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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food Today for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is arriving – you know, on May… the cinco of Mayo. It’s a celebration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. (It is not Mexico’s Independence Day. That’s on September 16...

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Cinco de Mayo is arriving, you know, on May… the cinco of Mayo. It’s a celebration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla (it's not Mexico’s Independence Day, that's September 16). It’s as good of a reason as any to raise a glass to the victory.

Popular fast food chains and other restaurants all across the country will help you celebrate with deals on food and drink exclusively for Cinco de Mayo. You’ll find offers from places like Wendy’s, El Fenix, Hungry Howie’s, and Überitto, among many others.

Below you'll find our running list of the best food and drink deals available for Cinco de Mayo. You'll be juggling tacos and margs in no time. 
 

Free Food on Cinco de Mayo

Moe's Southwest Grill
The deal: 
Spend $10 at a participating Moe's through Uber Eats and you get a free Homewrecker burrito with the code "FREEFIESTA."
When: May 2-5

Del Taco
The deal: Make a $5 purchase through the Del App, and you'll be set up with a free Beyond Taco, Beyond Avocado Taco, or Del Taco. 
When: May 5

California Tortilla
The deal: Stop in over Cinco de Mayo weekend and you'll get a coupon for a free taco that can be redeemed May 6-12. 
When: May 3-5

Wendy's
The deal:
 Order through DoorDash's mobile app and you can get a free small Frosty with the purchase of any Spicy Chicken Sandwich Combo. Just use the code "HOUSEWENDYS." (It's a Game of Thrones reference, kind of, because this deal is only available on Sundays.)
When: Sundays through May 19

Cinco de Mayo deals 2019
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Food Deals for Cinco de Mayo

Hungry Howie's
The deal: The flavored pizza crust folks are offering a large one-topping pizza for just $5.55 when you order online, in-store, or by phone. 
When: May 1-5

Chipotle
The deal: Get free delivery on all orders of $10 or more through the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, or DoorDash. 
When: May 5

Cumberland Farms
The deal: Text "CHOS" to 64827 and you'll get a coupon for $1 nachos at Cumberland locations everywhere. 
When: May 4-5

On the Border
The deal: Order through GrubHub and you'll get $5 off an order of $25 or more with the code "CINCOOFFOTB."
When: May 5

Schlotzsky's
The deal: A medium drink, bag of chips, and Fiesta Chicken Sandwich will run you just $5.
When: May 5

El Pollo Loco
The deal: Get a $5 Street Corn Tostada or a $5 five-piece fire-grilled chicken order. 
When: May 3-5

Hooters
The deal: South and Southwest Florida locations will offer a Cinco + Cinco + Cino deal. Get two margaritas on the rocks and an order of nachos for $15. 
When: May 5

7-Eleven
The deal: 
In a Pokémon-related promotion, 7-Eleven has $1 small coffees, medium cold brews, and medium Slurpees. 
When: Through May 21

The Pie Hole
The deal: If tequila gives you a hangover, you could just get after these Strawberry Margarita Pie Holes, which will be just $1.50 each over the weekend.
When: May 4-5

Überrito
The deal: Get a $5 burrito, bowl, or salad for the occasion. Not valid for delivery orders. 
When: May 5

Monterey's Little Mexico
The deal: For $9.99 you're on the receiving end of all-you-can-eat enchiladas. The offer is only good for dine-in.
When: May 1-7

Casa Ole
The deal:
 Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all week with all-you-can-eat fajitas for $15 when you dine-in.
When: May 1-7

Atlas Coffee Club
The deal:
 The subscription coffee club has special packages put together for Mother's Day that could get you as much as $50 off an order. 
When: through May 12

Chopt
The deal: Take 20% off an order of the Mexican Caesar Salad when you order online. Use the code "SaladCinco." The discount isn't available in-store. 
When: May 4-5

Quarterdeck
The deal: The Florida-based seafood chain is serving $3 fish or blackened chicken tacos throughout the day. 
When: May 5

Margarita and Drink Specials for Cinco de Mayo

El Fenix
The deal: The Cinco de Mayo celebration is getting underway early. Grab an eight-ounce margarita for just a buck. 
When: Through May 5

Condado
The deal: Grab a $1 house margarita or make it a $20 pitcher. You can also find $3 Mexican beers. (Or check out the restaurant's Facebook page to see how you can win one of five $100 gift cards that will be given out at every location.)
When: May 5

Hooch
The deal: This one is complicated but worthwhile. The Hooch dining app and reward system will help you upgrade your Cinco de Mayo marg. Go to any bar and order a margarita, but upgrade to Patrón Silver. Upload the receipt to the Hooch app, and it'll give you $7.50. Unfortunately, the $7.50 has to be spent through the app, but there are tons of places that accept Hooch's currency, including Uber and Starbucks. 
When: May 5

TGI Fridays
The deal: In honor of the holiday, TGI Fridays has $5 margaritas, patron shots, and 23-ounce pours of Dos Equis. While you're tossing back some refreshments, you can get in on Fridays' endless appetizers. 
When: May 5

California Pizza Kitchen
The deal: Stop into participating locations to find Fresh Agave Lime Margaritas for $5. 
When: May 5

Yard House
The deal: Pick up a $5 house margarita, Salted Watermelon Margarita, or Pomegranate Margarita at select locations. 
When: May 5

Hurricane Grill & Wings
The deal: You'll find $5 margaritas, $3 tequila shots, and $3 tacos at locations across the country. 
When: May 5

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
The deal: Stop in for a $5 Grande Mexican Draft Beer or $6.95 Flag Margarita.
When: May 5

Snuffer's
The deal: It's $3 house margaritas and $4 Snufferitas all weekend. 
When: May 3-5

Islands
The deal: Everyone is getting $2 off the House Rocks, Frozen, Strawberry, or Mangorita Margarita every day this month. 
When: May 1-31

Bahama Breeze
The deal:
 It's a month-long Cinco de Mayo celebration at Bahama Breeze. Get a $5 classic margarita or a $10 create-your-own premium tequila or rum flight. 
When: Through May 31

Taco Cabana
The deal: The taco shop will host a happy hour from open to close in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. 
When: May 5

Pinstripes
The deal: The restaurant chain is offering a Margarita Italiano starting at $5 and Pacifico Claras for $3 all day. 
When: May 5

Cinco de Mayo Deals 2019
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Local Food Deals for Cinco de Mayo

Azule Taqueria - Santa Monica, California
The deal: Every taco on the menu will be just $2 all day. 
When: May 5

Chevys Fresh Mex - Clifton and Linden, New Jersey
The deal: It's not a traditional way to celebrate the holiday, but... wear a taco costume into the restaurant on Cinco de Mayo and you'll get a free order of tacos. 
When: May 5

L27 at The Westin - Nashville, Tennessee
The deal: From open to close, you'll find 2-for-1 margaritas at the rooftop bar. There will also be a special menu available.
When: May 5

Lulu's Bait Shack - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The deal: Grab a bucket of five Coronas and an order of blackened chicken nachos for $30. 
When: May 5

STRFSH - Santa Monica, California
The deal: Grab the STRFSH Cinco Combo for $10. It features two beer-battered fish tacos, a side of fries, and a drink. (Rosé is an option.)
When: May 5

Tokio Pub - Schaumburg, Illinois
The deal: During two one-hour windows on Sunday, Tokio is offering $1 tacos. 
When: May 5, noon-1pm and 8-9pm

Vida Verde - New York, New York
The deal: From May 1-5, the restaurant will have liquor brands stopping in and offering drinks or shots. The only way to find out what those are is to stop in. However, on May 5, you'll also find a BOGO deal on margaritas from 6-8pm.
When: May 5

Village Burger Bar - Allen, Dallas, and Plano, Texas
The deal: Margaritas are just $3.50. Happy Cinco weekend, margarita lovers. 
When: May 3-5

Other Food Deals on Cinco de Mayo

Noodles & Company
The deal:
 For every $25 gift card purchased, you'll get a free $5 gift card. The cards can be purchased in-store or online. 
When: April 24 - June 30

Carl's Jr.
The deal:
 Sign up for the Carl's Jr. promo club, and you're going to get a free small order of fries and a small beverage.
When: Ongoing

PintPass
The deal:
This app asks you to answer a couple questions about brewery taprooms when you stop by for a beer. In exchange for your time, they're buying you a round. Get all the details on grabbing free beers through PintPass here.
When: Ongoing

Arby's
The deal: Sign up for Arby's email newsletter and start with a coupon for a free roast beef sandwich.
When: Ongoing

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: When you download the Baskin-Robbins app for the first time, you get a free regular-sized scoop as an in-app offer.
When: Ongoing

Bruegger's Bagels
The deal: You get how this goes now. Sign up for their Inner Circle club, and new members get a coupon for a free bagel with cream cheese.
When: Ongoing

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal: Find a similar deal here. Sign up for the Shmear Society and grab a free bagel.
When: Ongoing

Baja Fresh
The deal: 
Join the restaurant's Club Baja membership program, and you'll get an offer for a totally free taco, valid for one chicken, carnitas Baja, or Americano taco.
When: Ongoing

Quiznos
The deal: Sign up for the Toasty Points loyalty app and get rewarded with a free 4-inch sub with any purchase.
When: Ongoing

Del Taco
The deal:
 Sign up for Del Taco's Raving Fan eClub and get two free grilled chicken tacos or Del Tacos for signing up. If you download the Del App, you can also land another pair of free Del Tacos. 
When: Ongoing

Wingstop
The deal: Get a free order of fries when you sign up for "The Club."
When: Ongoing

Bojangles 
The deal: Sign up for the E-Club, and you'll get a coupon for a half-gallon of Legendary Iced Tea with any purchase. You'll also get a coupon for a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with any purchase on your birthday. 
When: Ongoing

MOOYAH
The deal: A free order of personal fries are headed your way if you sign up for MOOYAH Rewards.
When: Ongoing

Cold Stone Creamery
The deal: If you're new to My Cold Stone Club Rewards you'll get a buy-one-get-one-free coupon on Creations. 
When: Ongoing

Mimi's Cafe
The deal:
 Sign up for the e-club, and you get a free two-pack of croissants or muffins because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
When: Ongoing

El Pollo Loco
The deal: If you sign up for Loco Rewards you'll bag a free pollo bowl.
When: Ongoing

Red Cow
The deal:
Join the Minneapolis-based chain's e-club and you'll get a coupon in your inbox for $10 your bill next time you dine-in. 
When: Ongoing

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal: Sign up for the Beach Club and you're getting a free taco to say cheers to your new friendship. 
When: Ongoing

Wetzel's Pretzels
The deal: Download the Wetzel's Pretzels app, and you'll be gifted a free pretzel item from the pretzel shop. You'll also get a freebie on your birthday. Happy early birthday!
When: Ongoing

BJ's Brewhouse
The deal: 
Join the Premier Rewards Plus program, and they'll hook you up with a free Pizookie. (That's a deep-dish-inspired cookie if it wasn't immediately clear from the weird portmanteau.) Bonus: You'll get another free Pizookie on your birthday. 
When: Ongoing

Black Angus Steakhouse
The deal: 
Join the restaurant's Prime Club, and you'll automatically get a free dessert. (You also get a free steak dinner on your first birthday after joining the club.)
When: Ongoing

Maggie Moo's and Marble Slab Creamery
The deal:
 Sign up for the rewards program -- Slab Happy Rewards -- and a free ice cream is headed straight for your mouth.
When: Ongoing

Corner Bakery
The deal: 
Get a free sweet when you sign up for Corner Bakery's e-club, which is basically just the email newsletter. 
When: Ongoing

Papa Murphy's
The deal: Sign up for the take-and-bake chain's email offers, and you'll get a code for 25% off your next online order of $20 or more. 
When: Ongoing

Bonefish Grill
The deal: Become a Bonefish Grill Insider (that's their rewards program), and you'll get 50% off your meal on every fourth visit. 
When: Ongoing

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