On my friendly, neighborhood Chowhound site, someone asked for a recommendation for a family get together -- an 8-month-old, the 'rents, and the grandfather. We all rallied to find something that would suit them, but I got to thinking -- How young is too young to take to a restaurant?
Should this family have baby-sat the kid, and enjoyed themselves as adults? Should they have taken the 8-month-old out, and lowered everyone's expectations?
I believe in teaching your kids to eat out by taking them out, avoiding chains and fast food, to family friendly restaurants, but not until they're old enough to understand the lessons you're trying to teach them. Is 8-months-old too young?