I don’t eat breakfast right when I wake up. It usually takes me an hour or so to come alive, process the day ahead of me and get hungry. Then, when I do eat, I’m not really crazy about breakfast foods. I don’t know what it is…
Brunch, however, is a completely different story. On the weekends, rolling breakfast lazily into the lunchtime hours is the only way to go. There are SO many amazing spots for brunch in Atlanta, but there’s one that I can just about walk to that might be my new favorite.
Buttermilk Kitchen opened in October 2012, lovingly created by chef Suzanne Vizethann co-owner of The Hungry Peach. Though I’ve now visited quite a few times, I’ve only managed to put my fork down and take enough pictures for a blog post once…
On this visit, we started out by sharing the Bruleed Grapefruit with yogurt, blueberry compote and fresh mint. Underneath the toppings is a crisp, caramelized segmented grapefruit bursting with flavor.
Next, we shared the namesake Solo Buttermilk Pancake. People look for different things in their pancakes, but other than my mom’s, this is the one I compare everyone else’s to. So…. yeah.
Jeff enjoyed the French Toast Sticks – a crazy sweet dish made with cinnamon sugar and Mexican chocolate sauce for dipping. He couldn’t finish them all, even with our help. They’re so good – I would recommend getting them to share for the table, especially if you’re in the company of a few sweet teeth (tooths?).
My mom had the Egg in a Hole, which comes cooked easy inside a slice of white toast, topped with roasted tomatoes and a side of sautéed kale. It’s just like you’d make at home, but the egg is cooked perfectly and the kale, which might sound weird at first, is right at home.
I had some of the Crispy Potatoes on the side… Oh man, are these things good. The outside is crunchy and sprinkled with fresh herbs, fried onions and sea salt, and the inside is fluffy and hot. Absolutely unreal.
Finally, I chose what I believe is the most amazing thing on the menu: the fried Chicken Biscuit, which has perfectly fried chicken, a giant biscuit with a cornmeal consistency, and is topped with house pickles and red pepper jelly. Oh. My. GAWD.
It was so, so delicious. And it has been every time I’ve gone.
Go early if you don’t want to wait, and – I’m sharing my secret weapon here – sit at the bar if you can. A really friendly guy named Doug is usually working, and he will take great care of you!
I’d love to hear about your favorite brunch spots! Or, if you try out Buttermilk Kitchen, definitely let me know in a comment. You won’t regret it.