Check, Please -- Restaurant Survival

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If possible, make a reservation at whatever restaurant you choose to eliminate restlessness right off the bat. Allow the kids to pack a small tote with games, arts and crafts and books that they can entertain themselves with at the table. You might put a few small baggies of snacks in your purse to accommodate while waiting for food. Many kids will act up if they're hungry. Asking the waiter for bread, or ordering the child's food right when you sit down can counteract the munchies. And if things go south, then it's always a good idea to ask for doggie bags right when you get your food, in case you need to make a quick getaway. On that note, carrying enough cash to cover the meal and tip can help in scenarios like that. There's nothing worse than waiting and waiting for the server to ring up your check while your child throws a tantrum.