Remember Sunday Supper? Multi-course meals jointly cooked by your extended family? Well, unfortunately… “ain’t nobody got time for that”. For the most part, families are overscheduled and too busy preparing for the week ahead to do 100 dishes. But Sunday Suppers are making a comeback in our area, thanks to family friendly restaurants that make eating a big meal together a piece of cake. Here are some of our favorites.


#1 Meatloaf at Franklin’s  (Hyatsville, Md)
Think comfort food in grandma’s kitchen—but without all the dirty dishes in the sink. The bacon wrapped meatloaf is a must-try for parents. There’s also a gluten-free menu. Kids will love the food, but be even more interested in the quirky general store filled with toys, games, candy and everything else they’ve ever wanted.

#2 Breakfast All Day at Silver Diner (Clarendon, Va; Merrifield, Va; Springfield, Va; Rockville, Md)
This is a local institution that specializes in fresh food sourced from 15 nearby farms. You can still get your burger—but it’s made with antibiotic and hormone-free beef. Breakfast is served all day and there are also plenty of vegetarian options. The kid’s meals come with healthy sides instead of your standard fries and soda. Kids and parents will enjoy picking songs on the jukebox and singing along. With more than a dozen locations in the area, you’re sure to find one near you.

#3 Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes at Ikea (College Park, Md and Potomac Mills, Va) 
Going to Ikea doesn’t have to mean spending $99 on a new end table. Instead, how about $5.99 for an adult-portion of Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberries? There’s a kid-sized plate too, or they could go for the mac and cheese. Once the kids are done eating, they can enjoy the play area while the parents enjoy a conversation over coffee and dessert.

#4 Shrimp Skewers at The Argonaut (H St., NE )
This hot spot is self-described “part English tavern, part San Diego taqueria, part neighborhood coffee shop.” It’s funky, fun and family-friendly with indoor and outdoor seating, and a kids menu that ranges from standard to adventurous. The choices are divided into mild (grilled cheese), medium (mini-burger) and stronger flavors (shrimp skewers). They also offer half off draught beers from 8 pm to closing time.

 #5 Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pizza at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (Clarendon, Columbia Heights, Friendship Heights or Silver Spring)
Everyone has their favorite pizza place, but this is our vote for a Sunday pie. The slices are thin, like New York-style pizza, but crispy instead of floppy. The toppings are fresh and local, the crispy goat cheese salad is a must, and the restaurant’s minimalist décor is spill-friendly. Don’t forget to leave room for gelato, a canolli or a slice of tiramisu.

#6 Sloppy Joes at Ted’s Bulletin (Capitol Hill, 14th St., Reston, Va)
How about breakfast for dinner? This 30s-era-inspired diner offers breakfast food all day alongside their other popular items, including sloppy joes and grilled cheese. Black-and-white silent films that play on a big screen will mesmerize the entire family. Check out their great selection of (kid and adult!) milkshakes, and don’t forget to pick up some homemade pop-tarts for Monday morning!

Does your family do Sunday supper out? Let us know your go-to spot in the comments section below.

—Besa Pinchotti

Photo courtesy of Ted’s Bulletin via Facebook