Raising a Cultured Kid: Exciting Eateries for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Mexican

We've found Mexican eateries to be particularly successful with the three-feet-and-under crowd. They usually have colorful decor and tend to be very family friendly. And did anyone say chips? Some sure bets on the menu: tacos, quesadillas and fajitas '- all of which can be eaten with one's hands. (Yay!) Finish off with a flan. According to Casa Antigua in Los Angeles, kids loving this pudding-type dessert, not just because of the creamy caramel taste, but also because it's slippery and just jumps right off the spoon.

 

Kid-friendly, not "kiddie"

Just in time for your family's dining expeditions, a wave of new family restaurants is washing across cities from coast to coast. These eateries admittedly are not as kiddie-centric as their crayons-on-the-tables counterparts, but they still serve up enough ambience and edible food to satiate both parent and child alike. In fact, kiddie menus have gotten so upscale that adults will want to pick off of them. Skeptical? Consider the kids' menu at San Diego's El Bizcocho restaurant. Their haute variation on the chips theme has the pre-kindergarten set gorging on their popular Cheesy Chips '- Parmesan potato chips with white truffle oil.

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