So, like most families with young children, my family of 6 is always on the lookout for restaurants where we can comfortably enjoy a meal without having to worry about our monsters creating a scene (or destroying the place). Whether we are at home in the DMV or braving a vacation with the kiddos, we have to eat! Any excuse to avoid slaving in the kitchen is A-OK with me.
Hopefully, this series of reviews will help families with young children (or conversely, families looking to avoid families with young children, LOL) find what they are looking for.
First up, Croissants Bistro and Bakery in Myrtle Beach, SC.
We ate here on our first night in MB. We mostly picked this place because they take reservations on opentable.com, and that is a must for our family!
First – the setting. The restaurant is relatively small inside, with little space in between tables, so it’s not that easy for young children (who are never steady on their feet) to maneuver around. Also, the restaurant places glasses on the table as part of their table settings, so that is a recipe for disaster for little fingers. Even though the restaurant has a kids’ menu and welcomes children with open arms, the general ambiance of the restaurant is pretty upscale, so it was very quiet inside. My children are LOUD (and we no longer let them bring electronics to dinner (or anywhere really)), so I felt pretty self-conscious throughout the meal about our noise level. So, while we brought our 4 kids, and there was one other family with a young child, Croissants Bistro and Bakery is probably not the best place if you have young children (as we do) or a lot of kids (as we do, LOL). However, the staff was absolutely lovely and did not make us feel badly about our children being “lively.” On the contrary, our waitress, Dawn, was extremely patient and gracious, notwithstanding the noise level of my kids!
Second – the food! There is a kids menu, although, truthfully, I think the children would have been happier had they ordered off the regular menu. The kids had croissant with PBJ, grilled cheese croissant, and the flatbread pizza, which they shared with our littlest guy. However, the kids really enjoyed the dishes that my husband and I ordered – the scallops, and the shrimp and grits. The kids also really loved the warm baguette with a plate of butter and hummus that was brought out as soon as we sat down. The baguette was fresh and flaky on the outside and warm and soft in the inside. The probably got so full devouring the baguette. I ordered the shrimp and grits figuring when in the south…I don’t normally like grits, truthfully, but these have made me a believer. The shrimp was cooked perfectly and were placed atop 3 fried green tomatoes. The grits were savory and creamy, and the fried green tomatoes were crusted and fried perfectly. My husband had the scallops, which were delicious. Not all all chewy with a nice crust in the outside but soft on the inside.
Third – the price. It was not cheap, I’ll say that, but it was very much worth it. Everything we had was very good and worth every penny.
Bottom Line: If your kids are more adventurous eaters like mine, love seafood, and they can keep it together pretty well to eat in a more upscale environment, then RUN, don’t walk, to Croissants Bistro and Bakery. Make an early reservation if you have small kids, so you won’t have to wait. But if your kids are picky eaters, or cannot eat quietly without the aid of electronics, maybe pass on this lovely restaurant.