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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food for Baseball's Opening Day

The 60-game season is staring. You won't get a stadium hot dog, but you can get a hot dog to-go.

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It took an extra four months, but baseball's opening day has arrived with a pair of games on the night of July 23. The 60-game season sans fans is happening, and whether or not you think this is a good idea in the middle of a pandemic, baseball will once again be on TV. 

This season, you're going to be missing stadium dogs that have had their flavor improved through being carried down a flight of concrete steps, as well as the footlongs perfectly buried in diced onions and mustard from a gigantic mustard dispenser. Nonetheless, you can still grab some good food -- including hot dogs -- on opening day by ordering pickup or delivery from restaurants in your area. We've pulled together the ultimate list of places that are offering food deals on opening day for your dining-in-front-of-the-TV pleasure. 

Here are the best food deals available on baseball's opening day. 

Free Food Available on Opening Day

Burger King
The deal: Use the BK mobile app to get BOGO Whoppers.
When: Ongoing

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:  Everyone -- yes, that includes you -- is getting a free order of fries at Steak 'n Shake. You'll have to go through the drive-thru, but there's no minimum order. It's open to anyone, at any time.
When: Ongoing

Jimmy John's
The deal: The sandwich shop announced its Freaky Fast Rewards program is going national on December 9. To celebrate, after your first order through the app, you'll be rewarded with a free eight-inch sandwich. 
When: Ongoing

Halo Burger
The deal:
Nab a free QP Burger after your first loyalty visit to the burger chain. 
When: Ongoing

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Place an order of $9.95 or more and get a free Pizzokie -- that's a portmanteau of pizza and cookie -- when you use the code "PIZOOKIE."
When: Ongoing

Penn Station East Coast Subs
The deal:
Order a sub online and you can get a free small sub with the code "PSBOGO."
When: Ongoing

Starbucks
The deal: If you download the app and sign up for the Rewards Program for the first time, the ubiquitous coffee shop is going to give you one free drink in the form of 150 reward points. 
When: Through August 10

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal:
Get a free cup of coffee through the Einstein app. No purchase is required. 
When: Through July 31

The Halal Guys
The deal:
Order through Grubhub to get a free side of fries with any order of at least $15. 
When: "A limited time"

Yoshinoya
The deal:
Order through the Yoshinoya website or mobile app to get a free order of its new Donut Dippers with the purchase of any bowl.
When: Through July 26

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Courtesy of Pizza Hut

Food Deals Available on Opening Day

Pizza Hut
The deal:
Get a large three-topping pizza for $9.99. It's available for contactless delivery or pickup. 
When: Ongoing

Red Lobster
The deal:
Hit 125 points in the My Red Lobster Rewards program and you'll get a free order of Snow Crab Legs. You'll have to order through the app, in-restaurant, or at RedLobster.com.
When: Through July 31

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Get half-off a large pizza with the code "HALFOFF" or get a $6 take-home entrée with a $9.95 purchase. There's a limit of three of the cheap meals per order.
When: A limited time

Noodles & Company
The deal:
Get free delivery on a minimum $15 order from Noodles.com or the Noodle mobile app. 
When: Through July 31

Baskin-Robbins
The deal:
When you order through DoorDash you can get $0 delivery fees on any order of at least $15 with the code "BASKIN."
When: Ongoing

Panera
The deal:
Take advantage of Panera's new curbside service and get $5 off an order of at least $20 with the code "CURBSIDE5."
When: Ongoing

TravelCenters of America
The deal:
Get your hands on a Ball Park hot dog for $1 at participating locations. Though, on July 22, you'll be able to get two for a buck. 
When: Through July 24

Burger King
The deal: Nab a $1 mini shake at the drive-thru. 
When: Only for a little while

Krystal
The deal:
Get a $1 Chili Cheese Pup at select locations. There's also a combo with two Pups and a small order of tots for $3.99. 
When: Ongoing

Taco Cabana
The deal:
There are a few deals you can snag at Taco Cabana right now. Get two Nutella empanadas for $2.99 (or a dozen for $14.99), $2 margaritas, or a gallon of margaritas to go for $34.99. 
When: Ongoing

Quiznos
The deal:
Get four meals for $40. The family meal comes with four 8-inch subs, four bags of chips, four cookies, and four bottled drinks. Use the code "8026" to get the full pack for $40.
When: Ongoing

Hooters
The deal:
Make a $30 purchase and you'll get $10 off with the code "GET10." Place an order for $50, and you'll wind up with $15 off when you use the code "GET15." However, if you think you've spotted a trend, you'll be disappointed to find out there's no "GET20."
When: Ongoing

Blaze Pizza
The deal
: Get free delivery through Postmates if you hit the order minimum of $15. 
When: Ongoing

Grimaldi's
The deal:
There's a new $25 meal deal that you can get for carryout. It comes with an 18-inch traditional cheese pizza, a small house or Caesar salad, and your choice of a slice of cheesecake or two mini cannolis. Unfortunately, it's not available at locations in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. 
When: Ongoing

I Heart Mac & Cheese
The deal:
If you've got the mac chain's app, you'll get double points on all online and in-app purchases. You'll also 100 points if you download the app for the first time, which is enough to land you a free entrée. 
When: Through July 31

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
Place an order of at least $25 through the TF website to get free delivery. 
When: Through July 31

Starbucks
The deal:
Order delivery through Uber Eats and you'll get a $0 delivery fee. (Though, there will likely still be an order fee involved.)
When: Ongoing

Del Taco
The deal:
The code "DELTACONOW" will get you free delivery with no minimum order through Postmates.
When: Ongoing

Taco Bell
The deal:
On March 28, the bean-slinging chain announced that it will expand its free delivery option through Grubhub. You can get free delivery on any delivery order of at least $12.
When: Ongoing

Miguel's Jr.
The deal:
Order through Uber Eats for free delivery. New DoorDash customers can get free delivery with a $15 minimum order. Additionally, if you order through Grubhub, you can get $5 off orders placed from 11am to 7pm. 
When: Ongoing

Uberrito
The deal:
The chain is running a "$5 chicken for pick-up" deal as well as offering a $0.99 kid meal with the purchase of an entrée.
When: Ongoing

Qdoba
The deal
: The new Burrito Meal Deal will land you a burrito, tortilla chips, salsa, and a dessert for $9.95. 
When: Ongoing

Wahoo's Fish Tacos
The deal:
Get a family meal deal for $35. It comes with eight tacos, rice, beans, churro chips, and chips and salsa. You can get fountain drinks for a dollar each or bottled beers for $2.99 each. 
When: Ongoing

Torchy's Tacos
The deal:
For $25, you can get a Build-Your-Own Taco Family Pack with tacos and sides for four to five people. 
When: Ongoing

Pollo Tropical
The deal:
The company has extended its Free Kids Lunch program throughout the summer at all 139 Florida locations. Kids 12 and under get a free Kids Classic TropiChop and bottled water every weekday. You can only grab it at the drive-thru window, and kids have to be present. You'll get one meal per kid, and no purchase is required. 
When: Weekdays through August 28, 11am-12pm

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal:
Place an order directly through the Rubio's app or Rubios.com to get free delivery on any order of at least $20. 
When: Ongoing
 

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Courtesy of Chili's

Deals on Alcohol for Opening Day

Chili's
The deal:
Get a Grand Sunset 'Rita for $5, and you can get it to-go. 
When: Through August 30

Drizly
The deal:
You choose between $5 off an order or free delivery, as long as you're a new user. Use the code "TEQUILADAY5."
When: Through July 25

Taco Cabana
The deal:
Every day in July, Cabana will be hosting MargaritaPalooza at each of its Texas locations. There will be 12 different margaritas available to cool off your weary bones, and each of them will only run you two bucks. 
When: Through July 31

TGI Fridays
The deal:
The Fridays Rita is just $5 with any to-go order. 
When: "Throughout the summer"

Olive Garden
The deal:
The pasta chain is now offering alcohol delivery with $15 bottles of wine, $10 six-packs, and $3 White Claws. You have to order food to get alcohol, and the deal is only available where local laws permit.
When: Ongoing

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.