Breakfast-ing with kids

by Vicky Mmm breakfast. I love going out for breakfast. Bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, coffee... it's all so satisfying, especially when someone else makes it for you. Eating out for breakfast is something we used to do often, before we had kids. Now our breakfast outings are few and far between.

When we do head out, we often love to go to Gabriel's Restaurant on St. Joseph Blvd in Orleans. Did you know that this popular pizza place also serves breakfast? I love that it's cheap and fast, which means we're in and out in a half hour, (and also less chance of a meltdown!) Breakfast out is only fun if it doesn't last too long!

The menu is substantial with lots of variety - we always go for the Gabe's Original, two eggs, bacon, ham or sausage, toast, hashbrowns and coffee for around $6. You can also substitute fresh fruit for the potatoes for a couple of extra bucks. I've also tried the french toast, and it's delicious! The portions are generous, so we find we don't need to order a separate plate for our 3 year old.

Most of the time when we go, we get seated right away. The odd time we've had to wait a while, if we go after 10:00 am. If we do have to wait a bit, usually I ask the waitress to bring a side order of toast as soon as possible, which keeps the kids busy while we wait for our food. Another tip - ask for the bill as soon as your food comes, which means you won't be waiting around at the end of the meal.

Gabriel's is a great family restaurant. You know them for pizza, but if you haven't yet experienced their breakfast, why not give it a try - and bring the kids!

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 1 year old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.