Taco Bell Gets Rid of Kids Meals -- Here's Our Top 10 Kids Meals to Get Elsewhere

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Taco Bell is nixing the kids menu to focus on millennials.
Apparently children are not fans of Taco Bell's kids menu items, because the fast-food chain announced it will be saying sayonara to its smaller portions of cheese and chicken quesadillas and bean burritos come January 2014.

Taco Bell is the first major fast food chain to remove kids meal options from its menu. The reason? The franchise has made practically nothing off kids meals and now wants to shift its focus to millenials. Taco Bell is known for being a place for late-night munchies, after all.

But in the wake of this removal of kids meal options, we have put together a top ten list of the best kids meals at fast-food restaurants. If I were still ten years old or younger, I would totally order one of these meals.

10. KFC

Growing up, I always loved getting fried chicken at KFC. Staying true to my Southern roots, my favorite meal as a kid was (and still is today) a plate of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with white gravy, corn (on or off the cob), green beans, a roll and iced tea. The kids menu has changed since I was six years old, but the offerings are still quite tasty. Each child can order a Lil' Bucket filled with his or her choice of chicken, a side item, drink and applesauce. What kid doesn't want a personal bucket of food? It's fun and delicious.

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If the meal doesn't make kids have a good time, the crown will.
9. Whataburger

As a kid I always called Whataburger "water burger" and had a certain amount of apprehension about eating what I thought was a burger made of water. After learning how to correctly say the name, I ordered a Justaburger and fell in love. The buttery (or greasy) bun with mustard and pickles (or added cheese) on a thin burger patty may seem simple to some, but to a kid, it is überly scrumptious. Fries were the only sides I had with Justaburgers or the Whatachick'n strips, but today you can give your kids something a lot healthier with choices of apple slices, fruit chews and milk.

8. Burger King

Um, you get a crown with any kids meal. How cool is that? Letting kids play while they eat their meals makes Burger King that much better. Whether kids get a burger or chicken nuggets ‑- with apple slices and milk, of course ‑- they can pretend to be royalty for the rest of the day.

7. James Coney Island

Parents and kids win at James Coney Island, especially if the kid is ten years old or younger because he or she eats free on Wednesdays. For some reason, I absolutely loved James Coney Island's corn dogs as a kid. In fact, I loved corn dogs, period. Make any kids meal a combo with french fries, tater tots or the healthiest choice of apple slices, a drink and a free frozen treat. Free ice cream? Yes, please.

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panda express has a great kids meal too! 

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Yeesh, how old are you?  Boston Market didn't even open until 1986 and unless you were living up north it didn't even get to Houston until the mid 90's.

MadMac topcommenter

Fun stuff. I still get the Just-a-Burger or Whopper Junior, primarily b/c it's the only way to get a reasonably priced meal and avoid the 55-gallon vat o' soda.


I've started branching out from the fast food kid's meal to restaurant kid's meals during my lunch hour.  CPK has a nice kid menu.  For about $5.50 you can get a pasta dish or a pizza and a drink.  At PF Chang's, some lo mein or fried rice for about $5 also with a drink.  Yia Yia Mary's has some corn dogs or a chicken gyro and fries for $5.  Cheap and a nice amount of food.  


@FattyFatBastard Hasnt anyone told you yet that The Press is for and by the kids? If you want to see a bunch of Olds wiriting and commenting, head on over to chron.com

Bruce_Are topcommenter


Dude, the mid 90s was 20 years ago. So Molly is probably in her mid 20s. Well above the legal limit, if that's what you're concerned about.

gossamersixteen topcommenter

@AwesomeMargie Good suggestions but CPK is garbage, sadly their frozen pizzas at the grocery store are better. Can't believe people actually like that nastiness (salads aside).

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@Nate Looks like the Pokemon generation has got another internet badass.  Time for teletubby bye bye.


@FattyFatBastard Haha.  That's rich.  Pot meet kettle, son.  I am 38, how old are you?

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