kenshannon3 writes in The You Plate Special:
Is there a restaurant out there with a decent children's menu? My daughter, who is 9, has gone far beyond grilled cheese and corn dog bites (she would actually prefer sushi or grilled salmon). I am sure other children would also like to explore more interesting foods as well, but the portions on the adult menu are too large, not to mention the larger price. Most restaurants are reluctant best, to allow half orders, and charge for shared plates. Are there any places out there with a menu for a kid with an adventurous palate?
Sushi is served in one and two pieces. We can argue the price later. If the very good kids menu at The Rosewood Cafe doesn't appeal to your daughter (the baguette and cheese and fruit for 3 bucks sounds good to this 42-year-old), maybe she should go more upscale, without necessarily spending a lot more money.
Maybe your daughter will like Stadium Bistro's marlin tacos, duck wings, smoked oysters with Triscuits and cheese, lobster shooter. Most are $2-$5. Maybe the kid'll like Pacific Grill's meat candy ($6) and salami sandwiches with goat cheese, arugula and shaved reggiano ($9). They're on the bar menus at both restaurants, but your kid can ask for them anywhere you sit. For dessert, check out the kid-sized dessert portions for everyone at C.I. Shenanigans. They're $2.50 each, and just right for small mouths and appetites.
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As for not being able to split a plate without a surcharge: What's wrong with leftovers?
Breeders: Where do you take kids with adventurous palates?
Restaurant folks: What can you do for kids with adventurous palates?
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