Panera Bread is one of 15 restaurants that encourage college kids on a budget to sign up for their email chains or download their apps with free food. Customers can get a free bakery item after joining the My Panera club at panera.com. Samantha Brammer // DN File
15 restaurants that offer free food
Many college kids are on a budget, and these 15 restaurants give a tempting incentive — free food — to sign up for their email chains or download their apps.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: With each purchase, earn points toward a free pretzel, and earn a free pretzel after your first purchase.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free dessert when you join the Buffalo Circle.
Americans go out for lunch on average twice a week and spend $10 each time, according to data collected by Visa in 2013. That means they’re spending $936 annually.
Burger King: Special deals when you download the app.
Chili's: When you join the Email Club, you get an order of chips and queso.
Hotbox Pizza: Free breadsticks with the purchase of a pizza.
IHOP: Sign up for the IHOP Pancake Revolution and receive a free full stack of pancakes.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free Appetizer for joining the Western Hospitality Club.
Marco’s Pizza: Free cheesy bread when you join Marco’s Email Club.
Moe's Southwest Grill: Become a member of Moe's E-World for a cup of queso dip when you join, plus a birthday burrito.
O’ Charley's: Free appetizer when you sign up for the O'Club.
Panera Bread: Get a bakery item after joining the My Panera club.
Penn Station: Free sandwich when you download their app.
Qdoba: Sign up for Qdoba Rewards and receive a free order of chips and salsa or a regular drink.
Red Lobster: Join the Fresh Catch Club and get a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert.
Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer when you sign up as a Roadie VIP.