When vacationing in the seaside area of Sunset Beach in North Carolina, enjoy relaxing on the shore or in the water with your family. This popular tourist area near Myrtle Beach provides a plethora of thrilling activities, incredible eateries, and opportunities for fun in the sun. When hunger strikes, venture from your Sunset Beach vacation rental and try these top 10 family-friendly restaurants.

1. Waterfront Seafood Shack

Entice your taste buds with the fresh catch of the day when taking the family to the Waterfront Seafood Shack. Take in the ocean view with fisherman boats nearby before diving into the fresh shrimp, scallops, and triggerfish available at this popular eatery. If the kids are not fond of seafood, you’re in luck because the kids’ menu offers American cuisine for tiny tots.

2. Fibber McGee’s

Treat your kids to an Irish-inspired experience with lunch or dinner at Fibber McGee’s. This family-friendly pub delivers variety with seafood entrees such as fried calamari and grouper bites or you can opt for one of the chicken wraps, Reuben sandwiches, or the soup of the day. Start your meal with Fibber McGee’s famous chicken wings or go for a spicy beginning to your meal with nachos topped with chili. The sides offer just as much diversity with pub fries, potato salad, and onion rings.

3. Ocean Isle Fish Company

If you want a view of the beach and a hearty meal, then the Ocean Isle Fish Company is the ideal spot for your family. After a day of fishing right at the pier adjacent to the restaurant, stop in for a taste of seafood from the steam bar or treat your taste buds to the Big Mack burger or a blackened chicken sandwich. The menu just for your guppies includes corn dogs, fried shrimp, and chicken tenders.

4. Calabash Deli

Offering southern hospitality and northern cuisine, the Calabash Deli is the ideal hotspot for families seeking New York deli-style sandwiches and soups. Stop in for lunch to sample the fresh-baked bread before your meal and add a homemade pastry to your order. If you want a break from cooking in your Sunset Beach vacation rental, get a gourmet meal to go from the Calabash Deli.

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5. Calabash Creamery

When you’re seeking a snack before or after a beach adventure, head over to the Calabash Creamery for a sweet treat. This popular ice cream establishment offers a variety of desserts and ice cream flavors ranging from chocolate peanut butter and apple pie to bubble gum and mint chocolate chip. The kids can even choose from a sundae or dish to a waffle cone or standard cone.

6. Ella’s Restaurant

Known for its hush puppies, Ella’s Restaurant in nearby Calabash is the perfect place for kids with a hearty appetite. Snack on the hush puppies while you wait for overflowing plates of clam strips, flounder, shrimp, and slaw. Your little ones can also snack on burgers and chicken from the kids’ menu. For older kids hitting a growth spurt, opt for the Captain’s Platter that offers a sample of fresh seafood that may provide you with some leftovers to take back to your Sunset Beach vacation rental.

7. Boundary House

Coastal cuisine is the specialty for diners at the Boundary House restaurant, but your kids can also sample Italian, Mexican, and American cuisine for lunch or dinner. Choose from pasta dishes for Italian fare or let your kids feast on a taco salad from this Calabash eatery. Mom and Dad are likely to enjoy the prime rib sandwich, a rack of baby back ribs, freshly-baked quiche, or even a bowl of baked potato soup before heading back to the beach.

8. Gravy

Fill your plates with country-style, homemade entrees when dining at Gravy, a popular destination for vacationers and locals alike in Sunset Beach. From hush puppies and fries as side-dish staples to main courses of baked ham, country fried steak, meatloaf, and turkey, this menu can satisfy even the pickiest eater. True to its name, it is a must that you like gravy when visiting this homestyle restaurant that tops just about every entree with the savory sauce.

9. Bagel Dock Cafe

Whether you’re hungry for breakfast or lunch, a bagel from the Bagel Dock Cafe is designed to fill you up. For more than two decades, the Bagel Dock Cafe has been using fresh ingredients to roll their own bagels with a variety of cheese spreads for toppings. This cafe serves more than bagels, though; stop in for lunch to savor the homemade salads, deli meats, cheeses, and pastries, or top a sandwich with all the veggies you want, too. Don’t forget to grab a baker’s dozen of bagels to take back to your vacation rental for a snack later in the day.

10. La Cucina Italian Grill

When the kids want pasta, pizza, or calzones, it’s time to drop the beach towels and head to La Cucina Italian Grill, just minutes from your Sunset Beach vacation rental. Choose from main dishes such as lasagna and chicken parmesan for dinner or opt for a meatball sandwich on ciabatta bread for lunch. The kids also have a variety of choices with pizza, subs, and bite-sized pasta.

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