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Deals for April include:
- Applebee’s $5 cocktails
- FREE Krispy Kreme donuts with vaccination card
- FREE Dunkin’ donuts on Wednesdays
- McDonald’s New Caramel Brownie McFlurry
- Krispy Kreme $1 dozen donuts
- Ruby Tuesday Southwestern menu
- Wendy’s $15 Feed the Family deals
- A&W Cod sliders
- Red Lobster daily specials
- IHOP unlimited pancakes
- McDonald’s 2 for $6
- Quiznos $5.95 subs
- Taco Bell $1 items.
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Best Deal: Krispy Kreme FREE donut
Get a FREE Krispy Kreme donut by showing your Covid-19 vaccination card.
Applebee’s $5 Springtime Sips
Springtime Sips welcome both spring and margarita season, for $5. Try these two new concoctions:
Tipsy Shark – a Pacific-inspired margarita made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and margarita mix topped with a gummy shark.
Strawberry Daq-A-Rita, a half-margarita, half-daiquiri frozen combination made with 1800 Reposado Tequila, Bacardi, strawberry and margarita mix.
Applebee’s Mucho Cocktails are made with premium spirits and served in a signature Mucho glass. Or, enjoy these $5 Springtime Sips To-Go at participating locations.
For even more exclusive deals and specials, sign-up for the E-Club and receive a welcome offer.
Dunkin FREE donut Wednesday
Every Wednesday through April 21, Dunkin’ is making “hump day” a little sweeter and enjoyable.
DD Perks members get a FREE classic donut with any drink purchase at participating locations on April 7, April 14 and April 21.
Members are eligible for one complimentary donut with each drink purchased. The donut must be added to the order, when ordering in-store or in the app.
The offer excludes espresso shots, Fancies and Specialty Donuts but includes such favorites as Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles, Glazed, Boston Kreme, Double Chocolate and more.
You must be a member of its loyalty program for the offer. If you’re not a member, sign-up here.
And, even more generously, Krispy Kreme is helping everyone get their week off to a good start with a FREE medium coffee and Original Glazed doughnut every Monday — no purchase necessary.
All of the offers are valid at participating locations, while supplies last.
A&W’s Cod Sliders
Available through April 25 at the chain’s single-brand locations, the mini sandwiches join other longtime seafood favorites, including pub-style battered cod and shrimp baskets.
Served on a soft potato bun, Cod Sliders are made from premium pub-style battered fish topped with tartar sauce and pickles.
The two-slider basket includes fries and coleslaw. Seafood lovers also may choose a three-piece pub-style battered cod basket and a 16-piece shrimp basket. Both are served with fries and coleslaw.
Co-branded A&W-KFC locations are again featuring two- and three-piece Cod Baskets, served with fries and coleslaw.
Through April 14, the sub shop is offering a buy-one-get-one 50% off Footlong sub (of equal or lesser value) at participating locations.
The offer is only available online and via its app — use promo code BOGO50. Any extras or add-ons will be additional. Plus, the code is only valid for one-time use per account.
The offer is not valid with any additional discounts.
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Limited Time Deals With No Announced End Date
McDonald’s Caramel Brownie McFlurry
Starting May 3, and for a limited time, McDonald’s adds the new Caramel Brownie McFlurry to the menu, a sweet spring treat that features our creamy vanilla soft serve made with real dairy, with brownie pieces and caramel topping blended throughout.
This is the first time the Caramel Brownie McFlurry® will be available at restaurants throughout the U.S., it made its original debut in 2017 in Canada – the birthplace of the McFlurry®.
It was created in 1995 by a local McDonald’s Owner and Operator, Ron McLellan, in Bathurst, Canada. Since then, it has been served up in more than 100 countries.
For a limited time, Ruby’s is bringing back sizzling Southwestern favorites a Freshmex line-up.
Entrees start at $8.99 and include Chicken, Shrimp or Veggie Fajitas, Southwest Fried Chicken Bowl, Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl, Chicken Queso Burrito and Chicken & Queso Tacos, either as eatin or to travel through Ruby TueGo and local delivery partners
For the everyday value seekers, Ruby Tuesday continues to offer it’s “2 for $22” deal, which includes one appetizer and two meals for just $22, available every day during lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from a selection popular dishes to build their perfect meal.
For a limited time, the popular chain offers Feed The Fam Deals for just $15 at participating locations.
Prices may vary by location. Plus, the menu items included may change periodically, as well as the availability of additional bundles.
- Two (2) Spicy Chicken Sandwiches — reg. $5.29 each
- Two (2) Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers — reg. $3 each
- Four (4) Small Natural-Cut Fries — reg. $1.99 each
In total, it’s about $20 worth of food, so it definitely offers significant savings at nearly 25% off.
The bundle does not include beverages. However, keep it budget-friendly by simply also ordering a few cups of water — a no-cost and healthy option. If you absolutely need a soft drink with your meal, consider ordering a large, ask for an extra cup or two and share the sips. (If you’re dining in-restaurant, many locations offer complimentary refills.)
The bargain bundle is available online via Wendy’s site or app. It may also be available in-restaurant, just ask first before ordering.
And, if you’re a regular, join the chain’s loyalty program Wendy’s Rewards for FREE food and exclusive discounts.
Red Lobster Daily Specials
The popular seafood restaurant just introduced Daily Deals — available all day, every weekday, with a different deal available each weekday, Monday to Friday. Enjoy a Red Lobster seafood meal without fishing for more money to pay the tab.
Price and participation may vary by location, so check before heading out.
Ultimate Endless Shrimp Monday — Mix and match Red Lobster’s biggest and best shrimp endlessly for just $17.99, including Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp Scampi and Wood-Grilled Shrimp Skewers. Served with choice of side.
Two for Tuesday — Invite a plus one to enjoy two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each served with choice of two sides.
Steak & Lobster Wednesday — Enjoy a classic pairing: a wild-caught lobster tail and a peppercorn-seasoned sirloin (7-oz.) for just $19.99. Served with two sides.
Throwback Thursday — Go back to the good ol’ days with Walt’s Favorite Shrimp and a fountain beverage for $12.99. Served with choice of two sides.
Fish Fry Friday — Celebrate the best day of the week with hand-battered, wild-caught cod served with fries and coleslaw for just $11.99.
The daily specials are available for dine-in or to-go — third-party delivery excluded.
Customers ordering the Ultimate Endless Shrimp for pick-up or delivery from redlobster.com may choose up to four (4) orders of shrimp in any combination of flavors offered.
IHOP All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes
For a limited time, the popular all-you-can-eat pancakes is back on the menu
Enjoy the all-you-can-eat pancakes for FREE with the purchase of a breakfast combo. (The required purchase excludes omelettes, as well as the 55+ and Kids Menus.)
The pancakes are served two at a time until you’re “fluffy.”
The best part is that IHOP serves breakfast all day, so you can “batter up” for the savings whenever the cravin’ for pancakes strikes.
If you’re ordering for delivery or to-go, get a bonus stack of two pancakes with the purchase of select breakfast combos.
For a limited time, hungry bargain hunters can bite into the Quisnos Toasty Deal of the Day for tasty savings
- Big Mac
- Quarter Pounder with Cheese
- Chicken McNuggets (10-ct.)
You must purchase two items to get the savings. Otherwise, you pay the regular price for each individual item. So, you are getting the extra menu item for just an extra buck or two.
Hungry bargain hunters would be foolish not to get the second item for the tasty savings. If you’re really hungry, you might just eat both items and, for calories sake, skip the fries and/or soft drink.
Even better, share the second item with a friend or family member…or save it for a “bonus” meal or snack later in the day.
Kentucky Fried Chicken is introducing what it claims is its best chicken sandwich ever.
The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is available in select markets now, and will be available seven days a week in all 4,000 KFC restaurants in the U.S. by the end of February.
The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is made with the quarter-pound, all-white meat, double-breaded, Extra Crispy™ chicken breast filet, a freshly-toasted buttery brioche bun, crispier, thicker pickles, and the Colonel’s real mayo or spicy sauce. Each sandwich is made when ordered, so it is served piping hot every time. .
As the new KFC Chicken Sandwich makes its way into KFC’s 4,000 restaurants across the country, you can track the progress to your favorite location KFC.com/findthesandwich to find out when the sandwich arrives at their local KFC. Or, sign up to be notified when it arrives.
When it does –
- KFC Chicken Sandwich à la carte for $3.99
- KFC Chicken Sandwich combo meal, which includes KFC Secret Recipe Fries and medium drink, for $6.99
(Prices and participation may vary. Tax extra.
For a limited time, Pizza Hut brings back the the Triple Treat Box, with enough to feed a large family or socially distanced group of friends, with three courses in one festive wrapped box.
Each Triple Treat Box features a three-in-one meal, packed with two medium one-topping pizzas, five breadsticks and 10 – that’s right, TEN – Cinnabon® Mini Rolls.
Pizzas are available on Hand-Tossed and Thin ‘N Crispy®, or get Original Pan® crust for a little extra. You’ll have visions of cheese, parmesan dusted breadsticks, and frosted cinnamon swirls dancing in your head.
Available at traditional Pizza Hut locations nationwide, starting at $20.99. As always, fans can opt for contactless delivery, carryout or curbside pickup.Click here to find your nearest Pizza Hut location.
For a limited time, McDonald’s is bringing back the popular McRib sandwich at participating restaurants nationwide.
The McRib made its national debut at McDonald’s in 1982, and today it’s one of the most anticipated, limited-time menu items offered around the world. Customers in Germany are lucky enough to enjoy the sandwich year-round.
The McRib is made with seasoned boneless pork slathered in smoky, tangy barbecue sauce, topped with slivered onions and tart pickles, so it’s saucy, tangy and tender.
McDonald’s does not say in its press release how long it will be available or what it will cost.
New Menu Items
For a limited time, Chipotle is offering its ‘atest plant-based optiion, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, made with freshly grilled, riced cauliflower, finished with hand-chopped cilantro, lime, and salt, and prepared fresh in-restaurant every day.
The a new rice option is compliant with Keto, Whole30®, Paleo, Vegan, and Vegetarian diets, with four (4) grams of net carbs per serving.
It will cost an additional $2 and will be available in-restaurant and through the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, and third-party delivery partners.
New Lifestyle Bowls
To celebrate the launch of Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice nationwide and support fans’ New Year’s wellness resolutions, Chipotle has introduced four new variations of its Lifestyle Bowls. In addition to its already expansive Whole30®, Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, and High Protein options, the digitally exclusive, diet-driven menu offerings now include:
- Whole30® Bowl*: Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, chicken, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, and guac (Available only in U.S. restaurants)
- Keto Bowl: Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, chicken, tomatillo-red salsa, cheese, and guac
- Vegetarian Salad Bowl: Supergreens lettuce blend, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, black beans, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, and guac
- Vegan Bowl: Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, black beans, sofritas, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, and romaine lettuce
National Chains News in NYC
The fast casual chain has opened its first NYC location, in the Bronx, at 2375 E. Tremont Ave.
This new location will result in as many as 150 additional jobs for the local community.
“We are excited to be a part of the Bronx community and honored to open the first Golden Corral in New York City,” said Franchisee and General Manager Niroopa Harpaul. “We want our restaurant to feel like home to our guests, and we’re excited for the opportunity to serve local residents a sampling of our family favorites and a wide variety of top quality, home-style foods.”
The new Golden Corral has opened in September with outdoor dining and takeout, with delivery service being added. With NYC indoor dining allowed as of Sept. 30, there is more room for diners inside.
Golden Corral has built in several safety measures. Upon arrival, guests order from outdoor registers located behind plexiglass, and then sit at one of the socially distanced sanitized tables.
Food will be delivered to each table using disposable packaging and utensils.
Guests are required to wear masks anytime they are away from their tables and are encouraged to use one of the many available handwashing or sanitizing stations.
Social distancing procedures, including capacity limits, floor markers, table spacing, plate, utensils, and drink delivery, are all in place, and rigorous cleanliness standards for guest touchpoints will be reinforced.
Once dine-in capacity restrictions are lifted, the 7,500-square-foot restaurant will seat 276 guests.
Golden Corral in the Bronx is open for lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Friday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Carryout is available during business hours.
For more information, visit goldencorral.com.
About Golden Corral – Based in Raleigh, N.C., it is the nation’s largest grill-buffet restaurant chain, famous for its variety, including USDA steaks cooked to order, smoked meats, awesome pot roast, hot yeast rolls and desserts, like homemade carrot cake, fruit cobblers, pies and more.
Another NYC Success Story
New York City’s oldest falafel restaurant and the fastest growing Middle Eastern restaurant chain in North America, has opened a new location in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at 150 Route 17. It is the fourth of 25 Mamoun’s Falafel franchise locations coming to New Jersey in coming months, and joins locations including Hoboken and Princeton.
The brand grown from a single 200-square -foot store opened by Syrian immigrant Mamoun Chater in 1971. Today, the company is run by Mamoun’s four sons and has grown beyond their father’s dreams of a small family restaurant. Franchising has allowed Mamoun’s Falafel to expand across the U.S. rapidly with new units opening on both coasts within the new few months.
Mamoun’s Falafel is on target to expand beyond 1,000 units within the next few years, as interest in New York City’s oldest and favorite falafel brand increases daily.
A true NYC and American success story – founded by immigrants, second-generation family-owned and operated, and expanding. We wish them well.
Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant is dedicated to authentic traditional Middle Eastern cuisine including falafel, shawarma and baba-ghanouj. Everything is made from scratch using only the freshest natural ingredients and the finest imported spices.
The brand has been featured on Food Network and the Travel Guide Channel and is listed in the book 1000 Places To See Before You Die. Mamoun’s Falafel currently operates nine locations in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
A true NYC and American success story – founded by immigrants, now second-generation family-owned and operated, and expanding. We wish them well.
What’s New on Fast Food Menus
The fast casual chain has introduced Flatbread Pizza, a new menu category.
There are three choices, each featuring extra finely ground flour for delicate yet crisp crust, topped with hearty ingredients. New Panera Flatbread Pizzas are available in Cheese, Margherita and Chipotle Chicken & Bacon, providing new options for pizza night.
Priced starting at $7.99, Cheese, Margherita and Chipotle Chicken & Bacon flatbreads begin with a foundation of crispy dough that is finished on a pizza stone and then topped with ingredients including fresh mozzarella and fresh cilantro and basil.
Each represents a hearty and satisfying meal for one or a shareable plate for family and friends alongside a Panera salad or soup.
TGI Fridays® is partnering with Beyond Meat®, a leader in plant-based meat, to build on its offerings and introduce new menu items featuring Beyond Beef® including for a proprietary chili recipe exclusive to the restaurant chain.
Fridays was one of the first casual dining restaurants to offer the Beyond Burger®.
Now, in addition to Beyond Chili, you can order Beyond Chili Loaded Potato Skins, Beyond Chili Ballpark Nachos, and a Beyond Chili Cheeseburger — as well as the Beyond Meat Cheeseburger that’s been a favorite menu item since 2018.
Fridays sees the plant-based trend growing and believes the taste, health benefits and versatility of plant-based meat signifies its exponential potential.
- The presence of “‘plant-based” on U.S. menus has increased by more than 3,000% over the past four years, and is expected to jump another 70% over the next four years.
- More than eight in 10 U.S. consumers are “aware” of “plant-based” and more than half (54%) of consumers have tried it.
- 74% of consumers are trying to eat less meat since the onset of COVID-19, and 61% of consumers are open to restaurants featuring more plant-based products.
- Plant-based protein is more than a trend, it’s here to stay. 83% of consumers believe that diets higher in plant-based protein are a “fundamental change that will last for a long time or forever.”
- About 64% of all Americans “like” or “love” potato skins with 28% saying “love.
Get ready to Surf ‘n’ Turf. For a limited time, guests can add an order of a dozen Double Crunch Shrimp to any steak entrée for just $1.
This offer is available both dine-in (where available) and To Go or delivery.
The fan favorite crispy Double Crunch Shrimp is battered, fried golden brown and served with cocktail sauce.
Also for a limited time – through Halloween – get Spooky Sips in a signature Mucho glass for only $5. Spooky Sips are available for dine-in only except where carry-out alcohol is permitted by law. Participation may vary.
For a limited time, Denny’s is bringing back the Super Slam® for only $6.99. and for $8.99 in some markets.
The new menu items are available 24/7 nationwide for contactless delivery via Denny’s On Demand, pick up or in-store dining*. For more information, please visit www.Dennys.com.
This deal features two fresh eggs, two crispy strips of bacon, two sausage links, golden hash browns and two fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Guests who want to spice it up can upgrade to pumpkin pancakes for a small charge.
Denny’s also is introducing a new Pumpkin Pecan Pancake Meal, featuring pumpkin pancakes made with REAL pumpkin and cooked with pecans, then drizzled with a decadent pecan pie sauce. The meal is served with farm fresh eggs, golden hash browns and crispy bacon strips or sausage links.
Four Pasta Americana menu items have been added to the menu, starting at $11.99.
The entrees feature four old-world recipes, including Veggie Basil Pesto, Blackened Shrimp & Sausage, Shrimp Scampi and Chicken Carbonara pastas, all served with a garlic bread stick.
In addition to the new pasta options, guests can always enjoy Ruby Tuesday signature menu items, including Hickory Bourbon Baby-Back Ribs, Hickory Bourbon Salmon, Asiago Sirloin and Crispy Shrimp and the Endless Garden Bar, available as an add-on or an entrée, with a full selection of fresh ingredients, including at home with Ruby TuGO.
For a limited time, the popular sub shop is offering a Footlong sub for just $5 at participating locations, when you buy two. You must purchase two subs to get the savings.
The offer only applies to orders placed online or via its app, not in-restaurant.
When you add any two Footlong subs to your cart, the discount will automatically apply.
The offer is not valid with any additional discounts or for delivery.
Plus, any extras, such as including double meat and guacamole, cost extra.
Deals With No Expiration Date Announced
The new Double It Box serves up value for hungry famlies, especially those with food feuds, such as pepperoni or no pepperoni, anchovies or no anchovies.
Now available nationwide, get TWO medium-sized one-topping pizzas in ONE box for just $12.99 (at most locations), which works out to less than $1 a slice. So, whether you’re trying to please a group of picky kids, a partner, roommates or in-laws, it provides more options that satisfy more opinions – all in one box – without breaking the bank.
Order via three contactless order offerings: delivery, carryout, or curbside pickup, for customers that want their pizza right out of the oven, but don’t want to leave the safety and comfort of their car. Those ordering can select their preferred method when ordering over the phone, through the official Pizza Hut app or on the Pizza Hut website.
Since March 2020, Pizza Hut has served close to 20 million contactless digital orders and welcomed several million new customers to the Hut Rewards loyalty program.
To celebrate the return on indoor-dining – where that is available (not in New York City), Applebee’s is reintroducing its Irresist-A-Bowls for just $7.99 featuring mixed greens and cilantro rice, topped high with house-made pico de gallo, black bean corn salsa and guacamole.
The return of the Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl is also featured on the menu, as well as the Homestyle Chicken Bowl which is now served with breaded pieces of tender boneless chicken, as well as the option to upgrade to steak.
The three Irresist-A-Bowls options are:
- Southwest Chicken Bowl (steak available for an additional $2)
- Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl
- Homestyle Chicken Bowl
Wake up to savings at Wendy’s with this buy-one-get-one for $1 deal.
Wendy’s added a breakfast menu earlier this year, and wants everybody to know about it with this deal.
Buy any one of these items at regular price and get a second one for just $1
- Breakfast Baconator
- Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
- Sausage, Egg & Swiss Croissant
You can mix-and-match the offer to a create the perfect breakfast pairing for your taste, and save money in the bargain.
Also for a limited time, Wendy’s has brought back its popular 4 For $4 meal deal
Get four chicken nuggets, small fries, a small drink and your choice of one of the following sandwiches for just $4:
- Crispy Chicken Sandwich
- Jr. Cheeseburger
- Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger
For a limited time, Burger King has brought back its popular eight-pieces of chicken nuggets for just $1, at participating locations.
This time around, chicken nugget lovers can choose between original or spicy.
Each order includes a choice of one dipping sauce, including barbecue, honey mustard, ranch, buffalo and sweet & sour.
For just $5, you can have frugal feast with 40 nuggets. That’s enough for a socially distanced picnic with friends and family.
For a limited time, the Italian restaurant chain has brought back its popular BOGO entree deal at participating locations.
First, choose one of the featured dishes with soup or garden fresh salad and breadsticks, for $12.99, then get a FREE entrée to-go.
For the first entrée to-go, choose from one of the following: Fettuccine Alfredo, Cheese Ravioli, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Lasagna Classico or Chicken Parmigiana.
Then, choose your FREE entrée, choose from one of the following: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Cheese Ravioli or Five Cheese Ziti al Forno.
There’s no limit, so everyone in your party can enjoy a meal later at home.
Two meal deals are available indefinitely at QDOBA, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant. One deal is for the entire family, the other for just one person. Fill your burrito bowl with these savings:
Family Meal Deal – The meal comes with all the fixings for a group of five, and comes with your choice of grilled adobo chicken or steak, cilantro lime rice & black beans, its signature 3-Cheese queso, pico de gallo, salsa verde, shredded cheese, tortillas and a large bag of chips, starting at $34.95.
Burrito Meal Deal – Get a hand-crafted burrito loaded with flavor, a side of freshly-made tortilla chips and salsa, for just $9.95.
Every Saturday until further notice, Krispy Kreme will add a free dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts to every drive-thru, pick-up and delivery order that includes a full priced Original Glazed dozen.
The two-for-one promotion is called Sweet Saturdays, and the chain encourages you to ‘Be Sweet’ and put a smile on the face of a friend or neighbor – or an essential frontline worker – by giving them the free dozen.
Each dozen will feature a smiley-face doughnut.
Limit is one order per customer. Offer valid for pickup or delivery orders placed & received only on Saturdays.
To Participate Online (Pick-Up or Delivery)
- Load your cart with one full-priced Original Glazed Dozen or more.
- Add a ‘Be Sweet Dozen’ before proceeding to check out.
- In order review, apply the coupon code BESWEET and your dozen to share will be free.
- Your Be Sweet Dozen will be packaged separately for safe drop-off.
To Participate at Shop (Drive-Thru Only)
- Place your order for at least one full-priced Original Glazed Dozen or more
- Please ask for a Be Sweet Dozen to be added to your order.
- Your Be Sweet Dozen will be packaged separately for safe drop-off.
How to do your drop-off safely
- Your Be Sweet Dozen is already safely secured with a tamper seal.
- Be sure not to open the bag or box before you drop-off.
- When you do your drop-off, we recommend a No-Contact drop-off so you can maintain social distancing best practices.
- Your own order will also have instructions on how to safely Be Sweet.
See more info on the Krispy Kreme website.
Thanks to sister site Living on the Cheap for alerting us to some of these fast food meal deals.