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Summer Shack - Sunday night with kids

Pia | Feb 19, 2012 07:50 PM

I had heard Summer Shack has a family night on Sundays, with a balloon animal guy and a free make-your-own sundae bar for kids. With our 1-year old and picky 5-year old in tow, we got there right at 5 p.m. and the place was nearly full.

We had a great time. What I liked about it:
- Kids' menu had lots of inexpensive choices, and there are also plenty of kid-friendly items on the regular menu
- Adult menu also has inexpensive choices, including sandwiches that are around $12, in addition to the entrees that are more like $20-30
- Room to wander around a little -- a lot of little kids were looking at the lobster tank, and the waiting area was large enough that I could walk around with the baby without getting in the way of the waitstaff
- Food came out quickly
- Balloon animals and sundaes, how can you go wrong?

The food wasn't amazing. My husband said his scallops were a little overdone, my Cobb salad was full of cabbage where you would expect lettuce, and the cinnamon bread pudding was so eggy and custardy that the taste and texture were closer to rice pudding. We liked everything okay, but we wouldn't rush back there by ourselves. But with the kids? We will definitely be back. There aren't too many places around that can accommodate energetic young children and have food that we like too. And we'll be back right at 5 again, because by the time we left at 6:20, the waiting area was full and more families were coming in.

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