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The General Muir’s stocked Maven Platter

Along with its late-night bars and bustling breweries, the Peach City has more than its fair share of breakfast houses serving up grub to get you through the hangover haze.

Buttermilk Kitchen
If the crispy chicken biscuit—served with house pickles and roasted red pepper jelly—at this Buckhead brunch spot doesn’t cure your morning-after ails, one of chef Suzanne Vizethann’s heavenly confections will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Always-changing weekend brunch specials range from a blueberry muffin with lemon curd mousse to gingerbread pancakes. For a healthy boost of antioxidants, dive into a bowl of green tea oatmeal made with organic stone-ground oats, strawberries, chia seeds and raw sugar. Nearly everything is made from scratch using sustainable, local ingredients.

Sun In My Belly
This Euro-style café in Decatur meshes a whimsical interior of flower-stuffed mason jars with gussied-up homestyle breakfasts. Look up at a ceiling strung with white gauze and chow down on Alison’s Famous Pimento Cheese Omelette with honey-glazed bacon and hashed potatoes. To really break through last night’s fog, order the appropriately named, off-menu specialty The Hangover—a fluffy house-made biscuit with melted cheddar, sausage, fried egg, avocado, Sriracha and smothered potatoes. Wash it all down with bottomless mimosas. Stumble in on the first Sunday of the month to enjoy a soundtrack of live jazz  during recovery.

The General Muir
The General Muir pays homage to New York Jewish delis with hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels and house-smoked and -cured pastrami. Its black and white tiled interior sets the stage for stomach-rumbling renditions of the Reuben and indulgent treats such as pecan-crusted French toast made with house-baked challah. For a fish-lover’s feast, The Maven is a hefty platter of lox, smoked sable and salmon salad along with capers, red onion, olives, schmear and a bagel. Pair it with a mood-boosting Batdorf & Bronson coffee or opt for a spiced-up The General Mary concocted with house bloody mix, celery bitters and pickles. You’ll leave as good as new.

LATE-NIGHT BITE: East Atlanta’s Octopus Bar isn’t just open late; it is only open late. From 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., night owl foodies can delight in the Vietnamese-inspired culinary creations of chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le. Expect specialties like raw oysters, a tantalizing Maine lobster roll and sea urchin on the always-evolving menu.



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