Family Friendly Restaurants in Myrtle Beach, SC: Review of Croissants Bistro and Bakery

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.

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Brrrrrrr

 61 degrees and cloudy? Drizzling? Ordinarily, I’d say it’s not that bad outside. If it were December, I’d be wearing a tank top and flip flops, and would be dancing a jig at my good fortune. But, it’s June. I’m already used it being hot and muggy. It’s supposed to be 85 in the shade. I’m supposed to be sweating like a dog (and posting about how dedicated I am sitting out here in 90 degrees. Oh, the humanity!)

So, 61, cloudy, and rain on June 2 means but it feels like damn October. And that means I’m shivering. My lips are turning blue. I can barely feel my fingers as I write this blog post. I’m cursing my bad luck at having to be out here in this weather. 

Why am I out here freezing my tail off? Why else? To bring these kids of mine to swim practice. Lesser parents would have just passed for today and stayed in the warm comfort of home. But not me. No, I like to suffer. I signed them up for swim team, paid the registration fee and all, so dammit, they’re gonna swim. As long as there is practice, we are so there. Gotta get my money’s worth. Even if I have to look like an Eskimo huddled in the corner trying to light a fire to stay warm. 

Swim mom. Freezing my butt off. Forcing my kids to swim in the cold. It’s what I do. Give me a damn award. 

  

That’s probably the most common reaction I get when people hear I have four children AND work full-time outside of the home. Well, that, and “I can barely manage with two.”  Most people look at me either with awe, as if I am some kind of superhero minus a cape (but with some seriously FIERCE stilettos), or with pity, as if I am some kind of victim of the women’s lib movement gone wrong (“aww, it’s too bad that you HAVE to work!”)!

I’m neither – there will never be a Marvel comic book inspired by my life, nor am I an unfortunate soul because I work. As a working mom, I’m really not doing anything that millions of women before me haven’t done, or that millions of women after I’m long gone won’t do. I’m neither lucky that I get to work outside of the home nor unlucky because I don’t get to stay home to “raise” my kids (yup, I’ve heard that, too, as if my bringing in my  good government attorney salary plus doing everything else with my kids before and after I go to work is excluded from the definition of raising kids!). 

Truthfully, I didn’t know how I managed when I just had the one kid. Or when it was just the two kids. Or the three kids. I don’t know how I did it then and I don’t know how I do do it now. I’d be lying if I said it was as easier before there were so many kids. Quieter, yes. But it was challenging when I was just a working mom of 1, and it’s just as challenging now. 

I have no idea how having a full-time job, four children, a husband, and a dog, all of which demand my attention, usually all at once, even works. Being a working mom of four kids isn’t for sissies, that’s for sure! But, no more or less than any other mom of how-ever-many-kids, regardless of whether she stays at home or works outside of the home. 

It really doesn’t matter how many kids we have and whether we work, being a mom is THE most wonderful, awe-inspiring, difficult, frustrating, thankless, rewarding, and comical jobs I have ever known. It’s full ups and downs, highs and lows, and EVERYTHING in between. It’s the absolute best of times, it’s the absolute worst of times. Craziness and hilarity always ensues, usually at the most inopportune and embarrassing time. 
It ain’t pretty. But it’s my life. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Buckle up and join me on this adventure, as I figure out how to properly raise my kids, while juggling a full-time job, trying to be a good wife, and friend. And not go insane. Or tell someone about themselves!

“I don’t know how you do it…”