Sunday, May 9 is Mother's Day in the United States. Families will gather together to celebrate matriarchs across the country but those in Atlanta are in for a treat.
Celebrate Mom ATL Style
There are so many great brunch spots to choose from and these are a few favorites. Also check out these women-owned bars and restaurants!
Located in the stylish Virginia Highland neighborhood, Murphy's has been delighting Atlanta residents since 1980. The atmosphere is one of camaraderie and the ample outdoor patio makes it a perfect, socially-distanced place to take Mom to celebrate. The malted waffle with fresh berries and powdered sugar is reason enough to stop at Murphy's. The decidedly southern shrimp and grits with tomato-pepper jam, andouille sausage, and a sunny egg is also a great reason to get out of bed. The "Eggs Mulligan" with two poached eggs, potato hash, bacon, and cheddar served in a skillet is the hangover cure of dreams. The wine list is extensive and a great way to add a little more joy to the meal. Cheers, Mom!
Fellows Cafe feels whimsical inside a converted cottage with a big, tree-shaded front yard for al fresco dining. The cafe sources primarily through local purveyors and, aside from coffee and pastries, everything is made in-house. For a sweet start to the Sunday, try the sourdough cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing or the lemon ricotta hotcakes served with strawberry-banana compote and pecan crumble (bonus: it's gluten-free). Savory options include the smoked salmon toast with pickled red onions, capers, lemon, dill aioli, and an optional poached egg or huevos rancheros with black beans, two fried eggs, avocado, salsa, pico, and cotija cheese. Beer, wine, and cocktails are sold all day and a carafe of mimosas for the table will only run you $20.
Joe's On Juniper
Brunch is available all day at Joe's On Juniper. This LGBTQ+ restaurant has a spacious patio for outdoor dining and TVs play every major MLB game live. The party atmosphere may be in part due to the colorful decor but it could also be because there are eight draft cocktails, two frozen options, and three Long Island ice tea variations. Affordable brunch options include chicken sausage fried in waffle batter with warm honey or the mouth-numbing "Flaming Waffle Club Sandwich" with Nashville hot chicken, egg, bacon, and a maple-cayenne drizzle. Don't forget to order a side of tater tots!
West Egg Cafe
Both the dining room and the covered patio are open at West Egg Cafe in Atlanta's burgeoning Westside neighborhood. Sunday Brunch starts bright and early at 8 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy the house fried chicken biscuit or they can build their own biscuit choosing from a variety of proteins and cheese. Don't sleep on the churro waffles or the sour cream pancakes, each served with their own dipping sauces. You could even make a meal out of all of the delicious sides like fried green tomatoes, roasted garlic grits, or biscuits and gravy (they really know how to biscuit here). West Egg serves a slew of specialty coffee drinks including a bananas foster latte which Mom will love. Adult beverages include four kinds of mimosas and bloody Mary's. The "Peppered Pig" Mary uses pepper-infused vodka, the house bloody mix and is then garnished with bacon, olives, and a spicy rim.
The locally sourced and carefully cultivated French fare at Petit Chou is served with genteel, southern hospitality. The French toast is pure decadence. The buttery croissants are soaked in heavy cream, cinnamon, and orange liqueur and then served with seasonal fruits, pecans, and cinnamon-vanilla whipped cream. The "Morning Biscuit" is slathered with herby boursain cheese, your choice of chicken or vegetable sausage, and a perfectly poached egg. Pair all of that goodness with a glass of Bordeaux Blanc. Those that want something a little stronger could opt for the "Teas Knees," a play on a bee's knees cocktail with chamomile gin, earl grey-infused honey, and lemon.
Muss & Turner's
At Muss & Turner's, the philosophy is “people matter most, local is priority, and seasonal makes sense.” All of that shines through in the food and the hospitality. "The Papa Max" is reminiscent of an NYC deli staple but with a southern twist. It features kippered salmon, cream cheese, pickled green tomato, a boiled egg, and the usual lox accompaniments all served on a bagel. A more elevated dish is the "Patopapas!," a confited duck leg covered in chimichurri, cotija cheese, and a fried egg served with French fries. Toast Mom with one of more than 20 beers available by the bottle or can. Muss & Turner's currently starts offering Sunday brunch at 11:30 a.m.