Who knows when it became an unofficial-tradition, but for decades restaurants have been serving kids meals for free on Tuesdays. Both national and regional chains have incentive programs to give parents a financial break and their kids a slice of pizza or a burger that they might not have been able to afford otherwise. No matter where you live, there’s bound to be a restaurant in your area that offers free meals to youth on Tuesdays. Here’s our list:
Denny’s. One of the original pancake houses serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24-hours a day. Started in 1953 in Lakewood, California, today, Denny’s are scattered throughout the country. They’re usually located near freeway and highway exits for easy access. They evoke that classic, old diner feel, with all the amenities of a modern restaurant. From 4pm to 10pm, Denny’s foots the bill for all child customers.
Pizza Hut. Although many of the traditional hat-shaped Pizza Hut red roofs have been repurposed or revamped into now-conventional roof tops, it’s still easy to identify a Pizza Hut with their splashy red logo. Not just for pizza fans, the Hut also serves pasta, wings (with a few dozen sauces to choose from), fries, and gluten-free pizza for your celiac loved ones. If your kids are craving for a slice, bring them here on a Tuesday where they can get two free pizzas.
Fazoli’s. Originally based in Lexington, Kentucky, there are now 200 Fazoli’s in the U.S. Hearty Italian dishes are Fazoli’s specialities, with twice baked lasagna, chicken parmigiana, meatball da Vinci, and Italian deli trio as some of the more popular menu items. Their bread sticks are also proudly trans fat-free. On Tuesday nights, kids can order meals for as cheap as $.99 each.
Ruby Tuesday. Back in the 1970s, actor and comedian Bob Hope suggested to his friend Sandy Beall that he name his new restaurant after the famous Rolling Stones song. Beall started the restaurant with a few of his friends from his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, and soon Ruby Tuesday’s became an empire stretching across 44 states and 13 countries including Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. Today, there are 658 Ruby Tuesdays, and the vast majority can be found in shopping malls and plazas. Ruby Tuesdays serves up an expansive array of American fare — from steaks, New Orleans seafood, a salad bar, and baby-back ribs. Their kids menu features mac’n cheese, chick tenders, and corn dogs, and is served for free every Tuesday from 5pm to close. Keep in mind that last year 65 Ruby Tuesdays had to close up shop, so make sure your local joint is still open before you drive the kids over.
Fuddruckers. This specialty hamburger joint was started by Freddie Fuddruckers in 1979 in an old bank in San Antonio, Texas. Today, there are 189 restaurants around the world, including 12 in Saudi Arabia. Although the kid menu isn’t exactly free, similarly to Fazoli’s kids can get $.99 menu items between 4pm to 9pm on Tuesdays.
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