Bread and Butterfly
You may feel like you want to just sit on a patio while eating a croissant and drinking coffee. Or it could be that you want to share memories of your time in Paris with your friends. Either way, Inman Park’s Bread and Butterfly is the perfect place to begin your day. They don’t just serve pastries but offer a breakfast menu with such dishes as scrambled eggs and smoked trout, as well as a daily omelette if you need something more substantial.
JCT Kitchen and Bar
This checked off the right boxes for that perfect place to dine on a visit to Atlanta. The Westside spot’s menu includes some fine Southern dishes featuring some of Atlanta’s best fried chicken, in addition to such non-southern dishes as parmesan truffle fries and spicy Angry Mussels. They also serve up some wonderful cocktails and have a patio from where you can enjoy some live music and take in the downtown skyline views. You can spend the entire night here without having to travel more than a single flight of stairs. That could be a blessing, depending on how much you eat.
The General Muir
You’d be hard-pressed to find a New York-deli style eatery in the South, but this one comes close. While it remains open all day, you’d be better taking in a morning visit as it’s their breakfast and brunch that really impresses. The casual Toco Hills spot serves up such classics as lox, bagels, pastrami hash, and latkes, in addition to other options that will have you wondering how people got anything done after breakfast in 1930s New York, As it’s next door to Emory, this spot is always full up early in the morning,. It’s definitely worth the wait, however.
When you walk into the venue, it will feel like you’re walking into your crazy uncle’s basement and making your way across a tiki bar fully stocked with delicious cocktails. There are retro antiques and old prints lying around, along with a photo of John Travolta that stares at you from across the room. It’s these kinds of touches that create the venue’s strange but alluring charm. You can enjoy a snack and a cocktail or even come as part of a group and split the $90 chuckwagon steak dinner. The menu is wildly inconsistent with any particular theme, offering up the likes of sweet and sour charred pork and steak tartare. But then that ensures there’s something for everyone.
While it’s a landlocked city, Atlanta also offers numerous quality seafood restaurants. There are certainly more formal and newer spots, but The Optimist still ranks among the best. That’s down to its creative seafood offerings, high-quality service, and fantastic cocktails. The menu’s most famous dish is the lobster roll, but you’ll want to taste the crispy octopus, oysters, and anything from the crudo list. You can even put in some putting practice on the mini-golf course by the patio.