Five Family Friendly Brunch Spots in Edmonton

Eggs Benedict - a brunch staple. Photo credit: Alpha/Flickr/CC

Eggs Benedict – a brunch staple. Photo credit: Alpha/Flickr/CC


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 places that serve both good nosh and are kid-friendly. 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 big screens and perky waitresses. Their brunch menu contains modern twists on old classics (veggie benedict, banana pancakes) and a fun, night-out-at-the-pub-but-you’re-with-your-kids atmosphere.

For the ‘we used to go on craft beer tours’ family: Yellowhead Brewery 

Did you know each Sunday the Yellowhead Brewery hosts a brunch buffet? Fresh pastries, rotating multicultural savoury dishes (so far I’ve had Morrocan and Italian dishes) plus brunch staples like benedicts, eggs, sausage, yoghurt, fruit. Not to mention their unique invention: the Beermosa. The buffet is well priced ($19/adult), the room spacious and the staff very helpful. Tip: bring your own booster/portable high chair as they’ve had trouble finding their own a couple times for us.

River valley loving families will love Little Brick

If you want to feel hang where the cool kids go (now known as yucccies) 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.

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