Lots of people travel to Nantucket as a family destination, so even the fanciest restaurants are used to dealing with kids. That being said, you may want to avoid some of the high-end restaurants when dining with the island's youngest visitors for the sake of your sanity and your wallet. Here are some places where you can eat with kids and still enjoy a delicious meal.

The Downyflake. The Downyflake is a legendary breakfast and lunch spot located mid-island. (It used to be right downtown before a fire destroyed its previous location.) The food is excellent, reasonably priced and families are expected and catered to. There is even a basket of communal toys by the front door. For breakfast, the specialties are the homemade donuts and the blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup. Service is friendly and tolerant.

Something Natural. Something Natural is a bakery and sandwich shop located just outside of town on Cliff Road. This is a great place to stop in the morning before heading to the beach to pick up a picnic. Don't miss the fabulous Portuguese sweet bread, a local specialty, the potato salad chock full of dill and egg and the giant chocolate chip cookies. Although option is to stop by Something Natural on your way home from the beach and eat on one of their picnic tables in their expansive garden. Kids will love running around in the shade and climbing on the old motorboat that decorates the garden. Be forewarned that the parking lot gets pretty full and the lines get long around lunchtime.

In Nantucket town, there are many casual places to eat that cater to families. On Main Street, both the Even Keel Cafe and Arno's are popular choices. The Even Keel has a pleasant patio out back, but the food and service are uneven, at best. Arno's is pretty reliable but try to avoid being seated in the dumpy upstairs room. Fog Island Cafe has a diner-like atmosphere with menu ranging from diner basics to slightly more ambitious. Service is usually friendly and swift.

For dinner, give the Brotherhood of Thieves a whirl. They don't take reservations, but you can usually get a table if you come early. If you do have to wait, take the kids to the bookstore next door. Just to snag a patio table. It's extremely pleasant. The Brotherhood has a reasonably priced kids' menu which makes it an appealing option. But the food for the grown-ups is the real draw. Great burgers and fresh local seafood are the favorites. Servers are extremely friendly and helpful.