I first had a Chipotle burrito around the time I had my first child, so my kids have grown up loving what they affectionately refer to as “taco place.” Honestly, I fell in love with the place the first time I tasted their fresh guacamole and have been smitten ever since. My children know that if they suggest going to “taco place” they are much more likely to get a “yes” over any other fast food option and while many of my friends have said they don’t feel like Chipotle offers kid friendly choices, I have always found Chipotle to be more than accommodating to my children’s simpler and smaller appetites.
We’ve enjoyed quesadillas, single tacos, rice or beans and pretty much any other thing we’ve requested. My 3rd grader and I often share a burrito (her taste allows for more spice and variety) which more than fills both of us up. But let’s face it; kids love having their own kid size menu and meals so, just yesterday Chipotle launched their new kid’s menu with the same delicious, sustainable, conscious, whole food choices to our little people.
And to acquaint us with the new choices, in the same generous fashion they introduced (hooked) us to their burritos with free burrito days, Chipotle is offering FREE kid’s meals with each adult entrée purchase for the next four Sundays (8/22, 8/29, 9/5 and 9/12.) Many of the choices are what have been available upon request, though I have to say my youngest is going to love the build your own taco kit since she prefers to keep much of her food separate.
- Small Cheese Quesadilla ($2.95) – a classic favorite with kids – is served with a side of rice, choice of beans, small bag of chips and a choice of organic plain milk, organic chocolate milk, apple juice or a soda.
- Small Meat & Cheese Quesadilla ($3.50) – a small meat and cheese quesadilla served with a side of rice, small bag of chips and a choice of organic plain milk, organic chocolate milk, apple juice or a soda.
- Single Taco ($3.50) – a single crispy or soft taco filled with three items from the line (one naturally raised meat or guacamole, and two other ingredients from the line, like salsa and cheese) served with a small bag of chips and a choice of organic plain milk, organic chocolate milk, apple juice or a soda.
- Taco Kit (they build it) ($3.95) – With this unique twist, Chipotle is invites children to get creative with their food. Kids choose any three ingredients (one naturally raised meat or guacamole, and two other ingredients from the line, like salsa and cheese) and two crispy or two soft taco shells. From there, it’s up to kids to construct and enjoy their tacos. This option also comes with a small bag of chips and a choice of organic plain milk, organic chocolate milk, apple juice or a soda.
Thanks to Mr. Guilt for the cute picture of the mini bags of chips!
So now you know where we’ll be for the many of the next four Sundays; the girls are going to be excited about getting chocolate milk with their “taco.” As a mom who is more than a little pre-occupied with what my kids eat, I appreciate the fresh, high quality ingredients and that the food is cooked and assembled right in front of me. I like being able to choose what I want and still get it fast. Don’t let the long lines scare you away, they always move fast. And if lines really are not your thing, especially with small children, you can order online, by fax or with an iPhone app and skip the line all together. Just park in the special parking place at many of the more than 2 dozen locations in the greater Cincinnati /Northern Kentucky area and go to the register to pick up your already prepared order.
Phyllis McCarthy is the owner of Cincy Health Coach and loves helping women and families find the food that truely nourishes them, giving them more energy to enjoy their life and family.