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September straddles summer and fall, but food deals know no season. 

Throughout the month, you’ll find incredible deals on food from your favorite chains and local restaurants. That includes some special occasions like National Coffee Day and National Pepperoni Pizza Day, which bring a deluge of discounts that you won’t find any other day of the year. To make sure you make the most of your meal out of the house, we’ve compiled all the best deals you’re going to find throughout the month.

Check back often. We’re updating this list of food deals frequently—sometimes daily—and there’s always something worth giving a try. Here are the best food deals you’ll find in September.

Sunday, September 11

Shake Shack
The deal:
Buy a ShackBurger and get a second on for free when you use the code “BURGERBUDS” in the app or online. 
When: Through September 12

Wendy’s
The deal:
Grab a premium sandwich for $1 when you buy another. Grab that weekly through the end of the month. 
When: Through September 30

Wendy’s
The deal:
The Boo Book is back. For a dollar, you can get a coupon book that gives you five free junior Frostys. Plus, you’ll be supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. 
When: Through October 31

Jimmy John’s
The deal:
Take 20% off any pickup order with the code PICKUP20.
When: Through September 25

Domino’s
The deal:
Take 20% off all menu-priced items when you order online.
When: Through October 16

Wendy’s
The deal:
Place an order that hits the $10 minimum in the Wendy’s app and you’ll get a free large order of fries. 
When: Through September 30

Wendy’s
The deal: 
Take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the Sausage, Egg and Cheese or Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. You can get that discount in the mobile app once per week until the deal expires. 
When: Through September 25

Boston Market
The deal:
The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one. 
When: For just a little while

Dunkin’
The deal:
Get a medium Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew or Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte for just $3. 
When: Through September 13

Tim Hortons
The deal:
Tim Rewards members can grab a free breakfast sandwich and $0 delivery when ordering through the mobile app. 
When: Through September 25

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IHOP
The deal:
The chain’s 2x2x2 Breakfast Combo has returned. For $5, you get two Buttermilk Pancakes, two eggs, and your choice of two bacon strips or two pork sausage links. 
When: Through October 2

Popeyes
The deal:
The 5 for $6.99 deal is back. You get five pieces of bone-in chicken in the meal.
When: Through October 2

Taco John’s
The deal:
Get a free Cold Brew coffee with any purchase through the Taco John’s app. You also have to be a rewards member. 
When: Through September 30

Fazoli’s
The deal:
Use the code “LABORDAY” in the app to get a whole pizza and eight breadsticks for $9. 
When: Through September 11

Sonic Drive-In
The deal:
Mix and match any two of the Quarter Pound Double Cheeseburger, regular Fritos Chili Cheese Wrap, or small Jumbo Popcorn Chicken for $5. 
When: Through December 31

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The deal: Take $1 off any Ice Blended Drink for its new happy hour.
When: Through September 15, Monday through Thursday from 3 pm to close

Casey’s
The deal:
Take $7 off an order of two large specialty pizzas. Or you can take $5 off two large single-topping pizzas. 
When: Through December 31

Romano’s Macaroni Grill
The deal
: Kids 12 and under get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée when dining in. 
When: Through September 30

Smokey Mo’s
The deal:
Get a free dessert with the purchase of a family pack. 
When: Through September 11

Charleys Philly Steaks
The deal:
Purchase a combo meal and get a free kids meal. 
When: Through September 30

Steak ‘n Shake
The deal:
 Every weekday, S’nS emphasizes the latter half of its name with a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

Red Lobster
The deal: 
On weekdays, you can get a lunch for under $10 with Red Lobster’s new 10 Under $10 menu. 
When: Monday through Friday until 3 pm

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, at participating locations, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code “KEFOLO.” Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

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Monday, September 12

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The deal: Take $1 off any Ice Blended Drink for its new happy hour.
When: Through September 15, Monday through Thursday from 3 pm to close

Steak ‘n Shake
The deal:
 Every weekday, S’nS emphasizes the latter half of its name with a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

Pie Five Pizza
The deal:
Pie Five Circle of Crust loyalty program members can grab a personal pizza for $5.99. Use the code “MAGIC MONDAY” in the app or mention it at checkout in-store. 
When: Every Monday

I Heart Mac & Cheese
The deal: Kids eat free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Every Monday

Red Lobster
The deal:
On weekdays, you can get a lunch for under $10 with Red Lobster’s new 10 Under $10 menu. 
When: Monday through Friday until 3 pm

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Get a $9 Chicken Fried Steak.
When: Mondays through October 3

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Tuesday, September 13

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain’s new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci’s
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it’s BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird’s imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Papa Murphy’s
The deal:
Every Tuesday, you can grab a large pizza for $10. Though, you’ll only find that deal at select locations. Give a call ahead.
When: Every Tuesday

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
Get a free small queso with the purchase of any entrée.
When: Every Tuesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Tender Tuesday gets you a Tenders Basket for $5. 
When: Tuesdays through October 4

Wednesday, September 14

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says “happy hump day.” Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays. Though, you have to buy a meal. This isn’t a Little Free Library full of pies. 
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double the sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Kids eat for free on Wednesdays throughout September. 
When: Wednesdays through September 28

Thursday, September 15

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Every Thursday

Wingstop
The deal:
You can add Thigh Bites to any order for just $4.49. 
When: Every Thursday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Grab buy-one-get-one-free burgers on Thursdays this month.
When: Thursdays through September 29

Friday, September 16 – National Guacamole Day

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there’s a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday

Pluckers Wing Bar
The deal:
Teachers can grab a free appetizer every Friday. 
When: Every Friday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
All-you-can-eat catfish is available for $15 on Fridays through the end of the month. 
When: Fridays through September 30

Saturday, September 17

Jamba
The deal:
Grab a Pumpkin Smash smoothie for $5 if you’re a Jamba Rewards member. 
When: Saturdays and Sundays through September 25

Sunday, September 18 – National Cheeseburger Day

McDonald’s
The deal:
On National Cheeseburger Day, McDonald’s will offer one of its cheeseburgers for free through the mobile app when you make a $1 purchase. Before then, you can vote online on whether you want that free burger to be the Cheeseburger, Double Cheeseburger, or McDouble. 
When: September 18

Wayback Burgers
The deal:
There’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the Classic Burger for National Cheeseburger Day. Order through the Wayback app. 
When: September 18

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, at participating locations, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code “KEFOLO.” Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

Monday, September 19

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The deal: Take $1 off any Ice Blended Drink for its new happy hour.
When: Through September 15, Monday through Thursday from 3 pm to close

Steak ‘n Shake
The deal:
 Every weekday, S’nS emphasizes the latter half of its name with a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

Pie Five Pizza
The deal:
Pie Five Circle of Crust loyalty program members can grab a personal pizza for $5.99. Use the code “MAGIC MONDAY” in the app or mention it at checkout in-store. 
When: Every Monday

I Heart Mac & Cheese
The deal: Kids eat free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Every Monday

Red Lobster
The deal:
On weekdays, you can get a lunch for under $10 with Red Lobster’s new 10 Under $10 menu. 
When: Monday through Friday until 3 pm

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Get a $9 Chicken Fried Steak.
When: Mondays through October 3

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Tuesday, September 20 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day & National Queso Day

Marco’s Pizza
The deal:
Get a large Pepperoni Magnifico with classic pepperoni, Old World Pepperoni, and three cheeses for $10 with the code “PEPMAG.” (And don’t forget that first-time users of the Marco’s Pizza app can get 25% off their first menu-priced order in-app.)
When: September 20

Velvet Taco
The deal:
For National Queso Day, Velvet Taco is offering diner free chips and queso when they sign up for The Velvet Room, the restaurant’s reward program. 
When: September 20 (and beyond)

Red Lobster
The deal:
 The chain’s new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci’s
The deal: 
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal: 
Every Tuesday, it’s BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
 The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird’s imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Papa Murphy’s
The deal: 
Every Tuesday, you can grab a large pizza for $10. Though, you’ll only find that deal at select locations. Give a call ahead.
When: Every Tuesday

Tijuana Flats
The deal: 
Get a free small queso with the purchase of any entrée.
When: Every Tuesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Tender Tuesday gets you a Tenders Basket for $5. 
When: Tuesdays through October 4

Wednesday, September 21

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says “happy hump day.” Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays. Though, you have to buy a meal. This isn’t a Little Free Library full of pies. 
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double the sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Kids eat for free on Wednesdays throughout September. 
When: Wednesdays through September 28

Thursday, September 22

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Every Thursday

Wingstop
The deal:
You can add Thigh Bites to any order for just $4.49. 
When: Every Thursday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Grab buy-one-get-one-free burgers on Thursdays this month.
When: Thursdays through September 29

Friday, September 23

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there’s a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday

Pluckers Wing Bar
The deal:
Teachers can grab a free appetizer every Friday. 
When: Every Friday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
All-you-can-eat catfish is available for $15 on Fridays through the end of the month. 
When: Fridays through September 30

Saturday, September 24

Jamba
The deal:
Grab a Pumpkin Smash smoothie for $5 if you’re a Jamba Rewards member. 
When: Saturdays and Sundays through September 25

Sunday, September 25 – National Quesadilla Day

Dillas Quesadillas
The deal:
Grab a Plain-O Dilla for $5 all day for National Quesadilla Day. 
When: September 25

Moe’s Southwest Grill
The deal:
 Every Sunday, at participating locations, kids under 12 get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of at least $6.
When: Every Sunday

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The deal
: Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code “KEFOLO.” Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 
When: Every Sunday

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Monday, September 26

Atlas Coffee Club
The deal:
The code “ATLASCOFFEEDAY22” will get you a free 12-ounce bag of single-origin coffee beans with a subscription. 
When: September 26 – October 2

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The deal: Take $1 off any Ice Blended Drink for its new happy hour.
When: Through September 15, Monday through Thursday from 3 pm to close

Steak ‘n Shake
The deal:
 Every weekday, S’nS emphasizes the latter half of its name with a happy hour where you can snag half-price drinks and shakes. 
When: Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm

Pie Five Pizza
The deal:
Pie Five Circle of Crust loyalty program members can grab a personal pizza for $5.99. Use the code “MAGIC MONDAY” in the app or mention it at checkout in-store. 
When: Every Monday

I Heart Mac & Cheese
The deal: Kids eat free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée. 
When: Every Monday

Red Lobster
The deal:
On weekdays, you can get a lunch for under $10 with Red Lobster’s new 10 Under $10 menu. 
When: Monday through Friday until 3 pm

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Get a $9 Chicken Fried Steak.
When: Mondays through October 3

Tuesday, September 27

Red Lobster
The deal:
The chain’s new Two for Tuesday deal lets you get two Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon meals for $49.99. Each meal comes with your choice of two sides. This deal is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Tuesday

Bertucci’s
The deal:
You can grab a free Brick Oven Pizza with the purchase of another one. 
When: Every Tuesday

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Every Tuesday, it’s BOGO traditional wings for the creatively-named Wings Tuesday, which B-Dubs recently resurrected from the dead. 
When: Every Tuesday

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar
The deal:
The restaurant that reminds you of Big Bird’s imaginary friend is offering $5 cheeseburgers every Tuesday.
When: Every Tuesday

Papa Murphy’s
The deal:
Every Tuesday, you can grab a large pizza for $10. Though, you’ll only find that deal at select locations. Give a call ahead.
When: Every Tuesday

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
Get a free small queso with the purchase of any entrée.
When: Every Tuesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Tender Tuesday gets you a Tenders Basket for $5. 
When: Tuesdays through October 4

Wednesday, September 28

Bakers Square
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée and beverage. You can eat it or slam it in the face of the next person who says “happy hump day.” Your choice. 
When: Every Wednesday

O’Charleys
The deal:
Get a free slice of pie on Wednesdays. Though, you have to buy a meal. This isn’t a Little Free Library full of pies. 
When: Every Wednesday

Carvel
The deal:
Grab an ice cream sundae and it’ll throw in another one for free because hump day calls for double the sundaes.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Kids eat for free on Wednesdays throughout September. 
When: Wednesdays through September 28

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Thursday, September 29 – National Coffee Day

Caribou Coffee
The deal:
Get any medium handcrafted drink for $3 if you’re a Perks member. 
When: September 29

Bean Box
The deal:
Get a free 12-ounce bag of beans with any purchase when you use the code “FREECOFFEE.”
When: September 29 – October 1

Laird Superfood
The deal:
Take 15% off its coffees and creamers sold through its website. 
When: September 29 – October 2

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
You can get BOGO boneless wings on any size B-Dubs order every Thursday. The deal is available for takeout at select locations. 
When: Every Thursday

Wingstop
The deal:
You can add Thigh Bites to any order for just $4.49. 
When: Every Thursday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
Grab buy-one-get-one-free burgers on Thursdays this month.
When: Thursdays through September 29

Friday, September 30

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, there’s a new set of happy hour deals available weekly. The happy hour includes $2 fountain drinks, Mexican beers, chips and salsa, Uno Taco, or Churros. For $5 you can get Loaded Guac, a burrito (no specialty burritos), a bowl (no specialty bowls), or a quesadilla.
When: Every week, Friday-Sunday, 2-5 pm 

Red Lobster
The deal:
The Fish Fry Friday deal gets you hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $11.99. This one is available for pickup and delivery. 
When: Every Friday

Pluckers Wing Bar
The deal:
Teachers can grab a free appetizer every Friday. 
When: Every Friday

Cotton Patch Cafe
The deal:
All-you-can-eat catfish is available for $15 on Fridays through the end of the month. 
When: Fridays through September 30

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