At mealtimes, every parent has his or her own challenges to navigate, from picky eaters to the kids who just can’t sit still. With little ones in tow, choosing a restaurant is never a simple task.
Fortunately, there are plenty of all-ages options around every corner across Huntington Beach.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of vacation dining—here, find five restaurants with a fun ambience and kids’ menus that will please even the most impossible eater.
1 Main St
Located at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier, Ruby’s has an easy-order outdoor window for families on the go, as well as a double-decker dining room. If you’re dining in, ask for a table upstairs for a view of the ocean. A robust menu for those 12 and under has breakfast, lunch and dinner covered, with all the favorites like silver dollar pancakes, pigs in a blanket, burgers, corn dogs and sandwiches. Upgrade your kids’ free drink to a milkshake in a fun flavor like Oreo cookie—it’s worth the splurge. Plus, now through July 31, have your kids snap their best #RubysShakeFace and upload it to social media for a chance to win passes to attractions within driving distance from Huntington Beach.
7871 Warner Ave
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at this beloved local diner, where surfboards hang proudly on the walls and a jukebox can be found and almost every table (Beach Boys, anyone?). Every Wednesday night from 4 p.m. to close, kids eat free at the Warner Avenue location with each purchase of an adult entree. Kid-friendly classics like hot dogs, burgers and grilled cheese are served up with a flourish in rockin’ paper cars. And since there’s always room for dessert, let your little ones indulge with a classic banana split. Three scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, nuts and chocolate syrup is the cherry on top of a fun diner experience.
21022 Beach Blvd
Every Thursday, children 12 and under eat free all day and night at Mama’s on 39, a local favorite up Beach Boulevard at Atlanta Avenue. With the purchase of an adult entree, your little one eats free off the Lil Rascals menu. Among the standard chicken fingers, pizza and spaghetti are kid-friendly classics with a twist, such as mac and cheese sprinkled with crushed Cheetos. Kids with bigger appetites may want to venture into the regular menu—the restaurant has a Thrifty ice cream counter on-site, so they can enjoy a scoop of the frozen treat atop an all-day breakfast dish like a Belgian waffle or French toast.
On Goldenwest Avenue between Slater and Talbert avenues
A hidden gem on the west side of Huntington Beach Central Park, this outdoor cafe is the perfect pit stop before visiting the library or taking the family for a walk around the 350-acre
grounds. With outdoor tables only, the cafe boasts a great setting for restless kids to get up stretch their legs while adults converse over breakfast or lunch. A kids’ menu spans breakfast and lunch options like french toast, eggs, corn dogs, burgers and chicken fingers. The cafe is closed for dinner and all day on Monday.
180 Fifth St
If your children have more adventurous appetites, take a break from the beach to visit this fast-casual downtown eatery. Known for its light, crispy Belgian-style waffles, Bruxie has four fun ways for kids to enjoy a pint-size version of their parents’ meals. Fans of the classics might enjoy the PB&J, which puts the classic combo between two airy waffle pieces; however, those with a sweet tooth can go right to dessert with the s’mores waffle. Other options include a cheesy waffle, a traditional Brussels waffle with maple syrup and crispy chicken tenders.