Dine Out with Kids in Delaware

A roundup of kid- and family-friendly eateries in Delaware.

New Castle County

Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront, Wilmington
With deck seating and a great view of the river, adults can dine on more upscale dishes while kids stick to the “little fish” menu and eat FREE during home-game nights for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. (720 Justison St.)

Café Napoli, Wilmington
This Italian restaurant serves up traditional favorites and mini portions of ravioli, spaghetti with meatballs and pizza. While they wait, kids are kept busy with pizza dough balls they can play with at the table. (4391 Kirkwood Hwy.)

Charcoal Pit, Wilmington
These longtime local hangouts are rife with retro charm and community pride. In addition to classic diner picks like burgers, fries and chicken fingers from the $5 kids’ menu, you’ll find sundaes themed after area high schools. (2600 Concord Pike; 714 Greenbank Rd.)

Cheeburger Cheeburger, Newark
Ever wanted to try a burger topped with peanut butter and salsa, a side of marshmallow fries and an apple-pie shake? Your imagination’s the limit here, where you can invent your own “cheeburgers,” fries, sandwiches, shakes and desserts. (137 E. Main St.)

Crossroads Restaurant, Wilmington
This family-run eatery offers kid-fave fare from “The Road Runner” (cheese quesadilla) to “Elmer Fudd” (grilled ham steak). Earn a “clean plate award” and get dessert for $1. Thursdays are Family Nights, complete with face painting and balloons from Party Business. (4579 Kirkwood Hwy.

Johnnie’s Dog House, Wilmington
Whether it’s the Plain Ol’ Dog, the potato chip and pineapple-topped Hawaiian Dog or the Monkey Hill Dog with grilled bananas, peanut butter, bacon and honey, there’s a hot dog to please every palate. (3401 Concord Pike)

Lucky’s Coffee Shop, Wilmington
This cafe is praised for its all-day breakfast and cozy, kitschy ambiance. The friendly menu keeps families entertained and helps with the decision process. (4003 Concord Pike)

Mad Macs, Newark
When the kids want a gourmet twist on mac ‘n cheese, come to this casual restaurant. Mac flavors like lasagna, buffalo chicken, pizza and four cheese are available in full or child-sized portions. (801 S. College Ave.)

Mrs. Robino’s, Wilmington
With family photos adorning the walls and an atmosphere as welcoming as your grandma’s kitchen, this Italian restaurant features magic, balloon sculptures and face painting on Wednesday nights in addition to its 99-cent kids’ meals. (520 N. Union St.)

 


 

Kent County

Where Pigs Fly, Dover
This barbecue joint packed with pig-themed décor and souvenirs — even the light fixtures feature the animal — smells as good as the food tastes. Relax by the fireplace, or enjoy your meal on the porch. (617 E. Loockerman St.)

 


 

Sussex County

Go Brit!, Lewes
Venture across the pond — or through the red phone-booth doors — for British kid staples like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, mushy peas and English toffee pudding (18388 Coastal Hwy.)

Penguin Diner, Bethany Beach
With a giant penguin at the door and a gift shop full of penguin-related hats, shirts, toys and mugs, the décor keeps with the theme and encourages little ones to draw penguin art on the back of their menu. Its recently revamped selection includes a gluten-free menu and vegetarian options. (105 Garfield Pkwy.)

Serendipity Restaurant, Millsboro
Umbrellas on the ceiling, vintage posters and art deco sculptures lend to the quirky vibe. Add views of the Indian River Bay and a bread bar, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a memorable meal. (2580 River Rd.)

Summer House, Rehoboth Beach 
Fare at this beachside hotspot ranges from seafood and steak to burgers and pasta. Even the kids' menu offers sirloin and yellowfish tuna. While you wait, kids can color on the butcher paper-covered table. (228 Rehoboth Ave.)