March is a lucky month for meal deals.
We have the luck of the Irish with St. Patrick's Day, and freebies are in the forecast for the first day of spring on March 20.
Here are the deals, big days and 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.
New Burger King coffee subscription
Burger King is taking on Starbucks with its new promotion. The fast-food chain has launched the BK Café Coffee subscription on its mobile app. For $5 per month, get “a hot cup of coffee anytime every single day at participating restaurants."
The daily coffee subscription is only available on small hot brewed coffee and limited to one per day.
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Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Through Sunday, March 31, get a free order of lasagne to take home when you dine in and order select signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Chicken Marsala, Pollo Rosa Maria or Chicken Trio from Carrabba’s Today, Carrabba’s Tomorrow menu.
Del Taco: For a limited time, get two of Del Taco’s Beer Battered Fish Tacos for $4 at locations nationwide. Price and participation may vary by location.
Dunkin’: Throughout March, get medium iced coffee for $2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at participating locations.
Jack in the Box: For a limited time, get two tacos for 99 cents on the chain's mobile app. To get this deal, download the restaurant’s mobile app, then click “menu” section in the app, then select “app exclusives” to add the tacos to your cart.
Olive Garden: This month, five drinks are $5 each including Spiked Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon Margarita, Cupcake Red Velvet Red Blend and Blue Moon Draft 16-ounce.
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Popeyes: For a limited time, get a $5 Southern Butterfly Shrimp meal, which comes with eight butterfly shrimp “marinated in traditional Louisiana seasonings.”
Red Lobster: Lobsterfest is back for a limited time and the seafood chain has its largest selection of lobster dishes available all year. Also for a limited time on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., get the Ultimate Lobster Roll and Bisque for $15.
March 6-April 18: Lent seafood season
Ash Wednesday marked the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter. Many restaurants have special seafood menu items for lent, especially on Fridays.
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March 6: Applebee's new drink debuts
Applebee’s March Neighborhood Drink of the Month is the new $2 Absolut Rainbow Punch. Served in a 10-ounce mug, it’s made with Absolut vodka and “the combination of green apple, ginger and lemon flavors, topped with a rainbow gummy garnish.”
“We created a crisp, refreshing cocktail to help us forget about the rough winter we all went through,” said Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s, in a statement. “So, we made a vibrant green punch, packed it with flavor, and topped it with a rainbow. Literally, it comes with a rainbow that you can eat!”
Price and participation varies.
March’s #NeighborhoodDrink, the $2 ABSOLUT Rainbow Punch is made with ABSOLUT vodka, green apple, lemon, ginger, and topped with a candy rainbow. And our DOLLAR HURRICANE is available till Fat Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/eM5027Aouh
— Applebee's (@Applebees) March 1, 2019
March 18: Little Caesars bacon-wrapped pizza returns
Little Caesars Pizza is bringing back its “Bacon Wrapped DEEP!DEEP!” Dish pizza to U.S. restaurants for a limited time. It’s available starting Monday, March 18 for customers who have the Little Caesars app and then starting Thursday, March 21 will be available as a “Hot-N-Ready” item for walk-in customers from 4-8 p.m. or all day everyday by request for a limited time.
“It’s no surprise that customers emphatically asked us to bring back the bacon,” said Ed Gleich, senior vice president of global marketing for Little Caesars, in a statement, “and we’re very excited to offer V.I.P. access to customers who have downloaded our Little Caesars app, which is really easy and fun to use.”
The pizza is an eight-corner deep dish pizza wrapped in a wall of over three and a half feet of “whole strips of thick-cut, crispy bacon, and then topped with pepperoni and even more delicious pieces of smoky, crumbled savory bacon decadence.”
March 18-May 25: Chick-fil-A Frosted Key Lime
March 27: Double-star day at Starbucks
Starbucks Rewards members get double stars on Starbucks purchases Wednesday, March 27.
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March 27: Sonic 50-cent corn dog deal
Participating Sonic Drive-In restaurants have 50-cent corn dogs Wednesday, March 27. While supplies last.
Find more Sonic deals at www.sonicdrivein.com/deals and download the Sonic app for a free slush or drink at www.sonicdrivein.com/app. Also with the app, get drinks and slushes for half price when you order ahead.
Hold up. Wait a minute! Did someone say #50¢CornDogs? 🤩 Swing by tomorrow for the perfect ketchup and mustard pairing.
Skip the line, and order ahead in the SONIC app. pic.twitter.com/BiPjDDeoVO
— Sonic Drive-In (@sonicdrivein) March 26, 2019
March 21-31: Dairy Queen deal
The first day of spring was Dairy Queen's Free Cone Day but the chain has a deal from Thursday, March 21 through March 31: Get a small regular or dipped soft serve cone for 50 cents with the chain's mobile app. Download the app at www.dairyqueen.com/app.
March 31: Store closings
Payless March closings: Some Payless ShoeSource stores closing this month. Check this list
Goodbye to Charlotte Russe: All Charlotte Russe stores expected to close by end of March
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March 31: Baskin-Robbin’s deal
On Sunday, March 31, get a regular or kids-sized scoop of ice cream for $1.70 or two pre-packaged quarts for $7.99 as part of the ice cream chain's Celebrate 31 promotion, which occurs with months that have 31 days.
Bonefish Grill: Through April 19, the seafood chain has “the O M G (Ocean Mixed Grill)” four-course for $49, which includes a starter of Bang Bang Shrimp, salad, select sides and choice of wood-grilled seafood selections. Select bottles of wine can be added for $25.
Chili’s: The $5 Margarita for March is the “Lucky Jameson,” which is made with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Lunazul Blanco Tequila, topped with orange and lime slices.
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.
Dunkin’: The chain has a new contest called Dunkin’ Savings Time sweepstakes. Enter each day through April 5 for for a chance to win daily prizes and entries for a grand prize backyard makeover go to www.dunkinsavingstime.com. There’s also has a promotion for shoppers who buy Dunkin’ products at grocery stores and other retailers. Spend $20 on Dunkin’ brand bags of coffee, Cold Brew kits, K-Cup cartons, canned or bottled coffee, creamers or Coffee Thins. Learn more here.
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: Through March 31, the chain has a Double Daddio promotion. Get two Andy's Sized Cheeseburgers combos with fries or tots and drinks for $12.99.
McDonald's: With an offer on the fast-food chain's app, buy one sandwich and get a second for 25 cents. Some sandwiches are excluded including the new bacon items. According to the offer details, this deal will be valid once per week through March 31.
Some very official Never Ending Stuffed Pasta math: 4 stuffed pastas X 4 sauces X 5 toppings = 🤤 pic.twitter.com/sJerw3Hjxm
— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) February 6, 2019
Olive Garden: The fast-casual Italian restaurant announced its first-ever Never Ending Stuffed Pastas. For a limited time, get unlimited refills while dining in on four stuffed pastas including Stuffed Ziti Fritta and Cheese Ravioli with a choice of four sauces and five toppings. Prices start at $12.99.
Sonic Drive-In: For a limited time, get the new Brunch Burger for $2.99 with a side of medium crispy Tots. The brunch burger includes a fried egg on a brioche bun.
Brunch has officially arrived at SONIC.📍For $2.99 the Brunch Burger features all your breakfast and lunch faves in one. 💥
Skip the line, and order ahead in the SONIC app. pic.twitter.com/FhqkqWdpQd
— Sonic Drive-In (@sonicdrivein) March 7, 2019
Taco Bell: Through April 3, get a free small Pepsi Zero Sugar and Mountain Dew Baja Blast Zero Sugar with any mobile or online pick-up order. The new drinks are available at participating locations nationwide. For a limited time get a Naked Chicken Chalupa combo with Nacho Fries, a crunchy taco and large drink for $5.99 or a $5 box with the Naked Chicken Chalupa, crunchy taco, Cinnamon Twists, and a medium drink.
April 1: Cheesecake Factory freebie
To get this deal, you’ll have to be fast.
The Cheesecake Factory is teaming up with DoorDash, its exclusive delivery provider, to give away $250,000 worth of free food on Monday, April 1. Although the timing of the offer might seem like a joke, the first 10,000 DoorDash customers who claim a reward at www.thecheesecakefactory.com/promo will receive $25 to use on a Cheesecake Factory delivery order any day that week.
The giveaway starts at 4 p.m. ET and if a December free cheesecake giveaway is any indication quantities will go fast.
“On a day where most people play pranks and make jokes, we are so pleased to offer 10,000 of our guests something that is real and meaningful,” said David Overton, founder and CEO of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, in a statement. “We hope all of our guests will enjoy delivery from DoorDash throughout the week without a delivery fee.”
The DoorDash free delivery offer is available through Sunday, April 7, which also is the last day to redeem the free $25 reward. Find a list of delivery areas and additional information at www.thecheesecakefactory.com/delivery.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: March freebies: Your monthly guide to food specials, meal deals and more