Restaurants and businesses have special deals and freebies for Mother’s Day, National Teacher Appreciation Day, National Nurses Week and Memorial Day.
There’s also plenty of savings for the rest of us with Cinco de Mayo at the start of the month and National Burger Day May 28.
Here are some of the big days for free food and discounts along with ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
Bookmark this page because it’ll be updated frequently with more specials.
Businesses with 20 or more locations can submit meal deals here.
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May 1-31: Bahama Breeze deal
Bahama Breeze is celebrating Cinco de Mayo through May 31. Through Friday, May 31, the chain has $5 classic margaritas and $10 Create Your Own Premium Tequila and Rum Flights at participating locations.
Originally the party was supposed to end on Sunday, May 5 but now is available through the end of May at participating locations.
May 14: Impossible Whopper expands
Burger King’s Impossible Whopper is going south.
The fast-food chain announced Tuesday that its continued test of the plant-based burger was headed to Miami, Florida, Columbus, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama.
Burger King started a pilot of the Whopper developed by Silicon Valley-based Impossible Foods April 1 at 59 restaurants in and around St. Louis. In late April, the company said the St. Louis pilot “went exceedingly well and as a result there are plans to extend testing into additional markets in the very near future.”
The chain also said in late April and again Tuesday that it plans to make the meatless, vegan burger “available to all guests nationwide by the end of 2019.”
An Impossible Whopper Tour Bus will roll through each new market for a limited time and offer “all sorts of games, music, and free swag to celebrate the launch of the plant-based burger,” Burger King said in a statement.
The tour kicks off in Miami May 16-18, then goes to Columbus, Georgia May 20 and Montgomery, Alabama May 22. The locations will be posted at www.facebook.com/burgerking.+
May 15-Sept. 1: Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge
High school teenagers ages 15 to 18 can work out for free at any of the more than 1,700 Planet Fitness locations nationwide May 15 through Sept. 1 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative. Free fitness classes specifically for teenagers will also be available Monday through Friday with certified fitness trainers.
“At Planet Fitness, a healthy and active lifestyle should never be a challenge – which is why we’re flipping that notion on its head with the launch of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge,” Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau said in a statement.
According to the fine print, teens must work out at the location they sign up at and are not permitted to use other locations. Teens under 18 must bring a parent or guardian to sign up but after the waiver is signed, the teens can workout alone.
All teens who sign up are automatically entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes and 51 teens across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will be randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship with one teen winning a $5,000 grand prize.
May 16: National Mimosa Day
In time for National Mimosa Day, Metro Diner announced that $2.99 Mimosas and Bloody Marys are now “a permanent fixture on its beverage menu at participating locations nationwide.” Mimosa flavors include traditional, pineapple, grapefruit, cranberry and sunrise, a mix of orange juice and grenadine.
Aldi limited item: Does your local Aldi still have Pineapple and Orange Mimosas?
May 17: National Pizza Party Day
More deals are expected.
Pizza Inn: The chain is offering a Family Feast for $23.99. The meal deal includes two medium two-topping pizzas, a medium cheesebread and a medium Chocolate Chip Pizzert.
How to save some dough: Sign-up offers and other pizza deals
May 27: Memorial Day
We’re rounding up where active military and veterans can eat free and find discounts this Memorial Day. Here’s how businesses honored them last year.
May 28: National Burger Day
The deals are cooking and we’ll be adding them in shortly. Check out how businesses marked National Burger Day in 2018.
Applebee’s: May is Military Appreciation Month and participating Applebee’s restaurants are offering active, retired military servicemembers and their families to dine and receive 10% off their bill. Also for the month of May, get the Dollarita margarita for $1 at participating restaurants nationwide.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through June 14, get $10 off a $40 food purchase with a coupon. One offer per table, per visit. For online orders use promo code 10OFF40.
Chili’s: The $5 Margarita for May is the “Tequila Trifecta,” which is made with Cuervo Gold Tequila, 1800 Reposado Tequila, Sauza Blue Silver Tequila, Triple Sec and fresh sour.
Chipotle: Through June 23, sign up for the chain’s new nationwide loyalty program Chipotle Rewards and make a $5 or more purchase to get free chips and guac. Sign up at www.chipotle.com/rewards or on the Chipotle app.
The Greene Turtle: Through June 2, get Endless Tacos in buffalo or grilled chicken for $9.99.
Hardee’s: For a limited time, the Hardee’s Original Roast Beef sandwich is available as a two for $5 regular size value meal at participating locations.
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: Through June 30, get a four-inch cheesesteak with fries or tots and a drink for $6.99.
Olive Garden: Through May 27, the chain has four “Giant Italian Classics” including a Giant Chicken Parmigiana and the Giant Meatball, which weighs about 12 ounces. Giant Italian Classics are served with unlimited breadsticks, homemade soup or salad with prices starting at $12.99.
Sonic Drive-In: This Teacher Appreciation Month deal is for teachers and “those who appreciate them as much as Sonic does,” the fast-food chain says. Through May 31, get a free Route 44 drink or slush with purchase when ordering on the restaurant’s app with promo code TEACHERS. Download the app at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.
Taco Bell: Through June 9 at 2:59 ET, get 15% off one Party Pack. Sign up for offers at www.tacobell.com/register.
TGI Fridays: Through June 9, get unlimited refills of Fried Shrimp or Coconut Shrimp with purchase of select Whiskey-Glazed entrées. One offer per person.
Wayback Burgers: The chain is celebrating National Hamburger Month with a month of surprise deals for customers who have the Wayback app. Offers vary and include discounts, double or triple points or a free side or drink. Download the app at www.waybackburgers.com/loyalty. Then all customers get a signature burger for $3 on May 28, which is National Burger Day.
White Castle: Through June 28, the fast-food chain has a deal every Wednesday for Western Wednesdays. Wear western attire and get two free BBQ Original Sliders with any purchase.