The D Moms Primer for Eating Out with Kids



Kids. You love ’em, but they’re a buttload of work. And taking them out to eat can be kind of tricky, if you don’t know what you’re doing.

D Moms editor Joslyn Taylor came up with this fun little guide to help parents navigate the world of fine dining WITH children in tow. There’s plenty of insider-y info in the fall/winter issue of D Moms from Itty Bitty Foodies author, Cheryl Ng; FT33’s Iris McCallister; and the bearded Graham Dodds.

Call off that babysitter you scheduled for this weekend. With this primer, you’ll have all the tips you need to make children and fine dining work.  Click on over.


  • cb_foodie

    May I add:

    Practice at home first, then take a test trip to a more casual place like Taco Diner, TGIFs or Olive Garden. Make sure the kids understand that they need to stay seated at the table, and practice this principle.

  • elenaran

    The note about not ordering off the kids menu is good in theory, but keep in mind, a 2-year-old is only going to eat a small fraction of what an adult eats (depending on mood/growth-spurt/etc), so you’re wasting a lot of money on uneaten food that way. Yes, you can get a doggie bag, but that’s not always an option.

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  • Michael Merriman

    Not ordering off the kids’ menu? Are you joking? Bad call. Kids’ menus can be the difference between a good experience and a bad one. Many times a restaurant will not have a kids’ menu, but they will make kidish food, no problem. Either way, Little Johnnie ain’t eatin’ no Monk Fish pâté ’till college days.