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The Best Value Meal Deals at Chains Across the Country

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Best Value Meal Deals

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


But there are still great offers to be had, 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 favorite chains. Just remember that many are offered for only a limited time.


Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by location.


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Taco Bell
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Taco Bell

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


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 My Cravings Box
  • $5 Chalupa Cravings Box
  • $5 Veggie Chalupa Cravings Box
  • $5.29 Breakfast Crunchwrap Combo
  • $5.19 Grande Toasted Burrito Combo
  • $6 Three Crunchy Tacos Combo
  • $6 Three Soft Tacos Combo
  • $7 Deluxe Cravings Box
  • $7 for 3 Doritos Locos Tacos Combo
  • $7 Crunchwrap Supreme Combo
  • $7.39 Chicken Quesadilla Combo
  • $7.59 Nachos BellGrande Combo
  • $7.59 Chipotle Cheddar Chalupa Combo

Related: Live Más: Spicy Secrets Behind Taco Bell's Success

BTS Meal
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McDonald's

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


Value Meal Deal

  • $10 for 40 McNuggets and two large fries meal for two

Wendy’s
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Wendy’s

Square burger patties? You bet. But Wendy's is better known for its spicy chicken sandwiches and nuggets now, not to mention a cult following for chili and Frostys.


Value Meal Deals

  • $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
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Burger King

The home of the Whopper always has meal deals available, and they change often; navigate to the "Offers" section of the BK website or app to see what's good.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 Your Way meal with double Whopper Jr., four-piece nugget, small fries, and small drink

  • Two for $6 Mix 'n Match with Whopper, Chicken Fries, fish sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, and Impossible Whopper

  • Two for $10 Mix 'n Match Meals that add two sides and two drinks 

  • $6 Croissan'wich meal for two

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Pizza Pizza Pie
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Domino's

Among the big pizza chains, Domino's has some of the best long-running deals.


Value Meal Deals

  • $6 Mix and Match Deal with options of: a medium two-topping pizza, Bread Twists, salad, Marbled Cookie Brownie, specialty chicken dishes, oven-baked sandwiches, Stuffed Cheesy Bread, eight pieces of boneless chicken, or Pasta in a Dish
  • $8 Carryout Deal: All three-topping large pizzas, 10-piece wings, or Dips and Twists
Kentucky Fried Chicken
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Kentucky Fried Chicken

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

  • $6 Fill Up with a pot pie or Famous Bowl

  • $6.50 drum-and-thigh Fill Up

  • $6.50 three-piece tenders Fill Up
  • $6.50 four-piece tenders Fill Up
  • $7 popcorn nuggets combo
  • $7 Chicken Little combo
  • $9 chicken sandwich combo

Papa John's papadia
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Papa John's

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


Value Meal Deals

  • $7 Papadia

  • $16 Epic Stuffed Crust Combo

 Popeyes
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Popeyes

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

  • $3 popcorn shrimp

  • $3 three-piece tenders

  • $6 three tenders combo

  • $9 six tenders for two combo

  • $12 Two-Can-Dine with five pieces of chicken or six tenders


Related: Fast Food Deals to Feed the Whole Family

Little Caesars
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Little Caesars

Detroit's Little Caesars is well known for selling inexpensive pizza nationwide that's always hot and ready to be picked up.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5.55 classic cheese, pepperoni, or sausage pizza

  • $6 Slices-n-Stix pizza
  • $6.55 Extra Most Bestest cheese, pepperoni, or sausage pizza
  • $7 Extra Most Bestest Thin Crust pepperoni
  • $9 Extra Most Bestest Stuffed Crust pepperoni
  • $9 Deep!Deep! Dish cheese pizza

Denny's
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Denny's

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

  • $4 wings and rings
  • $5 Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast
  • $5 Everyday Value Slam
  • $6 Choconana Stack and bacon
  • $7 classic burger
  • $8 Triple Play Breakfast
  • $9 Cowboy Chopped Steak 
Panera
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Panera

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


Value Meal Deal

  • $7 Value Duets with soup and select salads and half sandwiches

Related: Secret Menu Items at Your Favorite Family Restaurants

Olive Garden
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Olive Garden

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
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Applebee's

One of the most popular sit-down chains, Applebee's is well known for inexpensive deals such as $1 cocktails and late-night appetizer specials.


Value Meal Deal

  • $20 for two select entrees and one select appetizer

Chili's
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Chili's

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 
  • $11 pick-three meal include a nonalcoholic beverage, select entree, and select appetizer
  • $25 Meal for two with a starter, two select entrees, and a dessert
Dairy Queen
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Dairy Queen

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 Cheeseburger Meal Deal
  • $6 Bacon Cheeseburger Meal Deal
  • $7 Three-piece chicken strip Meal Deal

Related: Best Soft Serve Ice Cream Shops in America

Del Taco
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Del Taco

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


Value Meal Deals

  • $1.50 Three Value Tacos on Tuesdays 3 to 11 p.m.
  • $2.50 Three Grilled Chicken Tacos Thursdays 3 to 11 p.m.
  • $6 Fresh Faves Triple Chicken Box
  • $6 Fresh Faves Sampler Combo Box
Red Lobster
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Red Lobster

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


Value Meal Deals

  • $18 Ultimate Endless Shrimp on Mondays
  • $42 for two Mariner's Feasts on Tuesdays
  • $21 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

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Hardee's/Carl's Jr.

Which one of these two names you'll see on the sign depends on which part of the country you're in, but whether it's known as Hardee's or Carl's Jr., this chain is known for decadent and hearty breakfasts and burgers.


Value Meal Deals

  • $5 All Star Meal with three-piece chicken tenders

  • $5 All Star Meal with two Hot Ham 'n Cheese sandwiches

BJ'S Brewhouse
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BJ's Brewhouse

BJ's gets its Brewhouse moniker from the microbreweries at some locations, 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
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Steak 'n Shake

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


Value Meal Deals

  • $4 chicken fingers and fries
  • $4 Double 'n Cheese Steakburger and fries
  • $4 Garlic Steakburger and fries
  • $4 Bacon 'n Cheese Single Steakburger and fries

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El Pollo Loco
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El Pollo Loco

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
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Bob Evans

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 Deal

  • $8 Dinner Bell Plates
Long John Silver's
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Long John Silver's

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 for a 15-piece Shrimp Sea-Share
  • $10 for a 15-piece Grilled Shrimp Sea-Share
  • $10 nine-piece Chicken Sea-Share
  • $10 six-piece Fish Sea-Share
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White Castle

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

Huddle House
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Huddle House

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 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
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Fazoli's

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 baked Italian meatballs
  • $5 panko-crusted mac and cheese and breadsticks


Arby's Meat Mountain
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Arby's

Best known for its outlandish slogans, commercials, and having "all the meat," Arby's satisfies its customers with roast beef, curly fries, and fresh deli sandwiches.

  • Two for $6 Everyday value menu with classic Beef 'n Cheddar, crispy fish sandwich, white cheddar mac and cheese, and nine-piece chicken nuggets

Bojangle's
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Bojangles

Biscuit and fried chicken lovers adore this Southern fast-food chain that serves breakfast all day. You can add a swipe of creamy pimento cheese to any biscuit — and you should.

  • $4.29 sausage biscuit combo
  • $4.49 country ham biscuit combo
  • $5 sausage and egg biscuit combo
  • $5.50 bacon, egg, and cheese combo
  • $6.79 leg and thigh combo

Zaxby's
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Zaxby's

With about 600 locations, mostly in the Southern states, Zaxby's has carved a niche out of the fried chicken market, selling only tenders and wings. 

  • $7 Signature sandwich combo
  • $7 Kickin' chicken sandwich combo
  • $7 Grilled chicken sandwich combo
  • $7 Big Zax Snak meal
  • $7 Buffalo Big Zax Snak meal
  • $8 eight boneless wings meal