Remember brunching pre-kids? You’d roll out of bed on a Sunday morning around 11 a.m., pick a spot with bottomless Bloody Marys and chat with your friends until sundown? Yeah, well, those days are over but that doesn’t mean brunching is null and void with the kit and caboodle. There are plenty of places in the DMV that offer kid-friendly brunch options. And, guess what? You don’t have to trade in the bottomless drinks for crayons! Here are our favorite spots to have brunch in the DMV with your kids, friends and family.

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Chef Geoff’s/LIA’s
There are so many reasons to love Chef Geoff’s and LIA’s from their vast menus to their friendly staff. Perhaps it’s because he has three kids of his own but owner, Geoff Tracy, truly puts a lot of effort into the children’s menus at his restaurants. Kid’s Brunch menus feature everything from, French toast with berry compote, to the Sunday egg scramble with cheese and sausage to Belgian waffles and cheeseburgers. Not to be missed by the younger set is their infamous Dirt Pudding dessert consisting of chocolate pudding, crumbled Oreos and gummi worms! Both Chef Geoff’s and LIA’s are great for the whole family to enjoy.

Locations in D.C., Vienna, Va; and LIA’s in Chevy Chase, Md

Firefly is the perfect choice if you’re dining with peeps that have diverse dietary restrictions. With vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, everyone can find something to eat at Firefly! The kids’ brunch menu includes the universally adored PB&J with bananas, cereal with milk, or the Littlest Firefly which is basically eggs, bacon and toast. Best part? Every child gets a cookie to decorate—and eat!.

1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW 

First Watch
A sole bfast/lunch locale, First Watch hits the spot when it comes to brunch food and is loved by grown-ups and kids alike. You can nom on lemon ricotta pancakes while your persnickety little person blissfully gobbles up chocolate chip pancakes from the kids’ menu. They’ll even get fresh fruit, bacon or sausage, and a menu they can color. With eight locations scattered throughout the DMV, First Watch should definitely be on your radar!


Mrs. K’s Tollhouse
Looking for something a little more posh yet homey? Check out Mrs. K’s Tollhouse in Silver Spring. They have a lovely brunch buffet which is always a good option especially if the kids are hungry. Sit down, get up and eat right away! The yummy buffet features a carving station, omelet station and freshly made Belgian waffles, which are always a treat! You can also find your staple scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and home fries. More adventurous eaters can nom on oysters, fine pastries… and Much More!

9201 Colesville Rd (Silver Spring, Md)

Wildfire screams kids friendly from their events to their menus. You will not be disappointed! They serve brunch both Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-3PM. And their fun brunch menu includes classics like buttermilk pancakes as well as fun additions like Cinnamon Toast Crunch French toast. YUM!!! The restaurant also hosts several family friendly events, including Easter egg hunts and cookie-decorating class. Worst case scenario, it’s located inside Tysons Galleria mall so you can always bribe them with a toy!

2001 International Dr. (McLean, Va)

Founding Farmers
With four DMV locations (Potomac, DC, Reston and Tysons), this local chain is knocking it out of the ballpark and they’re super kid friendly. Their brunch menu is vast and, more importantly, they truly operate to benefit the American farmer by using ingredients from hundreds of family farms. Kids will love adding a sweet twist to the traditional buttermilk pancake by making theirs a bananas foster, red velvet or carrot cake order! And they’ll love trying out the scratch sodas in grapefruit, lemon-lime, orange, ginger, hibiscus, vanilla and seasonal flavors.


Ted’s Bulletin
When you go into TB’s website, one of the first things you’ll see if a line that says, “Come on in. Find a Ted’s near you and don’t forget the kids. We want to meet the whole family.Named after the owners’ father Ted, who was known to feed the whole neighborhood from his personal garden, everyone is welcome at TB’s! This place has exploded in the past few years and now has five locations around the DMV (14th St, Capitol Hill, Gaithersburg, Reston and Merrifield). Menu faves include ‘Cinnamon Rolls As Big As ‘Ya Head’ and ‘The Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito.” Did I mention Ted’s makes their own in house pop tarts? Oh, and they also make hand-spun milkshakes and some of them are “adult” ones if you need a shot of Bailey’s!


Cactus Cantina
A nearly 30 year old staple in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood, Cactus Cantina is a fun, charming, casual, family-friendly restaurant serving delicious Mexican, Cuban, and Spanish dishes. Cowboy boots, painted murals and colorful lights garnish the inside of the restaurant and their outdoor patio is the perfect place for your kids to nosh on chips while you sip on a frozen margarita! Their brunch menu is less pancakey and more chilaquiles and huevos rancheros! Before you leave, make a pit stop inside so the kids can check out the tortilla maker. 

3300 Wisconsin Ave., NW 

Where do you go for a delicious family brunch? Dish in the comments below. 

—Guiomar Ochoa



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