If you want to stay nutritious even when going out with your kids, here are four restaurants that will keep your kids eating healthy. This reporter went to Evanston restaurants looking for healthy kid menus.
When you stop in at Noodles & Company on Church Street, they don’t have a special kids menu, but your kids can order a small bowl from their regular menu. Some kids’ favorites are chicken noodle soup and Caesar salad. Kids also like their parmesan breaded organic chicken which is grilled, not fried. If your kids are big eaters, like this reporter, one of the best choices would be a trio. A trio comes with a small bowl, a protein and either soup or salad. You can even ask for a list to see how many calories, fat and sodium your kid’s meal has. The assistant manager, Regina Torres-Viso said, “Other than serving healthy foods, we are working to become a green restaurant.”
Royin on Central Street is another good and healthy place to stop in. According to the owner, Suwat Suwanratanabus, they have been open five years. He said, “I know what kids like to eat because of my son.” Their kids’ menu has four meals priced under $5. Mr. Suwanratanabus said the healthiest one is Combo #3. It is grilled salmon teriyaki, brown rice, vegetables, miso soup and 2 percent milk. The most popular combo is #1, which is Chicken Katsu, steamed rice, vegetables, miso soup and 2 percent milk. They also have a sushi combo for kids.
Kids will also really enjoy FlatTop Grill on Church Street. They have a kids’ menu with healthy choices like Fruity Fried Rice and Wok-N-Roll Mu Shu. Kids can also choose their own veggies, meats and sauces to be cooked up into a stir fry. Some of the choices are white or brown rice, seitan, celery, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, bok choy, tempeh, edamame, calamari, whitefish, chicken or beef. When you are waiting for your food, your kids can color and do games on the kids’ menu.
At Trattoria Demi on Sherman Avenue, this reporter met the very nice manager named Lori Ryan. In our conversation she said, “Everything is made fresh and to order. It is really like a homemade meal.” All meals are prepared from scratch. For example, if you order the baby shells with your choice of sauce, they make it right then. The sauce choices are marinara, made from fresh tomatoes, garlic and other ingredients, bescimella, butter or plain. All their bread is also baked fresh right there. Fresh vegetables like broccolini or asparagus can be ordered too. The best day to go to Trattoria Demi with kids is Sunday, because kids eat free with each adult entrée.
If you want to check out a few more suggestions from this reporter he will tell you a couple more places with healthy kids’ menu choices. You can try Bonsai on Central Street, Bravo on Church Street and lunch at Great Harvest on Central Street.
I hope you liked my recommendations. Happy healthy eating!
This is the fourth in a series of articles by second-graders at Kingsley School. The
RoundTable prints them as they are received.