Hi! My name is Simone (and that’s my Grandpa!). You can find me wandering around San Francisco at lots of new restaurants with my orange food notebook and pen. I am six years old and I like apples. I also like Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Japanese foods. I have been known to love a good burger, too! I am sharing my ideas about food because I think kids have a right to eat well, too! It is important for kids to know the names of good restaurants so that parents don’t make all of the decisions for us!
I will grade restaurants using 1 bridge through 3 bridges (as well as half bridges) to let my readers know how much this kid liked the food. I am using bridges as my symbol because I just moved to San Francisco, a city with lots of bridges, and it is my last name!
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1. Is the waiter, host, and/or chef nice to kids? Do I feel welcome and is there an activity for kids, such as crayons and paper?
2. Is there a good kids’ menu? And when I say a good kids’ menu, I mean are there choices that allow me to fully taste the chef’s food while not burning my mouth with spice? Even though I like some regular kid food, my mom says it is important that I try lots of new food, too. I am trying to build a good 6 year old foodie palette. A good kids’ menu lets me get comfortable with a new food but shouldn’t make me cry.
3. Is the food good? I think food is good if I enjoyed eating it and learned something new. My mom asks questions about whether the food was grown by farmers nearby and whether the chefs care about sustainably-produced and organic foods. Also, I adore chocolate and am very happy when I have a good dessert somewhere.
4. Is this a space where I can be a kid? I like to move around sometimes, and although I am an experienced foodie, not all places allow me to get my wiggles out without a scene.
I like the Michelin Restaurant Guide a lot but do not really understand the star system–too impersonal–and the Michelin man with his tongue out. Instead, I use a three Golden Gate Bridge scale. For example, the restaurants I review can receive a maximum of three bridges.
Three Bridges (perfect score)
Two + Half Bridges
One + Half Bridges