Best Family Brunches in Howard County

Best Family Brunches in Howard County

There’s a certain appeal to brunch meals that’s hard to describe. Brunch is one of the most laid-back and relaxing meals of the day, and it’s an ideal time to catch up with family and friends. It’s also fun for holidays and special occasions while everyone’s in town. Many restaurants only serve certain dishes at brunch, making brunch an occasion in itself.

There is a plethora of excellent brunch spots in Howard County. Here are some local favorites for you to check out and enjoy:


Stanford Grill

8900 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD 21045

Stanford Grill is a hidden gem for brunch, but it’s also a local favorite. They have a great Sunday brunch menu with standout choices, such as traditional eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon and the grilled portobello sandwich. The place has a nice cozy atmosphere, with a jazz band playing sometimes.  

What’s brunch without mimosas? Complimentary drinks include mimosas, screwdrivers, champagne, and other drink selections. They have a gluten-free menu available also.


George Martin’s Grillfire

7793-A Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076

George Martin’s Grillfire features authentic local and international dishes that are good for the family all-year round. Located just a quick 8-minute drive from Woodfield Oxford Square, Grillfire has quite an extensive brunch menu. Favorite choices include the chocolate chip pancakes, the buttermilk fried chicken & biscuit, and eggs with marinated skirt steak.


La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

6211 Columbia Crossing Dr, Columbia, MD 21045

The French breakfast dishes at this place are awesome! Try a quiche florentine or a breakfast croissant if you’re in the mood for something lighter. For something heartier, check out their American breakfast plate or the potato galette (baked French potato cake—yummy!)


Café Mezcla

6420 Freetown Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

Cafe Mezcla is a hip little cafe that specializes in crepes and belgian waffles. They have a wide selection of both sweet and savory crepes. Favorites include the Nutella waffles, California crepes, and the buttermilk fried chicken waffle (wow!). This place has a nice chic atmosphere in a modern-looking setting. It’s also a nice option if you need quick take-out brunch food to bring back to the family at home.


The Kings Contrivance Restaurant

10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

This isn’t your everyday eggs and bacon diner—The Kings Contrivance Restaurant is considered one of the finest and fanciest dining establishments in Howard County. The venue is a stately Federal mansion that’s been converted into a fine dining restaurant. They have a very intimate atmosphere with an exquisite brunch and lunch menu. Try the jumbo lump crab cake or the steak & wedge salad.

Also, keep an eye on their schedule, as they often have special brunch menus for holidays and special occasions.


These are just some of the many exciting restaurants to add to your brunch list in the Howard County area. If you feel like staying in, nothing beats a homemade brunch cooked just for the family. Whipping up brunch is easy at Woodfield Oxford Square—our apartments feature granite kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances. Contact us today to learn about moving into a brand new apartment with modern features (including upcoming storage options) and specialized services.