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Friday deals: Donate and be rewarded

Great American Dine Out includes coupons; plus deals for free museum admission and BOGO smoothies.

By Teresa Mears Sep 17, 2010 1:35PM

Next week is the Great American Dine Out, a restaurant fundraiser to help fight childhood hunger in America. As part of the promotion, which is Sept. 19-25, restaurants nationwide are offering discounts, coupons or other incentives to encourage donations to Share Our Strength.


Among this year's participants are Joe's Crabshack, Corner Bakery Cafe, McAlister's Deli, Boston Market, T.G.I. Friday's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bueno, The Palm Restaurants, Legal Seafoods, P.F. Chang's and First Watch. You can search for participating restaurants in your area here.

If you have a great idea to combat childhood hunger or contribute to your community in another way, you might be able to get $100,000 from Ikea for a sabbatical to turn your plan into action.


In the meantime, here are some of the Great American Dine Out deals:

  • Joe's Crabshack will give you a coupon for a free slice of key lime pie if you donate $1, or a free order of crab nachos if you donate $5 anytime in September. The coupons are valid Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
  • Boston Market will give you a coupon for a free regular side if you donate $1 through Sept. 25. Don't forget that Boston Market always has coupons on its website.
  • T.G.I. Friday's will give you a $15 coupon book if you stop by and donate $5 through Sept. 27.

Smithsonian Magazine is celebrating Museum Day Sept. 25. Submit your information and you can get a pass good for two free admissions to participating museums.

Some of last week's deals are still good. Remember that not all local establishments participate in all national promotions, so it's always wise to call ahead.


Here are some new food deals and freebies we found, with some help from our friends at Cities on the Cheap:

  • Chevy's Fresh Mex has two coupons, good through Oct. 2. You can buy one entrée and get a second for $2.99. Or, you can get 20% off the price of one entrée. Plus, kids eat free on Tuesdays, and there are happy hour deals on drinks and appetizers from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Baja Fresh has coupons, too, good through Sept. 24. You can get $2 off an order of $7 or more and $5 off an order of $15 or more.
  • If you like Regal Cinemas on Facebook, you'll get a concession coupon every week. This week's coupon is good for a free small soft drink, today (Sept. 17) only.
  • El Pollo Loco continues its 30 coupons in 30 days promotion, with a new coupon every day in September.
  • Hardee's has two new coupons: You can get a free coffee or other beverage with the purchase of a Country Fried Steak 'N' Gravy Biscuit through Oct. 23. Or, get a free small fries and Coke with the purchase of a five-piece chicken tenders.
  • Buy one smoothie or other menu drink and get one free at Jamba Juice through Sept. 22 with this coupon.
  • If you like Murphy USA convenience stores on Facebook, the company will thank you with a coupon for a free Dr Pepper product.

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