Restaurant protocol on smuggling food in for kids
July 9, 2014 9:26 AM Subscribe
Are restaurants okay with people smuggling in their own food for little kids? Do they see a difference between a zippy cup/handful of goldfish crackers and a full-on meal?
posted by JoannaC to Food & Drink (28 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was recently out with a group which included a small, picky child. The adults had some food issues and wanted to go to a sushi place so everyone could eat, but there is no way the small child would have eaten there. The grandparents wound up going to a coffee shop first, buying a grilled cheese sandwich for the child, and simply bringing it with them.
I admit, I was a little taken aback. I have seen people bring in things like goldfish crackers, cheerios etc. for babies, and even baby food jars. But this was a new one for me, and I am wondering how the people in the restaurant would have seen it. If it were up to me, I would have simply not chosen that restaurant and gone somewhere with more kid-friendly food. But when I thought about it afterward, I wondered if they really cared that much. Given that there is no chance they could have offered anything the child would have eaten, they did not lose any money. And they gained the paying meals of the five adults, who otherwise would have eaten elsewhere.
I should add that the child was well-behaved, not disruptive and stayed peacefully at the table the whole time. He picked at his contraband grilled cheese and played with some small toys which had been brought for him. Still, when the waiter cleared our table, there was the detritus of the Not Their Food kids meal. I wonder how the restaurant people typically feel about these things. Judging? Or grateful that the paying adults came?