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May Is Loaded with Deals That'll Score You Free & Super-Cheap Food

It's a very good month to be a deal-savvy eater.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, dining indoors can be dangerous for you and the restaurant's employees. Check the CDC's Food Safety and Eating Out guidelines to understand the risks involved. Consider ordering food to-go or getting delivery to support your favorite restaurants.

Every month, we pull together a giant, evolving list of the best food deals you're likely to find. It's a pile of general offerings, food holiday-associated deals, and the best perks from restaurant reward programs. 

In May, there's a strange assortment of holidays and food holidays that almost guarantees that you're going to find a deal on something you love. It's National Hamburger Month with National Hamburger Day landing toward the end of May. There's also Memorial Day, National Wine Day, Mother's Day, National Chocolate Chip Day, Cinco de Mayo, and the Kentucky Derby, which is basically a cocktail-themed holiday. That's all in addition to bonus perks for people in a couple of deserving professions during Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Week, which both land over the next 31 days as well.

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 May.

Ongoing Food & Drink Deals

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

Pizza Hut
The deal:
To celebrate its Stuffed Crust Pizza (and counter a rival launching its own version), you can grab a large, three-topping Stuffed Crust pizza for $11.99
When: A limited time

Popeyes
The deal:
Take $2 off your first digital order through the Popeyes site or app.  
When: Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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Monday, May 3 - Start of Teacher Appreciation Week

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
If you fall in a celebrated group during Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurse Appreciation Week, or Mother's Day, you can get a totally free cookie from Insomnia in-store. No purchase is required. Alternatively, you can get a free six-pack with any $5 purchase. That's also only available when you shop in-store. 
When: May 3-9

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

Wendy's
The deal:
Buy a Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger and you can get a second one for just a buck through the mobile app. 
When: Through May 23

Drizly
The deal:
If you're new to Drizly, you can get $5 off your first order with the code "CINCO2021."
When: Through May 5

The Cheesecake Factory
The deal: Buy a $50 gift card and you'll be set up with a $10 bonus card that, unlike the head of broccoli in the back of your fridge, does not expire. 
When: Through May 9

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 John's
The deal:
Get five Beef Softshell Tacos for $5.55 on the five days leading up to Cinco de Mayo. 
When: Through May 5

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

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
If you fall in a celebrated group during Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurse Appreciation Week, or Mother's Day, you can get a totally free cookie from Insomnia in-store. No purchase is required. Alternatively, you can get a free six-pack with any $5 purchase. That's also only available when you shop in-store. 
When: May 3-9

Sonic
The deal:
Teachers can snag a free large drink or Slush with any purchase when they use the code "TEACHERS" while ordering online or through the Sonic app. 
When: Through May 9

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
Every Monday for a good stretch here you can get a free medium coffee and a glazed donut. 
When: Mondays through May 24

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Teachers and school staff can trim 20% off their order at participating sports bar locations all week. 
When: May 3-7

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Half-Baked Mondays get you a 14-inch half-backed pizza for the price of a 10-inch when you order any starter or appetizer with the pizza. Use the code "HB50."
When: Every Monday through June

Grimaldi's 
The deal:
Teachers and nurses get 15% off any order when they show an ID. 
When: May 3-7

Lightlife
The deal: For Teacher Appreciation Week, Lightlife is offering teachers a free product from its line of plant-based meat substitutes. Just go to the company's site to snag a coupon that will hook you up. 
When: May 3-10

Romano's Macaroni Grill
The deal: The code "TREATMOM" will get you 25% off any e-gift card.
When: May 3-9

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Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Get a free classic cookie in-store if you're a recent grad. You just need to bring in your cap or gown. You don't even have to buy anything. 
When: May 3-16

Hungry Howie's
The deal:
Grab a medium one-topping pizza for $5.55 with the code "CINCO."
When: Through May 5
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I Heart Mac and Cheese
The deal:
Throughout the month, the chain will give nurses and nursing students 20% off every order. 
When: Through May 31
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Wayback Burgers
The deal:
Grab a $2 kids meal in honor of National Hamburger Month when you order through the app. 
When: Through May 9

Chili's
The deal:
Chili's Marg of the Month promotion in May sees the return of the Patron 'Rita, which is made with Patron Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, and sour. You can get one for $5 all month. Plus, it's available to-go in states where that's allowed. 
When: Through May 31

Sonic
The deal:
Teachers can snag a free large drink or Slush with any purchase when they use the code "TEACHERS" while ordering online or through the Sonic app. 
When: Through May 9

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. 
When: Through October 10

Tijuana Flats
The deal: The chain is launching a $5 menu that includes $5 margaritas, two for $5 on Mexican draft beers, a beer and taco for $5, or two tacos for $5. Also, loyalty members will get five bonus points with any purchase over the same time frame.
When: Through May 5

Tijuana Flats
The deal: The restaurant is also offering a $50 Taco Meal Kit Bundle that comes with a chicken or beef taco kit, family-style salsa, and a four-pack of margaritas. 
When: Through May 5

Jimmy John's
The deal: Get $5 off an order of at least $20 with the code "5OFF20." Just be sure to order through the Jimmy John's website or app for curbside pickup or contactless delivery.
When: Through June 13
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Verve Coffee
The deal: Order a gift subscription to Verve Coffee and you'll get a free Verve Kinto diner mug with the first delivery. 
When: Through May 9

Grubhub
The deal:
Make any $15 purchase and you'll get a $10 bonus gift card to spend later. A representative tells Thrillist that this deal will automatically apply through the run of the deal.
When: Through May 9

Smoothie King
The deal: Get $0 delivery fees when you order through its website or mobile app. You'll also have to hit the $10 minimum. 
When: Through May 15

Carrabba's Italian Grill
The deal:
Spend $50 on gift cards and get a $10 bonus card that can be redeemed from May 17 to July 18. 
When: Through May 15

Baskin-Robbins
The deal: Take $5 off any cake purchase of at least $30. 
When: Through May 15

Wendys
The deal: Buy a Premium Hamburger and get another one for a buck inside the Wendy's app. 
When: Through May 23

Martha Stewart Wine Co. 
The deal: The code "4MOM30" will get you 30% off your entire wine order. Stock up!
When: Through May 9

Wine Insiders
The deal: Drop in the code "4MOM35" to get 35% off your wine restock order. 
When: Through May 9

Red Lobster
The deal: Drop $50 on a Red Lobster gift card and you'll get a bonus coupon for $10 off an in-restaurant, To Go, or delivery order that hits a $30 minimum. That coupon can be used anytime in July or August. 
When: Through June 30

White Castle
The deal: If you can prove you're vaccinated against Covid-19, you can grab a free cake on a stick at White Castle. Yes, they do make those, and you can get them in Gooey Buttercake, Fudge Dipped Brownie, Fudge Dipped Cheesecake, and Birthday Cake. 
When: Through May 31

WaBa Grill
The deal: You can get a free half of an avocado with any order all month when you buy an entrée. 
When: Through May 31

Metro Diner
The deal: Spend $50 on gift cards to Metro Diner, and you'll get a $10 bonus card that can be used through June 30. 
When: Through May 31

Fogo de Chão
The deal: Buy a $125 gift card to get a $25 bonus card for free. 
When: Through June 20

Subway
The deal: If you buy $25 in gift cards in-restaurant or online, you'll get a coupon for a free six-inch sub that can be redeemed from July 1 to August 30. 
When: Through June 30

Casey's
The deal:
Get an eight-piece order of Casey's new cheesy breadsticks for $3.99. 
When: Through May 31

Veggie Grill
The deal:
If you're new to Veggie Grill rewards during Earth Month, you'll get a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deal on starters through the app. If you're already a member, three check-ins will get you 100 bonus points. 
When: Through April 30

Chili's
The deal:
Grab a $50 gift card -- hello, graduations, Mother's Day, and Father's Day -- and you'll get a free $10 bonus card. 
When: Through June 27

Crook & Marker
The deal:
Buy any eight-pack of Crook & Marker and you can grab a free eight-pack of its new canned Lime Margaritas. That's available anywhere the brand is sold. 
When: Through May 31

Grand Lux Cafe
The deal: Like the above deal from Cheesecake Factory, you can buy a $50 gift card and get a free $10 card in the process. 
When: Through May 9

Friendly's
The deal:
Friendly's is bringing back its Fan Favorite meals. Grab one -- the Heinz 57 Burger, Vermonter Burger, or the Honey SuperMelt -- with a sundae for $11.99.
When: Through June 6

Talia di Napoli
The deal:
Order flash-frozen pizzas to your doorstep. These Neapolitan Pizzas are shipped from Naples and are pretty damn good. Take 10% off your order with the code "TALIA10OFF."
When: Through May 30

First Watch
The deal:
Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus card. The bonus card can be redeemed from June 21 to July 31
When: Through June 20

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

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

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

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Tuesday, May 4

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
The deal:
All teachers and school staff get 20% off their entire check when showing their school ID. 
When: May 4

Smashburger
The deal: Current and retired firefighters can swing by Smashburger to grab a totally free Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich. 
When: May 4

Curry Up Now
The deal:
Teacher Tuesdays are going to hook teachers and school staff up with a free bowl or burrito at participating locations. Just show your school ID when ordering in-person. 
When: Every Tuesday through May 25

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Take 20% off any takeout order with the code "TOT21."
When: Every Tuesday through June

Wednesday, May 5 - Cinco de Mayo

7-Eleven
The deal: If you're a 7Rewarsd member, you can grab a small Slurpee for a dollar today, and it'll come with four free mini tacos. 
When: May 5

Freebirds World Burrito
The deal:
Get a free side of chips and dip with any order of at least $25.
When: May 5

Hurricane Grill & Wings
The deal:
Grab $3 tequila shots, $3 Coronas, and $5 margaritas. 
When: May 5

Kona Grill
The deal: Grab $3 fish tacos or get the Margarita Kit To Go for $49, which will serve four people. 
When: May 5

Kolache Factory
The deal: Get two kolaches from a select menu and get a dollar off. Though, you'll have to flash a coupon -- ask your parents what that is -- that Kolache Factory is posted on social media. 
When: May 5

goPuff
The deal: Get a four-count box of Choco-Taco for $5. 
When: May 5

On the Border
The deal:
Get a Grande House 'Rita for $5.
When: May 5

Tocaya Organica
The deal: If you're ordering from the website or app you can get bottled beer for $2.95 (usually $5), a to-go margarita bottle for $17.95 (usually $24.95), or a Taco Bar order for $54.95 (usually $64.95). 
When: May 5

Smokey Bones
The deal: Get a margarita and two BBQ street tacos for $10. 
When: May 5

Moe's Southwest Grill
The deal: Get 5x the reward points on any order placed on Cinco de Mayo.
When: May 5

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
The deal:
The La Grandeza Margarita, Sangria Rocks, and Grande Mexican draft beers are all discounted to $5. Plus, the restaurant will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry for every Flag Margarita and El Jefe Margarita sold. 
When: May 5

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

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Thursday, May 6 - Start of Nurse Appreciation Week

Ike's Love & Sandwiches
The deal:
Any healthcare worker can get 50% off their order on National Nurses Day. 
When: May 6

I Heart Mac and Cheese
The deal:
Grab a totally free entrée at any location if you're a nurse or nursing student. 
When: May 6

Joella's Hot Chicken
The deal: Teachers and nurses can grab a free meal this week. You'll get set up with a meal that includes two Jumbo Tenders, a southern side, one Dippin' Sauce, and a drink. Just show an ID to prove you're a nurse or school staff. 
When: May 6

Davanni's
The deal:
Nurses can take 15% off an order with the code "NURSE21."
When: May 6-12

Greene Turtle
The deal:
If nurses place a pick-up order with the code "NURSE2021," they can get 50% off that order at participating locations. 
When: May 6

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, May 7

Cracker Barrel
The deal: Purchase the All-Day Pancake Breakfast Family Meal Basket or Sunday Homestyle Chicken Family Meal Basket for Mother’s Day weekend to get a $10 bonus gift card that can be used anytime from May 8 to June 13.
When: May 7-9

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The deal: Take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal on lattes and Ice Blended drinks size regular or larger. 
When: May 7-9, 2 pm - close

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, May 8

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
When you buy a dozen glazed donuts, you'll get a second dozen for a dollar. 
When: Saturdays and Sunday through May 23

Sunday, May 9 - Mother's Day

Hooters
The deal: Buy any ten wings, and you'll get ten free boneless wings.
When: May 9

Kolache Factory
The deal: Buy a muffin, get one for free on Mother's Day. (Unless you're at the St. Louis location. No free muffins will be found there.) Grab a coupon for this deal on Kolache's social media.
When: May 9

Greene Turtle
The deal:
Moms get a free dessert with the purchase of an entrée at participating locations. 
When: May 9

Fogo de Chão
The deal:
Moms who dine at Fogo on Mother's Day will get a bounce-back card for $25 off two Full Churrasco Experiences next time they stop in. 
When: May 9-10

Miller's Ale House
The deal: Any mother that stops by Miller's on Mother's Day (and eats something) will get a coupon for $10 off a $30 tab that can be used from May 10 to June 30. 
When: May 9

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, May 10

Wayback Burgers
The deal:
Get a free regular order of Bacon Cheese Fries with the order of a burger or sandwich in honor of National Hamburger Month. Just order through the app to get the deal.
When: May 10-16

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
Every Monday for a good stretch here you can get a free medium coffee and glazed donut. 
When: Mondays through May 24

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Half-Baked Mondays get you a 14-inch half-backed pizza for the price of a 10-inch when you order any starter or appetizer with the pizza. Use the code "HB50."
When: Every Monday through June

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Tuesday, May 11

Curry Up Now
The deal:
Teacher Tuesdays are going to hook teachers and school staff up with a free bowl or burrito at participating locations. Just show your school ID when ordering in-person. 
When: Every Tuesday through May 25

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Take 20% off any takeout order with the code "TOT21."
When: Every Tuesday through June

Wednesday, May 12

Mountain Mike's Pizza
The deal: Order a 20-inch Mountain Size Pizza and get $5 off the order with the code "MTN5OFF."
When: May 12

The Rustic
The deal: Nurses can grab a $5 Hot Chicken & Cheese sandwich today for International Nurses Day when they present some form of ID. 
When: May 12

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, May 13

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, May 14

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, May 15 - National Chocolate Chip Day

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
Get a free cookie today. No hook or purchase required if you stop into a store. Otherwise, you can tack on a free cookie when you hit the $6 minimum on a delivery order. 
When: May 15

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip
The deal: Get 12 Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies for $5 in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day. 
When: May 15

Capriotti's Sandwich Shops
The deal:
Get a chocolate chip cookie for a dollar with the purchase of any sub or salad. 
When: May 15

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
When you buy a dozen glazed donuts, you'll get a second dozen for a dollar. 
When: Saturdays and Sunday through May 23

Sunday, May 16

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, May 17

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
The deal:
To celebrate what would have been Tax Day, you can get a 16-inch traditional cheese pizza for $10.40. (Though, you're not getting that at the To-Go locations or the one on Front St. in Brooklyn.)
When: May 17

Mountain Mike's Pizza
The deal: Order any large specialty pizza to get a free order of MiniChurrs, which are cleverly-named mini churros. Use the code "FREECHURRO."
When: May 17

Wayback Burgers
The deal:
When you order through the mobile app, you can get $2 off an order that includes a hamburger or sandwich. Though, you do have to hit the $10 minimum. 
When: May 17-23

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
Every Monday for a good stretch here you can get a free medium coffee and glazed donut. 
When: Mondays through May 24

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Half-Baked Mondays get you a 14-inch half-backed pizza for the price of a 10-inch when you order any starter or appetizer with the pizza. Use the code "HB50."
When: Every Monday through June

Tuesday, May 18

Curry Up Now
The deal:
Teacher Tuesdays are going to hook teachers and school staff up with a free bowl or burrito at participating locations. Just show your school ID when ordering in-person. 
When: Every Tuesday through May 25

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Take 20% off any takeout order with the code "TOT21."
When: Every Tuesday through June

Wednesday, May 19

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, May 20

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, May 21

goPuff
The deal: The company that delivers from the convenience store is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day by offering 25% off everything.
When: May 21

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, May 22

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
When you buy a dozen glazed donuts, you'll get a second dozen for a dollar. 
When: Saturdays and Sunday through May 23

Sunday, May 23

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, May 24

Wayback Burgers
The deal:
You'll get triple points on orders made through the app in honor of National Hamburger Month. 
When: May 24-27, 29-31

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
Every Monday for a good stretch here you can get a free medium coffee and glazed donut. 
When: Mondays through May 24

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Half-Baked Mondays get you a 14-inch half-backed pizza for the price of a 10-inch when you order any starter or appetizer with the pizza. Use the code "HB50."
When: Every Monday through June

Tuesday, May 25

Curry Up Now
The deal:
Teacher Tuesdays are going to hook teachers and school staff up with a free bowl or burrito at participating locations. Just show your school ID when ordering in-person. 
When: Every Tuesday through May 25

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

Patxi's Pizza
The deal:
Take 20% off any takeout order with the code "TOT21."
When: Every Tuesday through June

Wednesday, May 26

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, May 27

Mountain Mike's Pizza
The deal: You've got a three-day weekend on the horizon (I hope). Kick it off with 15% off any large pizza with the code "USA15."
When: May 27

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, May 28 - National Hamburger Day

Dog Haus
The deal: Get the signature Haus Burger for $5 when you order in-store at participating locations. 
When: May 28

Wayback Burgers
The deal:
Grab a $3 Signature Burger in recognition of National Hamburger Day. 
When: May 28

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, May 29

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
When you buy a dozen glazed donuts, you'll get a second dozen for a dollar. 
When: Saturdays and Sunday through May 23

Sunday, May 30

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, May 31

Kolache Factory
The deal: Buy three kolaches and get three for free on Memorial Day. 
When: May 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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