Driving from Manhattan to Atlantic City with three boys ages 6-12.
Any "can't misses" along the way?
It's not a can't miss, but about 1/2 way down if you get hungry is Bobby's Burger Palace in Eatontown, NJ. I believe exit 105 off the Parkway. When you are in AC definitely don't miss White House Sub shop. That is a "can't miss".
White House Sub Shop
2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Bobby's Burger Palace
188 Weston Pl, Eatontown, NJ 07724
For that age, Bobby's is a waste. However, 100 yards away is Buffalo Wild Wings. It's been open about four weeks. It's at the eastern end of the Monmouth Mall, right by the theater. Take exit 105 as cmarie said.
The kid will love it. I'll be putting up a review soon, as I went for lunch last week.
I have to disagree with you cantkick. My kids are in the OP's age group and they go crazy for BBP. They love the fries, onion rings, the crunchified burgers and the milkshakes. Now with regard to BWW, I agree that its a fun place to go as long as its not during prime time on the weekends (its a small space with very little waiting room). While I wasn't too keen on the food (except for the namesake wings - try the mango habanero) the kids loved all the TV's and the various televised sporting events.
Circus Drive-In on Rt.35 in Wall, NJ (short distance off of the Garden State Parkway)
I think they would like that. You can eat in the car w/carhop service & a tray that hangs on the window, or they have seating inside if you are fussy about eating in your car.
Maybe Hoffman's IceCream in Point Pleasant [on Rt. 35 south] for dessert:
Also second the nomination of White House Sub Shop in A.C., of course :-) Make sure you see Sinatra's towel hanging up in its frame.....along with all the other Atlantic City memorabilia & kitsch. Be prepared for a bit of a wait depending on when you get there.
Have a good time !!
The kids will love the Circus Drive-In. Nice owners, good food and fast service. Lots of kids eating there all the time - Just a few miles from the parkway and easy on and off - Enjoy and Have Fun!
State Highway 35 N, Belmar, NJ 07719