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Yes…but for the better. When traveling alone I tend to drive like I am trying to win an endurance race…stopping for gas/bathroom/food all in one stop. This usually means eating what is there…often chain store food or a bag of chips.
When traveling with my kids (4 and 6), who are strapped so snugly into their safety seats (how did we all survive without those?), I need to stop more often. On longer trips I try to plan stops ahead so we have a target…and usually make those targets roadfood places. They seem to enjoy some of the older places, the colorful places, and the different foods. If time permits, we’ll look up places on the computer and talk about what we’ll have when we get there. They have surprised me by giving lots of new things a chance. We make it seem like an adventure, and they enjoy the excitement of those new adventures. They have waited on long lines outside Flo’s in Maine, enjoyed Lobster rolls at red’s eats, marveled at the sites in Louis Lunch, had BBQ in the backwoods of Florida (you haven’t seen a mess until you see a 3 year old tackle well sauced ribs…yikes), and countless others. My daughter always asks why we can’t get that "skinny pizza", which is how she described New Haven pizza, when at home.
The chain places are easier, and many seem to prefer the path of least resistance, but I think kids are always up for some excitement, and if it is presented right, they’ll be as excited about roadfood as anyone.