By: Maria Smith
Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as a free lunch (and dinner and breakfast)–as long as your under 10 years old. Eating out could be expensive for anyone, especially when you have several kids. So don’t stay home and pout, just put in a little research to find the “Kids Eat Free” nights. To get you started, here are a few national chains that offer free food for children. As always, check to make sure your local restaurant is participating and read the fine print regarding each offer.
Atlanta Bread Company
This fast casual restaurant has over 100 locations in 23 states and was recently voted as one of the best fast food restaurants in Zagat’s 2010 survey. The food is fantastic, with both healthy and decadent options sure to please even the pickiest kids. The company encourages families to gather at their restaurants for Family Night. It is Tuesday night at the location near my house but varies from location to location. Each child receives one free kid’s menu item (a $4.59 value!) with the purchase of one adult entree item.
Breakfast for dinner anyone? Kids can eat free at Denny’s on select nights from 4pm to 10pm at participating Denny’s. This deal is for kids 10 and under but you can get two free entrees per one regularly purchased adult entrée, which is great for larger families. Technically you could have 4 kids eat free with 2 parents. Denny’s kids’ menu includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches and a dipper sampler.
It’s no wonder that Parent’s Magazine just named them “the Best restaurant in America”. The food is terrific and they offer free crackers and soft serve. They even bring your meal to you which Moms with toddlers can especially appreciate. Kids eat free at Jason’s Deli all day on either Sundays or Mondays, so call your local Jason’s Deli before you go to make sure you have the right day. The kids’ menu at Jason’s Deli includes several different types of sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, salads, baked potatoes, pasta, pizza and macaroni and cheese. They even have gluten-free options for children with allergies!
For more Kids Eat Free deals, check out Kids Eat For to find a grid organized by day of the week of restaurants in your local area.
Maria Smith resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and three kids. In her pre-baby days, she was a TV producer for shows like Oprah, and now fills her child-free time with freelance writing and public relations projects. You could reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @MariaRSmith.