Why do kids’ menus often consist of plain cheese or pepperoni pizza, French fries, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, or spaghetti with red sauce? Do we assume that kids like to eat this kind of processed, “fast” food? Let’s spice up the kids’ menu and offer some healthy, honest food! At Daily Dose, I ordered “The Farmer” ($11) sandwich, which has roasted squash, heirloom potatoes, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, house veggie patty, buratta, pesto & ancho chili jam on olive bread.
While this sophisticated stack of vegetarian delight was for Mommy, what did MJ get? The menu here was a bit fancy for a toddler; however, MJ can still support family farmers and eat healthy. You just gotta ask! The owner Sarkis was kind enough to accommodate a child’s palate while still keeping the food fresh and healthy. MJ had a children’s “Jive Turkey” with Fra’mani turkey—a company that sources from small family farms that use only sustainable sources and safe and natural methods of raising animals—and a hint of ancho chili jam on warm olive bread.
Lesson of the Day: Expose your children to healthy, gourmet food, so they get accustomed to other options aside from the regular kids’ menus. They might like it after a few tries!
Grade: B for value (sandwiches are reasonably priced given the hearty portion, but a side salad would be a nice accompaniment). A for food (great selection of unique sandwiches. They also have daily specials, such as the juicy and tender pork belly sandwich). A for ambiance (Daily Dose is truly a hidden gem in an alleyway in Arts District. You feel like you discovered a secret garden with urban geodes fashionably stuffed in the cracks of the brick walls.
Budget-friendly for teachers: When compared to the usual Subway sandwiches for lunch, no.
Kid-friendly for mommies: Unless you ask, there aren’t many simple, kid-friendly sandwiches. However, this can be a great opportunity to expose your children to new gourmet sandwiches and leave the bologna and white Wonder bread at home. The alleyway is also a great outdoor space for little walkers.