Jalapeño cornbread and cinnamon biscuits
Before cutting into a massive chicken-fried steak at one of the best soul food restaurants in the country, you'll have a hard time not filling up on the free skillet-baked jalapeño cornbread muffins. But if you manage to save them, they're great for sopping up gravy.
Mariscos El Veneno
Atlanta and Chicago
Each meal at Mariscos begins with a surprisingly large seafood tostada made with the catch of the day, which varies from a grab-bag ceviche to lump crab. The bonus bites makes it downright criminal not to tip the mariachi band that moves from table to table.
Edamame and hot sake
Just outside Philadelphia, this sushi joint takes some of the bite out of your bill with a free bowl of edamame and two gratis pours of hot sake if you say the magic word (please!).