Miami is a hotspot for fun, sun, and a phenomenal family vacation. But, finding the right restaurants to eat in with your little ones in tow isn’t always easy, especially in a fast-paced city like this. There are delicious options to be found, however, and we’ve rounded up some of your tastiest choices for kid-friendly places to eat in Miami.
If you’re unafraid of the inevitable sugar high, Sugar Factory could be one of the most fun spots to hit with the whole family. Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s more than just sweets to be found here. This shop and restaurant located in South Beach’s Hotel Victor has a huge menu packed with pancakes, waffles, French toast, crepes, sandwiches, pizza, milkshakes, sundaes, and more.
When you’re in the mood for a little Italian comfort food, head over to Jack’s Miami. It’s a family friendly restaurant without feeling like a kids’ restaurant. This charming spot is known for its generous portions, budget-friendly prices, and recipes straight from Nona’s kitchen. While one of the restaurant’s two locations has closed, families can zip over to the Brickell location to enjoy dishes like meatballs in gravy, eggplant rollatini, and more.
Do you ever have trouble getting everyone in your family to agree on what to eat for dinner? If this happens while you’re on vacation in Miami, then just go to Big Pink. This retro-themed diner has a wide variety of delicious meal options (over 200 items listed on the menu) for appetites of all cravings and sizes. Menu items range from classic options like cheeseburgers and fries to Thai pasta, and everything in between, to please even the pickiest of eaters. The staff at Big Pink has a reputation of being extremely friendly, and the menu items have a reputation of being served in huge portions, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth while experiencing some of Miami’s best customer service.
Looking for something a little more Miami? In the mood for something a little more upscale while still sticking to your budget and keeping the whole family happy? Nestled inside the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar offers one of the city’s best menus. You can score some awesome ceviche along with sweeping water views. Kids enjoy La Mar’s signature sea-themed coloring book to keep little hands busy, while the adults enjoy Peruvian street food at the Anticucho bar. Sounds great, right?
Pro-tip: avoid the brunch and dinner prices and take advantage of their great lunch deals. Grab a noontime bite to enjoy all the flavor for far less dough.
It’s hard to beat a great food truck when you want to keep it moving and keep the bill low. The only thing that makes it better? A food truck devoted to one of the most beloved kids’ meals of all time — grilled cheese sandwiches. If you’ve got picky eaters who only love the classic cheese on bread sandwich, they’re going to love this place. But don’t you fret, there’s surely something for the parents here, too. Enjoy one of the more creative concoctions on the Ms. Cheezious menu, like the Frito Pie Melts — sandwiches filled with hearty chili, American cheese, and Fritos on toasty sourdough.
The Wynwood Yard
With plenty of outdoor space for kids to run and play, Wynwood Yard makes the top of many local families’ lists of favorite dining experiences. Before 10 p.m., both kids and dogs are welcome to enjoy this hub of different venues with a variety of flavors. Order from your choice of local menus and let the kids get their energy out in this outdoor space. Once they get tired of playing outside, they can scope out the edible garden or relax with you while enjoying live music. It’s almost like an outdoor food court, with many food concepts side by side. You can also order takeout and catering from local hotspots like Pasilla Taco, Della Bowls, and Morgan’s Pizza Truck (among others).
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