Eating with your little ones can be a challenge at times. They can be picky, loud, irritated, irritating and down-right difficult. Taking them to a special place where they can be engaged is helpful when you have the time and inclination. Here are a few local places that my sons like, I hope your kids do, too.
For breakfast, the Sunrise Grill in North Augusta and Martinez offers a bright atmosphere with specialty pancakes that the kids love. Ruth’s on Washington Road serves a true country breakfast with delicious pancakes as well. They even have smoked sausage – that’s hard to find.
Some great locally owned places for lunch or dinner include Fat Man’s Mill Café (lunch only) at Enterprise Mill. When you are done there, you can go walk through the Canal Museum next door or even take a Petersburg Boat tour down the canal. Downtown on Broad Street, Farmhaus Burgers has specialty burgers and shakes. Nacho Mamas is just down the road serving Tex-Mex in an eclectic environment. The cheese dip is a favorite. Ask them to chop up the chicken in the quesadilla extras fine for little ones – that quesadilla can feed 2-3 kids! We hear Twisted Burrito is good – they have a chalk board for kids to draw on. Brusters in the Target Shopping Center is good for hot dogs and a treat, and there’s one in Evans and North Augusta, too.
For dinner, some of the area’s most special places include Sconyer’s near Windsor Spring Road for the ambiance. You can feed the catfish outside. Old McDonalds Fish Camp outside of North Augusta ups the stakes with great fare and the ability to feed ducks, fish and goats while you wait. They serve up grits while you wait, too. Then there’s T’s restaurant, an old family favorite out on Mike Padgett Highway. Definitely worth the visit and a place your kids will like to go with the family.
For dessert or a treat try The Pink Dipper in North Augusta. It’s an old fashioned ice cream shop – its old style decor, malts and shakes are fun. The Boll Weevil has cake slices bigger than your kid’s head if you want quality and quantity. And, for Summerville folks, there is Summerville Sweets in Daniel Village where you get a modest selection of some seriously delicious creamy ice cream.
For larger families and special family dinners, you can’t go wrong with Wild Wing Cafe or TBonz, both on Washington Road. Not your average large-scale family-friendly restaurants, but these guys can compete with the likes of Red Robin and Chic-fil-A any day.