Hot Tips: The Kids' Menu Grows Up
Published: June 2009
Hey, squirt, how about some mac and mascarpone?It's on the kids' menu (yes, the kids' menu) at the Bacara Resort's Bistro (8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, Calif.; 805/571-4217 ), along with heirloom-tomato soup and petit filet of beef with pommes frites ($15 for appetizer and entrée). The Bistro isn't the only place that's catering to healthier, more sophisticated young tastes. On Carnival Cruise Lines (800/ 227-6482; www.carnival.com ), children can opt for grilled salmon or the 35-item salad bar. And at O'Naturals (www.onaturals.com for locations ), a new organic-foods restaurant chain from the CEO of Stonyfield Farm, grilled-cheese sandwiches are made on flatbread; the potatoes are roasted, not fried; and the turkey dog is wrapped in a tortilla. Beverages are also getting an upgrade. At Bin 36 Lincolnshire (275 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire, Ill.; 847/808-9463 ), kids can order flights of milk (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and plain) or juice (apple, orange, cranberry, and pineapple) for $3.50—and glasses come on paper place mats with space for tasting notes.