Who remembers going to Mr. Steak and not eating steak?
Probably any kid dining out with their parents chose something off the children's menu instead. At least, Ron and Linda Shirk's three daughters did when they were growing up in Edina in the 1970s and 1980s. Then, they brought home the menus and played restaurant at home with their neighborhood friends.
The Shirks donated the menus, saved for more than three decades, when we created the "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit last year.
The menus reflect their time. The Steak and Ale art looks like the popular arcade game Pac-Man, and all the girls in the artwork seem to be wearing skirts or dresses.
Even the food has changed. While hamburgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are staples on these menus, none featured the ubiquitous chicken tenders of today (although Mr. Steak offered fried chicken and Byerly's had a chicken drumstick.)
And of course, kids' menu prices -- while still the cheaper option on today's menus -- have risen a bit from the $1.09 hot dog meal or the $1.89 spaghetti and meat sauce.Cindy Nein Twistol noted onour Facbook page that children's menu items "were the free employee meals when I worked at the Lyndale (Mr. Steak) for 5 years, too. Yum - makes me hungry."
What about you? What were your favorite children's menu foods? Where did your family go out to eat when you were growing up? Comment here or email me.
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