For the artists, the entrepreneurs, and those pursuing knowledge-and-talent-based careers in Midtown, breakfast can be a bustle on the way to an appointment or studio; it can be a conference of sorts, gathering info and energy for the day ahead; or it can be a celebration, a welcome halt to the action when the opportunity to be with friends comes close to the lofts of home or the offices of attainment. Within easy reach of Atlantic Station, there are plenty of places to stage all three.

West Egg Café, on Howell Mill Road, was named one of the best breakfast spots in America by Thrillist.com, and it’s been on the list of Midtown locals for well over 15 years. A kind of hub among Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech, the Westside Provisions District, and even a draw for Buckhead and Downtown, West Egg was named after the nearby town depicted in Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby. It’s worth making a point to experience.

Landmark Diner, long a Buckhead standby, has had a Downtown version on Luckie Street since 2003. If you’ve got a little time, they’ll make the trip worth it. The mid-century diner setting makes a great background for breakfast, and the lengthy menu does not disappoint. For any meal and any mood, the Landmark offers a delicious answer.

MetroFresh, in the Midtown Promenade, offers a shaded patio, and it’s best known for lunch, but the “Rockstar Breakfast” selections are worth a closer look. There’s a personal touch to their approach that gives the morning a great start.

The award-winning Flying Biscuit Café is a place to pick up city-fied smoked salmon or country eggs benedict and just about any breakfast delight you can think of on the way. Speaking of on the way, the Biscuit is known for carry-out and catering, too, so if breakfast has to happen at your place, home, or work, they can more than satisfy.

Carolyn’s Gourmet Café is, perhaps, best suited to the breakfast where you’re prepared to pay attention. The food’s too good to overlook. It’s not that the items are unexpected, it’s just that they’re homemade, and carefully. Omelets, breakfast bowls, eggs, grits and toast; a breakfast burrito or a yogurt parfait to go; bagels, muffins, and croissants all await your pleasure at Carolyn’s. It’s a great place to become acquainted, because they excel at lunch and catering, too.

 

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