The best hangover brunch spots in Atlanta


The perennial Mimosa goes well with brunch, but not necessarily when you're hungover. If you overindulged in the spirits the night before, you do not want to drink orange juice the morning after (and I speak from experience). What goes down doesn't have to come back up. If you must go to brunch when you're suffering from veisalgia (the medical term for hangover), the last place in the world you want to go is the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. They may have the most exquisite menu and a seemingly never-ending array of seafood, prime rib and omelets, but let's face it, even the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has called their brunch the most expensive in Atlanta ($75 per person). So it would be a complete waste to pay that much money for food you will more than likely be offering to the porcelain God later in the morning. But if you insist on having platter-sized waffles encrusted with the Ritz-Carlton logo, go for it. Otherwise, count on these locations to offer a reasonable meal you may or may not taste twice:

Home grown
You'll be tempted to sleep in when you're hungover, but don't. There will be a wait at this local favorite breakfast spot that resembles your grandma's southern kitchen. Patrons claim Home grown has the "best biscuits and gravy" to sop up last night's booze. And the brunch menu is more suited for the hungover: satisfy your salty craving with Ruffles Potato Chips & Onion Dip or a Fried Bologna Sandwich. And if their tasty menu wasn't enough the start your head-pounding day, browse the Sew Thrifty 5 & Dime in the back of the restaurant or get some fresh air as you stroll on the path through the garden where they grow their own produce.

5 Seasons Brewing

Brunch is better with beer! Join us for Hair of the Dog Brunch from 11-4 every Saturday and 12-4 every Sunday!

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There's an old adage that says you should fight fire with fire. The same goes for a hangover: fight an alcohol hangover with alcohol. Actually, there's no scientific validity to the "hair of the dog that bit you" remedy, but it certainly doesn't stop sufferers from ordering the much coveted Bloody Mary. 5 Seasons Brewing offers a Bloody Mary bar, as well as delicious organic steak and eggs, at their Hair of the Dog Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The atmosphere is serene and unpretentious so you can relax while you tend to your alcohol-induced aftereffects. They have three locations in the Atlanta area, so you can stumble into any one you're closest to.

Majestic Diner
One of Atlanta's timeless landmarks - and a staple in ATL dining - this diner has been pleasing generations since 1929. It's open 24/7 and located in one of the coolest areas of the city, so you'll never miss an opportunity to try its famous comfort foods with your fellow hangover sufferers. So if you've got a hankering for biscuits and gravy - or anything else with biscuits, for that matter - get there before 1:00 p.m. when they stop serving them. If you're looking for a brunch that offers no frills, uncomplicated, great tasting food, you're on the right track with this diamond in the rough.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
No, you don't have to be in the military to eat here, but it has been billed as the "base camp for the urban explorer." It's located in Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward district and is an outdoor oasis with decks that overlook the Eastside Beltline and a screened porch if you're in need of some fresh air to clear your foggy head. The menu is full of local ingredients and house-made items and is modestly priced. And if you think your ailing tummy can handle it, try the Redneck Mimosa made with Miller High Life and fresh OJ.

Amy has been an Audio-Video Technology & Film instructor in the Atlanta area for the last 10 years. She has produced newscasts for an ABC affiliate in Memphis, TN and has contributed to several Atlanta publications.