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Restaurants get menu inspiration from child’s play

Nursery rhymes and childhood treats are at the heart of these trending dishes

Battle-hardened restaurateurs have long contended with the divergent demands of American diners for exotic and adventurous foods on one hand, and familiar and reassuring dishes on the other. Patrons race headlong into the 21st-century global pantry with their embrace of Korean gochujang and Vietnamese bánh mì, at the same time that they enjoy fare that would be right at home in an 18th-century kitchen.

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