Why This Dad is Over Eating Out

Nine months.

Dining out just isn’t the same when you have a nine month old who either needs a nap or is itching to crawl around on the floor the entire time.

Needless to say, I’m going through somewhat of an annoying time right now because I am a “good food” connoisseur. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a quiet, dinner at a classy Italian restaurant of my choice- like Carabba’s. Or even my favorite place in downtown Nashville: The Flying Saucer.

It’s dang near impossible to enjoy a nice meal out at a restaurant with my son, especially around lunch time as he is nearing his naptime. And it’s not his fault- he’s a baby. What business does he have in a restaurant where Chuck E. Cheese is nowhere to be found? The last time I was at a restaurant with him I became so frustrated that I decided I am over eating out with him until he is older.

Because either my wife or I has to let our food get cold as we walk him around the restaurant to keep him from getting upset.  After all, he truly is obsessed with crawling around and seeing different scenery.  I can’t fault him for that.  But at this point, I’d rather just eat at home.

For me, it’s simply just not worth the frustration. I recognize my lack of patience and my blood pressure’s habit of spiking when I have good food in front of me, that I am paying restaurant pricing for, but I can only sneak quick bites of it before Jack either A) gets upset or B) I do.

Fortunately, I am blessed in that my wife shares my same love of good food and drink. She is a wonderful cook whose menus cater to our health freak-conscious, kosher, Mediterranean food pyramid-themed dietary needs. So much of the time, I tell her I’d rather have her food than what we could get at a nice restaurant anyway.  And it’s true, without a doubt.

Not to mention, we have adopted the Millionaire Mindset. It’s hard to enjoy a $16 plate of pasta with chicken when you can make it yourself for less than four dollars and still have leftovers. Eventually the day will come when I can enjoy a nice meal out again. Until then, here’s to fine dining in our own kitchen.

The Mediterranean Food Pyrmid

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  1. by Patrick

    On August 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Don’t despair I am a father of 5 and my youngest at this point is almost 12 so I can relate as a matter of fact I used to have a rule with ALL my kids you “act up” and we will sit in the van until it is time to go. Hang in there it does get better but you may want to consider bringing a coloring book or (non noisy lol)toy to keep him occupied gl.

  2. by Nick Shell

    On August 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement, Patrick!

  3. by Wally

    On August 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I hear you Nick. My little guy is 15 months now, and we have a tough eating out as well. He wants to get out and run around (since he’s got the running thing down now). I usually have to take a box of food home. Since we both work, we usually eat at home, but found it’s more rewarding and saves cash. Enjoy!

  4. by Nick Shell

    On August 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Roomie, thanks for checking out The Dadabase and commenting. Man, you’re right- it truly is rewarding and saves cash just to eat at home!

  5. by sylvia

    On December 18, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Does anyone else think this is total crap?

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