Our family enjoys experiencing a variety of cultures, flavor and variety when we go out to eat. This includes our six year old son. However every children's menu is the same, filled with chicken nuggets, french fries, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, buttered noodles and grilled cheese. They often do not even give the child a choice to experience the variety that is the restaurants specialty. And if the child asks for a child size portion of the adult meal the restaurant often refuses. This leads to either the parent sharing their meal ,ordering a much too large portion for a small child. or forcing them to eat kid food while the adults enjoy variety. We recently had this experience at two restaurants.
First was Grilled Cheese and Company. This restaurant is known for spicing up the boring grilled cheese sandwich. My son was SO excited when he read the words MEATBALL grilled cheese on the menu. He then attempted to order a half sandwich just like the only option on the kids menu. He was quickly denied and we were forced to order him an adult portion.
We had a similar experience yesterday when we went out as a family for our eighth wedding anniversary. My children are generally well behaved in restaurants. We are new to this town and do not have a babysitter, which means if we want to enjoy a good meal we take them with us to try a new adventure. It was our anniversary and we decided it would be fun to try Peruvian food at Pisco a Peruvian Cuisine and Ceviche restaurant. Guess what wasn't on the kids menu? That is correct there wasn't ANY Peruvian food on the kids menu for him to try! Not even a side of fried plantains. He was REALLY excited to see the word " Salchipapa" and asked what it was, thinking he may get to try a new food. Then he was sadden by hearing that "Salchipapa" was just a fried hot dog over some french fries.
He ordered the 1/8 chicken meal while stealing some of my husbands rice and fried plantains.
Am I the only one that is disturbed by the lack of variety on children's menus? Forced to pay for adult sized meals to please a pint size foodie? And loosing half their delicious food when out with children? Refusing to cultivate picky? Think about how often kids go out to eat because of busy schedules making it just easier to grab something fast or run to a restaurant. This has to be leading to a generation of children that survive on nuggets and grilled cheese! So PLEASE restaurants give our kids a variety of fun food in kid size portions! Because when they are adults you may just being serving nuggets and french fries to all your adult patrons!