Since moving back to Atlanta, I've been on the lookout for good bagels. I love carbs, schmear, and fish, so a mashup of the three easily makes it to the top of my favorite foods list. I'm told New York City has the best bagels, but since I've never been to New York, Austin cafes have been setting the bar for me. As someone who rarely eats breakfast during the week, but hardly misses Sunday brunch, the Aye Sir! Lox Lookout was proving to be a slow endeavor in Atlanta. Until now. Enter The General Muir, brunchmaster extraordinaire.
The General Muir is a New York-inspired Jewish deli located at Emory Point. With the modestly upscale yet contemporary vibe and the obvious bustling business, it feels exciting and different.
If you like baked goods, you'll definitely want to start off with a pastry basket for the table, which includes an assortment of four deliciously large breads, muffins, and danishes. If savory is more of your thing, I'd would also recommend trying the pastrami poutine. The plate of melted cheese and gravy over hand-cut fries and large chunks of pastrami is definitely a salty indulgence. Who says you can't eat a dish of fries at 10 in the morning?!
For our main, my husband and I ordered the Avenue A and the Avenue D bagels. Because they come in pairs, we smartly traded halves so we could both enjoy the two dishes. The Avenue A bagel is topped with nova, schmear, avocado, onions, cucumbers, grapefruit, and dill. The Avenue D bagel consists of lox, schmear, salmon roe, cucumbers, and chives. I loved the touch of salmon roe from the Avenue D popping in my mouth with each bite. I highly recommend both; but between the two, I personally preferred the Avenue A simply because nova isn't as salty as lox.
There are also many non-bagel brunch options if you're not a fan of fish. Our friends ordered the pecan-crusted french toast and the corned beef reuben and they were both extremely happy with their choices. I absolutely wish I had an extra stomach so I could have tried The Smoke Hash or the Fish and Potatoes. Since I only have but one stomach, a second trip is already in order. And that is a situation that I am not upset about at all. Welcome to the top of the brunch list, The General Muir.
Have you been to The General Muir before? What did you order and how was your experience there? Do you have an a favorite bagel joint in Atlanta? Let me know in the comments!