Bloggint NYT: The Dreaded 'Children's Menu'

Chicken strips, french fries, burgers, and grilled cheese. In yesterday's New York Times, a great article about the children's menu at restaurants. Are children really so hard to feed that we have to resort to processed and fried foods to pacify them in restaurants? More to the point, as author David Kamp points out, in an age where we more easily have quality and variety in our food choices, why are our children being offered junk food at good restaurants?

What do you think? Is the children's menu a lifesaver or a hassle? Is it better to let kids eat what they want to eat, or to work at developing their food palate? And are those two ideas mutually exclusive?