The sun shines for the majority of the year in Palm Beach, Florida, an opulent spot along the Atlantic Ocean. Family vacations here tend to revolve around the beach, which stretches for miles along the coast. Spending days splashing in the ocean and building castles in the sand can work up an appetite. To satisfy your family’s hunger, head to one of the city’s excellent kid-friendly restaurants. Conveniently, most of these dining spots sit within an easy drive of many incredible Palm Beach vacation rentals.
1. The Sandwich Shop
Experience high-end dining in a casual environment at The Sandwich Shop at Buccan. As the name suggests, this counter-service spot specializes in sandwiches. The Cubano, a hot sandwich, is loaded with pit ham and Swiss cheese, while the Prosciutto bursts with fresh mozzarella. The menu also features kid-friendly standbys including a BLT and turkey club. For the pickiest eaters, you can even build a custom sandwich.
Whether you’re eating breakfast or lunch, it’s hard to beat Graze at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The children’s menu goes far beyond standard grilled cheese, offering delicious options such as grilled chicken, baked salmon, and noodle soup. Breakfast includes standard favorites, but the real stars are the indulgent white chocolate Key lime pancakes and Florida orange French toast. Ask for a table on the spectacular outdoor patio, where you can dine with a view of the pool.
Enjoy traditional deli meals at TooJay’s, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chefs serve standard American fare: soups, salads, sandwiches, and classic comfort-food entrees. If you’re hungry, try the TooJay’s Shepherd’s Pie or the Old Fashioned Pot Roast. The budget-friendly kid’s menu offers a wide range of options, from French toast to French bread pizza. Make sure to arrive early for weekday lunches, as the restaurant fills up quickly.
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If your children love seafood, plan a special meal at Costa, one of Palm Beach’s most popular spots. Split plates of crispy calamari and Greek crudite, or opt for filling truffled Parmesan fingerling potatoes. Crab, lobster, and jumbo shrimp are other favorites among guests. If you have kids, Costa may be a better lunch option, as the dinner menu caters more heavily towards adults.
5. Cafe Flora
Cafe Flora serves Tuscan food and places an emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients. Go for lunch, when you can dig into lobster bruschetta or veal piccata while your children enjoy burgers or fish and chips. This lovely restaurant offers a more casual environment than a lot of other Palm Beach options, making it a great atmosphere for kids. Make a reservation for the outdoor courtyard, where your little ones can get some fresh air and explore.
6. The Beach Club Restaurant at The Breakers
Dine with a view of the water at The Beach Club Restaurant, a beautiful spot in The Breakers Palm Beach. This relaxed eatery starts the day with a delicious breakfast buffet that’s particularly great for picky eaters, who can pick and choose exactly what they want. Later in the day, come for a selection of sandwiches, including the Maine lobster roll and the ahi tuna steak. With burgers, grilled cheese, and tacos on the menu, it’s easy to find entrees that your little ones will love.
7. Surfside Diner
Delight your kids with a counter seat at the Surfside Diner. This fun restaurant serves up traditional diner dishes and fresh lunch entrees, so there’s something for everyone in the family. Picky eaters can’t go wrong with simple French toast, pancakes, or BLTs. For parents, there are plenty of veggie-loaded omelettes and generously-portioned Eggs Benedict options. The atmosphere at the Surfside Diner is genuinely welcoming, making it easy to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing.
8. Pizza Al Fresco
Grab a seat under the palm trees at Pizza Al Fresco. After dark, the trees glow with string lights, creating a magical feeling that enhances the ambiance. Choose from a huge selection of wood-fired pizzas that ranges from the classic Margherita to the Granchiessa, which is topped with crab meat and avocado. Every pizza is available with a gluten-free crust option, and the menu features plenty of vegetarian options too. There are also hearty Tuscan dishes for guests looking for an individual entree.
9. Green’s Pharmacy Luncheonette
Step back in time at Green’s Pharmacy Luncheonette, where you can enjoy a meal in a traditional drugstore. Here, friendly cooks serve up comfort foods such as BLTs and grilled cheeses, but the house-made milkshakes are worth the trip, alone. In the morning, choose from numerous à la carte items to assemble a kid-approved meal. While you eat, enjoy excellent people-watching at the lunch counter, which has been in place since 1938.
10. Best French Fries Food Truck
On days when your kids are too energetic for sit-down dining, the Best French Fries food truck is the perfect solution. Hot dogs and chicken strips make quick, child-friendly meals, but the real draw is the fries. Start with white or sweet potato fries, and pick two dipping sauces from the long list. For a real treat, go all in with the house specialties: cheese fries and garlic butter Parmesan fries.
11. Vic and Angelo’s
Experience the warmth of an Italian family meal at Vic and Angelo’s. Its casual setting and friendly service create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for the kids. Little ones love the restaurant’s pizzas, which are baked in a coal oven, and adults can choose from classic Italian meat and pasta dishes. Ask for a table on the patio, where you can keep an eye on your children as they play with the oversized chess set and lawn games.
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