Bringing the kids to a restaurant is daunting, to say the least. So many questions can arise, such as whether or not they have a kids menu, or if they offer nutritional options.
Then, there’s the question of environment. Will a tantrum bring the house down, or are there activities for the kids while they wait for their food? Perhaps one of the iconic struggles of parents who want a night out, finding the best place to take your children is a difficult—and sometimes messy—affair.
But, we’ve decided to take the time to find you the five best family-friendly restaurants in the Port Macquarie area because we know how hard it can be to take the kids out. Did we miss any good ones? Let us know in the comments!
1. Pancake PlaceAlmost every kid loves pancakes, and Pancake Place on Clarence Street is the perfect spot. Known for their deliciously sweet options and fresh fruit, you get a great balance of taste and quality here.
The reviews on TripAdvisor talk a lot about family-friendly service, meaning their wait staff are patient with the kids. This spot will make getting a scrumptious serving of great “brekky” quick, simple, and satisfying.
It’s also located in the heart of Port Macquarie’s idyllic downtown area, so if you have errands to run you’ll be in and out and on your way.
2. Pizza Obsession
Just like pancakes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a kid who doesn’t like pizza. Pizza Obsession, with their kid-sized pizzas, understand the more simplistic palettes with such varieties as chicken and cheese, ham and cheese, and ham and pineapple for a bit of a tang.
One of Pizza Obsession’s best family-friendly features is its selection of dessert pizzas. The little ones you bring here will fall in love with the “S’more of that Pizza,” topped with delicious browned marshmallows. Or, the Bananatella Pizza with its Nutella and fresh sliced bananas on top are sure to please.
3. Mike’s SeafoodsTaking the kids out to a restaurant in Port Macquarie can be an expensive affair, especially when they love seafood. But, Mike’s Seafoods on Hay Street has got you covered.
From simple fish & chips to more exotic offerings, Mike’s is a great family-friendly establishment because of the value. All the reviews talk about generous portions, great quality, and a low price point so you don’t have to break the bank satisfying your kids’ urges for great seafood.
4. Rainforest CafeNo, it’s not that American chain restaurant designed to look like a rainforest. This Rainforest Cafe brings something else to the child’s experience—nature.
Tucked in a forest area and covered with glass canopy, your kids will be thoroughly entertained as various animals poke through to see what the hubbub is about.
The Rainforest Cafe also features a kid-friendly menu of smaller portions and less exotic fare, which’ll help your wallet and their hungry tummies. Afterwards, take a walk through the grounds for some nature-loving fun!
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My name is Jeremy Rourke. I’m part of a family of dentists with my father, brother, cousin and nephew also being dentists. I won a University of Sydney Dental Alumni prize for being the top student in my year and graduated with Honours in 1971. I have been a Registered dentist for over 40 years. In that time I have created a few “firsts” in my efforts to stay ahead.