Rise -n- Dine
1565 North Decatur Rd. NE, Atlanta; 404-377-4407
Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
If you want a delicious and unique build-it-yourself breakfast, Rise -n- Dine is the place to go. Located in Emory Village, Rise -n- Dine is one of my favorite breakfast places to take my two young children. The restaurant is small, with a cozy, retro feel and very friendly service. On a recent morning when I dined there with my children, the entire row of booths behind us was filled with young families, so I am definitely not alone in thinking Rise -n- Dine is a great choice for kids. Get there early to avoid a long wait, as this place is popular!
What’s on the menu: Look forward to a huge variety of breakfast items, from Rise -n- Dine’s famous sweet potato pancakes (a personal favorite) to Polish omelets with pierogis. You’ll find pretty much anything you may want to start your day: fruit, granola, biscuits, waffles, breakfast burritos and tacos, and much more! The ability to customize your meal makes this place special. Though a bit daunting at first (due to so many options), the menu is divided into sections from which you can choose the elements of your breakfast to create exactly what you want. Opt for a biscuit with egg for just $3, or personalize an omelet or an egg scramble from a base price of $6.50. Kids can choose from a “pick two” menu, which includes an egg and side for $2.95, or a “pick four” menu, where they choose any four side items for $6. Rise -n- Dine also has a small lunch section on the menu with salads, sandwiches and pierogi bowl.
Why parents will like it: The prices are good, and with the option to piece together choices from the menu, you can choose the meal to suit your budget. The portions are a reasonable size, so you won’t feel stuffed when you leave! To make things easier on parents, there’s a selection of children’s books at the front of the store to entertain your kids – especially appreciated if you do have to wait.
Why kids will like it: The kids love it because they get to choose what they want and make a breakfast exactly to their liking. Our kind waiter brought my children’s hot chocolate at a reduced temperature in a lidded coffee cup – just like “Mommy’s coffee” – which made my daughter feel especially grown up! The kids also got fun activity sheets to keep them busy while waiting for their food.
– Kirsten Gromatzky