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Good news local Chipotle fans - the Sacramento region is one of several test markets for the burrito chain's new children's menu.

Chipotle Mexican Grill will roll out the new kid's menu on Monday at its 21 Sacramento area restaurants and will be offering one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree every Sunday from Oct. 18 to Nov. 8.

The kid's menu was first introduced in Denver last spring. Sacramento was chosen as a test market because it's a "family-friendly city," Chris Arnold, the chain's director of public relations, wrote in an e-mail.

Chipotle hasn't had a kid's menu in the past because the style of its menu - which allows diners to pick ingredients to include in the burrito, taco or salad - helped parents adapt meals to suit their child.

"But some of our customers, particularly newer customers, don't understand the variety or the best way to feed their children at Chipotle," he said. "We began testing a kid's menu to help people better understand that. The response we've seen so far has been really encouraging."

Items on the kid's menu are priced at under $4 and include juice, organic milk or a small fountain drink. The menu features Chipotle's naturally raised meats, which comes from animals humanely raised without antibiotics or added hormones, a news release states.

Here are the choices:

  • Taco kit ($3.95) - Children can choose any three ingredients and two crispy or soft taco shells, all served on a tray, allowing the child to construct their own meal. Served with rice and a small order of chips.
  • Single taco ($3.50) - Chipotle staff will construct the child's soft or crispy taco, using any three ingredients the child chooses. Served with a small order of chips.
  • Small cheese quesadilla ($2.95) or small meat and cheese quesadilla ($3.50) - Served with a side of rice or beans and small order of chips.
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