Brunch is my family’s favourite meal. It’s a chance to start the day with delicious food, great conversation and fuel for our weekend adventures. Plus, let’s face it, our little dude is his best self in the morning. If we’re going to spend some time, money and dress up clothes to go out avec le bebe, brunch is our natural choice. (I’m a corned beef hash kind of girl and my partner is an eggs-benedict-all-the-way type.) So if you’re part of the breakfast club, here are five family friendly brunch places that serve good nosh. Heck, some of them even serve mimosas and beer.

For the on a budget and on a schedule family: Tasty Tom’s on Whyte

Likely the most diner-ish member of this list, Tasty Tom’s is low on the pretension scale and high on the value-for-money-scale of dining out for eggs and bacon. They have high chairs, well priced breakfast items (try the breakfast pizza, yum) and are small but big enough that there’s usually a table available.

Casual cool at the Local Public Eatery South Edmonton Common

Casual cool at the Local Public Eatery South Edmonton Common

For “I miss going out to watch the game” family: The Local Public Eatery at South Edmonton Common

My friend Heather can’t say enough good things about this pub-style eatery. They are great for catching sports with their multiple big screens. Their brunch menu contains modern twists on old classics and a fun, night-out-at-the-pub-but-you’re-with-your-kids atmosphere. Additional Local Public Eatery locations include Jasper Ave and Sherwood Park.

For the ‘we used to go on craft beer tours’ family: Situation Brewing

Did you know every Saturday and Sunday Situation Brewing offers brunch from 10 am – 2 pm? Enjoy a variety of takes on eggs benedict served over waffles. Modern classics like crepes and a selection of breakfast sandwiches including a veggie option. The restaurant is full of large windows to enjoy that mid-morning sunshine and they also have outdoor seating options during the warm weather season. With its prime location in the Old Strathcona district, you can enjoy a family stroll down Whyte Ave after brunch.

River valley loving families will love Little Brick Cafe

If you want to feel hang where the cool kids go (now known as yuccies) and be well positioned for a River Valley walk before or after, then Little Brick is the right spot for a family brunch. They have indoor and outdoor tables, new takes on breakfast dishes (think grapefruit with mint & natural cane sugar or smashed eggs). They serve Calgary-roasted Phil and Sebastian coffee or Victoria-roasted Bows & Arrows coffee.

Desserts for days at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald brunch.

Desserts for days at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald brunch.

For the celebrating a special event family: Empire Ballroom brunch at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

There’s something a little magical about having brunch in the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Maybe it’s the view, maybe it’s the gorgeous empire-like ballroom or the endless delicious seafood, rotisserie, crepes and dessert table. Or maybe (real talk for a moment, shall we) it’s the mimosas. The Fairmont Mac knows how to serve up brunch fit for Queen. While the brunch pricing is a bit high ($60 per adult), kids under five eat for free and the mimosas are bottomless (as in they never let your glass go empty). Such a great way to start a Sunday and coast right into nap time (for the whole family).

Where do you like to go out for brunch with your family? Please share in the comments below, we’re always looking for suggestions.

Post updated on January 14, 2021.