Rise & Shine! 9 Must-Try Breakfast Spots in the City

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Fuel your busy (and oh-so-early) family mornings with the best breakfasts in Atlanta

On the tail end of summer and school being back in session, schedules are full and a bit hectic again. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get your family off to a strong start. Whether you want to beat the sun up or turn breakfast into brunch, these restaurants are serving the best breakfast in Atlanta, with something for everyone. If you’re a family that likes traditional breakfast bites, or even something less conventional, the Atlanta metro area is full of delicious eats. From 14-inch pancakes to the fluffiest eggs in town, head to one of these family-friendly breakfast joints to grab the first fuel of the day with your early risers.

Nana’s Chicken -n-Waffles

With recipes used from as far back as 1939, Nana’s has been serving some of the best breakfast in Atlanta for a while now. They have created a family-style experience and specialize in Louisiana and Maryland cuisine. Kids love using their imaginations to order up all kinds of inventive chicken-and-waffle combos with the Bulid-Your-Own option. Or they can stick with a trusted favorite like Nana’s Famous Bananas Pudding Chicken-n-Waffles or the equally delicious Peach Cobbler option. Another fan favorite is the deep-fried cinnamon waffle, a dish crowned with warm peach cobbler, cream cheese, and a shower of powdered sugar.

Hours: Open at 8 a.m., daily

1040 Flat Shoals Rd. S.E.
Conyers, GA
Online: nanaschickenandwaffles.com


Atlanta Breakfast Club

What kid can turn down french toast, peach cobbler french toast at that? None. This prominent spot to grab breakfast in Atlanta has been featured on CNN and Food Network, among other channels. If you’re looking for a restaurant that boasts a nice mix of upscale eats and traditional recipes, this is the place to take your kids. It’s truly the breakfast of champions.

Hours: Open at 6:30 a.m., daily

249 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. N.W.
Online: atlbreakfastclub.com

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Oy Restaurant

Voted “Best Pancakes in Atlanta,” no one can resist syrup and butter-filled flap jacks here (talk about best breakfast in Atlanta!). Let’s see if your kiddos can finish off a 14-inch stack of pancakes. Yep. You heard that right; Oy is serving up hot 14-inch stacks every morning. The pancakes here are extra special because they come in different flavors, such as red velvet and yummy oreo, and they are made with a delicious secret recipe. 

Hours: Open at 8 a.m., daily

2355 Cumberland Pkwy. S.E., #80
Online: oyrestaurants.com


Hen Mother Cookhouse

There are many variations to breakfast eats, presentation, and even ingredients. Hen Mother Cookhouse is the place for a varied breakfast. They serve up energy bowls to keep parents powered up throughout the day. Especially after allowing the kiddos to indulge in probably one of the best-tasting cinnamon buns of their lives. A must-try is the Banana Bread Chocolate Kolache. And you can rest easy knowing all pastries are made fresh daily in-house.

Hours: Open at 7 a.m., daily

11705 Jones Bridge Rd.
Johns Creek, GA
Online: henmothercookhouse.com

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Hot Bettys

Breakfast made with a touch of love from Grandma is what early risers get when they come to Hot Betty’s. The motto at Hot Bettys is, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” That’s why families can get breakfast at 8 a.m. or in the middle of the afternoon, as breakfast is served all day. The huge, fresh, made-from-scratch biscuits here are a must-try.

Hours: Open weekdays at 7 a.m.; weekends at 6 a.m.

2316 Main St. C
Tucker, GA
Online: hotbettystucker.com


Snooze Eatery

Snooze Eatery loves the kids and the planet. You can feel good eating here (and not just because the food is fantastic) because 1% of Snooze’s sales goes back into the local community, and nearly 90% of their waste is composted or recycled. With fall soon approaching, we suggest trying the new pumpkin-themed menu, everything from vanilla cream cheese–stuffed pumpkin pancakes topped with caramel sauce and a drizzle of sweet cream to a pumpkin latte for parents.

Hours: Open at 6:30 a.m., daily

Locations in North Buckhead, West Midtown & Piedmont Park
Online: snoozeeatery.com

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Floating Brunch ATL

Busy weekdays with keeping up with after-school activities and upcoming play dates requires a break. Send the little ones off with friends, while you stay home to enjoy brunch that comes right to your doorstep–or pool. That’s right! Breakfast in the pool right in your backyard is what this local spot dishes up. Parents can wake up early or sleep in, either way they can enjoy a morning with a unique breakfast experience. Just remember—once the kids learn about this, they will undoubtedly want to splash around and enjoy this experience, too.

Online: instagram.com/floatingbrunchatl


Home Grown

You can’t go wrong with celebrity sightings and the comfy fried chicken biscuit, a delicious open-faced biscuit with a piece of fried chicken covered in pork sausage gravy. Yes, please! At Home Grown, they make families feel right at home with all locally grown and produced ingredients. This diner is a no-frills, straight-to-comfort food that everyone loves (hint: the Chefs Omelet is a must-try.) How do we know they serve up the best breakfast in Atlanta? It’s packed on weekends, so get there early.

Hours: Open at 8 a.m., daily

968 Memorial Dr. S.E.
Online: homegrownga.com

Maple Street Biscuit Company

No visit is ever the same when you eat at Maple Street Biscuit Company. Every month there are different questions throughout the month for customers. It’s always a party when your family comes here; there is always a Par-Tea waiting. Maple Street Biscuit is unique because they care about the community. They are always giving back or involved in local community fundraisers. Maple Street Biscuit Company keeps giving comfort food and smiles all around. 

Hours: Open at 7 a.m., daily

1085 Howell Mill Rd.
Online: maplestreetbiscuits.com

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