Top 10 New Year’s Day Breakfast and Brunch in Atlanta

Top 10 New Year’s Day Breakfast and Brunch in Atlanta

As much as we all look forward to the big countdown of New Year’s Eve, we also need a game plan for the morning after.  Now whether that happens to be before noon or not, is something each of us will have to deal with independently.  But let’s start off the New Year right, with a little good luck and prosperity.  As I’ve recently learned, there is a tradition in the South of eating black eyed peas to represent coins and collard greens to represent cash, with some people even admitting to throwing in a real penny when cooking the peas (personally not sure about that part).  Whatever your traditions, here’s some of Atlanta’s morning favorites.  No matter what time of day or what shape you’re in, these guys will have you covered.  Give the New Year a kick start with an awesome breakfast or brunch.  After all breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

This restaurant understands the struggle that can be the morning after, as they gear up for the “Hair of the Dog Party”, every year, the first day of the New Year.  Enjoy the campfire and lodge theme with screened porches, and hip new American flavors.  Found just off the Beltline, this is base camp for any urban explorer.  Opens at 11 am, serving a traditional New Year’s Day menu, including black eyed peas, collard greens and a bar that is open all day.

West Egg Café

Bustling, hot spot of Atlanta with minimalist décor, this is a great place to get a Southern breakfast fix.  With award winning Chef and Pastry Chef, it’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu.  Also a major plus, easy and free parking!  For New Year’s Day they open doors at 9 am and will be serving their regular breakfast/brunch menu ALL DAY.  Patio seating with warmers for those willing to brave the icy chill of Atlanta this time of year.

Bantam + Biddy

Craving Southern chicken in all its styles and flavors?  This is the place to be.  With three locations, customers will find an enjoyable, family friendly atmosphere specializing in pasteurized poultry and local, quality ingredients.  This is the quintessential Southern Diner, with fast service.  Gluten free breading on the fried chicken, for those who may be dieting or allergic but still have a killer craving!  New Year’s Day opens at 8 am, and serving Mimosa specials.

The General Muir

Opens at 9 am, with their regular brunch menu.  This New York style traditional Jewish deli, is the place for bagels.  Don’t get me wrong they serve other food as well, but here customers will find the type of bagels that are rarely found outside the Big Apple.  Large open space, with lots of natural light and subway tiles are the backdrop for a restaurant and deli that is always bustling with customers. So go check it out and see what holiday treats they have this year.

Ria’s Bluebird

Opens 9 am, with the usual large portion brunch menu served all day long and possibilities of early brunch Mimosa special!  Vegetarian friendly.  The hippie spirit is a strong presence in this diner with artful wall murals, bamboo surrounding the patio, and colorful country furniture.  This might fool some as a casual bohemian establishment but one taste of the food will prove to anyone that there is something noteworthy and memorable about this place.

Home Grown GA

Laid-back eatery serving locally sourced breakfast and Southern fare in retro country diner setting.  Opens at 7 am with breakfast served all day!  They have their own garden that supplies much of what is eaten in this restaurant.  Here the chefs thrive on the challenge of creating tasty meals from locally sourced ingredients, that delight the taste buds without clogging your arteries.  If that wasn’t enough, they do it while maintaining great prices. Do you need more reasons to check this place out?

Sun in My Belly

This business is two fold, they have a great rustic American diner as well as catering and creating many events locally.  Opens at 8 am, with the regular brunch menu including Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas all day.  Expect to find visually driven cuisine, created with an artist’s flare, served in whimsical, nostalgic surroundings.  These scrumptious meals can be described as a healthier feeling Southern food.  They are also vegetarian friendly. So their something for everyone here.

Astor Court in the St. Regis Atlanta

Opening at 10:30 am, Astor Court is serving a traditional Southern “Good Luck Brunch” including a Bloody Mary Station.  A modern expression of legendary heritage, this restaurant embodies what all St. Regis establishments hold true, dedication to discrete, anticipatory service and elegant design, similar to a European conservatory.  Over looking the lobby with its large crystal chandelier, is a welcoming dining area decorated in deep hues with rich textures, in which to enjoy first class cuisine.

Local Three

Opens at 11 am, with their award winning brunch buffet.  First timers, will find a fun experience, as they follow the line for food that is set up to wind through the kitchen.  They will also be able to choose their own adventure with sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options.  Here the values that caused these owners to come together, hold true in everything they do to create an experience of food and place for their customers.  “To make people feel good and our community a better place.”

Hampton + Hudson

Opens at 11 am, with their regular brunch menu…and hair of the dog.  They definitely understand both sides of the New Year’s Day coin, in that sometimes we just need to survive the morning mostly presentable and flip side that we are taking on the morning in style.  Old time elegance meets the comforts of today for atmosphere, style, food, and drink.  “To invite people to dine with us is to make us responsible for their well being as long as they are under our roof.”


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