10 of our favorite family-friendly brunch spots.
Posted on Jan 3, 2019 By Cidonie Richards
Brunch has become one of the most popular ways to enjoy the weekend with your family and it is the perfect choice for those with fussy eaters. Whether you're into traditional brunch foods or something more unique, be our guest at any of these great brunch spots the whole family with enjoy.
For a touch of modern Italia: Americano
There are just not enough good ol' fashioned Italian restaurants around anymore, so when they also do brunch, you know you're in for a treat. With a casual 60s retro Italian charm, the bright and bubbly décor at Americano will make you smile even before you've ordered. Start with the house-made Nutella-filled doughnuts - the kids will go nuts for them. The torta rustica, topped with fresh eggs, prosciutto and provolone, or their ciabatta French toast topped with almonds, lemon-whipped ricotta and blueberry maple syrup will keep that smile going. If you're looking for an after-breakfast cocktail while the kids are enjoying their fill, try the Bergamot paired with earl grey gin, lemon and orange marmalade. Brunch is offered Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For space to free-range to play and eat: The Lot
Families love a place with space, and the Lot features that along with plenty of other family favorites, a packed Tex-Mex brunch menu, patio sitting, dog-friendly areas, live music and games, making it a great place to hang on a weekend. Parents will love the menu options with $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas while the kids will love the possibilities to roam while parents relax. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kid-approved dish: Cashew butter and honey sandwich
For sports fans and bottomless mimosas: Republic Texas Tavern
Here's another name of a restaurant which doesn't immediately scream "brunch!", but you'll be forgiven for thinking anything with 'tavern' in the name could be just another pub. While it does serve a fantastic selection of beer, this place also tops the list for the most surprising family destination for brunch. Republic is popular with families looking for a space to relax on the weekends thanks to an upscale tavern-chic setting with TVs, leather booths, and a traditional brunch menu that will make your mouth water. There's also a kids brunch menu for the little ones including pancakes and chicken tenders. Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary bar give this little gem the final check of approval. Brunch is offered Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kid-approved dish: Buttermilk pancakes with bacon and eggs.
For Seafood Lovers with a twist: Lovers Seafood & Market
We know it's unusual for a seafood restaurant to make a brunch list at all, let alone one for families, but you'll be pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere and Saturday brunch menu for what is otherwise known as an award-winning upscale seafood dinner spot. There's an outdoor patio, a mouth-watering menu and the wait staff are all trained to help your little ones experience a treat. Enjoy seafood specialities like shrimp migas, shrimp enchiladas and smoked salmon, or dine on The American, consisting of breakfast favorites of bacon, eggs and hash browns. Bonus: great cocktails and half priced bottles of wine are available during brunch times. Brunch is offered Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For Texas-style portions and home-style country cooking: Oddfellows
Located in the heart of the Bishop Arts District, this is a favorite for brunch among locals and out-of-towners. Known for their home-style meals and good coffee, Oddfellows is a place that caters for urban hipsters to mom and pop retirees and everyone in between. The ambience is rustic and comfy enough that you and your kids will feel at home. From Texas-style big breakfasts to Southern favorites of fried green tomatoes and powdery beignets, the kids will crave these dishes long after you've left. The only downside is they don't take reservations for brunch, so expect to wait a little for the goodness. Brunch is served all-day from 7 a.m. on Saturday, and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kid-approved dish: Kid sized chicken and waffles
For good old fashioned diner cravings: Crossroads Diner
One of the things tourists love when coming to America is experiencing an all-American home-style diner, and Crossroad Diner is perfect for filling this spot on the travel to-do list. They're known for their friendly and family-style run business and famous for their sticky buns (a favorite for the entire family!) and big homestyle cooked breakfast. You can also order all the favourites like buttermilk pancakes, frittatas, and bagel and breakfast sandwiches. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a festive Tex-Mex atmosphere: Mesero
Anything breakfast taco or Tex-Mex for brunch is a must-have in Texas. Mesero offers a festive atmosphere, fresh ingredients, low price points and in-house made unlimited chips. It's an excellent choice for families looking for something more than your run-of-the-mill breakfast burrito joint. It was recently voted best Tex-Mex restaurant by USA Today, and in case you're wondering, it's worth the hype. Choose from the Meseritos (12 and under menu) for the kids and try the Huevos Mesero and Mersero scramble for those who want to add a bit of spice to their mornings. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the All-American style traditions: Bread Winners Café
This is one of the more obvious choices for a please everyone in the family type of brunch, and so it should be, as Bread Winners has been in this business pleasing families for over 20 years. There is so much on their menu, the hardest part is choosing. Whether you're into chicken and waffles, farm-house traditional breakfast fare, or fresh bakery items, you'll find it here. Expect to wait as the city center locations are always packed, but it's worth it. Brunch is served Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kid-approved dish: Honey crunch French toast
For the clean eating health lovers: Mudhen Meat & Greens
Ideally located in the Dallas Farmers Market, this place is ideal for those looking for healthy and clean eating options. Whether you're interested in vegan, keto, or gluten free dishes, or if you're just a clean eats lover – you'll find delicious juices, shrimp and cauliflower grits, and smashed avocado on toast with pomegranate relish. If you're a meat lover you can sink your teeth in the carnivore scramble, loaded with bacon, ham and pork sausage. There's also a good assortment of healthy breakfast cocktails, like the mango screwdriver, lavender lemonade and hummingbird water. Brunch is served Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kid-approved dish: Whole-wheat pancakes