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Your opinion on BEST Brunch in ATL? (price & location not a factor)

Ok Folks,

There have been a few brunch posts on the boards, but most deal within a certain price or in a certain location. Let's pull out the stops and hear where you think is the best brunch in the city, price and location not an issue (although let's try to keep it inside the perimeter UNLESS there is one amazing place OTP you MUST suggest). It's slowly becoming one of my favorite meals to have at Atlanta restaurants, and I want to hear where the experts on these boards think the best of the best is!

I'll start by saying I never think you can go wrong with Murphy's...
Parish is pretty good too...
And I tried 4th & Swift's new Sunday brunch the other weekend and it was stellar (I'm learning to expect nothing less from that restaurant... consistently great food).

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4th & Swift
621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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  1. Don't know where the best is but I had an excellent brunch at Empire State South.
    Other places I've been and enjoy for brunch:
    Babettes
    Canoe

    1. Sun in My Belly is great too

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      Sun in My Belly
      2161 College Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

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      1. ritz carlon buckhead--i know they still do Easter et al, but dont know if they still do a regular Sunday Brunch

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        1. re: bobstripower

          They do and it is excellent. The dessert table had crepes filled with pumpkin that were the best ever. Great recommendation

        2. I love Highland Bakery. It is awesome and you can make a nice pastry plate out of the mini-desserts.

          Lately, my new favorite has been Local Three. $18 all you can eat. Walk through the kitchen, and the chefs constantly are making batches of the 12-18 items. If it is up there, grab it, if not, they will make a fresh batch. A fun and delicious experience.

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          Highland Bakery
          655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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          1. re: mikek

            I can't believe I went 10+ yrs in Atlanta without going to Highland Bakery until about 2 months ago - DELICIOUS! Highly recommend but, as with all brunch places in Atlanta, go early.

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            Highland Bakery
            655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

            1. re: laurendlewis

              Don't know about Highland Bakery's brunch, but their lunch is the worst I have eaten anywhere. I ordered the white chicken chile (always on the menu, so one would assume it to be a signiture dish.) and it looked like it came out of a can, No roasted tomatoes or chicken or cilantro. Just awful - sent it back. it was replaced by the sweet potato soup which looked like baby food out of a jar. Let's see what would mix well with sweet potato soup - brandy, cream, bacon, nutmeg, nope - a bridge too far. Not even salt and pepper. If you can't make soup, you can't cook. Nasty, just nasty. They wil never get another dime from me and I can find better bakeries.

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              Highland Bakery
              655 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

          2. My favorites:
            1. Murphy's
            2. Flying Biscuit (the original one in Candler Park)
            3. Babette's Cafe

            Honorary mentions go to Java Jive and Thumb's Up, although both only take cash so I don't visit either very often.

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            The Flying Biscuit
            1084 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068

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            1. re: ebennettatl

              I was in ATL this past Sunday. Wanted to have brunch at 4th& Swift, but they closed Sunday and Monday for the holiday. We went to Rosebud (where Indigo Coastal Grill used to be when I lived in ATL). Had the corn muffins and shrimp and grits. Tasty. I would recommend it. Had a couple of small pltes and coctails at 4th&Swift Sat. night and then on to The Iberian Pig for dinner. Liked both very much. Yea Atlanta.

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              The Iberian Pig
              121 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030