Debbie's Deals: Sign Up For Free Food, Part 2

Many Restaurants Offer E-mail, VIP Clubs

It's time for round two of signing up for free food. Lots of restaurants have e-mail clubs. Some send you free appetizers when you sign up, others send you a free entree or dessert coupon for your birthday.

I wrote about Ruby Tuesday's, Outback, Mimi's Cafe, Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin, Red Lobster and Chili's last month. Click here for that article.

I figured it was time to write about more restaurants, especially since the Web is buzzing recently about P.F. Chang's free lettuce wrap offer with the purchase of an entree. The offer isn't part of the company's regular mailing list, it's to celebrate golfer Briny Baird who teed off from 375 feet in the air atop the Omni Hotel and landed a golf ball inside a bulls-eye 230 yards below in the outfield of PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

What other restaurants will give you freebies?

Sign up for Benihana's Chef's Table for a free dinner on your birthday and a monthly newsletter.

Noodles NoodleGrams come with a special offer when you sign up, a free dish on your birthday and a surprise on your Noodlegram anniversary.

Qdoba's E-club will send you a coupon for a free order of chips and salsa for joining its club. You also get a special gift on your birthday.

Champps Americana also has an e-mail club promising updates, birthday gifts and other fun stuff.

If you eat at Tokyo Joe's, sign up for the addict club. Members get a special key FOB to use for club promotions. Josette e-mailed me to say one of the deals includes a free fountain drink with purchase on Wednesdays and Moms ate free on Mother's Day.

Trivinia tipped me that Macaroni Grill is giving away a free appetizer when you sign up for its "Mac Pack." Look at the bottom of Macaroni Grill's home page for the "Join the Mac Pack" article.

Spicy Pickle says it wants to hook you up with free grub. Sign up for the Spicy Pickle's VIP membership and they promise to hook you up on your birthday, the anniversary of signing up and they say they might throw you a little something extra just to say welcome. Thanks to Mandy for this tip.

Aly told me about Country Buffet's eClub. You get a free buffet meal for joining, plus they promise great savings via e-mail including a birthday coupon, an eClub Anniversary coupon and previews of upcoming offers.

Here's something you don't see often, a sushi restaurant deal. The Happy Sumo has a V.I.P. list. Get a VIP voucher for discounts when you sign up and you'll also get notified of other special events, private V.I.P. parties and discounts available only to members. Happy Sumo is located in Westminster and coming soon to Centennial. Thanks to 7NEWS Meteorologist Richard Ortner for this tip.

Dan e-mailed me from Northern California with several restaurant deals including On the Border's Club Cantina. Sign up and get an instant coupon for a free bowl of queso or free empanadas. The Web site says it will also send you news and special offers.

Even the fast food restaurant Wendy's has WendyMail. Sign up and they say you'll get the latest news, coupons and promotions from Wendy's. One warning though, when I tried to use my coupon, the employees thought it was an e-mail scam, so you may want to show them the coupon right away and not at the end of your transaction.

Maggiano's Little Italy has an e-mail list. Sign up for news, invitations and special offers. One of my favorite offers is the discount coupon I get on my birthday.

Hacienda Colorado has its COnnection preferred guest program. Sign up and get a complimentary appetizer: Fresh-Made Guacamole, Fire-Roasted Salsa and Tortilla Chips when you purchase an entrée. You'll also be the first to hear about Hacienda news and events throughout the year and to receive special offers by E-mail.

If your favorite restaurant is missing, just google them. Check out their Web site and see if they have some kind of e-mail club you can join. And if you find a restaurant I haven't mention, drop me a line and I'll write a Part 3 for this topic next month! E-mail me -- Deb Stanley -- at (

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