Located on Folly Island just south of Charleston, Folly Beach offers beautiful sunrises, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of fun eateries with delicious offerings. Whether you’re looking for something right on the beach for a quick lunch, or a special place for a relaxing dinner that both you and your children can enjoy, there are an abundance of restaurants situated on Folly Beach to meet your needs. Instead of spending hours cooking in the kitchen of your Folly Beach vacation rental, head out to a few of these kid-friendly restaurants to create family memories you can savor long after you return home.
1. Lost Dog Cafe
From its fun dog-themed decor to its convenient location on the beach, the Lost Dog Cafe offers up delicious breakfast and lunch fare in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. For a quick bite, choose from a selection of fresh-baked muffins and bagels, or opt for one of the signature cinnamon rolls for a sweet treat. Breakfast is served all day along, and a full lunch menu starts at midday, offering kid-friendly standards that include quesadillas, hot dogs, and burgers, making it easy to feed picky eaters.
2. Folly Beach Crab Shack
In the heart of the business district, the Folly Beach Crab Shack is a great place to grab some dinner after an afternoon of shopping. The large gathering room offers rustic wood tables for comfortable family seating, or choose to dine on the outdoor deck to enjoy the ocean breeze. If you’re hoping for local seafood, the Crab Shack delivers, with specialties featuring generous portions of shrimp, crab, and fresh-caught fish. Choose a seafood bucket served with potatoes and corn to feed the whole family.
3. Taco Boy
For mouthwatering taco and nachos, Taco Boy is the place to go. Kids love the festive fiesta atmosphere, and parents love the quality food, including authentic Mexican dishes such as carne asada and tres leches. Check out the kids’ menu for simpler choices, including plain cheese quesadillas and basic tacos for the younger set.
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4. Rita’s Seaside Grille
Take a break from a day of fishing on the Folly Beach Pier with a fun family lunch at Rita’s. Seat yourself in one of the colorful chairs on the patio, and let your kids explore their own menus with everything from basic peanut butter and jelly to fresh fried shrimp while you take a look at the more sophisticated adult offerings, such as grilled ahi tuna and spicy shrimp bowls.
5. Black Magic Cafe
If you care about quality, Black Magic Cafe offers family favorites made with fresh ingredients from local farms. Try the fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches made with fresh-baked bread for both great taste and wholesome goodness. Selections include plenty of vegetarian options and gluten-free bread for those with special dietary needs. Suggest the croissant French toast to satisfy your kids’ sweet tooth while you enjoy the exceptional flavor and aroma of small-batch locally roasted coffee.
6. The ‘Wich Doctor
Every vacation spot needs a great pizza place, and in Folly Beach, The ‘Wich Doctor fits the bill. Featuring classic Neapolitan-style pizza with all your favorite toppings plus Southern-style options, such as creole shrimp and clams, this pizza and sandwich shop is sure to have something to satisfy your pizza cravings. Pick up your favorite pie to take back to your vacation rental for a movie night, or dine in and enjoy the casual Bohemian decor.
7. Dolce Banana Cafe
After hours of playing in the sun, keep an eye out for the giant banana sign on top of Dolce Banana Cafe. Step inside to order up one of the tasty sandwich offerings listed daily on a homey blackboard display, or go right to the froyo bar for a refreshing frozen treat. Dolce Banana Cafe rotates froyo flavors and topping options daily to keep it fresh, so consider stepping in more than once during your vacation. Your kids won’t complain about visiting this place twice.
8. Whole Lotta Empanada
Who doesn’t love fresh deep-fried dough bursting with flavorful fillings? Check out Whole Lotta Empanada for a unique selection of these kid-friendly Latin American hand pies. Try lunchtime empanadas stuffed with sloppy joe filling or barbecue pork, then finish your meal with one of the sweet empanada selections; try bananas and caramel or Nutella.
9. Planet Follywood
From toddlers to teens, Planet Follywood lets your kids know that they are special. Help your youngest tots make their selections from the kid’s menu with house specialties that include the corn dog basket and Allie’s kid’s dawg as well as more standard kid’s menu fare. Encourage tweens and teens to try the jumbo chicken wings that are available with many different sauces, or let them build their own salad or burger just the way they like it. In the late afternoons, Planet Follywood frequently offers family-friendly musical entertainment and other kid-friendly events, including hermit-crab racing, to help keep your kids entertained while you enjoy eating at a leisurely pace. Call ahead to find out what’s happening during your stay.
10. Slice of Folly
For a quick lunch, stop by Slice of Folly and browse the display case for a variety of pizza-by-the-slice options. This little shop has a quaint look and comfortable feel but offers some sophisticated choices for the adult palates in your group. Be sure to ask about daily specials and grab a slice of cinnamon swirl dessert pizza to complete your meal.
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