Before having Little Pea, my husband and I always vowed that we’d never order her food off the kids menu for her. But the reality is, sometimes the kids menu is nice—we don’t want to order an entire adult portion for her, but sometimes we want to order things at restaurants that we can’t share (oh, red wine reductions, how I miss you!).
Here’s the other reality about kids menus: there’s really not much for vegetarian kids and most of it involves lots of cheese, no veggies. Cheese pizza, mac & cheese, cheese quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches. These are often served with fries on the side, nothing green (or any other color, for that matter) in sight. It bums me out that this is what restaurants think kids should be served and I think this kind of turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy—we feed our kids this stuff, then that’s what they get used to eating and what they ask for, then we believe they’ll only eat cheesy cheese with more cheese and don’t bother ordering or making anything else.