All You Can Eat Breakfast in Atlanta Part 4: Breakfast
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In our continuing series on all-you-can-eat places in Atlanta, we're going to tackle one of the hardest meals to find all-you-can-eat for: breakfast. In the land of Waffle House, it's really easy to find breakfast food, but more difficult than you'd think to find an all-you-can-eat breakfast spot. The reason for this is simple: five days of the week everyone is rushing to work, and on Sunday there's brunch. It doesn't make much sense to do it.
That doesn't mean it's impossible, but you'll have to go to some places you probably wouldn't consider at first. You have to think like someone who doesn't work a normal 9-5 job. If you're really in the mood for all the bacon you can handle at 7 AM, try some of these places:
1. Truck stops.
If you're a trucker, you already know of Flying J and Pilot. These sprawling gas-station diners are dotted all over the landscape. They're like the Wal-mart of fueling. There's at least one, and sometimes three eateries attached to the very large convenience store. It's very common to find a place that serves a breakfast buffet to for the hungry trucker crowd. You'll normally find these along large interstates and on the outskirts of cities. It's your best option to find a hearty all-you-can-eat breakfast.
2. Large diners (Shoney's, Golden Corral, Ryan's, etc.)
Ahh, the chain smorgasborg. While it's not as reliable as a truck stop, you can sometimes get a good breakfast deal from one of these places. It's not haute cuisine in the least, but they do have generous portions of sausage and eggs for your morning routine. You're also likely to beat any sort of mid-morning meal crowd if you go early enough, so you'll get fresh food. Not every location serves all-you-can-eat breakfast, so check your local diner before dropping in.
I'm not talking tiny motels. The continental breakfasts they serve are tiny and normally for guests only. I'm talking about larger hotels that have a full-service restaurant. There's is almost always a breakfast buffet option with reasonable variety and you won't need a stay at the hotel to dine there. However, you'll probably pay through the nose since it's hotel food. I generally only eat at these when I'm attending a convention somewhere and I don't want to leave the hotel.
Finding all-you-can-eat breakfast can be tricky. Our society isn't really wired to pig out at that hour. With a little creative searching though, you can find your share of ham and gravy in the wee hours.
Emily Hunter is a freelance writer for Atlanta-restaurants.org.