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5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the Shoals

Not cooking tonight? No problem. These five restaurants in the Shoals will be a hit with even the smallest members of your clan.

Superhero Chefs


Owned by celebrity chef and Food Network darling Darnell Ferguson, this family restaurant will make you feel like you've stepped inside an episode of Chopped. From the giant pancake stacks to the delectable burgers, each of the menu’s offerings is picture perfect. The food tastes just as good as it looks, too. Don't let the restaurant’s notoriety lead you to think mischievous kids aren't welcome. With brightly colored decor, superhero logos plastered on the walls, and comic strip menus, Superhero Chefs creates a fun atmosphere the whole family will enjoy. 




Having lunch inside this historical diner in downtown Florence is like taking a step back in time. From the vintage ice cream counter with swivel bar stools to the Coca-Cola served in glass bottles, the family-owned restaurant has changed little since it opened in 1918. Enjoy a hotdog or a famous pimento cheese sandwich and finish off with a banana split for dessert. Kids will love choosing from the multitude of ice cream flavors, like the cult-favorite orange-pineapple, and parents will appreciate that all menu items are under $5.


Cheesy Bob


Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? This gourmet grilled cheese shop has something for everyone (everyone who likes cheese, that is). You can't go wrong with the classic grilled cheese paired with Bob's homemade tomato soup, but those with a more adventurous palette will love the sweet apricot or jalapeno popper grilled cheeses. Cheesy Bob also makes it simple to order, with only one item on the kid’s menu — a classic grilled cheese made the perfect size for smaller hands. Order from the walk-up window outside and eat on the shaded patio during warmer months.


Champy’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Muscle Shoals

This campy chicken joint is a staple in the Shoals. If the gutter lined with old license plates or the bright yellow taxicab parked out front is any indication, Champy’s has a fun and festive atmosphere that makes it the perfect pick for a Friday night family dinner. Chow down on crispy fried chicken underneath the glow of year-round Christmas lights while listening to live music. For a cost-effective menu option that even your littles will love, order one of the family meals that include between eight and 20 pieces of chicken and up to five large sides for less than$50.


Rosie’s Mexican Cantina 


This family-owned restaurant will satisfy anyone craving cuisine from South of the Border. Its large, open dining room and upbeat Mariachi music allow for your family to dine comfortably without worrying about your toddler’s squeals disturbing a nearby table. Start your meal off with complimentary fresh salsa and homemade tortilla chips, then order one of the menu’s authentic Mexican dishes, like Mahi Mahi fish tacos or tamales. Still have room for dessert? Finish off with free cups of vanilla soft-serve ice cream.