Don't forget to file on April 17—and then eat!

By Mike Pomranz
Updated April 16, 2018
Credit: Photo courtesy of Schlotzsky's

Tax Day is here once again, which means one of two things. Either you’ve already done your taxes and you're feeling super chill about your life, or you haven’t done your taxes and it’s time to freak out. If you're in that latter category, well, get to work and file. But for those in the former, happier group, why not take a relaxing stroll down to any one of the eateries below on April 17. They’re all giving away Tax Day freebies—because even if you are getting a refund, it doesn’t mean you’ve gotten that money yet.


Participating restaurants are offering a free regular order of hand-cut fries to guests who mention that NASCAR driver Tyler Reddick finished in the top nine at Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. So, sure, technically it’s not totally a Tax Day deal, but if you’ve learned anything from doing your taxes, it’s that a little creative thinking never hurt.

California Tortilla

Want free chips and queso? Just dine in at the chain on Tuesday and use the magic phrase. Nope, it’s not “Why do I bust my hump just to send it all to Uncle Sam?!” It’s “Chipping in.”

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

The sub sandwich joint is offering a free upgrade from a small to a medium sandwich if you mention this Tax Day deal.

Chuck E. Cheese’s

From Tuesday to Thursday, Chuck E. Cheese’s is offering a buy one, get one free deal on large cheese pizza. It’s a perfect way to give your kids a break from your longwinded rants about the evils of big government.

Firehouse Subs

As a Tax Day Deal, the sandwich chain is offering a free medium sub with the purchase of a full priced medium or large sub, chips and drink from Tuesday to Thursday. You must present this coupon though.

Great American Cookies

The chain is once again giving away a free cookie to anyone who drops into participating locations. Last year, the freebie was a birthday cake cookie; this year, it’s cookies & cream.


You can grab yourself a free Sausage Biscuit until 10 a.m. as part of the brand’s “Tastes Like America” campaign.


Take your kid—12 years old or younger—to Hooters on Tax Day and their meal is free with an adult purchase of $10 or more. As if getting a deduction for them wasn’t good enough already!

Hot Dog on a Stick

This hot-dog-on-a-stick chain (it’s not just a catchy name) will be showing off some of its alternative hot dog options. On Tax Day, customers can grab a free Turkey or Veggie Dog at participating locations.

Kona Ice

This Kentucky-based shaved ice company is offering free ices to anyone who can hunt down one of their many mobile trucks.

Piada Italian Street Food

This Columbus, Ohio-based chain of about 40 fast casual Italian restaurants will be handing out free giant blackberry lemonades at all locations.

Potbelly Sandwich Shops

If you already have the Potbelly app and are enrolled in the Potbelly Perks program, you’ll find a special Tax Day buy one, get one free sandwich offer available. If not, the first 75,000 people who sign up for the program are getting a sandwich totally for free.


Drop in for a medium fountain drink and chips and the chain will fill out your meal with a free small “The Original” sandwich, their signature ham and salami sandwich.

Tony Roma’s

Though the promotion has been running since Saturday, you have until Tuesday, April 17 to stop by Tony Roma’s with this coupon to grab yourself a free order of Kickin’ Shrimp. Ironically enough, tax and gratuity are not included.