Looking for ways to save money and get free food in the drive-thru lane? We’ve got you covered!
These are the days when mobile ordering is huge, which means app rewards are even better.
A couple of pointers before we begin:
- Always input your birthday. You are almost always guaranteed a birthday surprise that way.
- Always check the app before ordering in-store or via the drive-thru. You will often find coupons, freebies, or other rewards when you order through the app or scan at the register.
- Some offers vary by location. Be sure to verify the deal in your app before heading to purchase anything at the restaurants listed here.
Now that we have cleared that up, let’s dive right in. The options are endless and the free food is amazing!
Table of Contents
- Best Fast Food and Restaurant Apps
- 1. Au Bon Pain
- 2. Auntie Anne’s
- 3. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
- 4. Baskin-Robbins
- 5. BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse
- 6. Bojangles
- 7. Bruegger’s Bagels
- 8. Bruster’s Ice Cream
- 9. Burger King
- 10. Caribou Coffee
- 11. Checkers Drive-In
- 12. Chick-fil-A
- 13. Chili’s Grill & Bar
- 14. Chipotle Mexican Grill
- 15. Dairy Queen
- 16. Del Taco
- 17. Denny’s
- 18. Dunkin’
- 19. Firehouse Subs
- 20. Jack in the Box
- 21. Jamba
- 22. Jersey Mike’s Subs
- 23. Jimmy John’s
- 24. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
- 25. Leeann Chin
- 26. Marble Slab Creamery
- 27. McDonald’s
- 28. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
- 29. MOD Pizza
- 30. Moe’s Southwest Grill
- 31. Noodles
- 32. O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar
- 33. Panera Bread
- 34. Papa Gino’s Pizzeria
- 35. Papa Johns
- 36. Papa Murphy’s
- 37. Pizza Hut
- 38. Popeyes
- 39. Potbelly Sandwich Works
- 40. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
- 41. Red Robin
- 42. Sonic Drive-In
- 43. Starbucks
- 44. Steak ‘n Shake
- 45. Subway
- 46. Taco Bell
- 47. TGI Fridays Restaurant & Bar
- 48. Tropical Smoothie Cafe
- 49. Wendy’s
- 50. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
- 51. Yogurtland
Best Fast Food and Restaurant Apps
The best fast food and restaurant apps will not only make online ordering a breeze, but also help you save with exclusive coupons and deals you won’t find elsewhere.
1. Au Bon Pain
Get a free Au Bon Pain coffee and a special treat from the bakery when you download the app. They have a neat point system as well to earn free coffee.
Always be sure to give them your phone number when checking out to ensure they credit the points to your account.
2. Auntie Anne’s
Use the Auntie Anne’s app to join the My Pretzel Perks program. You’ll receive a free pretzel after you make your first purchase of at least $1.
Then, you’ll receive a pretzel each time you earn 250 points. ($1 spent = 10 points.) Keep tabs on the app for rewards and offers throughout the year, including a birthday treat!
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3. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
When you download the Baja Fresh app, a free Chicken, Carnitas Baja, or Americano Taco will be loaded for your first purchase.
They’ll periodically also load more deals, so keep an eye out.
Sign up for the Baskin-Robbins app to receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream – no purchase necessary.
You’ll often find other coupons on the app for their ice cream cakes, sundaes, pints, and drinks.
5. BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse
When you download the app and create an account, BJ’s will reward you with a free mini pizookie. They may also load specials from time to time.
Enjoy a delicious BoBerry Biscuit for your birthday when you sign up for the Bojangles app. You will also receive a coupon for a free half-gallon of iced tea.
Throughout the year they will also share coupons for combo meals and other deals.
7. Bruegger’s Bagels
Get a free bagel with cream cheese when you sign up for Bruegger’s Bagels Inner Circle and download the app.
You’ll also receive special offers and news about your favorite location.
8. Bruster’s Ice Cream
Earn $3 simply for downloading the Bruster’s app. Receive birthday freebies and one point per dollar spent as well as other coupons and offers when you use the app to pay.
You’ll receive $5 in rewards for every 50 points earned.
9. Burger King
The Burger King app has great offers like BOGO Whoppers almost daily. The best part is you can mobile order using the coupon and simply show up to pick up and enjoy!
10. Caribou Coffee
Receive a free coffee of any size from Caribou Coffee when you sign up via the app. Earn points to spend in the shop on coffee or pastry items.
11. Checkers Drive-In
Download the Checkers app and receive 250 points just for joining. Earn 5 points per dollar spent, with every 400 points earning you a $5 coupon.
Receive exclusive, in-app rewards as well such as ½ of a Texas BBQ Chicken Tender Pile-up, a free small shake with any purchase, $1.49 large fries, 2x points on weekends, and $1 any size soft drinks.
Chick-fil-A is a family favorite with a great reward system. Get 10 points per dollar and work your way up their tiers from Red to Silver to Platinum.
You’ll receive more points per dollar at the different tiers. These points can be redeemed for their specialties: chicken sandwiches, fries, mac and cheese, and drinks.
They also share random rewards throughout the year. You’ll get birthday rewards, free breakfast sandwiches, and milkshakes loaded on your app.
13. Chili’s Grill & Bar
Receive a coupon for free chips and salsa as well as 60 points as soon as you download the Chili’s app.
You will then receive a point per two dollars spent which can then be redeemed for free meals. They also load great deals often on the app, so keep an eye on it.
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14. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chipotle is a great place to earn free food. Receive 10 points per dollar spent and then redeem them however you wish.
Free guac rings in at 400 points. A burrito bowl is 1200 points. And an entire burrito is 1400 points.
15. Dairy Queen
The DQ app has so many great coupons at all times. One of our favorites is the BOGO blizzards, but you can also find food options and other ice creams there.
16. Del Taco
Download the Del Taco app and receive two free del tacos just for joining! On your birthday, you’ll receive a free shake. Check back for more exclusive app offers throughout the year.
Upon downloading the Denny’s app, you’ll receive an offer for a free Grand Slam Breakfast on your next online order. You’ll get lots of specials sent to you via the app as well.
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Dunkin’ has an amazing points system! It is always full of fun rewards, and every day of the week has a different incentive.
They currently have 100 bonus points every Monday that you order ahead. Keep in mind a free donut is only 150 points, so those free treats add up quickly.
19. Firehouse Subs
Sign up for the Firehouse Subs app and you’ll receive a free large drink with a sub purchase.
Plus, you’ll earn points with each purchase you make. Save them up and redeem them for free food rewards like meal upgrades, free subs, and more.
Oh, and you’ll get a free medium sub on your birthday!
20. Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box is giving a very generous 25% off coupon to new Jack in the Box app users. They also give you points per purchase and lots of freebies throughout the year.
Earn a $3 coupon as soon as you download the Jamba app.
Then redeem points for more coupons once you get to 35 points. BOGO, ½ off and other deals are loaded on the app as well.
22. Jersey Mike’s Subs
The Jersey Mike’s app is a great one to download because it helps you keep track of your MyMike’s account.
With the MyMike’s account, you can track the Shore Points that you earn with each purchase. Plus, Jersey Mike’s has one of the best birthday freebies you can redeem with the app – 160 points which is enough for a free Giant sub!
23. Jimmy John’s
The Freaky Fast Rewards program at Jimmy John’s will give you a free sandwich after your first purchase. After that, you can earn points to redeem for more free food.
They also give away a lot of food throughout the year such as on National Sandwich Day, National Pickle Day, and your birthday.
24. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
As soon as you join the Krispy Kreme app, you’ll receive a coupon for a free donut.
After that, you’ll get fun surprises like coffee or donuts throughout the year – especially around the holidays.
There are four tiers in their reward system so as you go up, you will earn more!
25. Leeann Chin
When you download the Leeann Chin app and place your first order, you’ll get an offer for $5 off your next order of $10 or more.
Each dollar spent earns one Fortune. Once you’ve earned 100 Fortunes, you’ll receive a free entree. Besides the rewards program, you’ll also get exclusive offers and promotions via the app.
Refer friends to join and you’ll receive 15 Fortunes when they do. Plus, they’ll get an extra 10 Fortunes when they use your code to sign up.
26. Marble Slab Creamery
Receive a $5 coupon upon joining Slab Happy Rewards. It will give you $5 off for every 50 points and you’ll receive 1 point per dollar spent.
Also, receive rewards for every friend you refer via the app.
Join McDonald’s Rewards and instantly receive a coupon for a free large fry. Rack up points with every purchase and you’ll get points back to spend on future purchases. Use your points from anything from fries to burgers to ice cream.
They are very generous with their points and coupons as well. Every day there are coupons on the app that shift and give you new rewards.
Some popular ones are Buy a Combo Meal Get a Happy Meal Free and BOGO Breakfast Sandwiches. You will certainly find something you like in their coupon section!
28. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Join the MySmilelage Club and receive 25 points for downloading the app as well as another 10 for visiting within 7 days of downloading.
Receive a point per dollar spent and get $5 froyo rewards for every 50 points redeemed as well as on your birthday. Be sure to give your phone number to the cashier with each purchase to get those points credited to your account.
29. MOD Pizza
Sign up for MOD Rewards in the MOD Pizza app and you’ll get a free MOD No Name Cake just for joining.
Plus, you’ll earn points toward free menu items. You’ll earn 1 point for every $1 you spend, and once you reach 150 points, you’ll get a free menu item.
30. Moe’s Southwest Grill
Receive a free small queso just for signing up on the Moe’s app. Earn one point per dollar spent and redeem 100 points for a $10 coupon.
Also, get a free burrito on your birthday every year. They have incentives for sharing your referral code with friends.
They also send many different kinds of offers via the app such as BOGO burritos, ½ off bowls, or buy an entree, and receive a kid’s meal free.
Love Noodles? You’ll want to join Noodles Rewards through the app. After you make your first purchase, you’ll get a free regular entree!
Noodles Rewards has three member tiers – the more points you earn, the higher your tier. Redeem points for free entrees, free delivery, dessert, kids’ meals, and more.
The app is helpful because you can save your favorite orders and locations to easily reorder online with a few clicks.
32. O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar
Sign up for the O’Club rewards program and receive a free appetizer and then other free treats on your birthday.
They will also periodically share exclusive, in-app specials and deals.
33. Panera Bread
Panera Bread has been known for having great deals for the longest time.
The MyPanera app will give you a free pastry just for downloading. After that, you’ll get rewards for every 3 to 5 visits. The reward you get is simply loaded on your account so you’ll almost always have a surprise there!
34. Papa Gino’s Pizzeria
When you join Papa Gino’s rewards program, you will receive a free small pizza. Check the app for other exclusive, in-app offers loaded frequently.
35. Papa Johns
When you place an order through the Papa Johns app, you will start racking up points for future rewards.
Every 75 points is a $10 gift certificate. And every dollar is one point, so they do add up quickly.
36. Papa Murphy’s
Earn a welcome reward just for signing up for MySLICE Rewards from Papa Murphy’s.
Check the app often for surprise rewards and offers, and speed up checkout by saving your favorites.
37. Pizza Hut
Download the Pizza Hut rewards app and start earning on your first order.
Pizza Hut will give you 100 points just for downloading and 2 points per dollar spent. At 200 points, they will give you a medium pizza for free!
The Popeyes app is a great place to access the Popeyes Rewards system and make your ordering process easier.
Earn a free regular side, small drink, or apple pie just for signing up!
You’ll also earn 10 points for every $1 spent and bonus points on combos and family meals. Redeem your points for your favorite menu items.
39. Potbelly Sandwich Works
Oooh, I just love Potbelly! Join Potbelly Perks and get a free Original sandwich after your first order of $5 or more.
Keep ordering through the app to earn points toward free food and more. Every order gives you points toward a free entree. You’ll earn 10 points for every $1 spent.
40. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
Join the Caniac Club and earn a free box combo when you use the app. Receive other offers and coupons as you use the app.
41. Red Robin
Red Robin has a great loyalty program. They give you a free birthday burger for starters.
And then every 10th item you purchase is free! It can be anything from a salad, to a burger or milkshake. Redeem it for whatever you’d like; the options are endless!
42. Sonic Drive-In
The Sonic app gives you cool rewards throughout the year such as ½ price drinks and slushies all day, every day.
They have rotating offers as well, such as half-price kids’ meals or discounted milkshakes.
Starbucks Rewards allows you to earn stars (points) every time you make a purchase. Redeem your first 25 stars for your free drink. After that, free drinks are 150 stars.
Other menu items, such as cake pops, can be chosen for fewer stars. You can also earn BOGO offers, challenges, and birthday rewards.
44. Steak ‘n Shake
Join Steak ‘n Shake Rewards with the app and you’ll get a free shake offer just for signing up!
You’ll also earn a $5 reward for every $50 spent and get exclusive deals via the app.
When you first sign up for Subway MyWay Rewards, you’ll earn $2 just for joining!
And Subway has an awesome app and rewards program. When you order in the app, you’ll earn surprise rewards and access exclusive deals.
There’s almost always at least one coupon you can use with the Subway app to save on your order.
46. Taco Bell
By simply downloading the Taco Bell app, you will earn your first freebie. After that, you’ll earn 10 points for every dollar spent.
You can redeem them for 250 points or keep racking them up until you have 2000 and hit the next tier. Your points will go further there.
47. TGI Fridays Restaurant & Bar
Upon downloading and signing up for the TGI Fridays app, you will receive a free appetizer or dessert.
You also earn points for every dollar spent and can then redeem them for free food. To give you an idea, 50 points is the equivalent of a dessert, 80 points is a sandwich and the main dishes vary over 100 points.
48. Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Get a free smoothie just for downloading the Tropical Smoothie Cafe app and joining Tropic Rewards. (Note that the free smoothie won’t show up until you make your first purchase.)
Tropic Rewards members get perks like 10 points earned for every $1 spent, a surprise during your birthday month, a free smoothie for referring a friend, and exclusive offers and rewards.
Download the Wendy’s app and receive a free fry. You’ll earn 10 points for every dollar spent and you can redeem them within the app for free meals, ice cream, or drinks.
There are also coupons to be used in-store and others that are exclusive mobile offers so be sure to check those before going in.
50. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
Join Which Rewards and receive a free drink upon downloading. You’ll also receive a free Which of choice on your birthday.
BOGO offers and other coupons are loaded throughout the year.
Enjoy a treat on your birthday on behalf of Yogurtland’s rewards program. Earn points to redeem for free yogurt (sign-up comes with 50 bonus points).
All of the places we have listed here are offering amazing incentives for downloading their apps.
Restaurants WANT you to use their apps so they are going to offer great deals to get you to use them. That is why offers on the apps are often much better than any you can find in the restaurant.
Deals may vary by area so be sure to check your own app for deals specific to you.
We are confident you’ll find lots of these restaurants in your area and be able to maximize the potential savings and freebies.