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The General Muir

The General Muir

Deli, Jewish Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Atlanta
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    Alan L.
    "The pastry basket was amazing and carb free, right?"(7 Tips)
    Dustin
    "quick sandwich & matzah ball soup"(9 Tips)
    Eater
    "executive chef Todd Ginsberg has been winning hearts"(3 Tips)
    Nay
    "I'm in love with the pastrami sandwich."(5 Tips)
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  • AJC
    AJCJanuary 21, 2016
    The General Muir is an old Foursquare favorite. Come here and fall in love with a tasty pastry basket or their fantastic pastrami sandwich. And remember, the first 2hrs of parking are complimentary. Read more
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Creative Loafing AtlantaSeptember 19, 2013
    There's a long list of things it does as well as (or better than) anyone in town: burgers, espresso, cheesecake, bagels, lox, sticky buns...Shall we go on? 2013 Best of Atlanta Critics pick. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 3, 2016
    This upscale Jewish deli concept from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet of popular breakfast spot, West Egg, and executive chef Todd Ginsberg has been winning hearts since it opened in early 2013. Read more
  • Chad E.
    Chad ElkinsSeptember 18, 2013
    This alternative take on burger toppings with pastrami, Russian dressing, gruyere cheese, pickles, and caramelized onions, makes this one or Atlanta's must try burgers.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 19, 2016
    Get the Avenue D. With salty lox, cream cheese, salmon roe, cucumber, and chives on the bagel of choice, it's hard to find a better example of this New York classic in the South. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 20, 2017
    The burger is one of the best in town, but other star dishes include the poutine fries, cheesecake, and piled-high sandwiches. Read more
  • AJC
    AJCJune 15, 2015
    Instead of making your own sandwiches for a picnic in the park, order favorites such as a vegetarian Reuben or classic pastrami sandwiches stacked high with house cured and smoked pastrami. Read more
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Chef Todd Ginsberg's take on the Reuben is a fatty, salty, comforting sandwich that's not only worthy of the nation's best delicatessens, but also CL's list of 100 best dishes to eat before you die. Read more
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The cheesecake is firm where others are too soft, & tangy to offset its inherent richness. It's rare to call a classic a game-changer, but this dish has earned its spot as one of the 100 best in ATL. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableApril 7, 2016
    This adventurous cafe is open for the early birds and those late night cravings. The General Muir is the perfect balance between a classic diner and a deli so stop in anytime for just about anything! Read more
  • Ellen S.heart icon on user image
    Ellen S. P.December 28, 2017
    Great for breakfast! They have a full service coffee station and their bagels and pastries are spectacular!
  • Jordan F.heart icon on user image
    Jordan FineJanuary 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Fish & Potatoes for Brunch if you're looking for a satisfying meal. Not too heavy, not too light, just right. Busy for Brunch, get there before 12-1p if you want a bagel, sometimes sells out.
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The Hot Brown starts with a sturdy slice of challah and piles on house-roasted turkey breast and sliced tomato until it’s the size of a youth football, then it's blanketed with Mornay sauce. Read more
  • Annalise C.heart icon on user image
    Annalise CarmackMarch 2, 2016
    Love the atmosphere & food, plus the servers are always kind. Get the everything bagel w/ scallion caper cream cheese. It's pretty salty, but worth it. Also, the pastrami poutine is out of this world.
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    At night, the Muir morphs into a brasserie where you can get a pastrami sandwich, a raw kale salad tossed with green goddess dressing, or a deftly crafted pasta dish. Read more
  • AJC
    AJCAugust 1, 2014
    The Rueben: Chef Todd Ginsberg understands better than anyone the art of the impossibly rich two-fisted sandwich. It squishes, it crunches — meat, tang, cheese, glory. Read more
  • Josh W.
    Josh WeissJuly 6, 2018
    Emory area, nice patio. All the authentic deli classics, but the atmosphere is a notch above. Outstanding bloody marys & smoked salmon; matzoh ball soup worth taking home. Great lazy brunch spot.
  • Tatiana H.
    Tatiana HanOctober 30, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Ok, obviously everything they have is absolutely delish. But of all the items, surprisingly my 2 favs are the everything bagel (sea salt & a crunchy perfection) w/ schmear & the veggie Reuben!! 👌
  • Tatiana H.
    Tatiana HanDecember 5, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    I highly recommend their Everything Bagel with Veggie Schmear, Black Car Cookies (or anything in their bakery), and their Pastrami Burger! Even their Veggie Reuben is fantastic!
  • Dustin
    DustinDecember 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    great restaurant but don't forget to check out the attached deli where it's easy to grab a box of bagels & a few schmears or even a quick sandwich & matzah ball soup
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SnyderMarch 1, 2013
    The roast beef sandwich was killer. The fries? Out-of-this-world. Hello sea salt! And the cheesecake? Yum. Don't even get me started on the incredible staff.
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Poutine with pastrami at the General Muir puts French Canadian cuisine and self-indulgence with a side of gravy on CL’s 100 Dishes to eat before you die. Read more
  • Melinda H.
    Melinda HegyiAugust 5, 2017
    I loved it very much! Had to wait quite a bit tho, I wish they took reservations for brunch. Overall a very good experience and will be back for sure <3
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 4, 2016
    Eater "21 Essential Hamburgers of America" '15: serves 2 versions of burger. At lunch - "tamer version." At dinner, "frizzled pastrami, Gruyere, & caramelized onions appear" w/delightful results
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityMay 6, 2016
    Whether it’s a latte, the matzoh ball soup or an open-faced bagel with lox (most likely the Avenue A), there’s something for everyone at your table to Instagram without having the same photo. Read more
  • Viranuj S.heart icon on user image
    Viranuj SueblinvongAugust 8, 2017
    One of the best fried chicken in town. Only available on Friday. It can be hit or miss (one time it was over cooked) but more hit than miss.
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff BuckleyJuly 26, 2018
    Burger stack with pastrami, sliced liked bacon, on top!! O M G. Fantastic. Well worth the trip here.
  • Steven D.heart icon on user image
    Steven DenisonFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere and awesome food. I had the Hot Brown and a Bloody Mary. I am going to try the Poutine next time as it also looked very good!
  • Karen L.
    Karen LinMay 30, 2017
    The bread basket is amazing! Highly recommended to get at brunch. My meal was on the saltier side, but I guess that is expected of a Jewish NY shop?
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    Wendy DarlingNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Beet and faro appetizer is insanely good. Includes oranges and small chiles. I had it with Hemmingway Daiquiri (rum, agave nectar, grapefruit) and it was a great match.
  • Kim M.heart icon on user image
    Kim Mathis GodfreyApril 25, 2018
    Poutine is the Best. Rubin Sandwich is second favorite. Fresh Food, nice atmosphere for a family or group of friends. Highly Recommend.
  • Katy R.heart icon on user image
    Katy RayOctober 27, 2018
    Brunch is amazing here! Always splurge and get the assorted pastry basket and share with the table. You won’t be disappointed!
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Lunch and brunch attract large crowds and the eatery's no-reservation policy during these times can translate into long waits. Read more
  • Marcelo E.heart icon on user image
    Marcelo EstradaFebruary 14, 2015
    Great place for Sunday brunch. Classic NY deli style restaurant with details down to the subway tiles. Try one of the house cocktails.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 27, 2014
    Always something great here. Be on the lookout for their frequent pop-ups and special one-night-only offerings.
  • Su Bin B.heart icon on user image
    Su Bin BaekMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chocolate almond macaroon!! It is huge, sweet, creamy and crunchy all at the same time! One bite= heaven
  • Kellyheart icon on user image
    KellyApril 6, 2015
    What an amazing place. The pastry basket! The poached eggs over grits! Great atmosphere and upbeat music playing in the background.
  • Beth M.
    Beth McMillanSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best burgers I've had. Awesome service - Justin is the man. Life-changing ice cream sandwich that isn't necessarily on the menu!
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff BuckleyJuly 26, 2018
    Burgers! Burger stack with pastrami, sliced liked bacon, on top!! O M G. Fantastic. Well worth the trip here.
  • Tatiana H.
    Tatiana HanFebruary 9, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't forget the deli closes at 5:30 PM everyday on the dot! But feel free to sit & enjoy your coffee & baked goodies until restaurant closing time.
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Breakfast offers delicate dishes like poached eggs served over grits alongside roasted mushrooms and toast sticks. Read more
  • BillysBurgerBlog.comheart icon on user image
    BillysBurgerBlog.comApril 27, 2014
    The @thegeneralmuir's pastrami, pickle, russian dressing and gruyere double cheeseburger is awesome. #burgers
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LynchAugust 12, 2013
    Excellent service, incredible space & delicious food! The restaurant is open, clean & bright. Parking is easy as well.
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Michael FingermanSeptember 26, 2015
    The Rueben is spot on. Definitely split hash for the table...you won't regret it
  • Guy F.heart icon on user image
    Guy FlushingFebruary 9, 2018
    Chopped liver is great. Trout toast not so much, though good. Pastrami and paté sandwich is good, but a bit short of pastrami. Service can get spotty.
  • Dani B.heart icon on user image
    Dani BoopMarch 2, 2014
    The pastry basket is to die for! I went for brunch on a Saturday and it was probably the best burger I've had in my life.
  • Kathy W.
    Kathy WhiteJanuary 16, 2017
    First, the food is wonderful, there is always an exciting vibe, but each time I have visited I have sat at the bar and ordered food & drinks. The service is completely inattentive, actually terrible!
  • Heatherheart icon on user image
    HeatherAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're gluten free, the awesome folks here will let you bring your own bagel or bread and will use it to cook your meal.
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZMay 18, 2013
    The fried chicken is very good, cooked with a very light and crisp breading, served with a honey-Tabasco dipping sauce and pickled veggies. A little pricey but worth a try.
  • Bob S.heart icon on user image
    Bob St ClaireApril 11, 2018
    Is this the best brunch spot in Atlanta? You can make the argument. But get there early on weekends.
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