Posted by: Kelsey Avers | March 1, 2010

Free food? Count me in!

I know I’m a little too late to mention IHOP’s Free Pancake Day and Jack in the Box’s free grilled sandwich with a drink purchase deal that took place on February 23, 2010, but I will take this opportunity to add to that calendar of yours for not only the sake of your wallet, but your stomach as well. Below is a list of places (located in either San Francisco or East Bay, or both) that have deals (online and on-location) for free food and/or some deals on food you couldn’t possibly pass up! After all, you’re a starving college student, right? I thought so…so just keep reading.

Coming soon (March):
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010  (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Annual FREE CONE DAY (Free Ice Cream in-store, at participating locations)
– Read more about it on their Facebook page

Birthday Freebies (if you can deal with being sung to) & other free meal deals
** be sure to click on the links for required coupons, sign-ups, etc. **
(keep in mind, these deals may not apply to all locations)

Del Taco: FREE Crispy Shrimp Taco w/purchase
– Become a Facebook fan
– Click “Free Shrimp Taco” tab

Krispy Kreme: FREE donut on your birthday

Jack in the Box: FREE birthday dessert
– Printable coupon & I.D. required

Red Lobster: FREE appetizer on your birthday
Join the club to get your coupon

Red Robin: FREE burger on your birthday
– Join the e-Club

Sonic: Your choice of a regular order of tots, a medium fountain drink or a regular cream slush
– Limited time offer! Click here!

Auntie Anne Pretzels: Free Pretzel
– Sign up online first for even more Pretzel Perks!

Baskin Robbins: Free Ice Cream
– Register in their Birthday Club

Boston Market: Free Dessert with $5 min purchase
Sign up online (they send you $3 off your next purchase just for signing up!)

Chili’s: Free Birthday Dessert with purchase of an entree
Sign up online first for birthday coupon (with registration, you get a free chips and queso offer within 48 hours of signing up!)

Cold Stone Creamery: Free Ice Cream
Join the birthday club!

Home Town Buffet: Free meal
– Get a coupon for a free meal with the purchase of another adult meal when you join their eclub.

Joe’s Crab Shack: Free Cake (at participating locations)

Mimi’s Cafe: Free Breakfast
Join their e-club and get a free breakfast (the coupon is good for about ten days after you receive it.)

Quiznos: Free cookie & $2.00 off a sub
– If you register on their website, they’ll email you a coupon for a free cookie of your choice on your birthday, and also a coupon for $2.00 of on any regular or large sub

Round Table Pizza: Free Pizza (Personal) on your birthday
– See local restaurant for details

Rubio’s Mexican Grill: Get a free meal up to the value of $7.00 on your birthday
-Sign up for their web newsletter.

Wienerschnitzel: Free chili dog on your birthday.
– You will also receive a free chili dog just for joining, but you must sign up on their home page and print out the coupon.
– You will also be notified periodically of other free things.

For more restaurants not necessarily in the bay area, check Mr. Cheap Stuff’s website for more deals and secrets!
To find various coupons, freebies and other deals, visit the Free Stuff Forum, and feel free to participate and share your own meal deal secrets!


Do you know of any other daily/monthly/occasional deals at yummy places? Comment with them!



  1. MMMM, thanks for the list of free food! I love free food, wait , I just love food! Lol. So this is great! And I did take advatage of Jack’s free sandwich. And last year we dressed up like cows and got a great free meal at Chic Fil A!

  2. Love this list!! This is awesome. 🙂

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