The Columbus Dispatch wrote Childish chow grows up
More restaurants chucking fattening juvenile fare for more healthful choices
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
By Kevin Joy
Traditionally, the children’s menu has rarely held a choice of nutritious foods — or variety. But that is slowly changing.
A few chains — Applebee’s, Chili’s, Red Lobster, Ted’s Montana Grill — have added more-healthful options in entrees and side dishes for the young. As concerns about diet and childhood obesity grow, parents are demanding it.
Dave Scarpetti faces similar compromises with his daughter, Frankie.
“I don’t worry about a healthy choice, but I would like her to experience something a little bit better, a little more interesting.”
At Latitude 41 in the Columbus Renaissance hotel, chef Tony Miller developed a health-conscious “fun menu” for the opening of the Downtown restaurant last year.