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Website of the Day: Lil' Buco, Fake Fine Dining for Kids

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Here's a website for a non-existant Austin, TX restaurant called Lil' Buco, the "fine dining" restaurant for kids. The menu — which comes complete with pictures of each dish — includes such items as mac and cheese cake with flavor packet coulis, grilled cheese coins, and the highly conceptual "cookie unfinished," all prepared by two chefs and brothers whose resumes includes stints at Chuck E. Cheese's and Dave & Busters.

Open from 4 p.m. to curfew, the restaurant has forty seats, "a full non-alcoholic bar, table service, and ball pit seating." Lil' Buco also has "curbside parent pick-up/drop-off," so parents don't even need to watch their children eat sous vide Pop-Tart. Alas, the restaurant isn't real; a Google street view of the address finds only an empty field.

· Lil' Buco [Official Site]
· All Websites of the Day [-E-]