Do you remember that episode of Friends where Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel are invited out to a celebratory dinner and they’re broke so they can only afford the cheapest items on the menu (that are still expensive)? Well, that sort of thing can happen real life. It can be a bit embarrassing. But, what if there was a way around it?
Sure, these may not be expensive or fancy restaurants– but if you can suggest one of these places for your next outing, you may be able to score a free meal.
How, you ask?
These restaurants give you free food just for signing up by email or downloading their app. I’m not sure about you, but free food always tastes better!
Here you’ll find a listing of the reward programs you can join that will give you some free food with no other purchase required.
- TCBY – Download the TCBY App and you’ll get a free treat up to a $5 value.
- Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free coffee when you enroll, on your birthday, and for every 200 points spent when enrolled in the DDPerks Rewards Program.
- Chili’s: Join the Chili’s Rewards program and you’ll get 60 free points just for joining, which is enough to get a free menu item.
- IHOP: Join IHOP’s Pancake Revolution, and you’ll get a free Rooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity stack of pancakes for signing up, on your membership anniversary, and on your birthday. You can also get free pancakes on IHOP Free Pancake Day.
- T.G.I. Friday’s: Get a free appetizer or dessert just for joining their Give Me More Stripes rewards program. You’ll also get a free dessert on your birthday.
- Krispy Kreme: Join Friends of Krispy Kreme and you’ll get an email for a free doughnut of your choice. There are plenty of other times during the year you can get free Krispy Kreme donuts.
- Panera Bread: Join MyPanera and you’ll get a free pastry item just for joining. They also give out tons of other freebies when you’re a member.
- Bob Evans: Sign up for the My Bob Evans email list and they’ll email you a coupon good for a free stack of hotcakes.
- Qdoba: Get a free order of chips and salsa or regular drink when you sign up for Qdoba Rewards.
- Buffalo Wild Wings: Jon the Buffalo Circle and you’ll get a coupon for a free shareable side.
- Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and you’ll get a free minibon roll at participating bakeries.
- Joe’s Crab Shack: Get a free appetizer when you join Joe’s Catch.
- Del Taco: Get 2 free grilled chicken tacos for signing up for Del Taco’s raving fan club. You’ll also get a free premium shake on your birthday.
- Buca di Beppo: Join the Buca eClub and you’ll get a coupon redeemable for free small pasta.
- Backyard Burgers: Sign up for the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger emailed to you in a few weeks.
- Dunn Brothers Coffee: Download the Dunn Bothers Coffee Rewards App and you’ll get a free $3 credit.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill: Get a free cup of queso when you sign up for their Rockin’ Rewards program.
- Bravo! Cucina Italiana: Just for joining myBRAVO! you’ll get a free appetizer.
- Panchero’s Mexican Grill – Download their app and register with Facebook and you’ll get a free burrito.
- Golden Corral: FREE buffet on your birthday. (Or if you’re desperate, put in your birthday the day before you sign up and you’ll get the coupon within a day or two for the free buffet.)
- Penn Station: FREE 6″ Sub when you download the app.
You’ll get a very good coupon redeemable for some free food with these programs, but you’ll need to make a minimum purchase to get them. Free with purchase.
- Arby’s: Sign up with Arby’s and you’ll get a coupon emailed to you that can be redeemed for a free roast beef classic with the purchase of a drink.
- Famous Dave’s: Join the Famous Nation and you’ll get a free burger or sandwich with any $5 or more purchase.
- Pizza Hut: Get free cheese sticks on your next online order when you sign up for Hut Lovers.
- Auntie Anne’s: Download the free Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app and you’ll get a free pretzel after your first purchase. They also give away a free pretzel as part of National Pretzel Day.
- LonHorn Steakhouse: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entree when you join their eClub.
- Coldstone Creamery: When you join Coldstone Creamery’s eClub, you’ll get a coupon for a buy one creation, get one creation free.
- Biaggi’s: Join Club Biaggi’s and you’ll get a coupon for a free appetizer with purchase of a full-size pasta or entree.
- Village Inn: Sign up and get a free slice of pie with an adult entree purchase.
- Fazolli’s: Get a free build your own pasta with the purchase of any adult entree when you sign up for Fazoli’s efamily.
- Backyard Burgers: Join the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger with the purchase of a burger.
- Dairy Queen: Get a buy one, get one free Blizzard treat coupon when you join the Blizzard Fan Club.
- On the Border: Sign up for Club Cantina and you’ll get free guacamole, queso, or sopapillas with a purchase of an entree.
- PretzelMaker: Join the PretzelMaker fan club and you’ll get a free pretzel when you buy one.
- Orange Julius: Get a buy one drink get one free offer when you join the Julius League.
- The Melting Pot: Join The Melting Pot’s Club Fondue and you’ll get a free box of chocolate-covered strawberries with a purchase of $60 or more.
- Bakers Square: Sign up for Bakers Square eClub and they’ll email you a coupon good for a free entree with the purchase of another adult entree and two drinks.
- Great American Cookies: Sign up for emails and you’ll get a coupon for a free regular cookie with purchase of a regular cookie.
- Black Angus Steakhouse: Join the Prime Club and you’ll get a coupon for a free dessert with purchase of an entree. You’ll also get a free steak dinner with entree purchase for your birthday.
- Boston Market: Join the Boston Market VIP Club and you’ll get a coupon for $3 off a purchase of $10.
- Johnny Carino’s: Each month you’re a member of Pasta Points, you’ll get a free offer of your choice at Johnny Carino’s that includes a free appetizer, dessert, kid’s meal, or Italian wedge salad. A purchase is required for the freebies.
- Checkers: Sign up for Checkers’ Flavorhood and get a coupon for a free large fry with any purchase.
- Johnny Rockets: Join the Rocket eClub and you’ll get a coupon good for a free burger with the purchase or any entree and drink.
- Chevys Fresh Mex: Join Chevy’s eClub and you’ll get a free appetizer with two adult entrees.
- Culver’s: Culver’s has two offers – join the eClub and you’ll get a free value basket with a purchase of a value basket, or join the text club and get a free scoop of frozen custard with any purchase.
- Country Kitchen: Get a free short stack of pancakes with a minimum purchase when you join their eClub.
- UNO Pizzeria & Grill: When you join the Uno Insider’s Club, you’ll be emailed a coupon to get a free mini-dessert with the purchase of an entree.
- Juice It Up: Sign up for the Smooth eClub and you’ll get a free juice or smoothie with purchase of a medium or larger juice or smoothie.
- Friendly’s: Join the Friendly’s BFF Club and get a buy one burger get one free coupon.
- First Watch: Join the First Watch Sun eClub and you’ll get a free entree when you buy one.
- El Torito: Get a free appetizer with two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
- Gold Star Chili: Get a free regular 3-way when you buy one for joining.
- Acapulco: You’ll get a free appetizer with the purchase of two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
- BGR The Burger Joint: Get a free burger with the purchase of any side and a fountain drink when you sign up for their eClub.
- C.B. & Potts: Sign up and you’ll get a free burger or chicken sandwich with purchase of a second burger or chicken sandwich.
- Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Join their CapAddicts eClub and you’ll get a free upsize from a 9″ to a 12″ sub.
- Duke’s Chowder House: Sign up for Duke’s VIP Club and you’ll get a buy one get one lunch or dinner entree offer.
Hopefully these will be useful to you, I know they have been for me.