UPDATED OCT 3, 2019
All around Atlanta, you’ll find brunch menus that are good in more ways than one. While the food at these restaurants is tasty, filling, and exploding with flavor, it’s also locally-sourced, humanely-raised, and, in many cases, grown in the backyard.
This Sunday brunch spot is a saving grace. You can indulge in all the splendor and glory of fried, gravy-covered Southern specialties because they’re made with your active, healthy life in mind. Go ahead — order the chicken and waffles. They’re made with lightly-fried seitan chicken, drizzled with a natural mustard maple syrup, and topped with vegan whipped cream. Sunday Brunch is only served in Buckhead, but check out their original location in Sandy Springs for a lunch or dinner, plus fresh-pressed juices.
Found downtown near the Oakland Cemetery, this eclectic diner pays special attention to serving locally-sourced, authentic meals. They serve brunch all day, every day. But on the weekends, get there early if you don’t want a long wait — this place is popular. Probably because the menu features tasty bites like organic shrimp and grits, country-fried tempeh with house gravy and sautéed kale, and a tofu scramble.
For a seasonally fresh brunch menu with artful flair, head to this spot in Kirkwood. Every dish looks like it jumped off the pages of Bon Appétit Magazine and features locally-sourced, all-natural ingredients. Try something like the beet hummus with raw veggies, or dig into Alison’s Pimento Cheese Omelette with a side of seasonal tabouli. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying one of their signature, homemade lavender biscuits.
It’s superfood to the rescue in Midtown, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, and Peachtree City. Vitality Bowls specializes in serving acai bowls topped with organic granola and dozens of combinations of fruits, nuts, seeds, and greens. For brunch, try the Energy Bowl. The base is made with powerful ingredients like organic acai, guarana, flax seed, bananas, and strawberries, then topped with goji berries and bee pollen.
Probably the most unique place on this list, R. Thomas' is dedicated to healthy eats (and the well-being of the dozen or so birds of paradise in their foyer). They use all-natural ingredients in their food, including cold-pressed organic oils, fresh produce and homegrown herbs, free-range chicken, and wild-caught tuna. Need to make a pick? Try R’s Hearty Breakfast Stew, a red potato corn chowder loaded with quinoa, veggies, dulse, and shredded nori. It promotes good digestion AND settles the stomach!
Go to this favorite Midtown spot on Sunday morning for a healthy, vegan brunch buffet you won’t soon forget. It’s all-you-can-eat and offers massive variety, from tofu scramble and fresh fruit to pom pom mushroom “steak.” Also, know that the menu changes every week to match what is seasonally and locally available, so you’ll have to go back a few times to try it all.
This locally-owned, mom ’n’ pop joint in Midtown focuses on using fresh, preservative-free ingredients in their menus. When browsing their massive Saturday/Sunday brunch menu, you’ll find staples like chicken and waffles and eggs Benedict, but their specialties are what really shine. Try the truffle egg scramble with wild mushrooms on thick-cut sourdough toast, or opt for the homemade gluten-free granola (made with toasted almonds, pecans, and dried fruits) for a real treat.
One of the newer spots on the scene, Upbeet can be found in West Midtown, filling up healthy bowls and topping toasts on the go. You can create your own bowl or try one of theirs. For instance, you could go with the Eggcellent grain bowl, made with non-GMO purple rice, kale, roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, and a soft-boiled egg. Finish up with a fresh-pressed juice or fruit smoothie, and in that case, the Glow Getter is worth a try. It’s made with collagen protein (along with strawberries, bananas, dates, and coconut milk) for that fresh-faced look.
This ultra-healthy concept has recently come to Atlanta, bringing with it brunch options that will delight healthy vegans and carnivores alike. True Food Kitchen, developed around Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet and approved by Oprah, serves up seasonal, chef-driven meals — everything from tea and smoothies to quinoa johnny cakes, edamame dumplings, and butternut squash pizza. Fitt Tip: they also have creative cocktails and "mocktails".