It seems impossible to pick only seven of the best breakfast dishes in Atlanta, right? Well while many could easily fill these slots, the following do not disappoint and are a fantastic depiction of the type of food you’ll find in the city.

S.I.M.B; Belly Benedict & Poptarts
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S.I.M.B; Belly Benedict & Poptarts (Nearby Hotels)

It’s hard to say if the house made Poptarts or the Belly Benedict win the best breakfast title. S.I.M.B, aka Sun in My Belly, puts modern twists on southern favorites, like the Belly Benedict with sweet potato slices instead of bread, and a creamy chipotle sauce that drapes over the eggs. On the side is a hearty, honey bacon hash with garlic spinach, and a biscuit. I strongly suggest swapping your basic buttermilk biscuit for a lavender one. Lavender biscuits are soft with a light, crunchy exterior, and just a slight hint of lavender; modern yet classic! And if you’re fortunate enough to be there when they are offering house-made Poptarts, your life will be changed forever.

Highland Bakery; Fried Chicken Benedict
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Highland Bakery; Fried Chicken Benedict (Nearby Hotels)

There are several Highland Bakery locations around Atlanta, and not all of them have the delicious Fried Chicken Benedict. The downtown location, however, has you covered. Beautiful hunks of fried chicken top a grilled biscuit, while a runny poached egg and a jalapeño cream sauce smother the entire concoction. Other worthy mentions are the blueberry crumb cake and cinnamon rolls.

Revolution Doughnuts; Cinnamon Sugar Donut
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Revolution Doughnuts; Cinnamon Sugar Donut (Nearby Hotels)

The most simple things in the world can be the best, especially when they are high quality. Revolution Doughnuts makes all natural dough, while sourcing local ingredients to make the dreamiest variations of donuts. You’ll even find vegan and gluten free options. Even though all the flavors are awesome, the cinnamon sugar provides just enough flavor, while not masking the star of the show, the dough!

General Muir; Smoked Hash

General Muir; Smoked Hash (Nearby Hotels)

Here, the bagels are hand made and kettle boiled. Basically, if you get a bagel you’re going to be happy. But pair it with the Smoked Hash with crispy house pastrami, potatoes, cabbage, peppers and over easy eggs, and you’ve got yourself something really special. You’ll also find a complex, six bean coffee blend from local roaster Batdorf & Bronson.

Home Grown; Chicken Biscuit with Pimento Cheese
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Home Grown; Chicken Biscuit with Pimento Cheese (Nearby Hotels)

Any biscuit at Home Grown is not only delicious but reasonably priced. The best combo may not be on the menu, but you can create it. Sustainably sourced chicken and pimento cheese atop those huge, buttery, fluffy biscuits is a simple, yet irresistible breakfast. Salmon patty biscuits are pretty awesome too, and switch up the breakfast game a little.

Thumbs Up Diner; Fried Fish and Grits
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Thumbs Up Diner; Fried Fish and Grits (Nearby Hotels)

This Atlanta original now has many locations dotted throughout the area; it’s a local staple. It’s like eating breakfast at grandmas, but with pure New England maple syrup, homemade jellies, onsite smoked meats, and fluffy, whole grain biscuits. Deep fried Basa Catfish with scrambled eggs and creamy grits is a little bit of southern and quirky tied into one delicious package.

Buttermilk Kitchen; Chicken Biscuit
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Buttermilk Kitchen; Chicken Biscuit (Nearby Hotels)

Buttermilk Kitchen lives up to its name with an incredible fried chicken breast biscuit topped with house made pepper jelly. Creamy pimento cheese grits come on the side, along with pickles that are made on site. The combination is so good, and the local, sustainably selected ingredients noticeably elevate the dish to breakfast royalty.

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