50 States of Kid-Friendly Restaurants

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Shaggy’s in Mississippi chosen for 50 States of Kid-Friendly Restaurants by the Food Network

No matter which of Shaggy’s three open-air waterfront locations you visit, you’ll find the Mississippi Gulf Coast trifecta: food, family and fun. The chalkboard kids’ menu includes options like popcorn shrimp and the junior cheeseburger, with sides like French fries, tater tots, veggies, fruit and salads. A supply of chalk is on-hand for little ones to decorate the chalkboard while they wait. Parents can’t go wrong with seafood — the shrimp basket and chargrilled oysters are perennial favorites — but Shaggy’s has also earned a cult following for its namesake cheeseburger. Whatever you order, keep the breezy vacation vibes going with a signature cocktail like Shaggy’s Coronarita or a coconut cream pie martini. There’s also plenty of fun to be had: Each location has a designated kids’ play area, like a pirate ship playground, private beach or deck outfitted with games like Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Corn Hole, and activities like kids’ karaoke and face painting. The restaurant also funds The Shaggy’s Kids Foundation, which strives to educate children about Gulf Coast marine life.