When my girls were younger, tracking down restaurants who offered kids eat free (or almost free) promotions was an important part of my restaurant food strategy. Unfortunately, we've outgrown that phase of our lives, but many of you can still benefit from these promotions.
While many chains offer days or evenings where kids eat free, this can be very local or regional. I recommend you make a quick cheat sheet and spend 15 or 20 minutes verifying what is available in your area. I used to do this when we'd travel, since that was when we did the majority of our restaurant eating. You can do an interest search on "name of restaurant location and kids eat free," check their Facebook page, or give them a call. Also, include local restaurants that you enjoy!
Don't forget that there ALWAYS exceptions to these deals, so check ahead if your budget truly depends on the child(ren) eating free.
Restaurants that often have kids eat free or kids eat cheap deals:
Atlanta Bread Company Applebees Backyard Burgers Baja Fresh Beef O'Brady's Bennigans Black Eyed Pea Blue Mesa Grill Bob Evans Bruster's Real Ice Cream Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Wings and Rings Cafe Rio Chevy's Fresh Mex Chick-fil-A Chili's CiCi's Pizza Coco's Restaurant Country Buffet Culver's Dickey's Barbecue Pit Denny's Double Dave's Pizza Famous Daves Fazoli Firehouse Subs Fire Mountain Friendly's Fuddruckers Gatti Town Golden Corral Hometown Buffet IHOP Ikea Jason's Deli Johnny Rockets Lone Star Steakhouse Maggiano's Marie Callendars McAllister's Dli Moes Southwest Grill Old Country Buffet On The Border Perkins Piccadilly Pizza Hut Ponderosa Qdobo Mexican Grill Rainforest Cafe Red Robin Ruby's Diner Ryans Shari's Cafe Shells Souper! Salad! Spaghetti Warehouse Steak n' Shake Texas Roadhouse TGIFridays Tony Roma's Tropical Smoothie Cafe Tucanos Brazilian Grill Quiznos UNO Chicago Grill
Many fast food chains also offer kids promotions various nights of the week.
Might as well take advantage of every offer while you can! Soon enough, your kids will be ordering off the adult menu and then eating in a restaurant will take on a whole new dimension. Enjoy!