July Is Loaded with Food Deals. Here's Where to Find the Best Ones.

Summer has arrived and so have the food deals.

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Summer is settling in, and so are summery food deals. 

Restaurants around the country are focusing on summer staples for promotions in July. You're looking at grill classics like hot dogs and cold treats to cool you down. It's no surprise that both National Ice Cream Day and National Hot Dog Day arrive this month. They're joined by National Fried Chicken Day, National Ice Cream Month, National French Fries Day, and, of course, the 4th of July, which isn't a food holiday but also kind of is. We have pulled together all the best food deals that are going to be hitting restaurants in July. It's a good month to be a human who requires food for sustenance. 

Check back often. We're updating this list of food deals frequently—sometimes daily—and there's always something worth giving a try. Here are the best food deals you'll find in July.

Ongoing Food & Drink Deals

Jimmy John's
The deal: The sandwich shop's Freaky Fast Rewards program will set you up with a free eight-inch sandwich after your first order through the app. 
When: Ongoing

Friendly's
The deal:
Join the Friendly's Sweet Rewards Club and you'll get a free medium sundae.
When: Ongoing

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

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. 
When: Ongoing

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

Casa Olé
The deal:
Order an entrée and it'll cost you just $0.99 to add a kid meal to your tab. Also, the restaurant is offering double points every day on all pick-up orders. 
When: Ongoing

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
The deal:
Nab a free grilled cheese sandwich for kids when you buy an entrée and get it delivered.
When: Ongoing

B.GOOD
The deal:
The restaurant has expanded its usual kid meal deal. Kids can eat free every day of the week with the purchase of one adult entrée. In fact, you can get two free kid meals for every adult meal purchase. 
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

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

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
The deal:
The restaurant now offers Family Bundles to-go. Entrée options include House-Smoke Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Tenders, and Grilled Salmon. For $24.99, the Bundle also comes with two family-sized sides and a half-dozen Honey Butter Croissants. 
When: Ongoing

Jamba
The deal:
Toss in one of Jamba's Functional Boosts for free with every smoothie order made through the app.
When: Ongoing

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

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
Get free delivery when you order online through the Dickey's site or mobile app when you select the "Doorstep Drop Off" option. 
When: Through September

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
To celebrate eight decades of slinging meat, it's offering something called the Anniversary Meal. You get a Classic Pulled Pork Sandwich with Double Berry Cobbler and a side for $8.80. 
When: Through December 31, 2021

Moe's Southwest Grill
The deal:
The burrito chain's new "Kids Eat Free" program offers a free meal to kids 12 and under every Sunday. No purchase is required.
When: Ongoing

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

Taco Cabana
The deal:
If you work in a restaurant, hotel, food service industry, grocery store, big-box store, or drugstore, you can get 50% off your order when you purchase while wearing a uniform or show an ID. 
When: Ongoing

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

GoPuff
The deal:
New users to the convenience store delivery service will get $10 off their first two orders with the code "GET20." Though, you're going to have to hit the $20 order minimum both times. 
When: Ongoing

Arby's
The deal:
Get a Kids Meal for a dollar with the purchase of a regular meal. 
When: A limited time

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Thursday, July 22 - National Ice Cream Month

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
If you got your COVID-19 vaccine, Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut every day for the rest of the year.
When: Through December 31

7-Eleven
The deal:
It's celebrating its birthday all month by dropping a free small Slurpee into every 7Rewards account in July. Sign up anytime, and you'll be gifted a free Slurpee redeemable throughout the month. 
When: Through July 31

7-Eleven
The deal:
Use the 7Rewards app to get a $1 small Slurpee or a $1 grill item like the Cheeseburger Bites, eggrolls, or Buffalo Chicken Rollers. 
When: Through July 31

Smashburger
The deal:
Get a $3 Sam Adams, Blue Moon, White Claw, or Coors with any purchase. 
When: Through August 29

Boston Market
The deal:
The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one. 
When: For just a little while

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 $29.99. The family meal comes with four 8-inch subs, four bags of chips, and four cookies. Use the very memorable code "8026."
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

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
Every weekday features a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

Chili's
The deal:
July's Margarita of the Month is the Captain's Stay-Cay 'Rita with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and Lunazul Tequila. It'll run you just $5.
When: Through July 31

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Get a Monster'wich (an ice cream sandwich with Insomnia cookies) or a Monster Cookie Sundae for $5. 
When: Through July 31

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Cracker Barrel
The deal:
Take 10% off online orders with the code "ONLINE10." You have to order through the Cracker Barrel site to get the discount. 
When: Through July 31

Auntie Anne's
The deal:
Grab the Peach Lemonade Frost, which just returned to the menu, with an order of Mini Pretzel Dogs for $8.99. 
When: Through October 10

Auntie Anne's
The deal:
If you're a Pretzel Perks member, you can get $1 off a Lemonade Frost in the app. 
When: Through October 10

Auntie Anne's
The deal:
Get a free pretzel with any drink purchase if you're a Pretzel Perks member. (Those are the perks of which it speaks.)
When: Through October 10

Jamba
The deal:
Order any new food item with a smoothie and you'll save a dollar when ordering online, through the app, or in-store. (Pick the "Smoothie Bestie" pack.)
When: Through the end of the summer

Instacart
The deal:
Spend $20 on Dreyer's ice cream products and get $5 off your order or free delivery. 
When: Through July 31

ReThink
The deal:
The ice cream company is offering a buy-six-get-two free deal on its website. 
When: Through July 31

Yasso
The deal:
Get free shipping on any order of the Greek frozen yogurt dessert snacks. 
When: Through July 31

Head over here to find even more food delivery deals or check out this list of all the places offering free food when you show your vaccine card

Thursday, July 22

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Ongoing, every Thursday

Friday, July 23

McDonald's
The deal: Grab a free medium order of fries when you place a mobile order for at least $1. 
When: Every Friday through June 2021

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there's a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday
 

Saturday, July 24 - National Tequila Day

Wendy's
The deal:
Get a free Frosty or order of french fries with a purchase made through the app. 
When: July 24

Chili's
The deal:
Get a $6 Presidente Margarita or $30 to-go Mar-Go-Rita for National Tequila Day.  
When: July 24

Snuffer's
The deal:
$4 house margaritas are the deal of the day. 
When: July 24

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
The deal:
Grab a house tequila shot for $2.99 when you dine-in. 
When: July 24

Total Wine
The deal:
Onda, the canned tequila seltzer company, is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on its Classic Collection at Total Wine locations. 
When: July 24

Minibar
The deal:
Use the code "THRILLIST" to get $5 off your first order. 
When: Ongoing

WB Liquors & Wine
The deal:
The Texas-based store is offering some tequila discounts to help you celebrate. Casamigos Blanco is $40, El Silencio Espadin Mezcal is $30, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo is $30, and so is Teremana Tequila Reposado. 
When: Through July 24

Village Burger Bar
The deal:
Grab a house marg for $3.50. 
When: July 24

Twin Peaks
The deal:
In recognition of National Tequila Day, you can grab $4 shooters of Dulce Vida Grapefruit Tequila or Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila. You can also get a $6 Paloma or $7 Spicy Margarita.
When: July 24

Twisted Root Burger
The deal:
For National Tequila Day, you can get $5 Perfect Margaritas. 
When: July 24

Meso Maya
The deal:
Grab a $5 house margarita or an order of guacamole or queso for the same price. 
When: July 24

Taqueria la Ventana
The deal:
National Tequila Day will bring you $3.50 house margs or Mexican beers. 
When: July 24

El Fenix
The deal:
Get $3.50 house margaritas, $3 imported beers, or $2 domestic beers. 
When: July 24

American Social
The deal:
Get $30 Mamitas Buckets, $8 Patron margaritas, and $13 featured margs. 
When: July 24-25

Sunday, July 25

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Monday, July 26

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
Every weekday features a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

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Tuesday, July 27

DoorDash
The deal:
Beyond wants you to try out its new plant-based chicken tenders. You'll get $15 off your order if you order the tenders from any participating local restaurant.
When: July 27

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain's new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci's
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it's BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird's imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday
 

Wednesday, July 28

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says "happy hump day." Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays when you buy a meal.
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
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

Thursday, July 29 - National Chicken Wings Day

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
It's BOGO wings time. Get an order of boneless wings and you'll get an order of boneless wings on the house for either dine-in or takeout. 
When: July 29

Hooters
The deal:
Get 10 free Boneless Wings when you dine-in and purchase 10 wings on National Chicken Wing Day. 
When: July 29

Chosen Foods
The deal:
Get 40% off orders sitewide, including avocado oil and other avocado-based goods. 
When: July 29 - August 1

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Ongoing, every Thursday

Friday, July 30 - National Cheesecake Day

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
The deal:
If you order a slice of cheesecake on National Cheesecake Day, you'll get a coupon for free cheesecake to be used on a future visit. You can get that when dining in or when ordering through the app or website. 
When: July 30, to be redeemed before August 31

McDonald's
The deal: Grab a free medium order of fries when you place a mobile order for at least $1. 
When: Every Friday through June 2021

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there's a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday
 

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Saturday, July 31 - National Avocado Day

Freebirds World Burrito
The deal:
Get free guac with any purchase. 
When: July 31

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal:
To celebrate National Avocado Day, Rubio's is giving out free chips and guac with any order. Use the code MKTG1142. 
When: July 31

Reward Program Freebies

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 with the purchase of a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. You're two-thirds of the way to lunch already. 
When: Ongoing

Hardee's
The deal:
Sign-up for the Hardee's email promo club to get a free small order of fries and a beverage with the purchase of a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. 
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. (Baskin requires face coverings for all customers.)
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 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 off 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 & Restaurant
The deal: 
Join the Premier Rewards Plus program, and the chain will 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 -- the wonderfully named 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

Missing Food Deals?

If you know of other freebies and deals we missed, email us at news@thrillist.com. We might add 'em here. 

Want more free food?

Here's our running list of the best reward programs, birthday freebies, gift card offers, deals 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 Writer on the news team at Thrillist. He is always hungry. Follow him @dlukenelson.
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