February 6, 2015
Valentine's Day Starts at Brunch
Valentine's Day is celebrated on a Saturday this year, which allows couples to enjoy a morning together without the hassle of rushing to work.
Those looking to escape crowded dinners with prixfixe menus and candlelight can start their morning with a satisfying brunch, leaving the rest of the day to be spent as it was meant to be, in the company of your Valentine.
Here are some brunch suggestions; we recommend making a reservation.
Ink & Elm
The classy, refined features of Ink & Elm provide the backdrop for an intimate Southern brunch. Opt for the restaurant's Valentine's Day deal, which includes an entree, one side item to share, a special treat and a seasonal bellini. The elevated Southern cuisine includes locally sourced touches such as North Georgia trout with a baked egg, field peas and kale. The special is limited to the first 50 couples on Feb. 14. Tickets can be ordered through valentinesdaybrunch.brownpapertickets.com. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14.
Share: At least one of you should order the sticky cinnamon bun. It's gooey from a sorghum bourbon glaze and aged white cheddar, and crunchy pecans round out the pleasing combination.
577 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 6782447050, inkandelmatlanta.com.
King + Duke
Executive chef E.J. Hodgkinson is a brunch fanatic. He takes his brunch to hearth, using a special grill for flapjacks with apples and bourbon maple syrup or chicken fried chicken with overeasy eggs and gravy. King + Duke's
Valentine's brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15.
Share: the hearthgriddled brioche French toast, laden with lavender, maple, basil and strawberries. Sweet and aromatic, this is one of the fanciest French toasts around.
Le Bilboquet's brunch brings Parisian influences to the newly developed Buckhead Atlanta in a standalone jewel box establishment. If the weather is nice, dine alfresco, as if you were at a European cafe. Opt for classic French dishes such as the croquemadame, topped with an egg and a layer of bubbling cheese. Be sure to pair it with a slender glass of blushing mimosa made with Veuve de Vernay champagne, fresh squeezed orange juice and Creme Yvette. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15.
Share: The crepe suzette is a fusion of zesty sweetness oozing with a caramelized orange and Grand Marnier filling.
3035 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 4048699944, buckhead-atl.com/restaurants/9/lebilboquet.
You may not often think of Italian restaurants and brunch, but No. 246 puts its own spin on the meal, such as the breakfast pizza with farm eggs and pancetta tes sa, or creamy polenta, known as the Italian version of grits. The atmosphere is convivial, and a prime location on Ponce de Leon Avenue is perfect for a postbrunch stroll through Decatur Square. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15.
Share: Pop some crispy strawberry fritters into your mouth, but be sure first to dip them in fingerlicking Saba honey.
129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 6783998246, no246.com.
Paces & Vine
Chef Ian Winslade serves an acclaimed brunch at Murphy's, and now he's brought the same Southernstyle farmfresh dishes to Vinings. With a similar neighborhood vibe to that of its sister restaurant, Paces & Vine is a mix of polished, dark leather booths, planked ceilings and an arched separation between the dining room and bar. A traditional brunch menu also is offered, with favorites such as the corned beef hash with poached eggs and horseradish mustard sauce. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15.
Share: a decadent lobster frittata, laced with tomatoes, smoked mozzarella and asparagus.
4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 4042058255, pacesandvine.com.