Bubbles aren't just for kids. The tingle on your tongue and the bright, airy taste make sparkling wine a perfect accompaniment to that magical wedge that exists somewhere between true breakfast and lunch.
The shoulder season of meals, known as brunch, has become an entity unto its own. Here are some great bets for bubbly brunches around Atlanta.
For when you want to go all out
Known for their attention to detail and service, Sunday Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is a popular choice for special occasions and celebrated weekends. There is enough here to please any palate- a traditional omelet bar, imported cheeses, seafood, sushi, caviar, carving stations and desserts. All-you-can-eat never looked so good. Add on the Bubble Bar and you will wish that brunch was an all-day event. Champagnes, sparkling wine and a selection of garnishes make the decision a little difficult. Will it be a kir, bellini, champagne cocktail or a simple glass of bubbly draped with a fruit adornment? The choice is up to you.
For when you want to get the party started early
Buckhead Bottle Service is taking over the Euro Hookah Lounge each Sunday from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Featuring bottle service, the DJ-enhanced dining party includes a mix from Top 40 to hip-hop. The menu, dubbed as "European-meets-Atlanta," is the creation of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Instructor, Chef Jaaion Barnes.
For when you want a lot of bubbles for a good price
Unexpectedly located inside the Courtyard Decatur Downtown Hotel, Makan serves up Dim Sum Brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Roasted duck buns made from locally sourced organic duck can be paired with ramen, bacon kimchi rice or any of the other unique brunch menu offerings. A $15 bottomless brunch cocktail special often features mimosas. Single-serve options include their five spice Bloody Mary, mimosas or strawberry bellini.
A bottle of champagne and a carafe of orange juice for $10 is a good start to Grant Park's Republic Social House. With brunch hours on both Saturday and Sunday, their updated menu includes a mixture of items from more traditional later day fare, such as hot wings and fried pickles, to the earlier and even ambiguous food choices, such as steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, or their Georgia peach french toast. Want more Grant Park restaurants? See our guide to eating your way through the neighborhood.
Unique honorable mentions
For those in the mood for a brunch cocktail outside of brunch time, try Vine & Tap's specialty brunch drink, "Brassmonkey" -- a mixture of OJ and the "The Champagne of Beers."
For those looking for a unique bubble cocktail, try DBA Barbecue's "The Duck Face"-- Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and champagne floater.
Find other brunch options within walking distance of Piedmont Park.