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Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch or afternoon tea on weekends, The Greenhouse is the best restaurant for children at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. Located just off the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's main entrance, the eatery sits beneath one of the original details left in the completely renovated and overhauled hotel — the skylights that were once the awning for the hotel's original entrance. The arched-glass architectural detail was buried and blackened beneath previous renovations, but has been restored with new glass accenting the original framing and casting a sunny glow on diners as they enjoy fare from Chris Jakubiec, executive chef at Plume, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. The Greenhouse is a nod to Thomas Jefferson: At Monticello, his estate, Jefferson would spend mornings in his greenhouse singing along with his pet mockingbirds.
Breakfast is served beneath this lighted structure every day from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Order kid-friendly breakfast fare like a three-egg omelet with your choice of two accompaniments (including ham, country sausage and cheese). You’ll also find eggs Benedict, bagels with lox and malted pancakes, as well as lighter fare like yogurt, parfaits, oatmeal and housemade granolas and cereals served with fresh fruit.
If you and the kids are up for some adventure, order from the breakfast specialties page. This portion changes seasonally, but on our visit we found options including lobster eggs Benedict with asparagus tips, an omelet stuffed with whitefish and lemon ricotta pancakes. Whatever your choice, pair your breakfast selection with one of the menu's juices ranging from the traditional, like orange and apple, to the exotic, including mango and coconut.
Similar dishes are served at Sunday brunch, as well as appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Call at least one week in advance to get a seat at brunch, which is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. You'll also need a reservation for afternoon tea at The Greenhouse, served from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Lunch is served at The Greenhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and starts with a collection of classic salads — Cobb, chef's and Caesar. The rest of the menu changes seasonally, but on our visit the kid-friendliest options included a gooey, decadent croque monsieur that was stuffed and topped with Gruyère cheese. Also look for a grilled chicken sandwich and a ground sirloin burger (a true kid favorite).