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You find a spot with a kids menu, but the adult choices are not so hot. Or you see a fabulous menu for adults, but there's nothing on it your child will eat. Fortunately, Jacksonville is full of great spots to make the whole family happy. Here are our 9 top picks for kid- (and parent-) friendly restaurants:
With a location in San Marco and Jax Beach, parents can dine on their favorite BBQ while kids select from their own menu featuring BBQ, a hot dog and chicken nuggets. The kids menu offers many options for sides, including traditional favorites mac-n-cheese and French fries.
Take a walk on the wild side at Clark’s Fish Camp. You can chow down on classic fish camp fare, as well as some more exotic options, while surrounded by lions, tigers and bears. No need to worry about becoming lunch yourselves though, Clark’s displays the largest private taxidermy collection in America as well as a live alligator tank.
Treat the family to the best ice cream in the state. This local stand is a Jacksonville institution that opened in 1948, and serves up hand-dipped soft serve, milkshakes and a killer banana split.
When the kids menu offers mini sizes of every day favorites, you know the restaurant is ready to feed your family. Offering mini hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and Jax cheeseburgers, there are three Jumpin’ Jax locations across the city. The kids menu also includes pizza, grilled cheese and chicken tenders.
What’s more kid friendly than a classic hamburger? This local burger joint is a great place for a quick bite at the St. Johns Town Center. These high-quality burgers are made from 100% all-natural angus beef ground fresh daily, but don’t come with a high-quality price tag. Also on the menu are their mouth-watering, handspun milkshakes that come in varieties like marshmallow brulee and bananas foster.
Maple Street Biscuit Company is one of Jacksonville’s most popular breakfast spots, and with good reason. They have locations in San Marco, Jacksonville Beach, Southside and Murray Hill. Each location has their flaky, fresh-made biscuits turned into various breakfast sandwiches featuring southern favorites like juicy all-natural fried chicken breast, sausage gravy, collard greens and more. The kids menu offers smaller portions of favorites, including chocolate chip waffles and a chicken biscuit.
When it comes to kids, and adults, pizza is a surefire crowd-pleaser. This funky, local pizza shop has plenty of options to keep both the kids and adults happy, with pizza by the slice or the whole. They also offer gluten-free crust. This hip spot will have you looking like the coolest parents in town.
This colorful, local taco spot is a big hit with locals and visitors alike. They have a kids menu featuring simple favorites like chicken or beef tacos, chicken or cheese quesadillas and even fish sticks. That, along with the bright Mexican decorations inside are sure to keep the little ones happy while you enjoy popular dishes from the “big kids” menu like the Bangin’ Shrimp or Baja Fish tacos.
If you’re ready for a sweet treat, Sweet Pete’s is the place to go. The whimsical candy store offers something for kids and adults with everything from traditional chocolate and hard candies to homemade sea salt caramels.
Fizzies & Fare, located inside Sweet Pete’s, is a combination restaurant, soda pop shop and ice cream parlor. The restaurant menu features shareable appetizes, sure to please kids and adults, including corn nuggets and mozzarella cheese wedges. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. The fun menu offers a variety of milkshakes, ice cream and floats. There’s even a unicorn sundae.