There are restaurants that “handle it” when kids show up to eat, and then there are restaurants that plan for it.
The Parkway Grille is one of the restaurants that does it best, which is why I was so thrilled they have reopened.
The eatery across from Harris Teeter on Amelia Island closed suddenly last month when an elderly woman drove her SUV right into the kitchen. I can tell you there were a lot of disappointed diners who missed out that morning on one of Parkway’s fabulous breakfasts.
When it comes to breakfast, my little guy favors Parkway Grille even over eateries with playgrounds, because Parkway Grille makes such an effort with its kids’ menu. He always orders their Mickey Mouse pancake, which comes with an M & M face.(Of course he eats all the M & Ms first, but when he gets to the pancake part, he enjoys that, too.)
Parkway Grille has a kids’ menu for lunch and dinner, too: among choices, smiley fries are a popular side.
They also have containers of hundreds of crayons and coloring sheets that change every time we visit. They post a lot of the kids’ masterpieces on the wall.
Their dining area is very generous and spacious, leaving plenty of room to park a child in a highchair, stroller, carrier — whatever you need, they have room.
Their restroom is large and has more than enough room for a stroller, too, but it does not have a changing station.
And, by the way, the menu for grown-ups is out of this world (and made-to-order!). I swoon for their breakfast sandwiches, which they totally allow you to customize based on your preferences for cheeses, meats and breads. I am hooked on their big, buttery croissants. I won’t even stray to try the biscuits, though my husband tells me they’re also excellent. Their burgers and deli sandwiches also get raves from locals, though I have yet to try them.
We love Parkway Grille because they make you feel welcome, and sadly that’s not always the case when you arrive with kiddos in tow. At the grille, the servers and cooks are friendly and relaxed. In fact, when we were there just before Christmas, all the servers were wearing reindeer antlers and the cooks were back in the kitchen, singing along to the Steve Miller band. It’s a fun, comfortable place where you’ll leave well-fed and happy you came.
If you want to go:
Where: 5517 Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, FL
Open 7 days a week.
For More Information: See their menu and more on their Facebook page.