I'm new to the world of the "Kids' Menu."
Jayden is vegetarian, although even if he wasn't, I wouldn't be choosing things like hot dogs or chicken nuggets for him.
Macaroni and cheese is a common option, but every single time (even in nicer restaurants) I ask the waiter or waitress whether the macaroni and cheese is homemade, they say it's the Kraft kind from a box. REALLY? That is shocking to me. You expect me to pay anywhere from $4 to $6 dollars for you to give my child a serving of Kraft macaroni? Let's ignore for a second that I would never feed him that* and just look at the fact that it's insulting to charge people that price when it costs $1 for an entire box. And it takes zero culinary skill. Aren't they embarrassed to make it? They are chefs. Even I know how to make macaroni and cheese from scratch. It's not that hard.
Grilled cheese is another choice, but I am assuming that's just white bread and processed Kraft slices of cheese.
The other night I ended up buying him cheese quesadillas from the adult menu and paying extra to have veggies added to them. I was pleased with this decision because they came loaded with mushrooms, red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, onion and a side of guacamole. He loved it. But, even after eating a good amount of it that night, my mom having some, and him eating it again for lunch the next day, there was still half of it leftover. (I can't eat it because of the onions.) I don't understand why stuff like that can't be offered on the kids' menu in a smaller portion.
Why did restaurants decide kids will only be served junk food? They are people too. They deserve to have meals made for them using real ingredients in the kitchen.
No wonder restaurants have those kids eat free deals all the time. The parents spend money on their meals and the restaurant only gives away $1 boxes of Kraft macaroni.
*I love a good creamy box of Kraft macaroni and cheese as much as anyone, but my crappy eating habits end with me. I am not passing them along to my son.