Located at the far end of the Florida Keys, Key West offers a sun-soaked family getaway filled with swimming, boating, and sightseeing. Key West vacation rentals include breathtaking houses close to the water, as well as trendy condos near downtown with abundant shops and eateries. Don’t waste a single minute of your family trip in the kitchen when you have the opportunity to eat out at one of the best restaurants in town. Many of these locally owned places provide a family-friendly atmosphere with a variety of cuisines to suit any palate. Check out the top 10 kid-friendly restaurants in Key West.
1. Glazed Donuts
Skip the mess of making bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast with a visit to the Glazed Donuts. Kids enjoy gazing and making their selection of breakfast from the glass-enclosed round containers. Along with the traditional glazed donuts, there are a variety of gourmet donuts with unique flavor profiles. Get a dozen to go and hit the beach or select a table and eat off the colorful plates. Take a dozen back to your vacation rental for late night treats.
2. Duetto Pizza and Gelato
With pizza and ice cream, Duetto Pizza and Gelato quickly earns a place on your kid’s favorite places for dinner in Key West. All pizzas are 16 inches and cut into six slices on a thin crust. Choose a plain cheese pie for your picky eaters and order a gourmet version for the others. End the meal with a scoop of gelato or indulge with a milkshake to go with your meal. After a long day of exploring, this pizza place offers delivery to your door.
3. Key Plaza Creperie
Forget about a sandwich for lunch when you take the family to the Key Plaza Creperie. Stuffed inside these delicate pastries, discover a variety of sweet and savory surprises. The restaurant offers other options, and the brie bacon panini gets high marks from all the guests who try it. The kid’s menu includes a grilled cheese crepe and a peanut butter and jelly crepe. In the place of potato chips, enjoy some crunchy tortilla chips.
4. Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe
Take time out for dessert and refuel at the Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. It’s one of the few places to enjoy a key lime pie on a stick. After making your selections, take the family to the enclosed courtyard and select a table beside the pond with burbling water and large koi fish. Pick up a bottle of sauce for meals to take home after selecting your favorite from the tasting bar or have a box full shipped home.
5. New York Pasta Garden
Eat pasta for days and soak up the extra sauce with freshly made garlic bread at the New York Pasta Garden. Choose a spot outside to take advantage of the ocean breeze and the salt air along with your meal. Order a basket of coconut shrimp to snack on while you wait for your meal. In addition to pasta bowls and baked pasta dishes, there are steaks and soup on the menu to satisfy everyone in your family.
6. Munch Box
For a casual meal on the go, the Munch Box is your only stop. Sandwiches come in baskets with red-and-white checked paper, a freshly-made side item, and a large pickle. Large chalkboards proclaim the most popular sandwiches, soups, and sides. There’s a section of the restaurant where comfy chairs and a sofa replace the tables, so you can sit back with a large cup of hot cocoa and a pastry from the large display case.
7. Blue Heaven
Cross underneath the banner and the Blue Heaven for its great food and family-friendly atmosphere. Select a table outside so your kids can feed the veggies they don’t want to the chickens and roosters that roam the area. Filled with fresh fruits and veggies, these meals provide a healthy option to recharge your batteries. Start with a fresh fruit bowl and an order of Betty’s homemade banana nut bread while you wait for your meal.
8. Harpoon Harry’s
Known for its amazing breakfast, Harpoon Harry’s is the way to start your day before you head out on the water for a day of fishing or a visit to the Hemingway house with its six-toed cats. Choose a booth underneath the eclectic collection of artwork that dons every free space on the walls. If you want something sweet, check out the key lime French toast while the Po’ Boy breakfast covers all your savory needs. One of the house favorites lets you build your own omelet with fresh ingredients.
9. Banana Cafe
People line up to enjoy the Banana Cafe’s brunch each day. Part bistro and part creperie, this cafe offers a unique selection of sandwiches and soups served with European flair. Check out the chalkboard outside to see the daily specials and ask for a seat in the outdoor area on the second floor. It offers great views and room for the kids to be kids. It’s a great spot for people watching.
10. Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe
Kids love burgers, and the Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe has a unique take on them. Show up in flip-flops and beachwear to feel welcome with the restaurant’s casual and eclectic design. This eatery packs a variety of meats inside buns for its take on the traditional burger. Each sandwich has its own fun name, and when you’re done sampling the carnivore’s fare, end the meal with churros sprinkled with either cinnamon and sugar or bacon bits.
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