Dear Food Service Industry,
I want to tell you, first of all, how much my family loves the service you provide. My kids are French fry-aholics and thanks to living in the south, sweet tea runs in our veins.
We spend way too much of our hard earned cash choosing between Mexican & Italian & American & Asian…between sit-down & take-out & walk-up & carry-out…between places with the all-day breakfast & places that stay open literally all day.
We love local flavor & grain-fed beef & free-range eggs & farm-raised anything.
In short (or long???), we love food.
Plain & simple.
We need to eat & we love to eat & we are so grateful for the chefs & the burger flippers & the fry droppers & the salad tossers…we love the hosts & the hostesses as well as the servers of all shapes, sizes & sexes. And the bartenders??? Well, they are just an added bonus.
Without you all, we would be, (aside from probably each being 20 pounds lighter) hungry & unhappy many times a week.
You remove from me, specifically, the burden of deciding who likes what, figuring out when everyone (or even the majority?) will be home, as well as keeping me from having to peruse Pinterest on the regular to find recipes that will be photo worthy for my friends & family to be jealous of (after all, what is social media for if not a place to show our “friends” how much better our lives are than theirs????).
But, I digress.
Here is my dilemma:
Please, someone, for the love of all food prepared in this great nation of ours, explain to me why in the burger-flippin’ world there is an age restriction at MOST of your establishments for people to order from the children’s menu????
It is, according to my observation after raising 5 children who now no longer qualify for said children’s menus, that the main, if not often the ONLY, difference between the menu for the youngsters & the menu for the adults is the AMOUNT of food actually being served.
Have any of you that actually make these decisions taken a look around the good ol’ U. S. of A. recently???
Have you not noticed that “muffin tops” no longer actually referring to the literal top of a baked goodie anymore?
Have you been unable to see our rapidly expanding waistlines as well as our much larger donations to the medical profession???
Can you not see, as you clear our plates & provide to-go boxes in all shapes & sizes that we RARELY ever even finish the amount of food provided by your establishments???
I understand that some of your meals aimed at little people come with drinks. I will remind you, however, that you are already making huge profit margins on those beverages, I feel quite sure.
I also realize that some of your establishments provide buffet meals. That’s a whole different issue and, honestly, an entirely different blog topic altogether. Consider yourselves exempt for the purposes of this piece.
Why should we be forced to order more food than we want, or even NEED, to eat???
Why is it not acceptable to CHOOSE to request a smaller portion of food for whatever reason?
Cheaper price?? Okay
Smaller portions?? Okay
Dietary restrictions requiring less food be consumed?? For the love of God, also okay.
Just REALLY want our food served in a paper car with crayons & a plastic cup?? Okay, okay & okay.
We should ALL be able to voluntarily decide to eat less food, or even just WANT nuggets & fruit as our option.
We should ALL be able to enjoy a meal out without being forced to either eat it all, throw some of it away, or carry around some sort of portable food container for the rest of the evening.
Bottom line, we should all be entitled to be kids if we choose.
Just some “food for thought” for your consideration.
Basically every person everywhere
And so there is that…