Kids Menus For Fast Food That’s Not Burgers or Nuggets

Do you have a child that will only order from kids menus? Research shows that you are not alone. According to a parents.com survey, there’s a 50-50 chance your child is a picky eater. Chefs know that kids don’t have the same flavor preferences as adults. For example, you might love the basil in a margherita pizza, but often times the kids’ pizza is topped only with a simple tomato sauce and cheese.

With many restaurants, the kids menus basically consist of mac and cheese, burgers, pizza, and chicken fingers. Fast food restaurants have an even more limited selection . There, choices are often limited to either burgers or some variation of chicken nuggets.

So, what do you do when you’re on the road, and the kids are tired of burgers, pizza, and chicken nuggets? Or maybe you’re tired of having them eat the same things. We discuss some appealing alternatives here.

If you would like a comprehensive list of child-friendly restaurants closest to you, create a guide, then select “Kids”. Your list will include these and other restaurants featuring kids menus.

Panera Bread

At Panera, kids can order a half salad, sandwich, or cup of soup from the regular menu. Or, they can order from Panera’s extensive kids menu. There are nine kinds of soups and a choice of three salads.

The Kids Broccoli Cheddar Soup is served daily, has 230 calories, and is simmered with chopped broccoli, shredded carrots and select seasonings in a velvety smooth cheese sauce.

Panera Kids Menu Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Panera Kids Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The Kids Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup is served weekends, Tuesday, and Thursday. It has 180 calories, is simmered in chicken broth with long grain and wild rice, celery, onions, carrots and diced chicken.

Panera Kids Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Panera Kids Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Also on the menu are sandwiches like turkey, ham, and grilled cheese as well as kids’ comfort foods like mac and cheese and peanut butter and jelly.

The menu items come with the Panera’s Kids Meal Promise, rolled out in August of 2016, which includes a promise of no artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners or colors from artificial sources and offering options like organic yogurt, sprouted grain rolls, and apples as sides.

Boston Market

Making delicious home-cooked meals for people who don’t have the time to cook, Boston Market specializes in juicy rotisserie chicken and home style, classic favorites.

Just about everything on the menu at Boston Market is kids friendly. For main dishes, there are farm-fresh, never frozen rotisserie chicken and slow-cooked St. Louis style BBQ ribs, as well as home-style meatloaf and rotisserie turkey. The side dish menu is also extensive, with 15 items, including many healthy choices like sweet corn, steam vegetables, and green beans.

Boston Market Half Chicken
Boston Market Half Chicken

The decadent dessert menu includes two pies, two cakes, chocolate chunk cookies, and brownies.

Boston Market Chocolate Cake
Boston Market Chocolate Cake

Chipotle

Chipotle prides itself on serving food made only with non-GMO ingredients. It uses classic cooking techniques to prepare food without added colors, flavors or preservatives, with ingredients sourced from farms.

At Chipotle, kids can either order cheese quesadilla or build their own taco – a great way to get them excited about their meal. The meals come with a fruit or chips. The bonus? The milk and juices are organic.

Chipotle Kids Meal
Chipotle Kids Meal

It may be hard for kids to healthy at fast food restaurants, but with a little bit of research, it’s certainly possible. Do you have ideas on how kids can eat healthy at fast food or fast casual restaurants? Share your ideas with our readers in the comments below.