The Sushiholic

Smart Choice Restaurant & Food Lovers

Big Meal

The Best Value Meal Deals at 29 Chains Across the Country

4kodiak/istockphoto

Fast food restaurants have been quietly axing their dollar menus over the past few years in favor of meal deals. You pay more money, but you get multiple items of food at a discount from the regular menu price. Family-friendly restaurant chains, too, are cutting back on the coupons and specials as the economy continues to take a blow from the pandemic.

But there are still great offers to be had out there, whether you’re going to the drive-thru, ordering pizza delivery, or heading out for burgers with your family. Here are some of the value meal deals you can take advantage of at your favorite chains, but remember that many are only offered for a limited time.


Prices and availability may vary by location.


Related:
The Best Fast Food Deals to Grab This Month

BTS Meal

Christian C./Yelp

The golden arches logo of the largest chain in the U.S. are just as iconic as its Big Mac and Happy Meals.

Value Meal Deals

double stack

Henry C./Yelp

Square burger patties? You bet. But they’re more well known for their spicy chicken sandwiches and nuggets now, not to mention a cult following for their chili and frosties.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 Crispy Chicken Biggie Bag

  • $5 Bacon Double Stack Biggie Bag

  • Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger Four for $4 Meal

  • Jr. Cheeseburger Four for $4 Meal

  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich Four for $4 Meal

Related: We Tasted All 9 Wendy’s Breakfast Sandwiches and This Is the Best

Burger King Fries

Burger King Fries

The home of the Whopper always has a ton of meal deals available that change often, so navigate to the “Offers” section of their website or the app to see what’s good.


Value Meal Deals

For more great restaurant guides and dining tips, please sign up for our free newsletters.

Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger

Ann N./Yelp

Fans of Jack in the Box love their 2-for-$1 tacos, especially late at night since the restaurant is open 24/7.


Value Meal Deals

Crunchwrapy Supreme

Kathy S./Yelp

Though fans of Taco Bell are angry about recent menu reductions, you can still grab some cheap meal deals, even late night.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 My Cravings Box

  • $5 Grande Nachos Box

  • $5.19 Breakfast Crunchwrap Combo

  • $5.19 Grande Toasted Burrito Combo

  • $6 Naked Chicken Chalupa Combo

  • $6 Three Crunchy Tacos Combo

  • $6 Three Soft Tacos Combo

  • $6.69 Burrito Supreme Combo

  • $6.89 Nachos BellGrande Combo

  • $6.89 Crunchwrap Supreme Combo

  • $7 3 Doritos Locos Tacos Combo

  • $7.19 Chicken Quesadilla Combo

Related: Live Más: 20 Spicy Secrets Behind Taco Bell’s Success

Domino's

Domino’s

One of the big pizza chains, Domino’s has some of the best long-running deals and shows no sign of letting up.


Value Meal Deals

  • $6 Mix and Match Deal with options of: Medium 2-Topping Pizza, Bread Twists, Salad, Marbled Cookie Brownie, Specialty Chicken, Oven Baked Sandwich, Stuffed Cheesy Bread, 8-Piece Boneless Chicken, or Pasta in a Dish

  • $8 Carryout Deal: All 3-topping large pizzas or 10-piece wings

Stamford, CT, USA July 26th, 2011. KFC was founded by Harland Sanders and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

pjohnson1/istockphoto

Though the 11 herbs and spices in the seasoning are still a mystery, it’s no secret that KFC is one of the go-to fast food restaurants for fried chicken.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5.49 Fill Up with a pot pie or Famous Bowl

  • $6 Drum-and-thigh Fill Up

  • $6.19 Popcorn nuggets combo

  • $7 Chicken sandwich combo

  • $10 4-piece chicken combo

Papa John's papadia

©TripAdvisor

The things that make Papa John’s pizza so good are the extras you get in the box: creamy garlic sauce to dip the crust in, and the tangy pepperoncini peppers.


Value Meal Deals

Popeyes

Cindy C./Yelp

Popeyes created a phenomenon when it released its chicken sandwich, but the restaurant’s classic fried chicken pieces are still the star of the show.


Value Meal Deals

Related: Fast Food Deals to Feed the Whole Family

Little Caesars pizza

©TripAdvisor

Headquartered in Detroit, Little Caesars is well known for inexpensive pizza around the country that’s always hot and ready to be picked up.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 Classic cheese, pepperoni, or sausage pizza

  • $6 Extra Most Bestest cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza

  • $6 Slices-n-Stix pizza

  • $6.49 Extra Most Bestest Thin Crust pepperoni

  • $7 Pepperoni Cheeser! Cheeser! pizza

  • $9 Deep!Deep! Dish cheese pizza

  • $11 Extra Most Bestest Thin Crust Meal Deal

Denny's

Gee L./Yelp

Everyone ends up at Denny’s at some point, especially when they need to fill their stomachs with hot coffee and a Grand Slam breakfast at 3 a.m.


Value Meal Deals

Panera

Kim T./Yelp

Panera has made a name for itself with fresh breads and bakery items, sandwiches, coffee shop beverages and great soups.


Value Meal Deals

Related: Secret Menu Items at Your Favorite Family Restaurants

Olive Garden spaghetti and meatballs

©TripAdvisor

Probably America’s favorite Italian chain, Olive Garden has been dishing up pastas, salad, and those famous breadsticks for decades.


Value Meal Deals

  • $8 Lunch Favorites Monday through Friday before 3 p.m.: fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti, eggplant parmesan, and soup, salad and breadsticks

  • $9 Lunch Favorites Monday through Friday before 3 p.m.: spaghetti and meatballs, cheese ravioli and five cheese ziti al forno

  • $10 Lunch Favorites Monday through Friday before 3 p.m.: chicken parmigiana, shrimp scampi and lasagna classic

Related: The Craziest Appetizers at Popular Restaurant Chains

Applebee's Whisky Bacon Burger

Miori I./Yelp

One of the most popular sit-down chains, Applebee’s is well known for their inexpensive deals like $1 cocktails and late night app specials.


Value Meal Deals

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Torya M./Yelp

Tex-Mex is king at this casual sit-down chain with a chili pepper in its logo. Chips and salsa, queso dip and barbecue ribs are favorite menu items.


Value Meal Deals

  • $8 Lunch Combos

  • $10 pick 3 meal include a non-alcoholic beverage, select entree, and select appetizer

  • $25 Meal for 2 with a starter, two select entrees, and a dessert

value meal at dairy queen

©TripAdvisor

Dairy Queen isn’t just for soft serve and Blizzards, especially in rural areas where there’s a DQ in practically every town.


Value Meal Deals

  • $4 Two for $4 Super Snack

  • $6 Meal Deal with ⅓-pound double with cheese, 3-piece chicken strips, or bacon cheeseburger

Related: Best Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops in America

Del Taco value tacos

Daniel K./Yelp

Found mostly in the western United States, Del Taco is another reliable bet for cheap, fast Mexican eats.


Value Meal Deals

  • $1.49 Three Value Tacos on Tuesdays 3-11 p.m.

  • $2.49 Three Grilled Chicken Tacos Thursdays 3-11 p.m.

  • $6 Fresh Faves Triple Chicken Box

  • $6 Fresh Faves Sampler Combo Box

Red Lobster

Alla G./Yelp

Almost everyone has celebrated a special event at Red Lobster, a seafood chain that’s as good for families as it is date night.


Value Meal Deals

  • $18 Ultimate Endless Shrimp on Mondays

  • $50 for two lobster, shrimp and salmon feasts on Tuesdays

  • $20 Steak and lobster meal on Wednesdays

  • $13 Walt’s Favorite Shrimp and a beverage on Thursdays

  • $12 Fish Fry on Fridays

Related: Regional Seafood Chains the Rest of the Country Needs

Chicken tenders

©TripAdvisor

Though it’s got two names depending on which part of the country you’re in, Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. is known for decadent and hearty breakfasts and burgers.


Value Meal Deals

BJ'S Brewhouse

Joel Christian A./Yelp

BJ’s gets its Brewhouse moniker from the microbreweries some locations have, but every location of this casual sit-down chain has a menu of pizza and homestyle favorites.


Value Meal Deals

  • Half off large pizzas on Mondays

  • $3 Pizookies on Tuesdays

  • $10 Loaded Burgers on Wednesdays

  • $15 Slow-roasted Specials on Thursdays

Steak 'n Shake

Charleston P./Yelp

Prices at Steak ‘n Shake won’t break the bank, but it can’t hurt to get there from 2 to 5 p.m. on weekdays for happy hour when all drinks and shakes are half price


Value Meal Deals

  • $4 Chicken fingers and fries

  • $4 Original Double ‘n Cheese Steakburger and fries

  • $4 Triple Steakburger and fries

  • $4 Bacon ‘n Cheese Single Steakburger and fries

Related: Kids Eat Free Deals: 45 Restaurants Food Deals for Children

potbelly's

wdstock/istockphoto

Based in Chicago, this sandwich chain toasts all of their subs on soft sub buns. Don’t skip the signature hot giardiniera pepper mix, which you can purchase by the jar if you like.


Value Meal Deals

El Pollo Loco chicken nachos

Maria P./Yelp

Found mainly in the Southwest, El Pollo Loco is the place to indulge in Mexican favorites based around savory grilled chicken, including grilled chicken breasts.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 Classic Chicken Burrito Combo

  • $5 Chicken Tacos al Carbon Combo

  • $5 Original Pollo Bowl Combo

  • $5 Chicken Nachos Combo

Bob Evans

Emil C./Yelp

Dating all the way back to 1948, Bob Evans serves up hearty comfort food in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic in a country living-themed atmosphere.


Value Meal Deals

Long John Silver's

Viktoria F./Yelp

Seafood is usually an afterthought at fast food chains, so Long John Silver’s fills a niche for fried fish and shrimp lovers.


Value Meal Deals

  • $10 15-piece Shrimp Sea-Share

  • $10 Nine-piece Chicken Sea-Share

  • $10 Six-piece Fish Sea-Share

  • $10 Six Crab Cakes Sea-Share

White Castle sliders

White Castle sliders

Cooking up sliders since 1921, White Castle is often credited as the first fast food burger chain. Now it can be found in 13 states, mostly in the Midwest.


Value Meal Deals

  • $7 Original Slider Combo

  • $7 Chicken Ring Sandwich Combo

  • $16 Castle Pack with 10 Sliders, two fries and two drinks

Related: 30 Things You Didn’t Know About White Castle

wings

Patrick P./Yelp

Decorated with old cars and gas station memorabilia, Quaker Steak and Lube is well known for their wings and other bar favorites.


Value Meal Deals

  • $10 Entree and side on Tuesdays, including top sirloin steak, half rack baby back ribs, 20 boneless wings, 20 fried shrimp and 10 bone-in wings

huddle house burger and fries

Jonathan B./Yelp

Named after the football huddle, Huddle House is a 24-hour family restaurant that was founded in the 1960s and is concentrated in the Southeast.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 BLT Down Home Combo

  • $5 Sausage or Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Down Home Combo

  • $5 Farmhouse Burger Down Home Combo

  • $5 Cheeseburger Down Home Combo

  • $5 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Melt Down Home Combo

  • $5 Chicken Tender Toaster Down Home Combo

  • $5 Hashbrowns All the Way Down Home Combo

  • $5 Open-faced Sausage Biscuit & Gravy Down Home Combo

Fazoli's

Aizelle C./Yelp

Spaghetti, lasagna and garlic breadsticks are crowd pleasers, so it’s no surprise this Italian restaurant chain is a hit with families.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 Small spaghetti with marinara and breadsticks

  • $5 Small spaghetti with meat sauce and breadsticks

  • $5 Small fettuccine alfredo and breadsticks

  • $5 Chicken parm pasta duo

  • $5 Parmesan crusted alfredo bake