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Whether your student is graduating from high school or college, brunch is a great way to celebrate. Any kids in the group can enjoy breakfast favorites like pancakes while adults can enjoy an early cocktail with their meal. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate the next step in your graduate’s life, try these places for a family-friendly brunch.
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Lucca Cafe
6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 725-1773
www.luccacafe.com

Lucca Cafe in Irvine offers a very family-friendly brunch on weekends. In addition to being a cozy place in a good neighborhood to grab a bite, and it’s not far from UCI if that is where your student graduated from. You’ll find plenty of selections like pancakes and French toast that kids will love, and there are plenty of options for the adults in the group too like carved sandwiches and lasagna bolognese. Another thing the adults will love is Lucca serves Lavazza coffees. Brunch at Lucca is Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 2pm.

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W. Birch St., #7
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 255-1040
www.chachaslatinkitchen.com

A great place for graduation brunch especially with its proximity to Cal State, Fullerton, at Cha Cha’s you’ll find a two-course Latin brunch with a glass of champagne for $23. You can also add bottomless mimosas for another $6. In addition to the signature huevos rancheros, you’ll find some great enchiladas, tacos, and seafood. To enhance the experience, a Latin band plays during brunch here as well. Brunch at Cha Cha’s is on Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

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Little Sparrow Cafe
300 Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 265-7640
www.littlesparrowcafe.com

Just a short ride from Chapman University, Little Sparrow is a great place to bring your graduate to celebrate since it’s so close. You’ll find some standards here like biscuits and gravy and eggs Benedict, including some less traditional dishes like savory oatmeal and kimchee fried rice. One thing you’ll want to try is the bananas foster pancakes though. You can add to the celebration with bottomless mimosas which is always a plus. Brunch here is from 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

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Plums Cafe
369 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(714) 722-7586
www.plumscafe.com

Not far from UCI, you’ll find this gem in the corner of a shopping center. If you have younger diners in your group, all you need to know is that Plums has a chocolate-banana waffle. Plums also has many options like a crab omelet and a great burger that you won’t find at other brunch places. The adults in the group will find a good selection of cocktails to toast your graduate including mimosas and a blood-orange martini.

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Break Of Dawn
24291 Avenida de Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 587-9418
www.breakofdawnrestaurant.com

With its Asian fusion cuisine, Break of Dawn isn’t your typical brunch place. But, with that being said, you can get some amazing pancakes as well as some egg dishes that you would never think to create on your own. Whatever you order here, you can rest assured that it was created with a lot of care, and that it is delicious. You’ll also find some great cocktails like a passion fruit mimosa and a mango mojito which is a great way to toast your favorite graduate! A limited children’s menu is also available. Break of Dawn is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 1pm.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.