The children's menu is all grown-up at least it is at one Virginia restaurant. Trummer's on Main, in Clifton, recently launched a new five-course "Petit Gourmand" menu, featuring dishes that easily transcend the usual kid-friendly chicken fingers and fries routine. We're talking about things like smoked mozzarella arancini with escabeche and pan-roasted salmon with butternut squash puree and baby turnips.

“It’s a way for both parents to be able to enjoy a tasting menu with their kid, but also for kids to be able to get involved in that and eat real food,” co-owner Victoria Trummer tells WTOP News. Priced at $38 per cute little cherub, the tyke-sized progression even includes some childish riffs on drink pairings, like a fresh pomegranate-and-lime-juice pouch, which is made to resemble an old-school Capri Sun. Ah, but the pièce de résistance? A make-your-own sundae, with toppings like hot fudge, salted caramel sauce, mini marshmallows, chocolate malt balls, Captain Crunch, Skittles and whipped cream.

WTOP interviewed one family with two youngsters who were trying the tasting for the first time and had some nice things to say about the food. Of course, these kids weren't all that young. On its web site, Trummers clearly states the Petit Gourmand menu is "for foodies 12 and under." The children quoted in the story were 12 and 14. A 4-year-old would certainly have other insights.

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