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Breakfast of Champions

The idea of brunch is nothing new (according to Merriam-Webster, the term was first used in 1896), but these days, it’s more popular than ever. And nowhere is that more true than Atlanta, where people will wait for hours for eggs, bacon and other familiar delights. Here, some of our favorite spots:

Sunday brunch is a religious experience at the popular West Midtown spot where Chef Mike LaSage‘s divinely inspired dishes reign supreme and gospel music fills the air. Comfort your soul and fill your belly with the Cajun Croque featuring house-cured tasso ham, spicy remoulade with melted Swiss and topped with Louisianan hollandaise and a fried egg. The Hangover Muff (a.k.a. The Porkgasm) is a stack of sausage patty, bacon, Tasso ham, pulled pork and cheese, topped with a fried egg and surrounded with an English muffin. The Whole Lotta Frittata’s three eggs, pulled BBQ’d chicken, onions, mushrooms and crumbled gorgonzola is a whole lotta delicious. Other heavenly offerings include smoked beef hash, shrimp ’n’ grits, bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Have mercy! 1133 Huff Rd. NW, 404-343-6574, www.bonelickbarbecue.com

For more than 30 years, this lauded Virginia-Highland mainstay has been making friends and fans. Tom Murphy started with a small sandwich shop and has grown it into one of the city’s go-to destinations for business or casual lunches and dinner. The weekend brunch is extremely popular (read: get there early) featuring favorites like Eggs T. Murphy, crab-cake Benedict and Chilaquiles—chicken and tortillas, fried egg, tomatillo sauce and guacamole. The onsite wine shop and bakery stay busy, too. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com

This neighborhood gem is known for its cozy atmosphere, open kitchen and modern twists on traditional Italian favorites. Brunch specialties include Fontina scrambled eggs with polenta rustica and applewood-smoked bacon; a frittata of the day with roasted potatoes; poached eggs bruschetta with pancetta, Swiss chard and Parmigiana-basil fonduta; and grilled duck sausage with fried eggs, gnocchi and procini conserva. If you’re in the mood for a panini, check out the fried egg panino with applewood-smoked bacon and Fontina cheese or the Speck with smoked prosciutto, provolone and arugula. Wash it all down with a basil or blackberry sage limonadas or a soda Italiano. Mangia! 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404-873-5430, www.latavolatrattoria.com

Located in a restored industrial building in Inman Park, Parish is restaurant and market in one. A melting pot of delicious food, good-for-the-earth goods and music creates a comfortable spot for dining, shopping and socializing. Favorites from the weekend brunch menu include three kinds of Benedict—fried green tomato (with ham), Parish (slow-cooked beef) and fried chicken—all with hash browns and each more delicious than the last. Georgia trout and eggs, and fried oysters with turnpike grits and sauteed greens, are also crowd pleasers. Standouts from the bar include the Parish Bloody and In Cold Blood Screwdriver. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-681-4434, www.parishatl.com

Located on restaurant-friendly Crescent Avenue in Midtown, Lure’s weekend brunch is a refreshing change from more typical fare. Rather than a chicken biscuit, try a fried North Carolina catfish biscuit with tomato and Crystal mayo. The Hangtown Fry features egg crepes filled with leek, spinach and bacon topped with fried oysters. Carolina gold rice porridge with warm buttered shrimp, grilled pork belly, ginger, aged soy and a slow-cooked egg is going to be just right every time. A Benedict dish is de-rigeur on any respectable brunch menu and Lure deliciously complies with a lobster creation featuring fennel, tomato, tarragon, slow-cooked egg and sauce cardinal. The bar offerings are unique as well with Punch Bowls that serve two to eight people. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404-817-3650, www.lure-atlanta.com

This casual breakfast and lunch spot has been a favorite for politicos, celebrities and Georgia Tech students since it opened in 1956. It’s owned by Teresa Breckenridge who grew up working there after her parents bought it in 1967. This is an old-school diner with its Southern friendliness, no-frills food and mid-century interior and exterior intact. Weekend brunch fans can belly up to the bar to enjoy the Southern Breakfast with pork chops, eggs, grits, gravy and biscuits. Other favorites include country ham and grilled corn beef hash platters. 200 14th St., 404-874-1388, www.thesilverskillet.com