Lately I’ve been on the hunt for a good Kids Eat Free spot in Charlotte. I’m tired of the fake ones. You know, when “Kids Eat Free” becomes “oops, sorry, this doesn’t apply to you.” Because in the fine print, only one eats free since you need to have at least two paying adults to feed your family. And if you have over the national average of two kids (like me sporting 4!), you’re toast. Kids Eat Free promos don’t fool me, Smarties! I only go when I know it’s the real deal. And let me tell ya, my new BFF’s at EarthFare deliver every single Thursday!
Every Thursday is Family Dinner Night at EarthFare from 4-8p. Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal of $5 or more. The hook, line and sinker for me is the fine print that says “Up to SIX kids eat FREE with one adult!” Now you’re talking my kinda Smarty language. No fine print on this Smarty deal! Plus you leave knowing you fed your kids a healthy meal, since you’re at EARTHFARE!
The EarthFare Kids Healthy Menu includes one of the following main dishes:
-Turkey provolone roll-up with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots
(all roll-ups can be made with wheat-free tortillas or as a lettuce bowl)
-Chicken salad roll-up with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots
-Turkey bologna & cheese roll-up with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots
-Veggie & hummus roll-up with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots
-Soy nuggets with ranch dressing
-Grilled ham & cheese sandwich
-Grilled cheese sandwich
-Peanut butter and jelly roll-up
And one of the following side dishes:
-Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumber or cauliflower) and ranch dressing
-Organic fruit (sliced apple, banana, oranges or grapes)
And one of the following snacks:
-Organic Cheddar Bunnies
-Organic Gummy Fruit Snack
-EarthFare Apple Sauce, organic of course
-Organic Cheese Stringles
And one of the following beverages:
-Organic milk, plain or chocolate
-100% juice box
Add-ons for $2.49:
-Itty Bitty Bites Soup Cup
-Itty Bitty Bites Smoothie
Pretty impressive, huh? So here’s my advice to the rest of the dining options out there in Charlotte that are pulling a pump fake on the Kids Eat Free menus. Don’t bait and switch us. If you’re trying to entice families to drag their kids out to dine in your restaurants with a “free” promotion, then give us the real deal. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rolled into an establishment with two of my kids only to find that one is free. Very annoying. If you just let it be, we’d probably order way more than we planned every single time. And, you might find regulars dining in your restaurants on off-nights, which is when your “free” deals are anyway.
So hats off to EarthFare – we applaud your deal of the week. Smarties, we’re updating our Kids Eat Free list once again. These things seem to change by the week. So leave a comment below with your latest scores. We’ll compile and present the findings in one big blog post for all to reference and enjoy. Stay tuned!