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Best Brunches in Peachtree Corners

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Flying Biscuit, FL Sunshine Waffle, Breakfast. Photos by Isadora Pennington.

Eggs, waffles, toast. Pancakes, biscuits, and hash browns. Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Yep, we’re talking about brunch. Brunch is one of the most beloved meals to share with friends, and that’s not just because it’s acceptable to daydrink; these feel-good comfort foods are warm, rich and packed full of flavor. As we prepare to see more in person dining, I anticipate a return to this popular weekend outing. So recently I set out to try some of Peachtree Corners’ tastiest dishes at a few of the most popular brunch spots in town.

Flying Biscuit

Flying Biscuit, FL Sunshine Waffle, Breakfast.

A local classic. Flying Biscuit is known for, you guessed it, their signature “fluffy flying biscuits.” The first Flying Biscuit location opened its doors in Candler Park in 1993 and sold out of biscuits by 11am the first morning, so the founders knew they were onto something from day one. In the years since, they have expanded to 25 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

When I stopped by the restaurant, I sampled their FL Sunshine Waffle Breakfast. This delectable offering features two eggs served with chicken sage sausage patties, “creamy dreamy” grits, plus a house-made Belgian waffle topped with berries, banana, powdered sugar and whipped cream. And, of course, a fluffy flying biscuit. $12.99

5270 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 120, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-407-5885 | flyingbiscuit.com

First Watch

First Watch, Farmhouse Skillet Hash.

Touting fresh ingredients and made-to-order dishes, the First Watch philosophy can be summed up as “friendly, fast and accommodating service.” On arrival, diners are greeted with a pot of their Project Sunrise Coffee, and free WiFi and complimentary newspapers add to the appeal for breakfast lovers.

At First Watch I ordered the Farmhouse Skillet Hash. This dish starts with a bed of fresh, seasoned breakfast potatoes cooked in a skillet loaded with bacon, avocado, house-roasted onions and tomatoes, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, and two cage-free eggs. On the side are all-natural house preserves, fresh fruit, and whole grain artisan toast smeared with rich and creamy butter. If it needs an extra boost of flavor (hint: it doesn’t), try adding ketchup or hot sauce on top. $11.99

5230 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 110, Peachtree Corners 30092
470-781-9190 | firstwatch.com

Pub Ten

Pub Ten, Huevos Rancheros Nachos featuring Wonton nachos.

Looking for a more casual, laid-back vibe? While this bar is more known for its craft beers and elevated pub food, their growing brunch menu does not disappoint. Kick back and enjoy bottomless mimosas without the hectic atmosphere of most local brunch spots. Owner Marc Cloutier, who bought the business just before the pandemic shut things down last year, can often be found personally tending to his customers.

Here I decided to go for a slightly untraditional brunch dish — Huevos Rancheros Nachos featuring Wonton nachos. Topped with heaps of savory ground beef, red bean pico, salsa verde, cotija cheese, queso, cilantro and two scrambled eggs, this dish is sure to cure any hangover. $10.50

5270 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 118B, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-5041 | pub10.com

Eating Americana

Eating Americana, Bread Pudding

In the Peachtree Parkway Shopping Plaza sits a comfortable and no-frills restaurant by the name of Eating Americana. This casual eatery just celebrated their first anniversary, and what a trial by fire it must have been to open a restaurant during a global pandemic. And yet, the folks at Eating Americana have survived and thrived, offering comfort foods and traditional American cuisine first only available for take-out or delivery, until recently when they opened their dining room.

While Eating Americana is open only on Sundays for brunch, one of their most delectable dishes, Bread Pudding, is available daily. Composed of a variety of breads offering a complex combination of flavors and tastes, this dish features bright flavors of cranberries, raisins and pineapple folded into the layers of bread pudding. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg add dimension to the overall flavor of this flavorful and decadent dish. $6.00 ■

5450 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 7A, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-676-5846 | eatingamericana.com

Other Great Brunch Places in Peachtree Corners

Grace 1720

Contemporary American cuisine in a casual upscale environment.
5155 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 320, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-421-1720 | grace1720.com

JR’s Log House Restaurant

Old-school Southern breakfast served in a legit log cabin.
6601 Peachtree Industrial
Boulevard, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-449-6426 | jrloghouse.com

Peachy Corners Cafe

Friendly neighborhood cafe serving up coffee and tea, bubble teas, matcha and small bites.
6365 Spalding Drive,
Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-0547 |
peachycornerscafe.com

Atlanta Bread

Counter service chain offering omelets, pastries, baked goods and breakfast sandwiches.
4880 Peachtree Corners Circle, Peachtree Corners 30092
770-662-0900 | atlantabread.com

Corner Bakery Cafe

Casual counter service cafe with classic breakfast favorites.
6050 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 500, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-281-2150 | cornerbakery.com

IHOP

Well-known chain offering a variety of pancakes and traditional diner dishes.
6125 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092
678-231-0081 | ihop.com

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Taste of Peachtree Corners: PCBA Showcases Local Restaurants

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Over the past 12 years, the PCBA has awarded 19 scholarships and donated more than $156,000+ back to the Peachtree Corners community.
Photos by Anna del Villar

The Taste of Peachtree Corners has been in the works for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic put many key events on hold for the Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA).

But luckily this year, the dedicated staff of volunteers successfully executed a memorable event and introduced a lot of local business owners to their neighboring restaurants and caterers.

As I walked up to the Community Chest Room at Peachtree Corners City Hall on June 27, there was a line outside the door. I later found out that over 100 people had registered to attend the event. I got checked in quickly and was faced with a “passport” of 10 Peachtree Corners restaurants serving everything from high-end bakery items to good old-fashioned barbecue, and modern twists on seafood and American cuisines.

Let’s talk about the food

The idea was to visit all 10 restaurants and collect stars while trying samples and small plates. My first stop was Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, and they had my favorite – homemade chips and queso. The queso was smoky and mildly spicy with a great depth of flavor. What a great start. Next up was Chopt. Creative Salad Co. I had never heard of this restaurant before, but they blew me away with a perfect amuse-bouche of cherry tomato, pesto, mozzarella, and olive oil. These guys understand simple and fresh Mediterranean flavors.

The folks from Marlow’s Tavern were also on-site serving shrimp and grits with jalapeno, spinach and tomato beurre blanc. This is definitely the style of elevated food I’ve come to expect from Marlow’s. And as a nice touch, they prepared a refreshing blueberry cocktail.

Another familiar face was set up on the other side of the room. J.R.’s Log House Restaurant served southern favorites like pulled pork sliders, baked beans and mac n’ cheese. I couldn’t pass this one up. The pulled pork was tender, tangy and saucy. Exactly what I want from a barbecue. Lazy Dog’s table really impressed me with its presentation. The tuna cup with rice, avocado and chili with chips on the side, was a real stunner.

Moe’s Southwest Grill was also on-site handing out tasty tequila lime chicken with rice, avocado, and black beans. This super hearty and comforting entrée was followed by a seafood course from PECHE Modern Coastal. Crab cakes with a croissant pinwheel, roasted garlic and lemon aioli and arugula were on the menu and the flavor combinations were simply fantastic.

PECHE’s sister restaurant STAGE Kitchen & Bar was next door offering a tuna and salmon tostada with avocado, eel sauce, spicy mayo, and cilantro. This was easily one of my favorite bites of the night. The tostada was crunchy and light with clean and bright flavors. No kidding, I could probably eat this every day for lunch.

I moved on the Smoke’s Family Catering and owner Phillip Smoke had whipped up enough barbecue to feed an army.  I had the pleasure of trying the smoked chicken with potato salad and it was the perfect pairing. Last but not least: dessert. I capped off the evening with a beautiful chocolate ganache-filled croissant with perfect lamination and flaky texture.

The inspiration behind the event

With a (very) full stomach, I caught up with PCBA President Lisa Proctor to talk about the event.

“We knew that COVID was really hard on a lot of our restaurants to get people back in,” said Proctor. “We wanted to do it in June because we wanted to celebrate our military. Everybody remembers them maybe on Memorial Day or different things, but June is the 80th anniversary of D-Day.”

“The military is always close to our heart,” she added. “We’re also very proud of our restaurants. They all have gone above and beyond.”

Tonight, the PCBA was honoring the Armed Forces and its brave veterans while bestowing two donation checks to very worthy causes.

The first check for $500 went to Folds of Honor. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has provided life-changing scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled military. And now, their mission expands to the families of America’s first responders.

The second check for $500 was given to Light Up the Corners, a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization with an annual glowing, flashing, blinking, shining, nighttime running party and fundraiser in one.  All proceeds from the event go to benefit less fortunate children and families in the Peachtree Corners community who are struggling by giving them the chance to participate in life-enhancing programs and activities at the Fowler YMCA.

Over the past 12 years, the PCBA has awarded 19 scholarships and donated more than $156,000+ back to the Peachtree Corners community.

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Sucré: New Orleans-Style Luxury Pastry Shop Opening in Peachtree Corners

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Opening this fall at The Forum Peachtree Corners

Abney Harper, co-owner of the luxury New Orleans brand Sucré, shares her journey into the culinary world. Sucré recently opened its first location outside of New Orleans in Woodstock, Atlanta, marking an exciting expansion. Abney hopes to create a beautiful, magical experience showcasing handcrafted, complex pastries while ensuring quality and consistency. The Forum Peachtree Corners will open this fall, 2024. This interview by Rico Figliolini

Podcast Timestamp (where to find it in the podcast):
00:00:00 – Abney Harper’s Journey
00:01:44 – Sucré: New Orleans-Style Luxury Pastry Shop
00:03:37 – From Law to Pastry: A Serendipitous Journey
00:06:16 – Expanding Sucré’s Presence in Georgia
00:08:09 – From Restaurants to Pastries
00:12:47 – Navigating the Challenges of Scaling a Business Across States
00:15:18 – Navigating Regulations and Expansion Plans
00:17:22 – Expanding Sucré Brand Beyond New Orleans
00:20:08 – Discovering A New Orleans Passion
00:21:24 – Bringing the Essence of New Orleans to Atlanta

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New dining experience opens at Hilton Hotel

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Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch // Photo by Bruce Johnson

Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch offers southern-style fare and easy entertainment

Just in time for the summer season, Hilton Atlanta Northeast has launched a new dining option, Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch.

The casual dining experience brings understated luxury to an easy, breezy setting with comfortable patio furniture on a spacious outdoor deck, a full bar with top-shelf spirits and an impressive wine collection. The cuisine is Southern style and utilizes regionally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.

“You really can’t ask for an easier setting or a more comfortable way to unwind,” said Andrew Stegen, executive vice president of operations for FullG Capital, the hotel operator. “In the old days, hotels had restaurants for the travelers, and the locals came occasionally. Now, it’s the other way around. You have to appeal to the people who live here.”

At a press preview on May 15, Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch was unveiled for the first time.

Dahlia’s plans to offer weekend buffets, sports viewing on the patio and family-friendly cookouts.

Photo by Bruce Johnson

“Dahlia’s is a great addition for our hotel guests but also for the local community! We are most excited about our new porch, which is the perfect place for happy hour spritz, outdoor dining and future programming,” said Mike Roling, general manager of Hilton Atlanta Northeast. 

The food is led by executive chef Robert Chafflin, who said he likes to bring an approachable yet flavorful take on southern culinary staples. For the preview, guests were wowed with shrimp and grits, braised beef short ribs, mushroom risotto, shrimp po’boys, cheesecake with caramelized peaches and a whole lot more. 

The beverages were just as tantalizing – from the signature Black Dahlia to the unexpected Southern Dandie to an array of seasonal spritzes. 

“We are excited to bring a newly renovated restaurant space, brand new porch, and refreshed menu to our property,” said Roling. “We welcome the public, both locals and hotel guests alike, to come join us for a dining experience elevated by our southern hospitality.”

Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch also has a private dining area and a lounge area—perfect for relaxing after a busy day, grabbing a sumptuous meal with the family or meeting friends for lunch or dinner and drinks. Dahlia’s also provides catering for hotel events. For more information, visit dahliasrestaurant.com.

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