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Secret kids menus

Faraway11 | May 24, 201412:51 PM     37

I have the privilege of living in Asheville, NC, a city that is heavy on good food and is also super kid friendly...handy as I have a two year old daughter who is almost always with me when dining out.
My husband and I are both pretty adventurous eaters and will try anything at least once. As a result, we often want to go to new places. Being that my girl is only 2, and picky like toddlers are inclined to be, I always look online at menus before deciding where we're going to eat.
Mysteriously, I've noticed a trend about kids menus...generally, most restaurants have them...and more often than not, they are completely unmentioned until you arrive, with your kid in tow.
I don't get it. I just don't. Anyone who has a young kid is going to be curious as to what they might offer for a small fry. It's worth mentioning, my daughter is not too bad about trying new stuff, this is not a rant about wanting chicken strips available everywhere we go. I'm looking for small, reasonably priced kid sized portions. I could order her the fancy chicken, sure. But she's two, and if she doesn't feel like having her $18 entree, well, it sucks.
I guess what I'm wondering is: if you have a kids menu, why wouldn't you mention it on your website? Is it a deterrent to try and keep people with kids away? I've found that one of the best ways to go to a decent restaurant with a little impatient child is to have a game plan before arriving. When you go to the trouble of searching for menus beforehand and can't find anything that seems like it will work for your family, it makes you question whether you should go at all. Is it just here that this happens? Why wouldn't a restaurant want to advertise their kids menu?

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