AJC FALL DINING GUIDE 2015: ATLANTA AROUND THE CLOCK

Protein, shmotein.

Some mornings, the sole thing that’s going to help you face the day is the crunch of sugar between your teeth, a smear of chocolate on the corner of your mouth and the buzz you can only get from white flour. When you just have to carb it, go big.

We’re talking pastries. Take them deep-fried or buttered, jacked up with cocoa or stuffed with Chinese sweet bean paste — even gluten-free. We love them all, as long as they’re luxe and local, like those offered at this quintet of breaded bliss.

Click on the dots to check out where to find these mouthwatering treats, and visit myajc.com/s/fall-dining-guide-2015 to find out where to eat in Atlanta around the clock.