“To brunch or not to brunch, that is never the question,” a wise man once said.

Okay, so nobody actually said that, but it is a known fact that brunch is a favorite meal of the day. And if you haven’t had brunch in Athens, Georgia, then you haven’t had brunch. This iconic college town is home to droves of delicious destinations. Here are five favorites of visitors and locals alike.



mama's boy pulled pork

The line doesn’t lie. All those people waiting for a table outside are proof that Mama’s Boy should be on any savvy bruncher’s list. From Georgia Peach French Toast to Pulled Pork Potato Hash, almost every menu selection is served with one of Mama’s Boy’s enormous biscuits. You can even order Chocolate Cake For Breakfast—because you’re an adult. Visit the original downtown location or their newer digs at The Falls of Oconee.



Pancakes with eggs and a green salad

Swap that mimosa for a brew at this laid-back downtown gastropub. Famous for its Chicken & French Toast and Belgian Fries, Trappeze Pub also boasts unique brunch offerings like their Stone Ground Grits Bowl and Breakfast Tacos. Vegetarian? Don’t miss the Veggie Reuben. Pick a pint of your favorite beer from Trappeze’s 30+ craft taps to wash everything down.



Chicken and waffles with fruit

It’s hard to argue against a place called, well, The Place. Since 2014, this aptly named downtown restaurant has offered refined Southern fare and an unforgettable Sunday brunch. Featuring savory standards such as the Fried Chicken Biscuit, as well as sweeter options like Stuffed French Toast and Chicken & Waffles, The Place has something to please every palate. You’ll also want to order a MY-mosa, fortified with either elderflower liqueur or mandarin vodka!



A piece of fried chicken and potatoes on a black skillet

South Kitchen boasts its own take on Southern comfort food, including dishes like Low Country Shrimp + Grits and a Pimento-Bacon Omelette. You’ll also find staples such as a variety of biscuits & gravy and benedicts, all served in an expansive space inside the old Georgian Hotel. Thirsty? Order an award-winning craft cocktail like the Green River, a crisp combination of gin, lime, aloe, and cucumber.



Donderos' breakfast sandwich

Looking for a weekday breakfast and brunch destination? Donderos’ has you covered, with brunch every weekday beginning at 8 AM. Quaint yet inviting, Donderos’ is located in the historic Cobbham District. You’ll find truly unique items on the menu at this family-owned bakery and cafe. Try a Grit Boat, with your choice of several delicious toppings. Or go for the Ath-Hash and Salmon & Grits, and wash it all down with Donderos’ house-roasted coffee!


With such a bevy of brunch and breakfast spots in Athens, Georgia, your next steps are simple. Clear your schedule. Invite your friends. Brunch. Repeat.