Deal Finder: Free & discounted Kids' Meals at local eateries


By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deal Finder
Between handling work responsibilities, shuttling kids to school and extracurricular activities and managing household duties, parents don’t always have enough time or energy for cooking.
For parents who are on a budget but would like to dine out with their family, here’s a list of free and discounted meals for kids offered by local restaurants:
Ruby Tuesday: Kids eat free at Ruby Tuesday every Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. One free kid entrée per adult entrée purchase.

O’Charley’s: Kids eat free all day, every day at O’Charley’s. Get one free meal for kids 10 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée. Also, on Free Pie Wednesdays, people of all ages get a free slice of pie with the purchase of any entrée. Both offers are dine-in only.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar: On Tuesdays, children ages 13 and under can eat for 99 cents or $1.99 at Applebee’s, depending on the meal that is selected. Drink is included. Purchase of an adult meal is not required.
Olive Garden: Sign up for Olive Garden’s eClub either online or in your local restaurant to receive discounts, including occasional coupons for $1 kid’s meals. Customers must be eClub members to receive the coupons.
Steak ‘n Shake: Kids eat free all weekend at Steak ‘n Shake, according to the restaurant’s website. Get one free kid’s plate for every $9 spent. The offer is available for children 12 and under, dine-in only on Saturday and Sunday. The kid’s plate excludes drinks and shakes. For more information, visit
IHOP: Kids 12 and under eat free every day from 4 to 10 p.m. at IHOP. One child eats free with the purchase of one adult meal.
Texas Roadhouse: On Sundays, kids 12 and under can dine at Texas Roadhouse for $2.99. Two children can eat for this discounted price with the purchase of one adult meal. The offer is available all day.
Golden’s on the Square: On Mondays and Wednesdays, kids 10 and under can eat free at Golden’s on the Square. One child can dine free of charge with the purchase of an adult meal. The child must be present. Dine-in only.
Piccadilly: Piccadilly has $1.99 Kid’s Days on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the restaurant’s website. Kids 12 and under can enjoy a kid’s meal for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée. The kid’s meal includes a kid’s entrée, two sides, a drink and a kid’s dessert.
Captain D’s: Captain D’s has a Kid’s Birthday Club. Kids 12 and under can get a free kid’s meal on their birthday if their parents sign them up for the birthday club on Captain D’s website. For more information, visit
Note: Most restaurants also regularly offer kids’ meals on their menus that are in kid-sized portions and include foods that many kids like to eat, such as grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, applesauce and yogurt. Kids’ meals are usually much cheaper than regular adult meals. Many restaurants have also become more health conscious and offer apple juice or milk as beverages for kids, rather than soft drinks.