What a weird thing to say. So in her world, only kids refuse to eat certain foods they dislike, and adults eat whatever? How utterly strange.
In fairness, *all* the picky eaters I know are kids. And every one of them makes a big production out of being picky. So I can see where the waitress is coming from. I don't agree with her saying it out loud, but she certainly has a right to think it.
My guess is that you do know some so-called "picky" eaters. They just don't make a production out of it.
The older I get, the more I hate that word, "picky." Yeah, there are foods I just can't abide. I could choke them down, but why? Unless I'm starving, what's the issue with passing up the food I don't like and eating something else? Why is it cause for condescending comments?
Oh, this totally. I am an adult. I eat a varied, generally healthy, diet.
I do not *need* to eat peas (as Lola, from Charlie and Lola says, "They are too round and too green"). I can count the things I don't eat on the fingers of one hand - peas, okra (texture), apple & blackcurrant cordial (gives me a migraine), pork (I have to really be in the mood for it, and that's not often).
DH doesn't eat fish, mushrooms, cauliflower. I could live on these. He could live on pork & peas.
If an adult says to me that they don't eat "X", then I don't have a problem with that. They are an adult, and have their reasons for eating the diet they do. If a child says to me that they don't like something (and I haven't had it confirmed by a parent eg in the case of a niece or nephew I'm looking after), I'll ask them why, and if they say that they've never tried it, that's not good enough and they need to have a taste.
But for an adult - if I'm cooking, I will ask whether it's an allergy or a preference, so that I know whether to avoid it totally in the meal planning (in one of, say, three side dishes) and/or to know what to plan and how deeply I need to clean my kitchen.