At Mall of America’s Twin City Grill
Nov 7:Kids’ cuisine: Broders’ Pasta Bar does right by children, tooOct 3:Kids’ Cuisine: Carbo loading at DeGidio’s just what family neededJul 5:Kids’ Cuisine restaurant review: At Bayport BBQ, meat is served by weight, and even the pickiest young diner gives the place a big thumbs upThere wouldn’t be time to make dinner at home, and I had wanted to eat at the Twin City Grill ever since a friend pointed out its interesting kids’ menu: Children 12 and younger can choose from such entrees as barbecued ribs, salmon, grilled chicken and filet mignon.It took a little persuasion to get my boys, who are more adventurous eaters than my daughter, to agree to order something besides grilled cheese or a cheeseburger, but once they were on board, we decided to go. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff)My husband and I weren’t pleased to hear there was a 20 to 25 minute wait for a table, but we were given a pager with a range of five stores in either direction. While we waited, we roamed and I replenished my face lotion. Toms Shoes Bonus!Finally, we were seated in a booth in the middle of the busy, noisy restaurant. There were plenty of shoppers with their bags and kids in strollers, so we didn’t feel out of place with our herd.Our efficient server brought a basket of warm rolls, which my starving kids devoured.My 12 year old son, until recently a painfully picky eater, shocked me by ordering the filet mignon ($9.95), the 6 year old went with the ribs ($7.95) and my 9 year old daughter predictably ordered the grilled cheese ($5.95).Kids’ meals come with a choice of steamed vegetables, fresh fruit Toms Shoes , mashed potatoes or fries. My kids chose fries (sigh), but it was nice to know I could have encouraged them to eat something healthier if I had wanted to.My husband and I were in a comfort food mood. He went with the meatloaf ($17.95), and I ordered the pot roast ($21.95).Our order arrived quickly, and to my surprise, the 12 year old ate every bite of his kid size steak. The 6 year old isn’t used to barbecue sauce on his ribs I use a dry rub at home so he ate less, but I was pleased that he tried something new. My daughter devoured her grilled cheese, but that’s not really a feat.My pot roast was tender, rich and beefy. The massive portion included carrots and other root vegetables. I also ordered a side of the calorie laden creamed corn, which was not necessary Toms Shoes , but my husband and I managed to finish it anyway. His tender, flavorful meatloaf, which included mashed potatoes and broccoli, was completely cleared by him and my youngest son.We were all so full we skipped dessert.All in all, we had a nice dinner. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff)It’s rare to find a restaurant where my husband and I can have Toms Shoes a glass of wine and enjoy our dinner and there are healthy options for the kids.My one regret is that my oldest son can eat off the kids’ menu for only a few more months. I’m worried that when he becomes a teen, he’ll start ordering adult sized and adult priced steaks. What have I started?Kids’ Cuisine is a one time take on how restaurants handle kid customers. It’s written by a rotation of Pioneer Press staffers with children the real experts for this column. Jess Fleming can be reached at 651 228 5435.TWIN CITY GRILLAddress: Mall of America, BloomingtonAmalia Jezierski takes a bite of her macaroni and cheese during her fifth birthday celebration with her parents Dec. 20 at the Twin City Grill at the Mall of America. Steve and Angela Jezierski of Savage said they’ve taken their two children to the restaurant a half dozen times.