Feeding a family isn’t cheap. And during the summer break, many parents find themselves suddenly in the position of providing five additional meals during the week that would have been otherwise been served at school.
Going out to eat is even pricier, but thankfully, several Valley restaurants are here to help this summer by offering free meals for young diners.
Most deals require the purchase of an adult entree and include a side and beverage. However, a few restaurants don’t require any entree purchase and some even include dessert with the free kids meal.
From superhero-inspired meals to breakfast-for-dinner options, here are the best restaurants around the Valley where kids can enjoy a meal on the house.
Every Sunday in June and July, kids can eat free with the purchase of both a regular-sized poke bowl and a soft drink. Diners 12 and younger can build their own bowl with protein options such as chicken, tofu, tuna, shrimp, crab and even octopus served over a base of rice, cauliflower rice or spring greens. They can dress it up with sauces like teriyaki, sweet chili lime, ponzu or aioli and garnishes like brussels sprouts, edamame, cucumber, pineapple, sesame seeds, furikake and more. The kids meal comes with a drink and dessert. This offer is good on dine-in orders only.
Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. 623-281-1577. Other locations at koibitopoke.com.
Streets of New York
Through August 15, kids 12 and younger eat free all day on Tuesdays with the purchase of any dinner-sized salad, pasta entree, sandwich or 10-inch or larger pizza. Children can choose from Italian classics like spaghetti or ravioli in tomato sauce, a large slice of cheese pizza, or chicken strips and fries. All meals include a drink. Offer is good for dine-in orders only.
Details: 15560 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-614-9480. Other locations at streetsofnewyork.com.
Every Tuesday, this fun comic-inspired spot at Desert Ridge Marketplace invites kids 12 and younger to enjoy a free meal with the purchase of one adult entree. Surrounded by superhero memorabilia, life-sized comic book figurines and superhero movies, kiddos can dine on superhero-inspired meals like chicken tenders, grilled cheese with tomato bisque, sliders, pasta, mac and cheese with toasted breadcrumbs or a corn dog, plus a free soft drink. The special is good for dine-in orders only.
Details: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. 480-306-6780, comicx.us.
K-38 Beach Mex Cantina
Bring children 12 and younger here on Wednesdays when kids eat for free all day. With the adult purchase of any entree $7.95 or more, kids can choose from entrees such as a chicken or carne asada “tako” topped with meat and cheese, a classic bean and cheese burrito or a cheese quesadilla and pair it with a side of french fries, rice or fruit. Meals come with milk, lemonade or a soft drink.
Details: 1155 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler. 480-758-4536, k-38beachmexcantina.com.
Salt and Lime Mexican Modern Grill
Every Monday starting at 4 p.m., this modern taco spot treats kids ages 10 and younger to a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids dinners feature refried bean burritos, mac and queso, chicken or beef tacos, cheese quesadilla or chicken fingers and fries. The main course is accompanied by a side of beans or rice and a drink. The special is good for dine-in orders only.
Details: 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-661-5463, saltandlimeaz.com.
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Here, kids eat free every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entree all year long. Choose from the 12 and younger menu that features chicken tenders, cheeseburger sliders, grilled cheese, hot dog, corn dog and the famous “mmmac & cheese.” Meals come with a small drink and choice of fries, chips or fruit. This offer is available at all 12 locations.
Details: 5625 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix. 602-354-8093. Other locations at coldbeers.com.
This summer marks the return of the healthy eatery’s Kids Eat Free promotion every Tuesday in June and July, when kids get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Diners 12 and younger can build their own meal by selecting a grain or carb, a vegetable and a protein. Options, which also include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items, include brown rice, organic red quinoa, pasta with marinara, pita bread, mac and cheese, corn, cucumber, steamed carrots, spinach, steamed broccoli, turkey, chicken, hummus, lentils and tofu. Meals come with seasonal fruit and a drink. The offer must be mentioned when ordering and is good for dine-in orders only at participating locations.
Details: 1431 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. 480-814-2535. Other locations at pitajungle.com.
Hungry diners 10 and younger are eligible to join the Slide Rider Club. For a $7 annual membership, Slide Riders can eat off the kids menu — which includes chicken fingers, mac and cheese and a cheeseburger — for free with the purchase of an adult entree. All kids 10 and younger must have their own valid membership card to participate in the discount.
Details: 8383 S. 48th Street, Phoenix. 602-431-6474, rustlersrooste.com.
Diners age 12 and younger can order from the kids menu for free every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entree. Options include mac and cheese, cheeseburger sliders or chicken tenders, all of which come with a side of fries and a small drink.
Details: 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-361-4933, famous48.com.
Bring kids 10 and younger after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and all day on Saturdays, and they will receive a free kids meal with the purchase of a small pizza, pasta entree, hero or large salad. Two free kids meals will be given for every medium, large or Sicilian pizza purchased. Choose from Fiori’s Famous Pizza Bites, spaghetti with meatball or spaghetti marinara. Meals come with a beverage and an ice cream sundae. The offer applies to dine-in orders only.
Details: 7650 W. Bell Road, Glendale. 623-561-6973. Additional locations at aznypdpizza.com.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Every Sunday diners 12 and younger eat for free at this Texas-style barbecue hangout. One kids meal will be given per check with a minimum $10 purchase. Choose from meals that feature one meat, slider or chicken nuggets. Every meal comes with a side, roll, and a kids drink. The deal is available for delivery and carryout for a limited time. It is not applicable with other discounts, coupons, promotions or offers.
Details: 402 E Greenway Pkwy Ste 2, Phoenix. 602-666-6320. Find more locations at dickeys.com.
Every Tuesday, kids 10 and younger can enjoy a kids meal for free with the purchase of an adult entree. The sizeable menu spans breakfast dishes such as Happy Mouse Pancakes, Long Island French toast, Brooklyn Heights Bagel and the egg and cheese scramble, to lunch and dinner plates like Times Square Chicken Fingers, Checkered Cab Cheeseburger, High 5 Mac and Cheese, The Big Apple hot dog and Go For It grilled cheese. Lunch and dinner entrees come with a choice of fries or fruit and a cookie.
Details: 1160 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-557-0700. Other locations at chompies.com.
Lakeside Bar & Grill
Capitalize on Two for Tuesday. In addition to Taco Tuesday deals, which include $3.49 chicken, carnitas or ground beef tacos and $3 Mexican beer pints, the Kids Takeover Tuesday deal means children 10 and younger eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids meal options come with fries and include a cheeseburger, burger, grilled cheese, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, corn dog or chicken tenders.
Details: 9980 W. Happy Valley Pkwy, Peoria. 623-566-1470, lakesidebarandgrillaz.com.
Every Monday and Tuesday children 12 and younger receive a free kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal and a free Tagliani Rewards card. The menu offers a choice of pasta, pizza, chicken strips, wings or grilled cheese and is accompanied by apple juice, milk, chocolate milk or a soft drink. The offer is good for up to two free kids meals with one adult meal purchase.
Details: 17045 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. 602-547-2782, cucinatagliani.com.
Breakfast for dinner is one of the free kids options on the table every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. With the purchase of one regular-priced adult entree, get up to two free kids meals from the children’s menu for ages 10 and younger. Choose from items like mac and cheese, chicken tenders, spaghetti and Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam. The offer is good on dine-in orders only.
Details: 5002 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-279-7721. Additional locations at dennys.com.
Shogun Japanese Restaurant
Kids ages 10 and younger eat free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m on Tuesdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays with the purchase of an entree. Kids meal options feature katsu chicken fingers, teriyaki chicken and chicken nigiri. The deal applies to dine-in orders only and children must be present.
Details: 12615 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. 602-953-3264, phxshogun.com.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: How to get a free kids meal at these 16 metro Phoenix restaurants