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There's Tons of Free & Cheap Food You Can Get in December

These food deals will help you get through yet another month of staying at home.

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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.

It's a beautiful time of year. There are holidays, and we aren't totally sick of winter, yet. Best of all, it's a time of year full of feasts and delicious seasonal foods. 

Maybe there isn't always a direct line from that big holiday spread you're used to sharing with friends and family and your local drive-thru window. Still, there's a lot of good food to be had at restaurants, and it doesn't involve you sweating over the stove all day. Restaurants all over the country, both local restaurants and national chains, are offering alluring, mouth-watering deals that will bring you out of the house for a little takeout. In December, you're going to find deals from places like Red Lobster, Wendy's, Chili's, Applebee's, and loads of other restaurants.

Here are the best food deals available in December. Check back often (this list is updated regularly -- almost daily!) to see the expected and the unexpected meals you should be getting after every day this month. 
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Ongoing Food & Drink Deals

Pizza Hut
The deal:
Get a large three-topping pizza for $9.99. Pizzas are available for contactless delivery or pickup. 
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 back in December when things were oh-so different. Now, after your first order through the app, you'll be rewarded with a free eight-inch sandwich. 
When: Ongoing

Pizza Hut
The deal:
Get two medium one-topping pizzas for $12.99 with the Hut's new Double it Box.
When: Ongoing

Domino's
The deal
: A 10-piece order of the chain's new Buffalo wings costs just $7.99. They've had wings for a while, but these ones are called "new-and-improved." The latter half of that label is up to you, really.
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 entrĂ©e. 
When: Ongoing

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

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

Pokeworks
The deal:
All new app users get $5 off their order. 
When: Ongoing

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
The deal:
 If you order at least four pints of ice cream, you can get free local delivery when you order through the Jeni's website. Orders through Postmates will not get the same deal.
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 entrĂ©e 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

Qdoba
The deal
: The new Burrito Meal Deal will land you a burrito, tortilla chips, salsa, and a dessert for $9.95. 
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 entrĂ©e. 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. EntrĂ©e 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

Juice It Up!
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get two free smoothies for yourself.
When: Through December 31

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Tuesday, December 1

Wendy's
The deal
: Donate $2 to the Dave Thomas Foundation to get a key tag that will land you free Frostys for an entire year
When: Buy through January 31

Wendy's
The deal:
Make any purchase at all through the Wendy's mobile app and you'll get a free Breakfast Baconator
When: Through December 27

Denny's
The deal:
Get a free two-stack of pancakes when you place an online order of at least $10 and use the code "PANCAKES." You have to order through the Denny's mobile app or website. 
When: Through December 6

Panera
The deal
: Grab a cheese flatbread from Panera for $5.99 at select locations as long as you order through the Panera website or the MyPanera app. 
When: Through December 4

Shake Shack
The deal:
Get a free shake voucher when you drop $25 on gift cards. You'll be able to buy those online and in-store. 
When: Through December 31

Corner Bakery
The deal:
It's launching "Free Coffee at the Corner." You don't have to buy anything at all, you're just getting a free coffee in any size when you stop by a Corner Bakery. You're even able to order that freebie online. 
When: Daily through December 31

Piada Italian Street Food
The deal:
Put $25 on a gift card and you'll get a coupon for a free entrĂ©e to use on your next visit. 
When: Through January 4, 2021

Sheetz
The deal
: Grab a free self-serve coffee once a week over a stretch of two months. 
When: Weekly through January 31, 2021

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

Del Taco
The deal
: Spend $30 on Del Taco gift cards to get two free combo meal coupons. Or if you go all-in and spend $100 on gift cards, you'll get eight free combo meal coupons. 
When: November 30 - December 1

Hungry Howie's
The deal: You're getting 51% off any pizza at menu price when you use the code "51OFF."
When: November 30 - December 6

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Chili's
The deal:
December's $5 Marg of the Month is the Merry Berry 'Rita, which features Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, Monin Blackberry Syrup, strawberry puree, and fresh sour. You can even get it to-go where that's allowed. 
When: Through December 31

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The deal: Grab a free regular size drink when you buy $30 worth of gift cards. 
When: Through January 5, 2021

McDonald's
The deal:
 The J Balvin Meal deal gets you a free McFlurry with the purchase of a Big Mac and French Fries through the mobile app. 
When: Ongoing

Burger King
The deal:
 Use the BK mobile app to get an order of nine Chicken Fries and a large order of French Fries for $3. Alternatively, you can spend the same amount of money and take advantage of a deal that gets you a large order of fries and a 10-piece order of Chicken Nuggets. 
When: A limited time

Burger King
The deal: Nab a $1 mini shake at the drive-thru. Take your pick of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry.
When: Only for a little while

Burger King
The deal: Use the BK mobile app to grab a free kids meal with any purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Applebee's
The deal:
Order an entrĂ©e, and you can add one dozen Double Crunch Shrimp for just a buck. 
When: "For a limited time"

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

Cousins Subs
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get a gift certificate for a free 7.5-inch sub in a bowl. 
When: Through December 31

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

Pizza Ranch
The deal:
Any two large pizzas will run you $22. The coupon (if you're not ordering online) can be found on the restaurant's site.
When: Through December 31

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

Smokey Bones
The deal:
Get a free kids meal with the purchase of any adult entrĂ©e. 
When: A limited time

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

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

Auntie Anne's
The deal:
To celebrate the return of its Hot Chocolate Frost drink, Auntie Anne's is offering free deliveries through the Pretzel Perks app. 
When: Monday-Friday through January 1, 2021

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Denny's
The deal:
Place an order through the Denny's mobile app or website and you'll get free delivery. There's no order minimum. 
When: Through December 20

Outer Aisle
The deal:
If you order through Amazon, you'll get 20% off its Sandwich Thins and Pizza Crusts. 
When: Through December 2

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

Red Lobster
The deal:
For every $50 you drop on gift cards, you'll get two bonus coupons that can be used in January and February. The first is for $10 off two adult dinner entrĂ©es, and the second is for $10 off any To Go or delivery order of at least $30. Though, that delivery order has to be placed through RedLobster.com. 
When: Through December 31

Chili's
The deal
: Drop $50 on a gift card and you'll get a free $10 bonus card. The bonus cards are valid from January 1 to February 11, 2021.
When: Through December 31

Outback Steakhouse
The deal
: You're going to score a $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 card. That bonus card will be valid from January 1 to February 7, 2021. 
When: Through December 31

Taco John's
The deal: For every $25 you drop on gift cards, you'll get a $5 bonus gift card. There's no limit on the number of bonus cards. That's a whole lot of potato olés.
When: Through December 31

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Treat others how you'd like to be treated yourself. Buy a $50 gift card for a loved one and BJ's will give you a free $10 gift card. Make it $100, and your freebie is worth $25 and you'll also get a 20% off VIP card. The bonus cards are valid from January 1 to February 13, 2021.
When: Through January 1

Carrabba's Italian Grill
The deal:
Buy a $50 card to get a $10 bonus card for free. Pretty straightforward. You'll be able to redeem the bonus card from January 1 to February 7, 2021. 
When: Through December 31

Bonefish Grill
The deal:
A $10 card will wind up in your pocket when you buy a $50 gift card. That freebie will be valid from January 1 to February 7, 2021. 
When: Through December 31

Noodles & Company
The deal:
Drop $25 on a gift card and you'll get a $5 card for free. 
When: Through December 31

McAlister's Deli
The deal:
For every $25 you drop on gift cards, you'll get a $5 reward card that can be redeemed in January and February of 2021. 
When: Through December 31

On the Border
The deal:
You get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 or more in gift cards. That's available online and in-restaurant. The cards can be redeemed from January 1 to February 13, 2021, and it's only valid if you spend at least $20 on that order.
When: Through December 31

Miguel's Jr.
The deal
: Take home a $5 bonus card with every $25 card you buy in-store or online. 
When: Through December 31

Head over here to find even more free food delivery deals or check out this list of all the places healthcare workers can get free food right now.

Wednesday, December 2

Tim Hortons
The deal:
Grab zero-dollar delivery through the chain's mobile app. 
When: December 2-31

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrĂ©e 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, December 3

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

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Friday, December 4 - National Cookie Day

Del Taco
The deal:
Use the Del Taco app to grab a free tamale with any purchase.
When: December 4

Cousins Subs
The deal:
Grab a free cookie with the purchase of any 7.5-inch sub in recognition of National Cookie Day. 
When: December 4

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, December 5

Chili's
The deal:
Drop at least $15 and you can get free delivery through the Chili's mobile app or website. 
When: December 5-18

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
 To celebrate its 25th anniversary, you can get a Corona on-tap for just a quarter as long as you buy an adult entrĂ©e.
When: Every Saturday in December

Sunday, December 6

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 entrĂ©e and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Sundays

Monday, December 7

Mrs. Fields
The deal:
The customizable Heartfelt Holiday Gram is going to be 25% off through the end of the year. 
When: December 7-31

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

Tuesday, December 8

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, December 9

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrĂ©e 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, December 10

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

Friday, December 11

Del Taco
The deal:
Take $4 off Del Taco's Tamales Fiesta Pack that comes with 12 Tamales. 
When: December 11

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, December 12

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
 To celebrate its 25th anniversary, you can get a Corona on-tap for just a quarter as long as you buy an adult entrĂ©e.
When: Every Saturday in December

Sunday, December 13

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 entrĂ©e and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Sundays

Monday, December 14

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

Tuesday, December 15

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, December 16

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrĂ©e 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, December 17

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

Friday, December 18

Del Taco
The deal:
Take a buck off any Smothered Tamale meal, including the Cholula Smothered Tamale. 
When: December 18

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, December 19

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
 To celebrate its 25th anniversary, you can get a Corona on-tap for just a quarter as long as you buy an adult entrĂ©e.
When: Every Saturday in December

Sunday, December 20

Del Taco
The deal:
Get a free regular-sized order of chips and guac with any $15 purchase through Postmates. 
When: November 20-22

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 entrĂ©e and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Sundays

Monday, December 21

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

Tuesday, December 22

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, December 23

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrĂ©e 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, December 24 - Christmas Eve

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

Friday, December 25 - Christmas

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, 2-5pm 

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, December 26

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
 To celebrate its 25th anniversary, you can get a Corona on-tap for just a quarter as long as you buy an adult entrĂ©e.
When: Every Saturday in December

Sunday, December 27

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 entrĂ©e and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Sundays

Monday, December 28

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

Tuesday, December 29

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, December 30

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrĂ©e 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 Wednesda

Thursday, December 31 - New Year's Eve

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

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

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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 Writer on the news team at Thrillist. He is always hungry. Follow him @dlukenelson.