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leacj
08-05-2011, 01:57 PM
We will be going out of town for the weekend and will be eating out at the Olive Garden one night...I don't want to get a big meal and have half packaged up, as I am not going to store it in the hotel room/car, so was hoping to order from the kids menu.

Do restaurants (especially the Olive Garden) let you do this? Or do they stick to "you need to be under 10/12 to order from kids menu"?

TIA


QuilterInVA
08-05-2011, 02:13 PM
You need to be a kid under 12.

fitmom
08-05-2011, 02:14 PM
I don't know about Olive Garden but I just got back from Disney and they let me order from the kids menu.


DezziePS
08-05-2011, 04:33 PM
A lot of it depends on your server, I think. I used to wait tables (not at Olive Garden but a couple places were pretty big chains) and I always let people do it- even if the "policy" was kids only. . Most places will let you do it, though some of them charge a little extra- a dollar or two- if you're over the age limit.

Are you 55 or over? A lot of places will let you do it if you're a "senior" (seems so silly that 55 is senior!).

Also, you can do soup and the salad they bring at OG for not a lot of calories, if all else fails.

biancasimone
08-05-2011, 07:07 PM
The best thing at Olive Garden is the zuppa toscana!!!!!! Soup and salad is usually what my best friend and myself order when we go to Olive Garden. Not (just) because we're cheap, but mostly because it's all that we like to eat. (We always tip the server AWESOMELY since we know it is so inexpensive.)

Some places will let you order off the kids' menu if you have dietary restrictions and a doctor's note

AnnieDrews
08-05-2011, 07:30 PM
I order the kids meals (Happy Meals, etc.) sometimes because the portions are smaller. It really depends on the restaurant. Just ask them.

kelly315
08-05-2011, 07:32 PM
Maybe just stick to soup and salad. The zuppa toscana has only about 170 calories in it, and you can order the salad with no croutons, skip the cheese, and light italian dressing on the side!

tommy
08-05-2011, 08:30 PM
There are times when it is better both mentally and for your body to just order something reasonable and ask to for the "dog box" up front, portion it out and then stick it under your chair.......and leave it there!!!!!! Seriously, a very reasonable portion of something you enjoy plus the salad without dressing should pencil out both calorie and budget wise. Alternatively if someone in your group is a light eater you could offer to split a meal - I have some friends who routinely do this. Of course if they let you order off the KM and it is both tasty and inexpesive - go for it :)

April Snow
08-05-2011, 09:04 PM
I'd split something with another person or order an appetizer instead of an entree. I sometimes do that anyway, even when not on a diet because sometimes the appetizers are more interesting!

ddc
08-05-2011, 10:20 PM
I don't know if the kids menu at OG is really that great????
What's on it spaghetti or pizza maybe?
I'd do the soup/salad option or share something with someone.
Just watch out for the breadsticks--they can be addictive!

leacj
08-05-2011, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I am also vegetarian, so the Olive Garden has limited appeal to me. But, my DH loves it there, and since we don't have Olive Garden in Ontario, it is a real treat for him ( he is so not vegetarian).

I was thinking the spaghetti with marinara from the kids menu, but I guess I could try the minestrone soup....

CorinneIrene
08-06-2011, 08:13 AM
The last time I was there, I got the Venetian Apricot chicken- super tasty! It's 400 calories, which isn't too bad for dinner. I only ate one piece of the chicken though (it's served with two) so you can save calories that way. The sodium count is high, but that's the case with virtually all eating out meals!

Somni
08-06-2011, 11:40 AM
I've only been there once since I started WW but I got the Apricot chicken as well (though yeah I see you don't eat chicken :(), and got that with the minestrone soup. I thought both were really good!

Though if they'd let you order a smaller portion of spaghetti with marinara that seems decent. I remember pointswise anyway, eating half of a spaghetti/marinara or cheese ravioli dish would have worked out pretty well but didn't want to deal with having another half of a pasta dish to eat later.

Sad that most places don't just offer smaller portions to people that want them. :p

ANOther
08-06-2011, 05:42 PM
Do they have a 55+ menu? I'm not 55 yet (2 years to go) but I've ordered from them at other restaurants. Also, I've never been to an Olive Garden (20 lashes with wet lo-carb pasta for me), but does their kids' menu actually have more than just mac-n-cheese, hamburgers, pizza and chicken or fish fingers? :snooty: I should get going and make my reservations for my high-school reunion and the high-end fish restaurant where it's being held has EXACTLY those items on the kid menu. Really, is there something in the Bible, the Koran, the Constitution or Atlas Shrugged that says those are the only things you're supposed to eat until you're 12??

ANOther
08-07-2011, 02:15 PM
Sad that most places don't just offer smaller portions to people that want them. :p

Amen, without regard to their being over 55 or under 12. And why is 55 the start of being "senior" anyway? More and more now we hear about people not considering themselves "old" until they reach at least 80. My mom and I used to go to Perkins, and when her appetite was good I'd order from the 55 menu and she'd order from the regular menu. (Apropos of not much, I think she and I were the only two women in the universe who went to a restaurant and ordered an entree or sandwich instead of a salad!)

banananutmuffin
08-08-2011, 09:44 AM
Really, is there something in the Bible, the Koran, the Constitution or Atlas Shrugged that says those are the only things you're supposed to eat until you're 12??

Hahahahahaha! I hear you on this one. Actually, my kid pretty much only eats chicken nuggets and french fries (I am so bad at getting her to eat healthy foods), but it does annoy me that kids' menus always seem to be a bunch of unhealthy junk.

tiffanylee
08-08-2011, 01:10 PM
i always order off the kids menu.. and maybe only one server has been a jerk!

ANOther
08-08-2011, 04:15 PM
Why didn't I think of this before?? : palms face, Googles Olive Garden : They do have a kids menu: mac-n-cheese, pizza, ravioli, chicken fingers, but at least they DO have a create-your-own-pasta option

nelie
08-08-2011, 07:14 PM
I'm not a fan of Olive Garden myself but I often glance at kids meals in restaurants and they tend to be the junkiest food available so I don't do kids menus.

ANOther
11-08-2011, 08:41 PM
bump 11.08: We have a local (strictly Minnesota) small restaurant chain, Emma Krumbee's: their menu offers a section of smaller portions that they say in so many words anybody can order regardless of age

mhill0823
11-13-2011, 09:09 PM
I've explained to a few places that i'm dieting and really need smaller portions and usually depending on your server they will allow you to do it with no issues! Truely, when I go to olive garden i eat soup and salad because it's so addicting lol!