That’s what Nicole Marzovilla, owner of I Trulli restaurant in Gramercy Park (NYC) thinks, according to the New York Times article Looking Past the Children’s Menu.
Many parents only take their kids to restaurants that have children’s menus, staples of which include macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. As a kid I was a very picky eater and mac & cheese and chicken fingers were definitely two things I loved (and still love!), so I understand the desire of parents to want the assurance of knowing that their children will have what to eat when out at a restaurant. That said, do we really need to limit the options for kids? What would happen if parents had no choice and had to order their kids something from a regular “adult” menu? (Notice that there is no such thing as an “adult” menu at restaurants — at least none I have been to.) Perhaps fewer kids would be “picky” eaters if parents introduced them to more than what have become kid basics.
What do you think about children’s menus? Do you or would you order off of them for your kids?