Rosemary Beach, Florida is a charming, seaside master-planned community. It offers much more for families than just sandy beaches, oceanfront state parks, and sunny Rosemary Beach vacation rentals. The coastal town’s eclectic dining scene serves up Mexican grills, cozy cafes, seafood restaurants, and pizzerias with kid-friendly dishes, ideal for an effortless meal. Here are 12 great places to eat with your kids during your vacation to one of Florida’s most beautiful hidden gems.

1. Crabby Steve’s

Enjoy casual seafood dining on the water at Crabby Steve’s, your go-to spot for blackened grouper and crab cakes. Kids have plenty to choose from on the children’s menu, including a bean and cheese burrito, cheese quesadillas, and burgers, and Crabby Steve himself might even pop up to entertain your kids. Find a seat on the ocean-view deck, or find a spot on the beach to get the same service there.

2. Grits and Grind

Take a walk from your Rosemary Beach vacation home to enjoy a sunrise breakfast or a relaxing brunch at this popular local cafe. Try some Mexican-inspired breakfast dishes, such as the huevos rancheros or the sombrero omelette alongside a cup of organic coffee, while the kids enjoy a plate of cheese grits.

3. Amici 30A Italian Kitchen

Classy yet casual, this old-style Italian restaurant is the perfect place for a night out with the family during your Rosemary Beach vacation. The fettuccine alfredo and cheese pizza are perfect for finicky little ones, and signature dishes such as Amy’s meatballs and spaghetti Bolognese never disappoint. Feeling like ordering pizza? Choose from gluten-free options or a savory pesto pizza with chicken and feta.

4. La Crema

Resting at the foot of your Rosemary Beach vacation rental and boasting plenty of outdoor seating, this charming cafe is the place to enjoy a mid-day snack or a special treat. Kids love dipping marshmallows and fruits in a cup of chocolate fondue while sipping on an indulgent Snickers latte. For the rest of the family, the seafood paella, Spanish cheese plates, and smoked salmon pinchos are a must.

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5. Summer Kitchen Cafe

Whether you stop in for breakfast or lunch, this upbeat cafe and grill is sure to satisfy. Summer Kitchen Cafe uses grass-fed beef, locally caught seafood, and a wide range of organic ingredients to make wholesome dishes ranging from fun kids’ meals to flavorful spicy chicken roll-ups. Families also love the order-at-the-window format and “Swimsuits Welcome” atmosphere.

6. Shades Bar and Grill

Looking for a go-to sports grill to grab a burger before heading back to your vacation condo for the night? Stop by Shades to enjoy sports-grill classics alongside fish tacos, Cajun shrimp and grits, and a spicy volcano shrimp appetizer. You can even play a game of cornhole with the kids on the astroturf while waiting for your order.

7. Cowgirl Kitchen

Serving up some Southwestern favorites, Cowgirl Kitchen has a country-farm ambiance and a some of the best tacos in town. Choose from fillings such as pulled pork, BBQ chicken, grouper, and snapper. The restaurant also cooks up a hearty breakfast and has a dedicated kids’ menu with pancakes and waffles.

8. Donut Hole

Reserve at least one morning during your Rosemary Beach vacation to treat the family to a round of fresh donuts from Donut Hole, a local classic. Kids can’t get enough of the old-fashioned glazed donuts, red velvet donuts, coconut chocolate donuts, and other tempting flavors. If you’re craving something more savory, you can’t go wrong with the biscuits and sausage gravy.

9. La Cocina Mexican Grill

Conveniently located on 30A, this hole-in-the-wall grill serves up Mexican favorites alongside seafood fusion dishes, such as the famous lobster quesadilla. Enjoy chips with salsa and cheese dip while you wait for your order, and choose from a variety of hearty kids’ menu items for the younger members of your family.

10. Big Bad Breakfast

Wake up to full flavor at this popular breakfast spot with adult and kids’ menus to fill any stomach. Order the huge cat-head biscuit alongside a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for a filling breakfast, and be sure to sample some of the homemade jellies. The biscuits and gravy with a side of spicy bacon are another solid choice.

11. Pizza by the Sea

Walk down from your gulf-view vacation home for a family dinner at this go-to pizza shop that combines affordable prices and high-quality homemade pizza. For family members with food allergies, Pizza by the Sea even offers a dairy-free, gluten-free crust, and you can order a kids’ pizza for your children. Sit outside on the courtyard to enjoy some live music while you chow down.

12. The Lake House at Carillon Beach

Featuring a peaceful deck right on the water with stunning lake views, this restaurant serves up gourmet food without a stuffy atmosphere or sky-high prices. Kids can feast on pizza, while the other family members can try the seafood burger, lamb chops, or Greek-style kabobs that are brought to your table standing upright for a unique presentation. The shrimp and scallops in a champagne sauce are another favorite, and the homemade fries are sure to please the whole family.

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