There are plenty of things to think about when you're looking for restaurants. If you have children, one of the most important things is finding a restaurant that offers a kid's menu, and here are just five reasons why.
1. Simpler Dishes
As a general rule, children are less partial to eating new foods than the more mature diner. Getting them to try something new can be tough, so it helps to keep the meals they eat at restaurants relatively simple. A kid's menu should provide plenty of delicious yet simple dishes that appeal to younger patrons.
2. Lower Prices
Eating out at a restaurant is more expensive than cooking your own meals, but it's worth the price to try something new and have all the cooking done for you. That said, you'll still want to cut down on your costs, especially if you're at the head of a growing family. Kid's menus can help you do so because meals will generally cost significantly less than those from the main menu. You'll often find kid's menu meal deals, such as reduced prices for a starter/main/dessert combo.
3. Manageable Meals
Kid's menu meals are less expensive because they don't have to be as large. If you give a child a meal that's sized for a full-grown adult, they may either be put off eating it or try eating too much and get sick. In any case, there will probably be quite a lot left over, and it's never nice to waste food. Kid's menus provide kid-sized dishes, so every meal will be more manageable.
4. Appealing Designs
Even if meals are relatively simple, fussier children will often be unwilling to eat something they aren't used to. That's one reason why kid's menus employ colourful graphics, whimsical meal names and fun puzzles or jokes. It's all part of making the restaurant and food seem more fun for children, which will make a child far more willing to chow down.
5. Child-Friendly Atmosphere
Finally, keep in mind that a restaurant with a kid's menu is going to have a child-friendly atmosphere. There's nothing worse than turning up at a restaurant with younger children to find that everyone else there is an adult. It's far better to find somewhere that encourages children to attend — you won't have to worry about disrupting other people's meals, and there will often be a special kid's play area.