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Everywhere You Can Land Free and Super Cheap Food Deals in May

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

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As was the case in April, this month's food deals list looks different than it usually does. Lots of the country has been under stay-at-home orders and even where that's not the case, there are few, if any, restaurants that have open dining rooms to protect the health of employees and diners. So, when people want to eat out or support their favorite local restaurants, they're getting delivery, curbside pickup, and takeout.

No matter your reason, it's understandable if you're sick of making meals in your kitchen over and over every day. Throughout May, you'll still be able to find loads of food and drink deals from your favorite spots despite the massive shakeups that have plans changing daily. This month, there are deals for healthcare workers and deals on margaritas to make sure you can still celebrate Cinco de Mayo. There are offers from Krispy Kreme, Buffalo Wild Wings, Wendy's, McDonald's, and tons of other chains and local restaurants. We'll still be highlighting the best of the best throughout the month, like always.

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.

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 as a part of a program called "We're All Essential."
When: Ongoing

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

Cousins Subs
The deal:
You can get a free seven-and-a-half-inch sub when you sign up for Cousins Club. Plus, if you're a Cousins Club member and place an online order, you'll get double points.
When: Ongoing

Village Inn
The deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Mondays and Tuesdays

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

Subway
The deal:
Use the promo code "SUBWAYNOW" and you'll get free delivery from any service that delivers Subway. 
When: Ongoing

Burger King
The deal:
You can grab eight chicken nuggets for a buck. That'll also apply to the Spicy Chicken Nuggets that the chain just brought back.
When: For a limited time

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

B.GOOD
The deal: Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
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

Pizza Hut
The deal: For a limited time, you can get a Meat Lover's Pizza for just $10. That's 30% off the usual price. 
When: Ongoing

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

Drizly
The deal:
You can get $5 off your first order through Drizly with the code "HELLO."
When: Ongoing

Village Burger Bar
The deal:
Burgers are just $5.99 all day when you swing in for takeout or curbside pickup. 
When: Ongoing

Hurricane Grill & Wings
The deal:
Participating locations are offering 15% off takeout orders. 
When: Ongoing

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

Edible Arrangements
The deal:
The company has temporarily eliminated fees for same-day delivery for orders placed by 3pm daily and many locations are offering free delivery of fresh fruit and produce. 
When: Limited time

Bonchon
The deal:
Order through Uber Eats to get free delivery with an order of $25 or more. 
When: Ongoing

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

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

Qdoba
The deal:
Get a burrito, side of tortilla chips, salsa, and dessert for $9.95. 
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

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 entrée. In fact, you can get two free kid meals for every adult meal purchase. 
When: Ongoing

Chuck E Cheese
The deal:
The pizza mouse is rolling out a new $5 and $3 menu for carryout and delivery. You can get a large cheese pizza, cheesy bread, or garden salad for $5. There's also unicorn churros, mozzarella sticks, and pretzel bites for $3. 
When: Ongoing

Mrs. Fields
The deal:
When you're looking to get a gift for a mom or guardian figure at a time when you might not be able to see her, Mrs. Fields is offering 15% off orders for Mother's Day and beyond. Use the code "MOMLOVE" to score the deal.
When: Through May 31

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

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

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Wednesday, May 27

Natural Light
The deal:
If you file your taxes with TaxAct, Natural Light will give you a free case of Natural Light. Get all the details here
When: Through July 15

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal:
The new Hot & Ready Brunch Box lands you six bagels, a tub of shmear, three egg sandwiches, four blueberry muffins, and four twice-baked based browns for $29.99. 
When: Ongoing

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

Red Lobster
The deal:
Order directly through RedLobster.com and you can get free touchless delivery at participating locations. 
When: Ongoing

Panda Express
The deal:
The Chinese food chain you associate with malls is bringing back the $20 Family Meal Deal. Get two large sides and three large entrées for $20 when you order through the Panda Express app or website. 
When: Through May 25

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

Applebee's
The deal: Spend at least $20 and you can get 25-cent boneless wings with the code "25CENT."
When: Ongoing

Subway
The deal: Belly up with the aid of sandwich artists. Subway is offering BOGO foot-long subs.
When: Ongoing

Burger King
The deal:
Grab free delivery when you place an order of at least $20 through the Burger King mobile app. 
When: Through June 30

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

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Taco Cabana
The deal:
There are a few deals you can snag for Mother's Day at Taco Cabana. 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

The Halal Guys
The deal:
Place an order for $15 or more through Postmates and you'll get free delivery. 
When: Through May 31

The Halal Guys
The deal:
Place an order through Grubhub and you'll get $10 off an order of at least $30. 
When: Through May 31

Yard House
The deal:
Trim 15% off your to-go order with the code "YHTOGO15." You can also pick up a 64-ounce growler of beer while you're there. 
When: Through May 31

Firehouse Subs
The deal:
The chain's new Family Meal deal gets you a mix-and-match of three subs, three orders of chips, and three cookies for $24. 
When: Through June 28

DoorDash & Kitchens Without Borders
The deal:
Get $0 delivery fees on any order from any of the 500 restaurants that are part of Kitchens Without Borders, highlighting immigrant and refugee-owned businesses. Plus, every order over this period from a KWB restaurant will result in the donation of a meal to Feeding America. Just use the code "RAMY."
When: May 23-30

Olive Garden
The deal:
The home of unlimited breadsticks is crafting a Mother's Day Family-Style Take & Bake Bundle. For $40, you get a pan of ready-to-bake Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells, a jumbo house salad with a bottle of Italian dressing, and a dozen ready-to-bake breadsticks with dipping sauce. 
When: Starting May 2

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

White Castle
The deal:
If you're an employee at a grocery store or a retail food outlet, you can get 20% off any order at White Castle. It's the chain's way of thanking workers for their hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
When: Through June 15

Einstein Bros. Bagels
The deal:
Teachers and parents who are homeschooling their kids can take advantage of a couple of deals for Teacher Appreciation Week. That includes 20% off an eGift Card you can send to someone to say thanks. 
When: Ongoing

Insomnia Cookies
The deal:
If you send out for a 12-pack of traditional cookies online, you'll get a code that gives you a free six-pack of cookies to ship to anyone in the country who could use a little sweetness. Drop in the code "COOKIEMAGIC." (Also, you can totally be the person you send those cookies to if you happen to be the person who'd benefit from some free cookies.)
When: Wednesdays through May 31

Wendy's
The deal: New DoorDash customers get $5 off an order of at least $10 with the code "5OFFWENDYS."
When: Through May 31

Wendy's
The deal: Make any purchase at all through the Wendy's app and you'll get a free Spicy Chicken Sandwich or a Breakfast Baconator. (You can actually get both at different times. These are separate offers available in the app.)
When: Through June 7

Wendy's
The deal:
Buy one Made to Crave Chicken Sandwich and you'll get a second one for a buck. 
When: Through June 7

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

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

Olive Garden
The deal:
The pasta chain is now offering alcohol delivery with $15 bottles of wine, $10 six-packs, and $3 White Claws. 
When: Ongoing

The Capital Grille
The deal:
Get free delivery on wine and champagne.
When: Ongoing

Besa mi Vino
The deal:
Take 20% off any order of the canned wine with the code "LOVEYOU."
When: Ongoing

Chicago Cares Package
The deal:
Goose Island, Lakeshore Beverage, and Meals on Wheels are teaming up to help hospitality workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Pick a pizza shop on this map. Then order online and select the "Chicago Care Package." It can be done once at each location per person and you'll get a pizza, salad, and a six-pack of Goose Island beer. 
When: Ongoing

Kung-Fu Tea
The deal:
Order ahead or place an order through Grubhub or Uber Eats to upgrade your tea to include bubbles for free. 
When: Through May 30

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
The deal:
After giving away more than 100,000 smoothies to nurses in April, the chain is planning to dole out one million free smoothies in May. You can head to its website and pass along your email address to get a code for a freebie. 
When: Through May 31

Regatta Craft Mixers
The deal:
Get free shipping and feel good about it. Regatta will donate 15% of all online orders to the USBG Bartender Emergency Relief Program. 
When: Ongoing

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. 
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

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.

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Thursday, May 28 - National Hamburger Day

Jack in the Box
The deal:
Take 20% off any order made through Jack's mobile app. 
When: May 28 - June 1

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
 You can grab a Double Steak Burger and a Milkshake for four bucks, plus all reward members are getting double points on purchases for National Burger Day. 
When: May 28

Chili's
The deal:
Big Mouth Bites are being added to the 3 for $10 menu today only. The order includes one non-alcoholic beverage and a starter.
When: May 28

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, May 29

Dunkin'
The deal:
DD Perks members can get a free donut on Fridays when they buy a drink. 
When: Every Friday in May

McDonald's
The deal: 
Every Friday, you can get free French Fries from McDonald's with a minimum $1 purchase. 
When: Fridays through June 28

Ike's Love and Sandwiches
The deal:
Every Friday, the shop is offering a $5 social distancing-themed sandwich with the purchase of a regular sandwich. Plus, delivery is always free when you order through the Ike's app. 
When: May 29

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Saturday, May 30

Krispy Kreme
The deal:
 Order a dozen Original Glazed Donuts and you'll get a dozen for free every Saturday. The deal is being offered for pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery.
When: Every Saturday

Sunday, May 31

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" and order at least one entrée.
When: Sundays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mimi's Cafe
The deal:
 Sign up for the e-club and 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'll add 'em here. 

Want More Free Food?

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

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

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