Kid-friendly restaurant menus

March 4, 2008 6:21:19 PM PST
We've heard that if you teach kids at an early age to enjoy great food, you'll "hook them" for life. Our own Nick Smith checked out some kid friendly ideas with Chef Michael Dunn of Yankee Pier in Lafayette.

Macaroni and Cheese
Chef/Partner Michael Dunn
Yankee Pier Lafayette

2 ounces butter
2 ounces flour
2 cups Milk
8 ounces Cheddar cheese
1 pound Pasta shells (cooked)
2 ounces Fresh Grated Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a saucepan at medium low heat
  • Add flour to butter and mix, creating a roux
  • Add milk, a little at a time, to the flour mixture until creamy
  • Add the Cheddar cheese
  • Add in the cooked pasta and combine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pour mixture into individual baking dishes, cover with Fresh Parmesan and bake under broiler until lightly browned.

    Web info:

    Apple-Oat Bran Muffins:

    Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, has it's eye on kids and offers Chef Michael Dunn's ocean-fresh seafood "fresh from coast to coast".

    Yankee Pier:
    Local seafood, sourced in accord with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, which promotes sustainable practices that are healthy for ocean wildlife and the environment, is presented with a nod toward New England. Live Maine lobsters, fresh-shucked oysters, an array of grilled fresh fish, and beer-battered full belly clams are some of the offerings, along with local produce, house-made desserts, a selection of all-American wines and a full bar.