If you're out by the Coastal Grand Mall, snag a booth at the Dead Dog Saloon. We like the Hot Hound Crab Dip ($6.95), followed by Pugsly's Po' Boy ($7.95), which is crammed with lightly fried shrimp.
A local introduced us to the quaint Sun City Cafe located downtown, and now we're lifelong fans of the spicy fish tacos ($10.95). The limited menu features West Coast cuisine and a laid-back atmosphere.
For a splurge, reserve a waterside table on the back deck at Greg Norman's Australian Grille. Yes, this is a much fancier dinner, but children are still welcome. You'll love the rich decor, including aboriginal artwork and live music Wednesday through Sunday nights. Start with the fried calamari ($8.95 medium, $12.95 large) tossed in a sweet-and-sour chile glaze with cilantro and Parmesan cheese. Ask about the fresh fish specials, or try the black pepper-encrusted Atlantic salmon ($19.95) as an entrée.