From exploring the beach and visiting the water park to spending the afternoon at a trampoline arena, Daytona Beach, Florida offers plenty of ways for your family to work up an appetite. Book a stay at a cozy Daytona Beach vacation rental featuring a full kitchen and outdoor grill. When you’re ready for a break from cooking, head to one of these kid-friendly restaurants to experience new, phenomenal dishes.

1. Dancing Avocado

Explore the historic downtown area of Daytona Beach, and then stop for lunch at the Dancing Avocado. This restaurant offers family-friendly fare with a variety of selections designed to meet the needs of both vegetarians and meat eaters. From hearty tacos to refreshing salads, the Dancing Avocado serves up flavor in a colorful dining room decorated with local ephemera sure to catch your kids’ interest. Alternatively, choose shady porch seating at roomy tables surrounded by abundant container gardens to enjoy the sea breeze.

2. Sea Boil Seafood & Crawfish

What’s a trip to the beach without a stop for some delicious, fresh seafood? In Daytona Beach, Sea Boil Seafood & Crawfish is the place to go for hearty seafood portions in a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere. Pick a combo to share to get your kids to try new flavors, and choose from a variety of sauces and fun waffle fries that are sure to put a smile on their faces.

3. My Pi Custom Pizza

Located in the Ocean Walk Shoppes, My Pi Custom Pizza builds custom personal pan pizzas right in front of your eyes and then bakes them fresh for you to enjoy. The mini-pizzas only take 5 minutes to bake, so your little ones don’t have to wait too long, and fun appetizer and dessert selections are available to round out your meal.

4. Cracked Egg Diner

For scrumptious breakfasts and homemade lunches, stop in at the Cracked Egg Diner. This beachside eatery offers kid-friendly favorites, such as chocolate milk and apple fritters, plus breakfast all day, making it a great choice for lunch when only pancakes will do. The ’50s diner atmosphere makes it a fun change of pace from typical beach restaurants.

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5. Sloppy Joe’s

Don’t let the name mislead you. Although Sloppy Joe’s does serve up a mean sloppy joe, this restaurant also offers a full menu of delicious dishes to sate your appetite. For your picky eaters, try ordering the sloppy nachos or a simple cheeseburger. For more sophisticated palates, house specialties, such as mangrove mahi-mahi and luau salad, are great choices. Make sure you try the delectable desserts including the Florida staple, Key lime pie.

6. Tia Cori’s Tacos

Step into the Southwest at Tia Cori’s Tacos. This small restaurant welcomes families with a homey dining room complete with high chairs and booster seats. Basic selections including tacos and burritos are easy to customize for your little ones, while authentic Mexican favorites, such as shrimp ceviche and chile rellenos, help satisfy your south-of-the-border cravings.

7. Antman’s Crazy Kitchen

Your kids are sure to enjoy lunch at Antman’s Crazy Kitchen for both its fabulous name and its tasty cuisine. For a special treat, stop by on the way to the beach, and grab one of Antman’s breakfast to enjoy breakfast while you stroll. Hot and cold sandwiches, homemade soups, and oversized salads round out the lunch menu along with fabulous sides such as homemade potato salad and thick-cut steak fries.

8. Berties Good Eats

Sink into the comfortable booths at Berties to enjoy a relaxed breakfast or lunch with old-fashioned luncheonette style. This diner has been around since 1966, and it has both the quality and down-home atmosphere necessary for that longevity. Order country favorites like homemade sausage gravy or Bertie’s famous grilled Reuben, and then share the history of the area with your family by perusing the abundant display of photos on the wall featuring vintage images from Daytona’s past.

9. Bruno’s Pizzeria

With a full menu of Italian items, Bruno’s Pizzeria is likely to serve your family’s favorites. Check out the selection of calzones, wings, subs, and more for quick lunches, or stop by for a relaxing dinner of homemade lasagna or spaghetti with meatballs. Call ahead for carryout to bring a pizza home to your vacation rental after a busy day at the beach.

10. Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill

Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner right on the pier at Crabby Joe’s. This full-service restaurant serves up hot meals to keep you and your family sustained through a long day of fishing from the pier or simply enjoying the sights. Your kids are likely to gobble up their specialty pancakes filled with your choice of M&Ms or chocolate chips, and kids’ lunch specials like popcorn shrimp and fried fish mesh perfectly with the wide ocean view.

11. Oyster Pub

If you’re looking for a comfortable seafood spot with table service, Oyster Pub is a great choice. The raw bar features a variety of raw, steamed, and grilled oysters perfect for the adults in your party while nachos, chicken fingers, and burgers provide your kids with plenty of choices.

12. Ronin Sushi and Bar

If your family loves East Asian cuisine, head to Ronin Sushi. Comfortable banquette seats are perfect for large families, and small plate service makes it easy to try new things. The menu offers a large vegetarian selection, and desserts like tempura fried banana and fried ice cream provide the finishing touch to your meal.

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