Sometimes going out to eat with little ones can pose a challenge, but here on the Outer Banks, finding somewhere affordable and that you and the kids will love is a breeze. Many restaurants on the Outer Banks have extensive kid’s menus. From popcorn shrimp for little pirates or a cheeseburger for the picky eater, these restaurants have got you covered.
Big Al’s – Manteo
This 50’s themed restaurant will take you back in time. Big Al’s Soda Fountain and Grill offers many different food selections. From burgers to fried fish, Big Al’s has it all for adults. The kids menu is extensive as well featuring the classics like burgers, chicken fingers, and more. Everyday except for Mondays, Big Al’s offers an all you can eat lunch buffet for $9.99, and even better, kids eat free! Visit their website or call them at 252-473-5570 for more details and a sample menu.
Sundogs – Corolla
From steamer platters to shrimp baskets, Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill has got you covered. Featuring menu items like shrimp n’ grits and fish tacos, you’ll be sure to find something that’ll suit your appetite. The kids menu features fried shrimp, chicken tenders, hot dogs and more. With kids options only being $6, Sundogs is a restaurant sure to pleas their little taste buds and your wallet. Visit their website to view their menu and other services Sundogs offers.
Duck Donuts – Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, & Duck
Duck Donuts are a famous treat on the Outer Banks. Although they don’t have a kids menu exactly, it’s a fun way to let little ones express their creativity in creating their own donut. Start with choosing donut coating, then add topping, and finish off with drizzle. Duck Donuts has coffee and hot tea for adults and hot chocolate, juice, and milk for the kiddos. Visit their website for locations closest to your vacation home and treat the family to a sweet treat.
Mama Kwan’s – Kill Devil Hills
A local treasure, Mama Kwan’s features an island vibe with Asian and locally inspired cuisine. Mama Kwan’s features dishes like their famous fish tacos (trust us, get them blackened) and their Hawaiian pork plate. The also offer classics like cheese burgers and chicken tenders for the pickier eaters in your group. Mama Kwan’s has dishes to cater to everyone. The kids menu will make your little ones feel like grownups with options like grilled chicken served with pineapple and rice. Chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, and chicken tenders can also be found on the menu. Mama Kwan’s also offers “kids cocktails” that are non-alcoholic but are still fruity, fun, and come with keepsakes to take home! Give them a call at 252-441-7889 or visit their website for more information.
For authentic Mexican food, look no further than Plaza Azteca. Featuring menu options like seafood chimichangas, steak ranchero, and vegetarian quesadilla’s there’s something to please everyone. The kids menu also has dishes like traditional macaroni and cheese and cheeseburgers and something for the child that likes to try something new like quesadilla and rice or soft tacos. Kids also eat free on Monday nights! Visit their website or give them a ring at 252-255-1060 for questions and more information.
Surfin’ Spoon – Nags Head
Owned and operated by professional surfer Jesse Hines and his wife Whitney, Surfin’ Spoon is a cool hangout with some cool treats. This little frozen yogurt bar has big flavor with over 10 choices to nosh on, including vegan and no sugar added options. Toppings include fresh fruit, candies, and different sweet syrups to finish off your masterpiece. Let the kids create their own dessert bowl in the kids size cup they offer. Check out the kids’ books written by Jesse and Whitney called “Sebi Gets Barreled” and “Sebi Goes Surfing” that are sold at Surfin’ Spoon and go home with a bedtime story souvenir. Visit Surfin’ Spoon’s website for more about the business, Jesse and his family, and more.
Atlantic Coast Cafe – Waves
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Atlantic Coast Cafe is one of the best finds on Hatteras Island. This family friendly restaurant has dishes for everyone to enjoy. For breakfast, kids can enjoy silver dollar pancakes or french toast sticks while you grub on one of Atlantic Coast Cafe’s breakfast wraps or breakfast plates. Lunch and dinner boast vegetarian options like a veggie burger or freshly caught seafood. Little ones can enjoy chicken strips, a fish plate, grilled cheese, and more. Atlantic Coast Cafe also has specials daily and a 15% off coupon can be found on their website!
These restaurants just scratch the surface of all the Outer Banks has to offer in kid friendly dining. Check out a couple more kid friendly restaurants listed down below and get out and explore something new this vacation!
Mako Mikes – Kill Devil Hills
Mulligans – Nags Head
Pamlico Jacks –Nags Head
Black Pelican – Kitty Hawk
Spankys – Kitty Hawk