll see why the wait is worth it. The Georgia Peach French Toast and Vegetable and Egg Scrambler are among the most popular items on the menu, but by no means the only tasty options. A restaurant that prides itself on Southern Fun Dining, Mama's Boy is the perfect spot to eat with friends and family.

Pancakes. J. Christopher's. This beloved Atlanta restaurant set up shop in Athens in 2013 and maintains many similarities with other franchises. Wide open spaces make this spot a great place to dine -- and stay for another cup of coffee.

Bagels. Athens Bagel Co. If you're in need of a quick pick-me-up before hitting the road, check out Athens Bagel Co. From The Milledge Melt to The BirdDawg, all bagels are made in-house and served up fresh daily.

Doughnuts. Ike & Jane Cafe and Bakery. Locally owned bakery Ike & Jane caters to your morning sweet tooth. Hand-dipped doughnuts melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. Beyond doughnuts, Ike & Jane serves breakfast sandwiches, soups and salads.

Mimosas. Porterhouse Grill. Ease your recovery from the night before with brunch at Porterhouse. Pair your morning cocktail with the all-you-wish-to-eat buffet featuring traditional Southern breakfast items such as bacon, grits and fresh fruit.

Vegetarian. The Grit. For anyone who has ever struggled to find a vegetarian option for brunch, look no further than The Grit. Featuring Tofu, veggie omelets and breakfast burritos, this restaurant makes for a health-conscious brunching experience.

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