By Taylor Arnold

Whether or not you’re a morning person, a delicious breakfast can be enough to get almost anyone out of bed. Perhaps you like a hearty omelet with a stack of pancakes, or maybe you prefer a gourmet cup of coffee to get you going. Whatever your flavor, Atlanta INtown has got you covered. Below are some of our top picks for the best breakfast spots in the city.

Radial Cafe

With different specials everyday, Radial is always putting their creative spin on traditional breakfast fare. As the first restaurant in Georgia to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association, owner Frank Bragg’s motto is “small carbon footprint, big local flavor,” and it is easy to see why. His menu has old favorites like buttermilk pancakes and biscuits as well as vegetarian and vegan items like sweet potato hash and burritos de huevos. Kids also eat free all day Monday through Thursday. Radial Cafe is located at 1530 DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park.

Highland Bakery

For the best baked goods in the city, look no further than Highland Bakery. Owner Stacey Eames is famous for milling her own chemical-free grains and turning them into everything from homemade scones to rosemary garlic bread. But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to their famous bake shop, Highland Bakery has a breakfast menu that includes ricotta pancakes, fried chicken Benedict, tofu scramble and more. Early risers can also enjoy bottomless coffee as well as an assortment of teas and espresso drinks. Highland Bakery has locations in Old Fourth Ward, Midtown and Buckhead.

Adios Café

Located inside No Mas! Hacienda and Cantina is a chocolate and espresso bar that boasts the most authentically Mexican coffees in Atlanta. In addition to their sweet treats, Adios Café serves breakfast everyday beginning at 8 a.m. With dishes like Mexican eggs Benedict and blue corn hotcakes, the breakfast menu is nothing short of stellar. And for the coffee connoisseurs, there is an incredible array of savory java. The café de olla is a traditional Mexican brew with a hint of cocoa and cinnamon, while the Mayan mocha boasts a double shot of espresso with dark chocolate and tart tamarindo. Adios Café also offers flavored mimosas and a Bloody Maria, their own spin on a traditional Bloody Mary. Adios Café  is located at 180 Walker Street in Castleberry Hill.


Nestled in the shops near Emory’s campus is one of the best kept secrets in Decatur. Rise-N-Dine is a quaint breakfast spot with gourmet-quality fare at college student prices. The menu boasts a number of popular breakfast items with a cultural twist. Check out the sage quinoa grits or the pierogi omelet for something new, and enjoy unlimited refills on drip coffee. Rise-N-Dine also has vegetarian options as well as special treats like nutella pancakes for the kids. With free parking and Internet, this restaurant gets an A+. Rise-N-Dine is located at 1565 North Decatur Road in Decatur.

American Roadhouse

It should come as no surprise that their slogan is “where the neighborhood eats breakfast.” American Roadhouse has been a staple to the Virginia Highland neighborhood for over 20 years, and now they are opening a second location downtown in the Pencil Factory Flats and Shops. Owners Martin Maslia and Ed Udoff have built a loyal following thanks to their oversized portions and made-from-scratch menu. Open for breakfast everyday at 7 a.m., they’ve got everything from oatmeal and fresh bagels to specialty omelets and waffles. American Roadhouse is located at 842 North Highland Avenue in Virginia Highland.

Silver Skillet

If the Silver Skillet sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen one of the many films in which the restaurant makes an appearance. Or maybe you’ve seen owner Teresa Breckenridge on the Today Show or Good Morning America. Either way, there is a reason this little jewel is such a media darling. The Silver Skillet is the place to go for a hearty Southern breakfast. They’re known for their world-famous country ham and redeye gravy, but that’s just the beginning. Diners can choose from skillet favorites that include corned beef hash and grilled hamburger steak, or one of the delicious two-egg breakfast plates. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, don’t miss the homemade lemon ice-box pie – it was voted one of the five best pies in the USA by Life Magazine. Silver Skillet is located at 200 14th Street in Midtown.

Thumbs Up Diner

For an experience that is a throwback to a traditional American diner, step into this charming neighborhood eatery. With five Atlanta area locations, Thumbs Up Diner offers a mix of signature breakfast originals as well as build-your-own breakfast options. Guests can indulge in 100 percent New England maple syrup, housemade jams, organic Nicaraguan coffee, and of course, their famous multi-grain biscuits. Be sure to try the skillet heap and add turkey bacon, veggie sausage, diced ham or just about anything else you fancy. Thumbs Up Diner has locations in Edgewood, East Point, Decatur, Downtown and Roswell.

Ria’s Bluebird

From breakfast burritos to buttermilk pancakes, Ria’s Bluebird can cook up something delicious for any early bird. Perhaps her most popular dish, however, is the brisket breakfast. With 14-hour slow-roasted Angus beef, shredded in its own spicy tomato broth with two poached eggs and a toasted baguette, this is enough to make even the most crotchety person rise and shine. For the vegetarians, there’s a southwest tofu scramble and a country fried tempeh (a soybean substitute). And the best part? Ria serves breakfast everyday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ria’s Bluebird is located at 421 Memorial Drive in Grant Park.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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