Hungry? These Restaurants Offer Food Freebies

If there’s one thing that Costco has taught us, it’s that there’s nothing better than food freebies. From free subs and tacos to delicious desserts, these restaurants have much more to offer than just samples. Whether it’s your birthday or if you joined their loyalty program, these businesses know how to get you hooked with a free item or two. Read on to see what big-name chains like Denny’s and Krispy Kreme are serving up on the house.

Denny’s Gives You A Birthday Grand Slam

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Denny’s is the king of massive meals for cheap. So, it’s only natural that they went big when it came to birthday offers. If you sign up for their rewards program, they’ll give you a free Grand Slam on your birthday!

The hearty meal includes two pancakes, two eggs, two bacon strips, and two sausages– that’s two-rrific! Forget your mom’s surprise breakfast in bed, and head to Denny’s for a meal you’ll probably have trouble finishing.

Baja Fresh Gives Out Free Fresh Tacos

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What’s the one thing that’s better than Taco Tuesday? Free tacos! At Baja Fresh, they’ll give you a taco on the house just for downloading their app! The one catch is you do have to make a purchase to get the taco.

But hey, buy one taco and get the other for free! Their taco meats include fried or grilled fish, shrimp, chicken, steak, and carnitas. With that kind of versatility, you’d probably want more than one taco, anyway.

Quiznos Offers A Free Sub And A Birthday Cookie

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Quiznos is known for their toasty subs that put to rest the soggy bread saga that’s been destroying sandwiches for centuries. To see what we’re talking about, download the Quiznos app and score a free small sub!

The best part is that joining their loyalty program is the gift that keeps on giving. After a certain number of points, you’ll rack up another free sub! Be sure to swing by on your birthday to get a free cookie, as well.

Carvel Gives A Free Cup Or Cone

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If you haven’t heard of Carvel, you have a new ice cream shop to check out. Better yet, give it a try for free by joining their Fudgie Fanatics email list. They’ll send you coupons all the time, including a free cup or cone upon joining.

The one downside: seeing ice cream deals pop up on your email all the time may tempt you to grab a sweet treat one too many times. After all, we all scream for ice cream.

Auntie Anne’s Offers A Soft Pretzel On The House

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When walking around the mall, you may catch a whiff of something that can only be compared to heaven. That glorious smell is soft pretzels. Though Wetzel’s Pretzels and Auntie Anne’s have been duking it out for decades, there is one feature that may put the latter in first place.

Auntie Anne’s offers you a free pretzel when you download their app! The small catch is that the pretzel offer doesn’t come until after your first purchase. All the more reason to come back!

McDonald’s Does Free Fry Fridays

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No matter what Supersize Me taught us about eating at McDonald’s, there’s simply no debate when it comes to their fries. Are they even made of potatoes? We don’t know, and we don’t care. Mickey D’s simply has the best fries around.

Those delightful french fries just got even more amazing. If you download the McDonald’s app, you’ll get a medium-size fry every Friday with another purchase. Your waistline might not thank you, but your tastebuds sure will.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Gives Free Burritos

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One birthday offer you don’t see every day is a free burrito. Fortunately for Mexican food lovers, Moe’s Southwest Grill offers you birthday burrito, and they don’t skimp on it. Similar to Chipotle, Moe’s lets you load up as many ingredients as you like.

At last, you can afford the guacamole upcharge because the rest of your meal is free! Simply join their loyalty program and head to a Moe’s to receive one of the best presents you could ask for.

Krispy Kreme Hands Out Free Donuts

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You know you’re a donut lover when your favorite holiday is National Donut Day. Each year, Krispy Kreme fanatics head to a nearby location to claim their free donut on that special day.

If that weren’t enough, USA Today reports that in 2020, Krispy Kreme will be giving out free donuts the entire week of National Donut Day! If the wait is too long, don’t fret! You can also join their email program and collect a free donut right away!

Jersey Mike’s Gives You A Birthday Sub And Drink

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At Jersey Mike’s, you get not one but two items on your birthday! Join their email club and get a free drink and sub as a congratulations for making it another year. While you may be tempted to hit “unsubscribe” as soon as you collect your free meal, it might we worth holding off for a while.

They send offers and coupons that could end up saving you even more over the course of the year. Before you know it, it’s your birthday again and you get another free sub and soda.

Baskin Robbins Gives A Free Birthday Scoop

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Baskin Robbins knows how to treat you right on your birthday. That’s why instead of your typical loyalty program, they have a straight-up Birthday Club. Sign up and receive a free scoop of ice cream on your special day!

But that’s not all. You’ll also get a discounted birthday cake so you can share the sweetness with loved ones. To top it off, they’ll send you a couple so you can enjoy another discount on your next visit.

Del Taco Offers Free Tacos And Shakes

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Del Taco’s value menu is already one of the best around, but the offers get even more insane if you join their Raving Fan Club. Just for signing up, you’ll get free Del Tacos or Grilled Chicken Tacos on the house!

Additionally, you’ll be able to snag a milkshake in whatever flavor you prefer on your birthday. If that still isn’t enough for you, just keep an eye out for their coupons in the mail. They generally have plenty of BOGOs and other offers.

Dairy Queen Gives Out Free Birthday Blizzards

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A scoop of ice cream is cute and all, but Dairy Queen takes creamy desserts to the next level. Join their Blizzard Fan Club to get a free Blizzard on your birthday! The famous treat consists of soft-serve ice cream mixed with various toppings.

These additions include pieces of brownies, cookies, cheesecake, and popular candies like M&Ms or Butterfinger! The flavors range from Rocky Road to Raspberry Bliss, so you’re bound to find something you’ll love.

Sonic Offers A Free Drink Or Tater Tots

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Join Sonic’s reward program and you’ll instantly get a free drink or tater tots. If that’s not impressive enough, you’ll also get frequent coupons for free items, such as a children’s meal or a slushie on the house.

The rewards program has an app, so you can check offers from your phone as soon as you arrive! From burgers and hot dogs to breakfast foods and desserts, there’s no telling what you’ll score by becoming a member.

Subway Gives You A Birthday Sub And Drink

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If you don’t have a Jersey Mike’s nearby, we have good news. Subway has the same birthday offer: one free sub and a drink! All you have to do is join their email list and voila, you get a free birthday meal.

For years, Subway has scrambled to catch up with their top dog competitors. That’s good for you because they tend to give away heaps of coupons, so get ready to check your email.

Starbucks Offers A Free Drink Or Meal

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Nowadays, there’s a Starbucks around every corner, so you may as well sign up for their rewards program. As soon as you do, you’ll get a free drink! From there, you’ll build up points (called “stars”) for every purchase.

Once you reach 125 points, you get another free drink, or you can switch it up and do a free meal instead! It’s an excellent program for people who often buy coffee on the go or frequent coffee houses.

Panera Bread Gives You A Treat On The House

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If some of the restaurants on this list don’t meet your healthy foods criteria, we have great news. Panera Bread also has a rewards program that offers freebies and discounts every month!

Just be sure to sign up for the program on a cheat day, because your first reward is a free treat! In our book, everyone deserves a cookie every once in a while, especially when you can pair it with a fresh salad or sandwich.

Pinkberry Offers You A Yogurt On The House

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Frozen yogurt has risen to such popularity that even big-name ice cream brands have cause for concern. With all of the fro-yo shops around, how do you settle on one? Well, you’ll want to at least stop into a Pinkberry on your birthday to claim your free yogurt.

Be sure to sign up for their rewards program before you head in to claim the prize! If you love it, stick with the program to get another free yogurt every ten purchases.

Wendy’s Gives You A Birthday Frosty

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If there’s one menu item that Wendy’s is know for, it’s their Frosty. The simple milkshake has something unique about it that you can only get at Wendy’s. The best part is that you get one for free on your birthday!

All you have to do is join their rewards program and you’ll get not only a free birthday Frosty, but also a dollar off your purchase! Keep an eye out for other great offers, like buy one get one free.

Chick-Fil-A Offers You A Birthday Cookie!

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If you have chicken fever, you’ve probably paid a visit or two to a nearby Chick-Fil-A. Whether you’re one of their frequent fliers or not, it’s worth downloading their app! At best you’ll get tons of great deals, and at worst you’ll get a free birthday cookie!

You can feel confident that by joining their rewards program, you’ll probably see a free item pop up on the app frequently. They also have BOGOs that make joining all the more worth it!

Dunkin’ Donuts Gives Out Free Birthday Drinks

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If you’re the kind of person who considers your morning coffee to be a meal, then you’ve got to sign up for the Dunkin’ Donuts reward program. If you also fill a gift card with a mere $2, you get a free drink!

Swing by on your birthday for another free drink, and be sure to rack up points. Every 200 points you’ll earn yet another free beverage! This way, you can feel a little less guilty when you calculate just how much you spend each month on coffee.