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All the Places You Can Get Free Food and Great Deals for Valentine’s Day

{Image Credit: Auntie Anne’s}

Love is in the air, thanks to Valentine’s Day this week! With a plethora of our favorite restaurants rolling out a long list of special deals and menus for all (including singles), what does it matter that we’re all stuck with another six weeks of winter? Because we live by food, we are always looking for the best deal on the yummiest of eats — and Valentine’s is no different.

Whether you’re paired up or not for the big day, one thing is for sure: we can all get on board for friendly discounts and freebies. From BOGO offers to free desserts, we’re got a list of all the U.S. restaurant and fast food chains that will have your needs covered without burning a hole in your wallet.

Auntie Anne’s: On Feb. 14, the world’s largest and most beloved hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise is letting customers in on a sweet BOGO deal with the return of their Heart-Shaped Pretzels, available in Original and Cinnamon Sugar. Fans can buy one, and get the other heart shaped pretzel free. Be sure to download the free app before 12 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 to get in on the offer.

Hooters: When it comes to Valentine’s Day, this friendly franchise is not playing. For those scorned, it’s actually the best place to be because Hooters is allowing customers to upload a photo of their ex to their website, then shred it. Not only does it give you immediate satisfaction, but you can also score a buy one, get one set of 10-piece boneless wings free.

TCBY: Who isn’t craving frozen yogurt? For one day only, the froyo chain is giving lovers and friends a buy one, get one half off offer all day. It’s the perfect addition to a budget-friendly date too.

Qdoba: When it comes to the casual fast-food Mexican chain, they are looking for a little PDA when it comes to getting in on an offer. Again this year, the restaurant is offering customers the chance to buy one entrée to get another free when you share a kiss with a loved one at the register on Feb. 14.

Schlotzsky’s: Though the café and bakery is mostly located in the south and southwest, if there is one near you, take advantage — especially if you want to heat up your Valentine’s Day. Spend $7 at any participating Schlotzsky’s  to get a free bottle of their signature hot sauce in the name of love!

McAlister’s Deli: It’s a family affair at McAlister’s Deli this Valentine’s as the restaurant is offering a special deal just for families to spend the day together. Parents can get up to two kids meals free per one adult entrée.

White Castle: There is no better way to say “I love you” than gorging on sliders with fries. The mini burger chain is going fancy this Valentine’s Day by taking reservations from its dedicated Cravers for its special Open Table dinner, now in its 27th year.

Macaroni Grill: Nothing says amoré quite like pasta! The Macaroni Grill is offering customers an appetizer, two entrées and a dessert for $45, available from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14. The menu is vast though, so there is definitely something for everyone.

Outback Steakhouse: From Feb. 12 to 16, customers at the Outback Steakhouse can enjoy a Valentine’s Day meal consisting of the chain’s Bloomin’ onion, two entrées, two sides, two salads and cheesecake for a special price.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Not only are their famous heart-shaped doughnuts back, but Dunkin’ Donuts is letting fans in on a sweet contest and deal this Valentine’s by offering a trip for two to any city in the U.S. simply by sharing how your friendship or relationship runs on Dunkin’ between Feb. 6 to Feb. 15 — just add the hashtag, #DDLOVEContest.

Waffle House: The beloved celebrity-favorite chain, famous for its 24-hour breakfast menu is getting in on the popularity with its own Valentine’s Day deal, and for a great price! Perfect for those late night runs, on Feb. 14, customers can get two entrées, an appetizer and dessert for just $25.

Pressed Juicery: If your Valentine’s is a health nut, you’ll want to send them a “Valentine’s Day Gram” from the cold-press juice cleanse company, Pressed Juicery. The special offer includes a free mini 2 ounce juice, plus you get your own free mini juice in strawberry almond, citrus, or charcoal lemonade.

Buca di Beppo: Perfect for couples or small families, Buca is offering a Valentine’s Classic Love Package on Feb. 14 featuring a $49.99 dine-in only special, which includes a Heart-Shaped Lasagna, Buca Small Garlic Bread, Buca Small Mixed Green or Caesar Salad and Mini Chocolate Chip Cannoli.

Fogo de Chao: Extending well past Valentine’s, when you dine at the Brazilian steakhouse and churrascaria from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17, you’ll receive a receive a complimentary churrasco dining card that you can use the next time you visit, which is perfect for that second date or a budget-wise date night.

What are some places you know are offering BOGO offers or freebies this Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comments below.

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