DC area’s best family brunch spots

WASHINGTON Having kids changes your life in many ways but it doesn’t have to change your brunch plans.

Sure, you may not be able to sleep in and follow your leisurely morning with hours of eating and drinking, but there’s no reason to deprive yourself of eggs Benny and bloodys.

Red Tricycle parenting and travel writer Guiomar Ochoa shares some of her favorite family-friendly brunch spots in the D.C. area:

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Chef Geoff’s and Lia’s It helps that the chef and owner of Chef Geoff’s and Lia’s, Geoff Tracy, has three kids of his own. As Ochoa puts it, “He gets it.” The staff at his restaurants are known to accommodate families even going so far as to make menu modifications for the toothless set. (Fancy a side of mashed potatoes or mashed avocado, anyone?)   “But they also have a great [kid’s] menu, and it’s not just chicken fingers and french fries,” Ochoa said. Some of the options include French toast with berry compote, Sunday egg scramble, Belgian waffles, and lunch options such as cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. “What I love is their dirt pudding dessert. It’s chocolate pudding, crumbled Oreos and gummy worms, so kids love this,” Ochoa added. Adults aren’t left out, either. Menu items range from smoked salmon Benedict to breakfast tacos, sandwiches, salads, and yes, bottomless mimosas. (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Ted’s Bulletin This famed D.C. eatery makes it known that kids are welcome in its dining room. “The restaurant is named after the owner’s father, Ted, and he was known to feed the whole neighborhood from his personal garden, so they really want to feed everybody; they welcome everybody,” Ochoa said. And there’s no doubt the young ones in your group will welcome a homemade pop tart or doughnut from the restaurant’s pastry counter. Adults can indulge in a boozy milkshake, plus all of the comfort-food classics. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)  (WTOP File Photo)
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