- Eileen Falkenberg-Hull for The AJC
Brunching in Atlanta is serious business.
If you're getting tired of the predictable brunch options, here are six not-so-typical brunches you should check out:
Local Three Kitchen & Bar – Atlanta isn't big on breakfast buffets, but once you head "behind the curtain" at Local Three, you'll be asking why there aren't more around. Their menu rotates weekly, offering elevated takes on classic brunch dishes in addition to new takes on Southern favorites. Children ages six and under eat for free.
Doraku – The upscale sushi restaurant features traditional Japanese brunch offerings alongside Asian-inspired takes on American favorites as part of their brunch menu. Strawberry Yuzu Soba Pancakes, Nagoya Fried Chicken and Soba Waffles, and Dashi Maki are listed, as are their "Doraku Favorites" for those wanting something more savory. Doraku also has their takes on traditional brunch cocktails, the Sake Mimosa and Rising Sun Bloody Mary, on the menu to quench your thirst.
Sweet Auburn BBQ – Asian-inspired cuisine with a Southern twist meets the gluttony of a buffet weekly Sundays at Sweet Auburn BBQ's North Highland Ave. location. On the buffet guests will find French Toast Crunch-crusted French toast next to sesame chicken and waffles, owner Howard Hsu's mother Betty's steamed bao, and more traditional breakfast offerings.
TWO urban licks – The Atlanta date night staple throws opens its doors for brunch each Sunday for Badass Blues & Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As the sights and sounds from the Beltline filter into the restaurant, diners will enjoy the sounds of a live blues band while they dine on signature salmon chips, brisket & eggs and sweet potato doughnuts.
Watershed – Kick up your brunch game a notch with the weekly Jazz Brunch at celebrity-owned Watershed. While you take in the rhythms of the live jazz band, enjoy the restaurant's signature brunch dishes including beignets, farm eggs breakfast and cornbread and banana french toast. If your mouth isn't watering already, stay tuned to social media for weekly brunch specials from chef Zeb Stevenson.
Bone Lick BBQ – There is nothing unremarkable that comes out of pitmaster Mike LeSage's kitchen and the Bone Lick BBQ's Brunch Named Sue menu is no exception. The menu includes fare you won't find anywhere else -- the Cajun Croque with house-cured tasso ham, spicy remoulade, melty Swiss, garlic toast, Louisiana hollandaise, fried egg and the Hangover Muff with a sausage patty, bacon, tasso ham, pulled pork cheese, and fried egg on an English muffin. The brunch pièce de résistance is the Sexy Ass French Toast, a sweet and savory combination of bread pudding French toast, Nutella, maple bacon butter, and whipped cream. Prefer to snack? Try their sides including French Toast Nuggets that come with three dipping sauces.
Try something new this Sunday. Next Sunday. The Sunday after that. There are so many options.