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Kiddie Eats: Let's Take Away Children's Menus

Imagine a family dinner at a local restaurant where everyone orders off of the regular menu and is willing to try something new without bribery. For most mamas, the scenario sounds like a fantasy, but a New York City restaurateur says it can be achieved — if more dining establishments are willing to throw out their children's menus.

Nicola Marzovilla, owner of the chic iTrulli restaurant in the Big Apple, discounts children's meals on Sundays, but won't give in to parents who ask for typical lil one's fare. According to Marzovilla, "It’s about nutrition, it’s about family; you go right down the line. And the children’s menu is about the opposite — it’s about making it quick, making it easy, and moving on." Sixty-four percent of LilSugar readers said they prefer going to restaurants that offer a children's menu – some for cost reasons and others to avoid a fight at the table. How would your tots fare without the kiddie menu?

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Niami Niami 7 years
They just need to make children's menus with healthy options in child-sized portions. We don't eat out much due to my celiac disease anyway, so when we do I will just share what I eat with my son.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I am very well capable of focusing on all of those things! Obviously it's not going to hurt them to eat junk ever once in awhile, but they really don't benefit from it either...
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Whatever, it's just a kids' menu. If the restaurant offers healthy choices on their kids' menu, I let my daughter order from it. If not, she splits my meal.
techkim techkim 7 years
I never order from the kids menu its just processed meat. I can order of the main menu something will be better for them and spilt it (for now since the boys are young) and it works out much better.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Last Sunday when out to lunch with my younger cousins they order crab and salmon (as usual). Both from the adult menu. They have both grown up doing this and stopped ordering off the kids menu years ago (are 7 and 10). However, their meals were $16 and $21, also as usual! A few weeks ago I took them out for hibachi, where they wanted fish and for just the three of us it was sooo much (mine was the cheapest!). So I love this idea of kids, since their parents started young this is second nature to them, but something has to be done about the price!!
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
Totally agree with getting rid of them. They're usually nothing but junk! I often split my meal with my son; sometimes ordering an extra salad or soup to supplement.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I was going to say the same thing - getting rid of a childrens menu is ridiculous in regards to portion size and price. I don't need to pay 20 bucks for a gigantic plate for my 2 year old. I would, however, like to see childrens menus with more variety and healthier options. This will never happen though - too many people like 94 fat gram chicken strips themselves to put up with this on a grand scale.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Yes! Do it! I know some kids would like french fries each day, but I will not cater to that! How about just serving up smaller portions for a reduced prize? Ikea does that here. Half a portion for half the prize. Most of the times even I have problems finishing my plate in restaurants...
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