The holiday season is bringing a boatload of big, delicious meals and grown-up advent calendars. But those won’t be the only moments you’ll get to load up on good, comforting food before you cut it out in the new year.
Throughout December, local restaurants and big chains alike are offering free food and good deals on grub, especially on “food holidays” and other occasions such as Cyber Monday, National Cookie Day, and Christmas. If you know where to look, you can eat like royalty on the cheap all throughout the month. Fortunately, we’re keeping tabs on everything going down. You’ll find worthy offers from places like White Castle, Pizza Hut, Hungry Howie’s, Applebee’s, Domino’s, and loads of others.
We’ve mined the depths of the world of food deals to present the best of the best as the deals are announced. Check back often (this list is updated regularly — almost daily!) to see the expected and the unexpected meals you should be getting after every day this month.
Ongoing Food & Drink Deals
Sign up for the chain’s email list and you’ll get a coupon that earns you a free signature sandwich
(Arby’s Reuben, Loaded Italian, Smokehouse Brisket, or any of its Gyros) with the purchase of a drink. The coupon lasts for just a week, though.When:
Buffalo Wild WingsThe deal:
Every Tuesday, it’s BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected
from the dead.When:
Ongoing, every Tuesday
The deal: Grab a large three-topping pizza for $7.99 when you pick it up.
For just $2, you can buy a Wendy’s Frosty Key Tag
that will land you a free Frosty with any purchase every day for a year.When:
Can be purchased through January 31, 2020
The deal: Olive Garden has made its $5 Take Home promotion a permanent offer. When you order an entrée in-restaurant, you can get up to five $5 Take Home orders to go along with your order. Olive Garden, however, will not clean out your office microwave when you reheat it for lunch the next day. That’s on you.
The deal: Make an entrée purchase when dining in, and you’re getting a free slice of pie every Wednesday at Village Inn. Also, kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrée.
When: Select days of the week
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free
because hump day calls for double the sundaes.When:
Ongoing, every Wednesday
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
The deal: Get $10 off any bottle of wine. You can also get any pizza for $9.99.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday
The deal: Take home a $1 medium one-topping pizza with the purchase of a large one-topping pizza at regular price. Get a medium one with the code “LHP10.”
The deal: Kids eat free every Friday. You’ll have to mention the deal to the cashier or use the code “KIDS” when ordering online. You’ll get one free kids meal per adult entrée.
When: Ongoing on Fridays, 4pm-close
The deal: The pizza delivery app that encourages you to shop locally is offering $5 off your first order through the app with a minimum order of at least $5.50. Use the code “PARTYPIZZA.”
When: Through December 1, 2019
Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill
The deal: Naf Naf is offering first responders and active or retired military personnel a 15% discount on their order. You have to flash a valid ID and order in-store. (No catering orders.)
The deal: Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The deal: Gather your friends and family for this one. For a limited time, you can get a pound and a half of chicken fajitas with 12 hand-rolled tortillas, six chicken flautas, a medium order of guacamole, a large queso order, one large salsa roja, chips, a quart of beans, a quart of rice, fresh pico, sour cream, and two orders of sopapillas for $59.99. That’s a total savings of more than $30.
When: For a limited time
The deal: The pasta chain has brought back its Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion for a limited time. The bottomless bowl of starch starts at $10.99.
The deal: Get yourself a free order of Cheddar Fries when you sign up for the Snuffer’s loyalty program through December 31.
When: September 16 – December 31
Participating locations are serving up coffee in any size for just a buck.When:
Through December 31
Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
The deal: Kids can grab a book tracker to participate in the restaurant’s Bucketeer Bookworms program. After every five books they read, they’ll get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.
The deal: The neighborhood chain is serving up its new pasta and grill combos for $9.99. You get a grilled entrée with your choice of pasta dish.
The deal: Nab a free QP Burger after your first loyalty visit to the burger chain.
The deal: The home of the pancake is extending its Kids Eat Free deal. If they’re under 12, they eat for free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
When: November 1 – January 1, 2020, 4-10pm
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s
The deal: Buy a $25 gift card for someone you know and they’ll give you a free burger on the spot. Shopping and lunch taken care of all at once. At Carl’s Jr, you’ll get a Single Western Bacon Cheeseburger. At Hardee’s, the freebie is a One-Third Pound Thickburger.
When: Through December 31