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Good brunch places suitable for a group with toddler AND that takes reservations- for father day

adamandeve Jun 8, 2011 01:38 PM

Ok, so that is a LOT of requests. BUT we will be in Bethesda (we live in NY) for a family function next weekend and want to find a place to celebrate father's day. We'll be a group of 7 people which includes a (mostly) well behaved toddler. So I am ooking for something super yummy and hopefully a bit special/different, but not too fancy and that takes reservations. I am happy to travel, and happy to go into the city for the right place.

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    adamandeve Jun 8, 2011 02:22 PM

    I made two reservations: Redwood and LIA's. Any input on either of them, and which one would you prefer?

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    1. re: adamandeve
      Jeserf Jun 8, 2011 04:38 PM

      Lia's. I've never been to redwood, but haven't heard great things about it whereas I have been to Lia's brunch a number of times and find it to be very good. If it's nice out, sitting outside is a nice way to enjoy it. They make good brunch cocktails, too :)

      1. re: adamandeve
        Doh Jun 8, 2011 06:05 PM

        I've been to both and personally I would probably go back to Redwood first. I think the biggest difference is that Redwood offers a buffet as well as some a la carte items, while Lia's only offers a la carte (and it's a bit of an odd menu-- for example the bagel and lox comes with marscapone instead of cream cheese-- when we went I think 3 out of 4 of us ended up with omelettes). Lia's does include a few pieces of fruit and pastry basket with every meal but neither is anything to brag about (I think I got 2-3 grapes and 1-2 pieces of melon). You might check out the menus and see which looks better to you. I think the food at both is fine, neither is super-terrific and the room at Redwood is a little nicer than outside at Lia's.

        One place I've wanted to try for brunch that might fit your bill is Dino's.

        1. re: Doh
          Jeserf Jun 9, 2011 04:15 AM

          Palena also has brunch....

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. re: Jeserf
            Doh Jun 9, 2011 10:19 AM

            If I remember right, I think it's not very breakfast-y (not much a toddler would want).

            One more possibility would be Mon Ami Gabi, but they also have a somewhat limited menu.

          2. re: Doh
            adamandeve Jun 9, 2011 12:44 PM

            how is Redwood's buffet? What type of things do they offer? I have to say that Lia's menu doesn't wow me.

            1. re: adamandeve
              Doh Jun 10, 2011 07:38 AM

              I seem remember sausage/bacon, breakfast potatoes, waffles, eggs benedict (a nice touch, even if at one point there was a long wait for them to get refilled), an omelet station, a cold buffet with fruit, bagels and lox, etc.

              We have pretty high brunch standards and I'd say it was satisfactory.

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          katecm Jun 9, 2011 08:41 AM

          I LOVE Lia's brunch and miss living close by. I adore the coffee cake they provide instead of bread, I love the make-your-own omelette (they have some really clever additions), and the egg crespelle with pesto and pancetta (or is it prosciutto) is one of the most unusual and delicious brunch offerings I've seen. Go for it!

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