There are some days when Waffle House just doesn’t cut it, and Mother’s Day is one of those days. You need to pick the perfect restaurant to make your mom’s brunch special. Consider the choices we’ve selected below, and let us know if your favorite didn’t make the list. Whether you get all dolled up or you keep it comfy, it’s the time you spend together that really matters.

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 237-2700

No brunch article would be complete without a reference to Atlanta’s fanciest feast at the Ritz. If your mom is into an indulgent experience, make your reservations early for this decadent meal. When celebrities like Jennifer Lopez pop through town, this is where they settle in for everything from sushi to waffles. Don’t skip out on the bubble bar – Mother’s Day deserves a little champagne, right?

5 Seasons Brewing
1000 Marietta St. N.W., Suite #204
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 875-3232

On the other hand, maybe your mom prefers a more casual brunch. If so, 5 Seasons Brewing is a solid choice, with its focus on fresh, local ingredients. If you’re looking for shrimp n grits or a crawfish frittata, this is your perfect brunch spot. Of course, the Bloody Mary bar is a nice touch.

4th And Swift
621 N. Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 904-0160

Jay Swift is one of Atlanta’s most famous local chefs, which is certainly saying a lot in this foodie town. 4th And Swift, in the Old Fourth Ward, is an excellent brunch spot, also focusing on great local flavors and ingredients. Before you dine, you can check out local sites like the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church and the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So, if you’d like a bit of history with your meal, this is a good choice.

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Babette’s Cafe
573 N. Highland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-9121

If your mom has a flair for French, consider Babette’s Cafe for your Mother’s Day brunch. There’s a wide selection of omelettes, quiches and tasty sandwiches like the croque monsieur. Of course, you’ll want sides, too, and fresh local muffins and scones fight it out with grits for the room in your belly. The Virginia Highland area is one of Atlanta’s prettiest, and you can take a walk through the park after brunch.

Ray’s on the River
6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
(770) 995-1187

If you can’t find your favorite brunch item at Ray’s on the River, then your needs may be a bit extreme. With over 80 items to choose from, Ray’s is one of the most popular spots for Mother’s Day, so make your reservations early. The setting is relaxing and pretty, and you can bring smaller children without worrying that they won’t find something to eat. It’s a solid choice for the whole family and always delivers a great experience.

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