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Dessert from the Country Corner Café in Southold. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Dessert from the Country Corner Café in Southold. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Bringing the whole family along while exploring the North Fork or Shelter Island is a must for any parent.

Those in search of the ideal children’s plate with a bit of character and local flare should look no further. When it is time to settle down for a lunch or dinner outing, these six restaurants and their child-friendly dishes are not to miss.

Rams Head Inn

The “Evy Plate” from the Rams Head Inn. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Named the “Evy Plate” after the owner’s one-year-old granddaughter Evelyn, the Ram’s Head Inn offers a nutritious child-sized portion of their local fluke served with buttered peas, a quenelle of garlic mashed potatoes, and sliced local peach or berries, topped with a beautiful edible flower. Rams Head Inn, 108 S Ram Island Dr Shelter Island, (631) 749-0811.

The Country Corner Café

Dessert from the Country Corner Café in Southold. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Their macaroni and cheese is all homemade using radiatore pasta featuring a blend of four cheeses, American, cheddar, mozzarella and Monterey Jack. it’s mixed with their own béchamel sauce base and served piping hot in a skillet or bowl. And what adult doesn’t remember the promise of ice cream as a special incentive when they were a kid to make it through their main course? On any given day they have over 34 different flavors to choose from to pair with fresh fruit, waffles or fudge sauce and sprinkles. The Country Corner Café55765 NY-25, Southold, (631) 765-6766

Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant

A scoop of chocolate gelato at Hellenic Snack Bar and Restaurant in East Marion. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

This Mediterranean spot serves up a healthy selection of kids meals with a great variety. Order their breaded chicken fingers with handmade sweet fries on one dish and their pork souvlaki skewer with fresh baked grilled vegetables. Parents can give their kids rice cooked in organic chicken broth, as well as hand-cut fries or steak fries. Care to indulge? Try their famous homemade gelato, made on the premises. Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant5145 Main Rd, East Marion, (631) 477-0138

Star Confectionery

Star Confectionery in Riverhead. (Credit: Sascha Rosin)

This nostalgic ice cream parlor and luncheonette is the perfect spot to bring the family before you visit the Long Island Aquarium just down the street in downtown Riverhead. Children will love their grilled cheese sandwiches and tuna melts paired with their homemade ice cream floats or a chocolate malt. During the holidays, pick up one of their handmade chocolates figurines on your way out. Star Confectionery, 4 E. Main St., Riverhead, (631) 727-9873.

Main Road Biscuit Co.

Open for breakfast and lunch, children will love owner Marissa’s Main Road Biscuit Sampler served with honey butter and jam. Served on the weekends is the Main Road Waffle: a cornmeal waffle with sliced banana, berries and maple butter. Swing by for lunch featuring several grab-and-go sandwich options such as the chicken sandwich with avocado and herb mayo on a Blue Duck Bakery multi-grain roll. Main Road Biscuit Co., 1601 Main Rd, Jamesport, (631) 779-3463.


Spaghetti and meatballs from Isola on Shelter Island. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Located just a minute away from the North Ferry, Isola offers spaghetti and meatballs on Sunday Night for their “Sunday Gravy Night.” At just $12, the classic dish comes with a side salad. Their kids menu also offers organic chicken cutlets and meatball. Isola, 15 Grand Ave, Shelter Island, (631) 749-9036.

Vanessa Gordon is a Hamptons-based writer, tutor and fitness instructor. She received her Master of Arts degree in Education from New York University. She loves paddle boarding, antiquarian cookbooks and tea rooms. Find Vanessa on social media @EastEndTaste.