Rambling through Zeeland's placid countryside, I sometimes have a hard time resisting signs pointing towards towns such as "Koudekerke" or "Hoedekenskerke". Something about their names just make me want to follow the long, narrow, winding roads, 'til their very end. This inevitably brings you to the island's dunes, and, if you continue on foot, you reach one of its many beaches.
But we were in search of food tonight, which brought us to the "Grandcafé Paviljoen De Steiger"... quite a "grand" name for what is really a cute little fisherman's local with delicious, fresh, food, and excellent service. The "café" is right on the waterfront, and it was so laid back... the perfect setting for our two kids (Lukas and his pal, Felix - our chocolate lab). Dogs are more than welcome, even inside the restaurant, and with the servers passing out dog biscuits and refilling water bowls, the dogs will quickly beg you to come back to this sleepy little village.
It was the first time I have truly enjoyed eating out with Lukas since toddlerhood. He was so into the different food and flavors. In fact, I think it's probably safe to say that it's the first time that he's really enjoyed eating out as well. Couldn't get any better than that!