Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Dining Out With Youngsters
By Jay Lloyd
HERSHEY, Pa. (CBS) — Traveling with children can mean compromises at lunch and dinner, but it doesn’t have to.
On a recent visit to Hershey, Pa. (see related story), virtually every table but ours at a restaurant in nearby Harrisburg was occupied by parents and their offspring. It was close by Hershey, after all, a magnet for young fantasies.
But this was an Irish pub! Then it dawned on me: with colorful food names (think “bangers and mash”) and a casual environment, an Irish pub is the perfect on-the-road spot for families.
At O’Reilly’s Tap Room and Kitchen, chef Eric Dively (below) takes it a step further.
“I’m doing a Fruit Loop crème brûlée,” Dively disclosed recently. “I’m taking Fruit Loops and soaking them in heavy cream, and I’m making a fabulous kid adult-style dessert.”
That should get their attention.
But the names of dishes can also entice. How about shepherd’s pie?
But sometimes that doesn’t quite work. Taking our daughter’s friend to a German restaurant, she reluctantly ordered an unfamiliar chicken schnitzel. After one taste she blurted out, “Why didn’t you tell me it was a giant chicken finger?!”