Boat Street Cafe, photos taken by Eric Anderson of MAKERS architecture and urban design.

Want to expose your kids to something a little more sophisticated than the neighborhood burger joint but don’t want to risk the all-too-familiar dinnertime meltdowns? We’ve got the solution—family brunch! We’ve noticed that a few of our favorite date night restaurants are serving brunch, which is a great way to try out places you might not take your kids otherwise. Restaurants and cafes where you’d want to linger over multiple courses for dinner can be a completely different scene at brunch. This all-important weekend meal is usually served faster and is more approachable for a child’s palate (think sweets); moods and energy levels are also usually better in the late morning. We’ve selected a few of our favorite Seattle kid-friendly brunch restaurants.

Bastille has a fantastic French brunch Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.. The buttered crepe with seasonal fruits and whipped mascarpone cheese is a favorite with the kids. Just outside the front door is the bustling Ballard Farmer’s Market, good for pre- or post-brunch entertainment (or even during brunch if you’ve got a little one that needs to get up and run around a bit.)

Boat Street Cafe focuses on local, seasonal food with a “Provençal sensibility” and serves brunch daily from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.. Brunch includes a nice blend of breakfast and lunch items, including simple favorites like scrambled eggs with fruit and baguette. After the meal, check out  nearby Olympic Sculpture Park, which connects to the waterfront Myrtle Edwards Park.

Tucked away in an old Italianate-style building in Georgetown, The Corson Building has a buffet brunch on Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.. The restaurant isn’t your typical omelet and waffle station buffet; Chef Matt Dillon sources many of the menu items from the restaurant’s own garden, complete with eggs from the resident chickens. The buffet-style menu is great for kids, as they can try a little bit of everything, and there’s no wait for the food. Even the pickiest of eaters will be sure to love the homemade yogurt and preserves. Explore the modest grounds, and you’ll find a garden with veggies, flowers and fruit trees, as well as chickens,  a fountain, and even a bocce ball set. Check out our Georgetown explore for some fun post-brunch activities.

The owners of the restaurant June, located in Madrona, are parents, welcoming children and encouraging them to keep their crayons at the ready. They are happy to prepare off-menu items; kids should also be sure to sample their house-made chocolate donuts. Brunch is served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

Where do you get your gourmet fix on weekend mornings with the whole family in tow? Let us know your favorite brunch spots in the comments below!

—Heidi Unruh