Kids eat free restaurant list

When our daughter started eating meals of her own at restaurants (versus just sharing with us, which she still sometimes does depending on the restaurant), we liked to figure out which restaurants offered free or reduced kids’ meals on which days.  I searched for lists, but I found them hard to come by and sometimes unreliable.  So, I started my own in Google Docs (Now Google Drive).  My husband and I have added to it over the last year or so.

This topic keeps coming up with other parents.  The best secret for eating out is to go on Tuesday evening.  It’s the best day for kids eat free or reduced.  Even McDonald’s has thrown its hat into the ring recently with offering Happy Meals for $1.99 on Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.  I love saving money.  I love hanging out with my family.  And, honestly, I love eating out when we get a chance.  It’s a nice change of pace.

I’m going to list the restaurants I know of below.  Some of them are regional (Indiana) and some are national.  There are other national or regional restaurants we don’t have here, so I don’t know about.  I’d love to make additions to the list.  Feel free to leave them in comments below, message me through my Facebook page ( or through e-mail (you can find my address through  I’ll add to the list as you all give me input!

Please note that not all national chain restaurants may adhere to these schedules locally, so it’s a good idea to check first.  Also, most restaurants require the purchase of at least one adult meal in order to qualify for a free kids’ meal.  Some places include drinks; others don’t.

Amazing Joe’s (after 5 p.m.)
Brothers Bar & Grill (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Penn Station
Fazoli’s (99-cents; 5 to 8 p.m.)
Bob Evans
McDonald’s ($1.99 Happy Meal; 4 to 9 p.m.)
Scotty’s Brewhouse
Sunshine Cafe
Chick-Fil-A (5 to 8 p.m.)
Brothers Bar & Grill (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Johnny Carino’s


Amazing Joe’s (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Scotty’s Brewhouse

(Last update: Sept. 14, 2016)

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