Spork Rating: 4
- Neighborhood: Beyond Boston (Arlington)
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Price: Affordable
- Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm; Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:30pm-9:30pm, Fri 4:30pm-10:30pm; Sat 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun Noon-9:30pm
- Reservations: Yes
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, Toddlers, Kids
Hot Pot is a traditional Chinese dining experience in which a pot of broth is set in the center of the dining table on an induction cooker (no open flames to worry about). Diners sit around the simmering pot and cook raw ingredients in the hot broth. Think of it as Asian Fondue – but healthier! A bubbling caldron of soup set in the middle of a table might not sound like a kid-friendly restaurant, but Little Q Hot Pot in Arlington has become a destination for families.
Fantastic. Wait staff welcomes kids with a smile and is quick to offer highchairs or booster seats if needed at this kid-friendly restaurant.
Little Q offers traditional Chinese takeout fare and appetizers such as scallion pancakes, pan-fried dumplings or Kung Pao Chicken. But diners come here for the hot pot ($3.95 for one, additional $1.50 per person). You have your choice of eight different broths, including the option of ordering the ying/yang pot that holds two different broths. The menu features over 60 a la carte selections ranging from paper-thin sliced rib eye to raw veggies and noodles ($2.95-$13.95). Diners can also choose a combo, which includes a protein (or mushroom platter) plus a basket of veggies and your choice of noodles ($13.95-$22.95).
- Black Bone Chicken Broth
- Spicy Mala Broth
- Prime Rib Eye
- Supreme Pork Slices
- Shandong Noodle
Little Q does not offer a kid’s menu, but Hot Pot is family dining at its best. Kids will love watching their food cook right in front of their eyes, making this a unique kid-friendly restaurant. Kids can also order off the regular menu for kid favorites such as dumplings, rice and spring rolls..
Hot Pot is a great way for kids to learn about the cooking process and how to identify different veggies and proteins.
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