11 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

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As restaurants reopen following the pandemic, they are changing the way they do business. Before the pandemic, you could find listings that contained dozens of restaurants where your kids can eat for free.

Now, many of those “kids eat free” specials aren’t anywhere to be found on restaurant websites. But that doesn’t mean you can’t save money when you’re dining out with your kids. Check out rewards programs and ways you can sign up for email newsletters to earn a free appetizer or entree.

11 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

1. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Kids under 40 inches tall get a free baby cone. This offer is valid any day of the week, and no purchase is necessary.

Good To Know

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream also offers a free Doggie Sundae for your fur baby if they tag along.

2. Chili’s

Customers can sign up for My Chili’s Rewards to receive email offers that include a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree.

3. Culver’s

Kids get a free scoop of frozen custard with the purchase of a kids meal. Valid any day of the week.

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Good To Know

Culver’s also offers a token with each kid’s meal purchase. If your child saves ten Scoopie tokens, they can cash in for a prize like a football, basketball or soccer ball.

4. El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

On Tuesdays, kids age 12 and younger can get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree.

5. Frickers

Kids age 10 and younger can enjoy a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree and a children’s drink.

6. Gunther Toody’s

On Mondays, kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult entree, and their meal includes a drink.

7. Luby’s

Stop in on Wednesdays or Saturdays to receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Keep in mind that this offer is valid only at participating locations.

8. Moe’s Southwest Grill

Kids age 12 and younger eat free on Sundays at Moe’s. Your kids can choose from a free quesadilla, taco, or burrito that also comes with chips, salsa, a drink and a cookie. You can get one free kid’s meal with each adult entree purchase of $6 or more.

9. Ruby’s Diner

On Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. until closing time, kids age 12 and younger eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

10. Rusty Bucket

Sign your kids up for the Rusty Bucket’s Buckateer Bookworm program. After reading five books, they earn a free kid’s meal.

11. Village Inn

Kids age 10 and younger eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entree. This offer is valid for a limited time at participating locations only.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Near You

To find local restaurants near you that offer free meals for the kids or other deals and freebies, you can use the Google map below. You can also use this to find hours, phone numbers, read reviews and additional information about the restaurant.

Other Ways To Save Money at Restaurants

While many restaurant chains offer standard rewards and deals, franchise offers may vary. Because of this, you should check their deals and specials before heading out to eat. Here’s a few franchise offers to consider.

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Boston Market

Join Rotisserie Rewards to get a free individual meal with any $10 purchase. Plus, earn points toward more rewards every time you eat a meal.

Pro Tip

You can save even more by ordering water instead of soda, tea, and alcoholic drinks. You can also skip appetizers and dessert or split meals to spend less.

Chick-Fil-A

When you join Chick-Fil-A rewards, you earn points for every dollar you spend toward free food. The more you spend, the more you earn with tiered rewards levels. You’ll also receive exclusive offers through the app from your local restaurant locations.

Genghis Grill

Join the rewards program to earn five points for every dollar you spend. On Mondays, you can earn double points for ten points on each dollar you spend. Every 750 points (between $75 to $150) earns you a $10 reward. Plus, earn a free appetizer or dessert after your first purchase.

IHOP

Sign up for IHOP rewards to receive free pancakes and exclusive offers. Stop in for “IHOPPY hour” from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day and take advantage of $5 menu specials.

Advice

You can rack up rewards faster by dining at a favorite restaurant regularly.

Landry’s

Join the Landry’s Select Club to earn a $25 reward for every $250 you spend. Plus, earn a birthday reward each year for $25. This card allows you to earn rewards from dozens of restaurant brands, like Rainforest Cafe, Morton’s Steakhouse, and Joe’s Crab Shack.

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When you sign up for rewards, you’ll receive a coupon valid for a free combo. You’ll also receive a special offer for free queso dip for a year. After that, earn one point for each dollar you spend toward future deals and free food.

Remember

If you have questions about deals a restaurant in your area may be offering, call ahead to ask about weekly specials.

Steak N Shake

Receive a free milkshake when you sign up for rewards. You’ll also earn $5 for every $50 you spend and receive other exclusive offers.

Texas Roadhouse

Sign up for VIP rewards to receive exclusive offers and deals. The restaurant chain’s signup form even gives you the option to indicate if you have children 12 years old and younger.

Advice

If you use a coupon when dining out, remember to add the tip to the total amount of the bill before the coupon is applied.

Tijuana Flats

Get a free Tijuana trio appetizer after signing up for the loyalty program. You’ll earn points on every purchase and receive a birthday reward each year, too.

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About the Author

Katy Hebebrand is a freelance writer with eight years of experience in the financial industry. She earned her BA from the University of West Florida and her MA from Full Sail University. Since beginning to work full-time as a freelance writer three years ago, she has written on topics spanning many fields, including home building, families and parenting, legal and professional/corporate communications.

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