Chick-Fil-A Testing $30 Family Style Meals So Everyone Can Just Share

Taking a page from KFC’s finger-lickin’ chicken book, Chick-fil-A is stepping away from fast food’s traditional individual meals — you know the ones where everyone has their own fries they never finish — and dipping its toes into family style meals. 

Chick-fil-A recently began testing family style meals, along with new sides, at select locations in North Carolina, Arizona, and Texas.

The Family Style Meals, which will be available at the restaurants until Nov. 18, are meant to serve four people, and include one entree, two sides, and eight mini rolls.

The $29.99 meal comes with customers’ choice of 12 Chick-n-Strips, four Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Breasts, 30 Chick-fil-A Nuggets, or four Grilled Chicken Breasts. Side options include fruit cup, side salad, and the superfood side, as well as new sides of bacon baked beans and mac & cheese.

Customers have the option of adding additional entrees, sides, and beverages to the meal deal for an extra charge.

While it’s unclear how much the add-ons will cost customers, the original meal deal is in line with many of KFC’s family style options. For instance, at KFC customers will pay $20 for a “Fill Up,” which comes with eight pieces of chicken, a large cole slaw, four biscuits, and two mashed potatoes and gravy sides.

Chick-fil-A says the decision to test family style meals came as a response to customers’ requests for more takeout options.

In fact, the chain says that 36% of its customers take their meals to go, and those customers are looking for even more convenience.

“Our customers told us that they wanted an even more convenient way to share meals at home or on the go, so we worked directly with a group of parents to design every part of Family Style Meals – down to the cutlery caddy that features five unique conversation starter questions to help customers connect over mealtime,” Matt Abercrombie, manager of menu development at Chick-fil-A, said in a statement.

The meals are being tested in Greensboro, NC, Phoenix, and San Antonio. Feedback from customers will be used to determine if the family style meals will expand in the future.

Here’s Where To Get All The Deals On National French Fry Day

French fries might be the perfect food, particularly because of their customizability. You can go basic and eat these crispy, fried gems on their own or with ketchup (or any other crazy sauce). But if you want to really get the most out of French fries, you’ll enjoy them slathered with chili and cheese, gravy and cheese (poutine), or blanketed by pulled pork, brisket, or any other magical meat. They’re amazing on their own, but really shine when paired with cheeseburgers, hotdogs, and every other sandwich and wrap ever invented. French fries are so sublime, they deserve their own holiday. Oh wait, they already do — and it’s today. Here’s where to get all the best deals for National French Fry Day.

Arby’s
You can get free fries (and a drink) at Arby’s. All you need to do is purchase a Brown Sugar Bacon Sandwich. You don’t need a coupon to take advantage of this offer.

Bob Evans
Want a change of pace on National French Fry Day? If you use this coupon, you can get a free order of sweet potato fries at Bob Evans today.

BurgerFi
Buy any burger or hot dog at BurgerFi on National French Fry Day and you’ll get a free regular size order of French fries for free.

Dairy Queen
DK is offering small fries for only $1 all day today at select locations. Check your local Dairy Queen to see if this deal is available.

Houlihan’s
To celebrate the holiday, the chain is offering customers bottomless Parmesan Frites (as well as regular French fries) all day. All you need to do is pay for the first order and they’ll keep refilling it for free. This deal is available at select locations. Check and see if your local Houlihan’s is honoring it before you go in.

McDonald’s
Customers can get an order of medium French fries when they purchase any other menu item using the McDonald’s app. This deal continues every Friday until September 7th.

Omaha Steaks
Visit any Omaha Steaks’ location or order online to get a burger and an order of steak fries for only $2.99.

Pizza Hut
Us the coupon code YWM to get 24 Wingstreet chicken wings with sauces, and two orders of waffle fries for $19.99.

Meat-Eaters Are Increasingly Ordering Vegan Meals

Vegan dining is undeniably growing, with an increase in vegan restaurants in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

Vegan menu options at restaurants that serve animal products are more common now, too. In fact, The Press Herald recently reported that even those who eat meat at home are increasingly likely to order vegan food when dining out, and magazine Marie Claire did a story featuring some of the great options for vegetarians and vegans at UK and Ireland eateries.

Why meat-free?

According to the Harris Poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group, well over a third of the non-vegetarian people who responded to their poll sometimes order vegetarian meals when dining out. The reasons that were given for choosing the veggie dish include health, cost, and animals.

Some people order off the vegan menu out of concern for horrible damage that the meat industry is doing to the environment. (After all, agriculture is responsible for at least a third of greenhouse gas emissions, with around half of that coming from livestock.)

Others order from the vegan menu because they fear otherwise having a dairy allergy ignored. Many people choose vegan dishes because they are watching their cholesterol or otherwise trying to avoid the negative consequences that eating meat can have on humans, too.

When talking about vegan dining, what many people don’t consider is that nearly everyone eats a lot of vegan food already. Of course, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, and many other dietary staples are already vegan.

People can enjoy foods they already love when feeling adventurous and ordering from the vegan menu. Half the fun can be trying new flavors and foods that people never bothered with while eating animal-based products.

Impact on business

Tyson Foods, the biggest producer of meat in the United States, even invested in Beyond Meat and also launched a venture capital fund to invest in startups that aim to develop meat substitutes. The CEO even hinted that the future is looking a lot more vegan, and earlier this year stated: “Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”

Going into 2017, Modern Restaurant Management, a popular online restaurant magazine, predicted that plant-based protein would be served in more and more restaurants. According to the magazine, the industry is undeniably growing, and ‘we will be seeing vegetable proteins throughout our dining experiences’.

That prediction seems to be on solid ground.

The future is vegan

It’s easy to see why vegan dining would appeal to anyone. A chef is only limited by their imagination in what they can do with vegan ingredients, and the public increasingly wants healthier, more affordable, and more compassionate food choices.

When going out to eat, people can order vegan options and enjoy a delectable meal with all the flavor they crave and the nutrition they need. Why, then, would anyone order a meat-based dish with all the harm it can cause the environment, one’s personal health, and, of course, the animals who were killed for it?

It seems the world is waking up to the fact that vegan dining is, indeed, the future.

Looking For Free Food On Your Birthday? We’ve Got You Covered

It’s your birthday, and you’re hungry. You’d like to treat yourself to something delicious, something… free. Where should you go? We’ve got a huge list you can start with.

Inspired by the tale of this young, enterprising Philadelphia woman who managed to score free coffee, meals, pretzels, more coffee, snacks, and booze without spending a dime, we wanted to see just how many popular chains offer gratis grub on your day of days.

The good news is, there are plenty of restaurants, diners, eateries, and other food purveyors out there willing to reward you just for being born.

However, even if you don’t need to spend your hard-earned cash, there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or so they say) so be prepared to offer up something in exchange — your information. Because unlike days of yore when you could simply inform your server that it was someone’s birthday and get a free song and dessert, most restaurants on the below list will require you to subscribe to an email list, rewards club, or perks program.

Before you head out to collect your birthday spoils, you should also make sure you read the terms of service for each restaurant’s birthday deals, as some may require you to be a member for a certain amount of time in order to cash in on that deal. Offers may not be available at all locations either.

Abuelo’s Join the Rewards Club and receive an unspecified birthday offer.
Applebee’s If you sign up for the restaurant’s eClub, you’ll get a free birthday dessert. Sweet!
Arby’s Register for deals from Arby’s and get a free roast beef classic sandwich when you purchase any size drink.
Au Bon Pain Free salad or sandwich when you sign up for the online loyalty club, as well as a free travel mug.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels You can get a free classic pretzel on your birthday if you sign up for the My Pretzel Perks loyalty program.
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill A free birthday burrito when you sign up for Club Baja. Plus, a free bonus taco for whenever you find yourself in need of a taco.
Baskin Robbins Sign up for the Birthday Club to get an emailed coupon for a free 2.5 ounce ice cream in the flavor of your choosing, plus a discount on your birthday cake.
bd’s Mongolian Grill Join Club Mongo and get a free meal on your birthday.
Benihana Register for The Chef’s Table and receive a $30 gift certificate during the month of your birthday.
Black Angus Steakhouse You’ll receive a free steak dinner on your first birthday after you sign up to be a Prime Club Member. Bonus free dessert when you join.
Bojangles Get a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with purchase every year on your birthday when you sign up for the restaurant’s eClub.
Boston Market VIP Club members get a free dessert with purchase on their birthday.
Bruegger’s Bagels Sign up for the eClub, get a free bagel of your choice with cream cheese, and a birthday coupon via email.
Buca di Beppo Receive a free small pasta dish for your birthday — Spaghetti Marinara, Fettuccini Alfredo, or Baked Ziti — when you sign up for the eClub.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar Joining the Buffalo Circle Club will earn you an order of snack size wings, as well as a free dessert on your birthday.
Caribou Coffee Sign up for the Caribou Perks program and receive a free birthday drink.
Carraba’s Italian Grill Members of the Amici Club receive a free dessert with the purchase of any entree.
Carvel Subscribers of the Fudgie Fanatics email list get you a free ice cream cone, a birthday coupon, and a BOGO offer.
The Cheesecake Factory Tell your server it’s your birthday and you’ll get a free song AND a free birthday sundae with a tiny “scoopette” of vanilla ice cream, fudge, whipped cream, confetti pieces and a candle. No signing up for anything!
Chili’s Signing up for the email club will earn you a coupon for a free dessert on your birthday.
Cinnabon You can get a birthday free treat as well as a bonus Minibon cinnamon roll by signing up for Club Cinnamon.
Coldstone Creamery My Coldstone Club members receive a BOGO coupon for an ice cream creation on their birthday.
Cracker Barrel Free dessert and a free song on your birthday — and you don’t have to sign up for a thing.
Culver’s Join the MyCulver’s club and get a free birthday sundae, and a free value basket including a ButterBurger (or other sandwich), classic side, and a regular drink.
Dairy Queen Free blizzard coupon when you sign up for the online fan club, as well as a “special” birthday coupon. Make sure to bring the printed coupon to the store.
Del Taco Join the online club and get a free, regular size premium milkshake on your birthday — vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.
Denny’s Get a free original grand slam with a valid ID on your birthday. No signup required.
Dippin’ Dots Signing up for the Dot Crazy email club entitles you to free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday.
Dunkin’ Donuts You’ll get a free drink for signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program, as well as a free medium beverage of your choice on your birthday.
Edible Arrangements Register for the Edible Rewards program and get an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit on your birthday.
Einstein Bros. Bagels A free bagel and schmear with purchase when you join the eClub, as well as free egg sandwich with purchase on your birthday.
Firehouse Subs If you sign up for Firehouse Rewards before your birthday, you’ll get a free medium sub valid on your birthday or within six days after it.
Friendly’s Register for the BFF Club and get a free Happy Endings (yes, that’s really what it’s called) medium sundae.
Godiva Sign up for the rewards club to get a $10 gift card during your birthday month.
Gold Star Chili Register for the eClub, get a “birthday surprise,” as well as a BOGO coupon for three-way chili.
Golden Corral Members of the Good As Gold Club will receive a birthday surprise (possibly a free meal).
Great American Cookies You’re gonna get a birthday cookie surprise that is probably in the form of a free cookie if you sign up for cookie-mail.
Hard Rock Cafe Hard Rock Rewards members will receive a birthday offer.
Hooter’s Sign up for HootClub emails and get a free, unspecified birthday gift.
Houlihan’s Join the email list and get $10 off for singing up plus a free entrée on your birthday. Plus, “lots of other swag.”
IHOP Become a member of the Pancake Revolution and receive free pancakes — on your birthday, right away, and on the anniversary of your membership — for your efforts.
Jack in the Box Sign up for offers, get a coupon you can use during your birthday week for two free tacos with purchase.
Jamba Juice Members of the Jamba Insider rewards program get a free birthday smoothie or juice.
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sign up for the email club and get a yearly coupon on your birthday for a free sub and regular size drink that can be used anytime during the year.
Johnny Rockets Registering for emails will get you a free burger with purchase on your first visit as well as on your birthday.
Krispy Kreme Donuts Treat yourself to a free doughnut on your birthday after you’ve signed up for the eClub.
Lone Star Steakhouse Join the eClub, get a gift for joining, and a gift on your birthday (rumored to be a free appetizer).
Marble Slab Creamery Members of the Slab Happy rewards program will receive a $5 coupon on their birthday and subscriber anniversary, plus a free ice cream for signing up.
Margaritaville All you have to do is show up on your birthday to get a free scoop of ice-cream — plus toppings.
Moe’s Southwestern Grill Get a complimentary birthday burrito every year when you sign up for Moe’s e-World.
Noodles & Company Becoming a member of the Noodlegrams eClub will entitle you to you one free noodle bowl on your birthday.
O’Charley’s Members of the O’Club get a free birthday surprise, and a free appetizer just for joining.
Olive Garden Free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month if you subscribe to the eClub.
Outback Steakhouse No need to sign up to receive a child-size vanilla sundae with chocolate syrup on your birthday. If you do sign up for the rewards program, you’ll also get a birthday coupon for a free dessert or appetizer with your meal.
P.F. Chang’s Register for emails and receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert of your choice during your birthday month.
Panera Bread MyPanera members get a free pastry, dessert, or cafe item on their birthday.
Pinkberry PinkCard subscribers can score a free yogurt on their birthday.
Pizza Hut Register for an online ordering account and receive free cinnamon sticks on your birthday (when you place an order online).
Planet Smoothie Members of the Planet Smoothie Club get a free smoothie on their birthday.
Ponderosa You want a birthday surprise? Join the eClub.
Qdoba Mexican Grill Qdoba Rewards members will get a birthday offer for joining, as long as you register at least two months prior to your birthday.
Quiznos Join the Q Club online, and get your choice of free cookie on your birthday when you bring in the email coupon.
Red Mango Get $5 off your birthday purchase after you join Club Mango, as well as a $2 reward for signing up.
Red Lobster A random freebie will be chosen for you on your birthday if you’re a member of the Fresh Catch Club at least seven days prior to the big day. Cue the suspense.
Red Robin A free birthday burger will be yours if you’re a member of the Royalty rewards club.
Rita’s Italian Ice Birthday Club members get a free treat on their birthday (a free scoop of ice cream, Italian ice, or custard). And if your birthday is in the winter months when your local Rita’s may be closed, you’ll get a half-birthday message/offer instead.
Ruby Tuesday Adding your name to the So Connected email list gets you a free appetizer when you join, and your choice of either a free burger or free garden bar entree on your birthday.
Sbarro Anyone in the the Slice Society can score a free slice of pizza on their birthday.
Smashburger Free side or shake with any purchase on your birthday for members of the Smashclub, plus a 50% off entree with purchase of a side and drink upon joining.
Sonic Signing up for MySonic rewards will earn you a free birthday treat.
Sprinkles Cupcakes Members of the perks program will get a free cupcake on their birthday. Once you get to a certain level, you’ll also get a free cupcake on your half birthday. The top tier of members get a dozen free cupcakes on the big day.
Starbucks Join the Starbucks Rewards program and get a free birthday beverage.
Steak N’ Shake Want a double-steak burger with cheese fries for free on your birthday? Sign up for the email club.
TCBY Register for myTCBY and get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday and bring on the brain freeze.
TGI Fridays Become a “Friend With Benefits” and get a free dessert during your birthday month, as well as a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert when you sign up.
Waffle House Free birthday waffle for all Waffle House Regulars Club members.
Wendy’s WendyMail subscribers get a free Frosty.
Whataburger Get a free Justaburger on your birthday by signing up for emails.

 

Here’s How To Score A Free Doritos Locos Taco From Taco Bell Today

Whether you’re bummed or ecstatic that the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, you can get a free taco at Taco Bell today.

As part of this year’s “Steal A Game, Steal A Taco” promotion, anyone and everyone can get a complimentary Doritos Locos Taco at their local Taco Bell on June 13 between 2 and 6 p.m. local time.

Tacos will only be available while supplies last, and you’ll be limited to exactly one taco per customer. And don’t get greedy: “Participating Taco Bell restaurant managers reserve the right to deny Free Taco to any person they reasonably believe has already received a Taco or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity,” the chain says in the promotion’s official rules.

This is the second year in a row that Taco Bell has given away tacos upon the occasion of the visiting team defeating the home squad during the NBA finals. The chain has also offered a similar promotion — “Steal A Base, Steal A Taco” for the World Series in recent years.

Here’s Where You Can Get Free Donuts Tomorrow

Guys, tomorrow, Friday, June 2, is National Donut Day. It’s your patriotic right, nay duty, to load up on some circular fried dough confectioneries before the clock strikes midnight—or whenever Dunkin’ Donuts closes—and all the donuts turn into pumpkins. Here’s a brief list of places (via Thrillist) where you can get donuts for free. A few places are requiring you to jump through some donut holes to get your treat, but it’s a small price to pay for multiple mouthfuls of sugary goodness. Each of these offers lasts the entire day.

Krispy Kreme
What you have to do: Nothing. Just walk in there, jostle other freeloaders out of the way and grab yourself one free donut. Any flavor.

Dunkin’ Donuts
What you have to do: Strut in there and grab one free classic donut of your choice after first purchasing a beverage. And saying please. This deal ends once they run out of donuts.

Tim Hortons
What you have to do: First, buy a hot or iced coffee. Second, make sure you remind them that it’s National Donut Day. Third, chow down on a free classic donut.

Deleting the Facebook App Will Double Your Phone’s Battery Life

We’ve covered how Instagram is seriously damaging to mental health, but another self-study revealed that Facebook‘s mobile app is the most draining of your smartphone battery life. This observation came to light after Inc. journalist John Koetsier decided to delete Facebook from his phone after seeing that the social media app accounted for almost 50 percent of his device’s daily juice. Upon deletion, his phone’s battery doubled in lifespan.

While this may not come as a surprise to many, it’s the app’s specific functions that make Facebook battery use more demanding. SRAX executive ad tech developer Aaron Hetler says that Facebook’s wide range of features is what causes it to kill your phone battery, even by just opening the app. Facebook’s wide range of features such as device location, notifications, live videos, contacts, etc has contributed to the app’s 10-fold increase in megabytes over the past few versions. Some suggest that disabling the “Background App Refresh” function after quitting the app can extend battery life, but as long as Facebook is tracking your device’s location, it will continue to eat away at power.

Driverless Cars Will Be Huge for Buffalo Wild Wings

Financial analysts in every industry are mashing their brains to figure out how the rise of autonomous cars will affect the economy, but one group of analysts at Morgan Stanley has a pretty wild prediction: if nobody has to drive any more, people might start going HAM at the Buffalo Wild Wings more often.

In a letter to clients on Thursday, the analysts looked at some of the major industries that will be affected by the rise of “shared autonomy” a term used seemingly to describe the twofold impacts of self-driving cars and a ride-sharing based transit economy.

The team’s recommendations highlight areas and certain stocks that could benefit from “shared autonomy,” including, hilariously, Buffalo Wild Wings and Domino’s Pizza. BWW, because 20 percent of its revenue comes from alcohol, and Domino’s because its delivery business won’t need human drivers.

“There are around 1.2 million DUIs issued in the U.S. every year,” the analysts write. “The average American consumes nearly 500 alcoholic drinks per year. Over the course of a year, how many more drinks might be consumed if people were completely freed from the responsibility of driving? Moreover, how many more drinks could be consumed during the 400 billion global hours humanity currently spends behind the wheel?”

Constellation, the American corporation that owns Corona, Model, Pacifico, Svedka vodka, and a whole bunch of other wine and liquor brands, will benefit, project the analysts.

Also, apparently, the best beneficiary of shared autonomy, where most people will ask their self-driving cars to take them, is Buffalo Wild Wings. It does caution, though, that the company is still vulnerable to the temperamental price of chicken wings.

Domino’s will benefit from shared autonomy after it nixes delivery drivers. Domino’s has already experimented with drones and weird autonomous robots so this one actually seems like a pretty sound prediction.

New Facebook Option Allows Food Ordering Right From App

Facebook once again looks to widen its market at become a one stop shop for just about everything you would want on the internet after the introduction of a new feature that allows individuals to order food from nearby restaurants right from the app. Facebook made reference to this earlier this year, when they announced a partnership with both Delivery.com and Slice. Users on Twitter were surprised to see it pop up randomly on their Facebook app, with some users are reporting that the “Order Food” icon is also appearing on Facebook’s website, giving you the option to order food from your computer as well. According to those who have used the service, every step of ordering food is done through Facebook, including looking at menus, checking daily specials and payment.

As of right now, it looks like the feature is only available in certain areas around the world. This is one of the many business strategies the social media giant has embarked on over the past while. Most recently,the platform announced it would be live streaming regular season MLB games every Friday, as well as introducing a lineup of new, original shows to compete with business like Netflix and Hulu. With Facebook making more and more of an effort to find new ways to add on to their network, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

Where To Find The Best Specials On Cinco de Mayo

Get ready friends, Cinco de Mayo is here. That means you have no excuse for missing out on margaritas, Coronas, and every cheese and salsa-covered form of Mexican fare. Even if you don’t want to get tipsy on tequila and Tecate, you can still take advantage of the various Cinco de Mayo food deals and drink specials at restaurants all across the US.

Here we go!

Bahama Breeze

Visit any Bahama Breeze location to get $5 margaritas. On top of that, many locations are also celebrating the day with outdoor Cinco de Mayo parties where you can purchase $5 margaritas, $3 beers, and two-for-$5 tacos and empanadas.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

The popular chain restaurant might not be known for its Mexican food, but that didn’t stop them from offering a $5.99 Cinco de Mayo taco special (two tacos, chips, and salsa).

California Pizza Kitchen

California-based chain will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo today by offering customers its Fresh Agave Lime Margarita for $5 at participating locations.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse

Stop into Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse today to get $4 Coronas and $5 dollars margaritas all day.

Chili’s

If you stop by the popular restaurant chain, you can purchase a special Cinco de Mayo cup. For only $5, you can have it filled with your favorite beer or a margarita.

Chuy’s

Chuy’s will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo by offering drink specials all night. This includes frozen margaritas, floaters and various Mexican beers.

El Pollo Loco

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, El Pollo Loco is getting downright crazy (get it?). Visit the company’s website to get coupons to get a variety of deals special for the day.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

Feeling hungry? You can get all-you-can-eat nachos at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant until 4 p.m. today. This deal is good for every nacho style on the menu.

Marie Callender’s

To celebrate the holiday, Marie Callender’s is offering $4 house margaritas and $6 ultimate margaritas. Don’t worry if you can’t find a time to get in today, this deals lasts until May 7th.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

The restaurant chain is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by launching its new Moe-Rita, a family-friendly (alcohol free) margarita made with limeade, lemonade, orange, and other flavors. If you’re lucky, you can also get a free T-shirt (at some locations) and others are offering $5 burritos.

Schlotzsky’s

Visit any Schlotzky’s location and purchase a Fiesta Chicken Meal Deal (a small fiesta chicken sandwich with chips and a small drink) for only $5.

TGI Fridays

The famous chain is offering premium Casamigos tequila shots for $5, $3 Dos Equis Drafts. and $5 Sauza ‘Ritas.

On the Border

Do you love the magical mixture of tequila, lime, and triple sec? Well, you’re in luck. On the Border is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by offering $5 margaritas all day.

Taco Cabana

Visitors to Taco Cabana in Texas can win free Taco Cabana for a year. Customers can enter the Cinco de Mayo-related contents on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

TacoTime

Look through your cushions to find all of your hidden change. But, you won’t need much because TacoTime is offering $0.79 tacos all day long today.

Tijuana Flats

The Mexican food chain is offering myriad Cinco de Mayo deals throughout the weekend, including $2 draft beers today and on May 6th and 7th, customers can get $2 drafts, $2 chips and salsa, $2 tacos, and $2 churros.