In recent years, as parents have become more time-constrained, and American families acquire much more of their food away from home, the health of our next generation depends on having more nutritious food offerings in restaurants. Yet there is limited understanding of the factors that can encourage restaurants to offer healthier items and how parents and children respond to healthy menu changes. During this presentation, I will review evidence around changes in the healthfulness of menu orders in children and adults after the implementation of a healthier children’s menu in a regional restaurant chain. I will also discuss research examining trends in the availability of healthier sides and beverages on children’s restaurant menus, and will review preliminary evaluations of associations between co-occurring external nutrition policy efforts, company commitments to health, and the healthfulness of menu offerings. Given that initial evidence indicates that many parents and children know what they want to order before they even step into the restaurant, I will also talk about some preliminary evidence to inform interventions that reach families before they go out to eat. How these separate research questions may have interacting influences on healthy eating in families in the context of restaurant meals will also be explored.