Friday, 18 December, 2009 7:11 PM
Grill to offer free kids meals to debut new menu
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Qdoba Mexican Grill at 16971 Newburgh Road in Livonia, Mich., is
among the locations offering the "Kids Eat Free" weekend
from Dec. 19-20, 2009.
Mich. -- Qdoba
Mexican Grill is offering a "Kids Eat Free" weekend from
Dec. 19 thru 20 to debut its new kids menu. One free kids meal is
being given away to any child 12 or younger with the purchase of
one adult entree. The new menu debuted earlier this week with more
healthier options. All kids meals are handmade in front of the guest
and topped with fresh ingredients and one of five salas.
just out way to helping out parents," said Ted Stoner, Director
of Strategic Product Development for Qdoba Mexican Grill. "We
know parents are really busy right now, running around, doing last-minute
holiday shopping. We thought this might be a nice gift for them."
of the new kids meal options include the naked burrito, taco and
the quesadilla. Kids meals also come with applesauce or beans and
milk or juice.
always had tacos and quesadillas available to the kids," Stoner
added. "But this year, we decided to roll out a new menu. It
really kind of rounded out to make it a little healthier. We've
built a new burrito for them that's a naked burrito for them, or
in another words, a burrito served in a bowl without the tortilla
for them. They can mix and match anything on that line. It makes
it easier to eat a very, nutritious meal as well.
also added a few side items," he said. "We've always offered
chips and salsa to children. We're also offering apple sauce as
well as our beans. Our beans are vegetarian beans. They're kind
of like black beans and we can add a little cheese on there. Now
we're also offering 1 percent milk in all locations as well as a
100 percent fruit juice drink."
mexican restaurant works hard to stay different from its competitors
like Taco Bell.
one, we do a lot more food preparation right in front of the guests,"
Stoner explained. "So we're grilling meats constantly, we slow
roast our shredded pork and our shredded beef in house, we slow
cook that for six to seven hours and we hand shred that in each
and every restaurant. We have our marinated steak and chicken that
we grill throughout the day right in front of our guests. You can't
get in line without noticing the grill and watching someone cooking
on it. We do a lot of fresh preparation in house."
also offers a nutritional calculator on its website that allows
kids to build, customize and calculate the nutritional value of
every menu item.
can build through each and every item, just like you were in one
of our lines," the director of strategic product development
said. "You can decide if you want a tortilla or not. You can
see what the nutritionals are on the tortilla. You can then add
other ingredients and keep building it up. At any point if you want
to know what one of those ingredients is contributing to, you just
click on that ingredient and view all nutritional facts and print
that out. It really allows the guests 100 percent transparency of
our nutritional data in our ingredients."
said that Qdoba Mexican Grill is a fast casual restaurant instead
of a fast food restaurant.
are quick, as far as getting in and out in a very timely manner,
but a lot of those places that are that fast are taking a lot of
shortcuts," he said. "We don't believe in shortcuts. We
are doing things like I mentioned before the seven hours that it
takes to cook the shredded beef, marinating the meats and grilling
them right in front of the guests, hand-smashing guacamole, cooking
dry beans. You can see the ingredients are just like ingredients
you would have in your cupboard."
Mexican Grill has locations all over metro Detroit including Ann
Arbor, Birmingham, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Rochester
Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy, Warren and Westland. Click
here to find the nearest location to you.
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Photo credit: Qdoba Mexican Grill
credit: Qdoba Mexican Grill
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