Apr 5th, 2006
I'm getting a lot of hits from people looking for solutions to the fact that their kids won't eat, or for recipes that picky kids might enjoy. I feel bad, because while I feel their pain, I don't have any answers. My kids won't eat either! And it's probably pretty obvious to those who read this blog that in many ways I've given up. I've resigned myself to cooking food that they won't eat and either providing something plain as well that they will eat, or letting it be a cheese and crackers night for them.
But maybe there are good solutions out there. Even broadening their repertoire by one relatively healthy dish is a victory. So I'm thinking about adding some kind of forum or tips and tricks area on this site for parents of picky eaters. I'm not quite sure how that will take shape though, so if anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears. The blog itself will stay the same - I don't want to turn things into all kids all the time.
While I am talking about the kids though I should share another child/food related victory. Going out to eat with small children can be, well, less than fun. And just as Jay got old enough to behave himself relatively well in a public place we went ahead and had another one. So maybe you'll understand my excitement when I tell you that we all went out to brunch twice in the last two weeks. And no-one had to yell or get sent to the car. So, first in an ongoing (please Lord let it be ongoing) series - here are two good places to go to brunch in Seattle if you've got little ones. Quickly, our criteria would be that there is a counter that we can sit at without waiting around for a booth, and that they've got good traditional breakfast food that doesn't leave you groaning. Oh, and they must have bacon. Ian loves his bacon.
Geraldine's Counter: Located in Columbia City this is an updated diner with really good food. I can particularly recommend the Avocado & Pepperjack Omelet. It's a fairly new restaurant so it can get pretty slammed but their service is really fast. We were there between 11:30 and 12:30 on a Saturday and they really moved people through. So maybe don't be daunted if there's a line, it seems to move quickly. The counter is nice and they give the kids little packs of crayons that they can keep.
Luna Park Cafe: Located basically under the West Seattle bridge, this is a quirky place with a vintage Batmobile that kids like to sit in. If you sit at the counter the kids can transition between the bat car and their stool without driving people nuts. I'd go for the straightforward menu items here - pancakes, eggs and bacon, etc. I got the spinach and feta egg/potato pile and it was way too feta-ey. But everyone else faired much better.