It's quite all right to have a little bit of everything, especially if we're talking brunch. Just outside the perimeter (OTP) of Atlanta, you will discover some of the South's best, most lip-smacking brunches that don’t skimp on all your favorite things.
These five brunch spots are definitely worth venturing OTP:
The Corner Grille
3823 Main St., College Park. 404-767-1135. Brunch served 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. www.thecornergrillecollegepark.com
Take time-honored American cuisine and add a pinch of Cajun kick - that's what your taste buds will experience at this modern restaurant. The Corner Grille is known for its seafood, steak and chicken dishes. During brunch, it offers melt-in-your-mouth entrées like chicken and waffles and Southwest steak and eggs. Omelet options include seafood, spinach, Cajun, California, spicy chicken sausage and shrimp.
Another Broken Egg Cafe
A delectable mix of breakfast classics and power lunch dishes, Another Broken Egg serves fresh Louisiana seafood with a Southern twist. The growing franchise operates 34 restaurants in the Southeast, offering customers brunch specialties like the Cajun Louisiana crawfish skillet, the Floridian omelet, and crab cakes and fried green tomatoes.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
4600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-649-6334. Open Monday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. www.tupelohoneycafe.com
This Southern comfort café creates savory scratch-made dishes, rooted in traditions from the Carolina Mountains. Share brunch items like the fried okra and avocado toast points with family and friends, or go all in with main dishes like Tupelo Gulf shrimp and grits, Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes and the old school breakfast bowl. The Appalachian spinach and salt-roasted beet salad and the fried chicken, cobb and steakhouse salad will please those looking for something (a bit) lighter.
909 Parkside Walk Lane, Lawrenceville. 770-910-9601. Brunch is served on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.parksidedistrict.com
This New American "meatery" specializes in finger-licking spins on classics. Try the smothered chicken biscuit with chicken sausage gravy, crab cake benedict, shrimp and grits, steak huevos rancheros and banana Foster French toast. If you've really brought your appetite, the Parkside breakfast platter will definitely put you right.
This "daytime café" will get you off to a garden-fresh start, with made-to-order omelets and frittatas featuring smoked salmon and roasted vegetable, ham and gruyere, morning market veg, and chile chorizo. The middle griddle is for specialty pancakes, waffles and French toast. The sunrise granola bowl and steel-cut oatmeal are great too.
Spring Guide OTP edition is a seasonal series from The Atlanta Journal Constitution that highlights some of the best dining and outdoor experiences taking place outside of Atlanta’s perimeter.