Hall County’s best breakfast can be found at Longstreet Cafe in Gainesville, according to The Times’ annual Best of Hall County 2022. The top breakfast nominations came from readers and thousands of people voted in the contest, naming Longstreet Hall’s Best of 2022 in February. . The other nominees in the category are listed below in no particular order. Nominations for Best of Hall 2023 begin October 1, 2022.
One of Gainesville’s most beloved and famous breakfast spots is none other than the Longstreet Cafe, a staple of its 25-year history in town. Longstreet has two locations in Gainesville, and each is known for serving Southern breakfast favorites every morning. Homemade biscuits are prepared daily, as well as chicken, tenderloin, sausages and several other meats. Other breakfast items served include oatmeal, pancakes, and eggs. The cafeteria-style atmosphere makes patrons feel at home, which is one of the reasons for Longstreet’s status as a local favorite. The walls are also adorned with Gainesville artifacts from years past, adding to the small-town appeal.
Where: 1043 Riverside Terrace, Gainesville; 405 Pearl Nix Drive, Gainesville
More information: 770-287-0820
Loretta’s Country Kitchen
Nestled in the heart of Oakwood is Loretta’s Country Kitchen, a local spot that has been serving Southern home cooking since 2001. Guests are greeted by a quaint Southern atmosphere and a plethora of Southern breakfast options served in a cafeteria style. Also on the menu is French toast and a giant cinnamon swirl for those craving a little something sweet in the morning.
Where: 4305 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
More information: 770-532-0370
The small community of Murrayville may not have many dining options to offer, but it does have one that stands out: Reid’s Cafe. Located just off Thompson Bridge Road on the way to Dahlonega, Reid’s Cafe is full of small town charm and plenty of classic Southern breakfast fare. However, Reid’s is perhaps best known for its homemade cookies, baked to a lovely golden brown and coated in bacon fat. You can pick up, dine or drive.
Where: 5337 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville
More information: 770-535-7744
True to its name, Rabbittown Cafe in East Hall makes itself unique with its giant rabbit statue outside and bunny-related décor inside. The restaurant serves classic cafeteria-style breakfasts, including eggs, bacon, oatmeal, and hash browns.
Where: 2415 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville
More information: 770-287-3695
This family-run restaurant in Flowery Branch serves cafeteria-style classics for breakfast and lunch. It’s usually a busy place during breakfast hours.
Where: 3440 Branch Road, Flowering Branch
More information: 770-536-3053
This unassuming spot on Thompson Bridge Road serves up daily fresh homemade buttermilk biscuits and loaded gravel bowls. However, the most notable menu item for many local residents might be their sweet tea, which is strong in tea flavor and not as sweet as some. You can dine, pick up or drive.
Where: 3605 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
More information: 678-316-3009
The creperie chain not only serves its world-famous crepes, but also a variety of breakfast items, including omelettes, crepes, and French toast.
Where: 430 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SW, Gainesville
More information: 770-539-9120
The famous fast food ice cream chain also serves a tasty breakfast. The breakfast menu includes biscuits, gravy, pancakes, sausages and bacon.
Where: 951 Green St. NE # NW, Gainesville
More information: 770-532-6929
Gainesville Coffee at Lawrence Pharmacy
The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff at Gainesville Coffee Shop make for a great breakfast or lunch. The menu offers cookies, oatmeal, pancakes, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and eggs.
Where: 631 Broad Street SE, Gainesville
More info: gainesvillecoffeeshop.com
Whole being coffee
Whole Being Cafe, located in a brick building in historic downtown Flowery Branch, is a welcoming cafe with an updated interior and a cozy upstairs loft. The cafe serves coffee, teas, and smoothies in addition to their unique breakfast menu of avocado toast, burritos, and sandwiches. Gluten-free options are also available.
Where: 5510 Main Street, Flower Branch
More info: www.wholebeingcafe.com
Talmo Market Grill
The traditional restaurant located in the historic town center of Talmo offers breakfast and lunch. The Talmo Market Grill serves a variety of cookies with attentive service and a family atmosphere.
Where: 558 Main Street, Talmo
More information: 706-929-5127
The family business, with a growing presence in Hall County, serves fresh daily artisan donuts. Danny’s Donuts menu also includes croissants, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, boba tea, smoothies and coffee.
Where: 417 Main St. SW No. 4415, Gainesville; 975 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 19, Gainesville; 4037 Winder Highway, Flowering Branch
More info: dannys-donuts.com
This list was compiled based on nominations made during Best of Hall County 2022. Voting for Best of Hall 2023 begins October 1, 2022.