As much as we love going to restaurants for decadent meals, there’s a certain section of the menu that’s hard to ignore. That’s right—the kids’ menu. Sure, some adults won’t even look twice at it, but then countless others would order from it if they weren’t worried about the awkward stares they would get from strangers. So what is it about food items from the kids’ menu that adults love so much?
The food that we serve kids has a certain simplicity to it that’s hard to resist. Oftentimes, it comes in the form of finger food, such as chicken nuggets, fish sticks, or grilled cheese. But it’s not just practicality that allows these dishes to shine. Consider a dish like mac n’ cheese. It’s about as simple as it comes from a flavor perspective—and yet it’s that simple, cheesy goodness that makes it so brilliant.
The Nostalgia Factor
Aside from the taste and the simplicity, there’s the nostalgia aspect of it all. Eating kids’ menu items, in many ways, reminds us of a time when we used to be kids. It reminds us of a time when there were no bills, no jobs, and no responsibilities. Just tasty treats served to us on a silver platter. And hey, who doesn’t want a little dose of that lifestyle now and then?