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The Best Value Meal Deals at 30 Chains Across the Country

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Cheap eats aren't quite what they used to be. In the past couple of years, fast-food chains including McDonald's axed food deal dollar menus in favor of slightly pricier rosters of value-focused fare. And some family-friendly casual-dining chains have pulled back on coupons, large sizes, and other offers that hurt their bottom line as the economy improved.

But we've found that there are still great offers that can help consumers stretch a buck, whether you love burgers, pizza, or something in between at a favorite fast-food or fast-casual chain. (And don't forget to look for opportunities to add a free food offer for the kids along with your restaurant deals.) Just remember that many deals are offered only for a limited time, as many restaurants opt for seasonal deals over fixed value menus. (Looking for even more ways to save? Check out 32 Secrets for Better, Cheaper Meals at Your Favorite Chains.)

Note: Prices and availability may very by location. Most locations are offering take-out, drive-thru, or delivery options only as many states have ordered the closure of dine-in restaurants due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Burger King
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Burger King

These deals can be found on Burger King's website — just sign in to redeem them. You can also find a BOGO Whopper deal and large french fries for $1. Wondering what you might find on the Burger King menu in other countries? Take a look at the 50 Fast-Food Menu Items You'll Only Find Abroad.

Value Meals

  • $3 Double Cheeseburger Meal
  • $3 Double Whopper
  • $3 Chicken Fries and large fries
  • $4 Two Whopper Juniors and two small fries
  • $4 Two Bacon Cheeseburgers Meal
  • $5 Two Original Chicken Sandwich and two small fries
  • $5 Whopper Meal
  • $5 Whopper Jr. Meal for Two
  • $5 Crispy Chicken Sandwich Meal
  • $5 Croissanwich Meal for Two
  • $6 Small Bacon King Combo Meal
  • $6 Small Impossible Whopper Combo
  • $8.99 Whopper Meal for Two
  • $8.99 Impossible Whopper Meal for Two
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Each entree comes with a four-piece nugget, small order of fries, and small drink.

Value Meals

  • Double Stack™ Four for $4 Meal
  • Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger Four for $4 Meal
  • Jr. Cheeseburger Four for $4 Meal
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich Four for $4 Meal
  • $5 Bacon Double Stack™ Biggie™ Bag
Jack in the Box
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Jack in the Box

Value Meals

  • $4 Fish Sandwich Combo
  • $4 for two Breakfast Croissants
  • $5 Popcorn Chicken Combo, Classic or Spicy
Taco Bell
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Taco Bell

It's easy to eat for cheap at Taco Bell any time of day (and no need to wait for National Taco Day to roll around again — it was Oct. 4). You can order Taco Bell online and even use DoorDash, GrubHub, and other services.

Value Menu Deals

  • $1 Loaded Taco Grande Burrito
  • $1 Beefy Fritos® Burrito
  • $1 Chipotle Chicken Grande Burrito
  • $1 Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito
  • $1 Shredded Chicken Quesadilla Melt
  • $1 Triple Layer Nachos
  • $1 Cheesy Roll Up
  • $1 Spicy Potato Soft Taco
  • $1 Spicy Tostada
  • $1 Cinnamon Twists
  • $5 Chalupa Box including a Crunchy Taco, a Loaded Taco Grande Burrito, and a medium fountain drink
  • $6 Three Soft Tacos Combo with a large fountain drink
  • $6 Three Crunchy Tacos Combo with a large fountain drink
  • $6 Triplelupa Box including a Crunchy Taco, Cinnamon Twists and a medium fountain Drink
  • $6 Burrito Supreme® Combo including a Crunchy Taco Supreme® and a large fountain drink
  • $7 Chicken Quesadilla Combo including a Crunchy Taco and a large fountain drink
  • $7 Crunchywrap Supreme® Combo including a Crunchy Taco and a large fountain drink
  • $7 Nachos BellGrande® Combo including a Crunchy Taco Supreme and a large fountain drink
  • $7 Three Soft Tacos Supreme® Combo with a large fountain drink
  • $7 Three Crunchy Taco Supreme® Combo with a large fountain drink
  • $7 Cheesy Gordita Crunch Combo including two crunchy tacos and a large fountain drink
  • $7 Steak Quesarito Combo including a Crunchy Taco and a large fountain drink
  • $7 Mexican Pizza Combo including two Crunchy Taco Supremes® and a large fountain drink
  • $8 Two Chicken Chalupas Supeme® Combo including a Crunchy Taco and a large fountain dink

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

Pizza Pizza Pie
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Thinking of ordering in? See how Domino's stacks up in our review of the Best Cheap Delivery Pizza.

Value Meal Deals

  • $8 Pizza with any crust, up to three toppings (excludes XL and Speciality pizzas)
  • $6 each for two or more of the following: Medium Two-Topping Pizza, Bread Twists, Salad, Marbled Cookie Brownie, Specialty Chicken, Oven Baked Sandwich, Stuffed Cheesy Bread, Eight-Piece Boneless Chicken, or Pasta in a Dish
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Value Meal Deals

  • $5 Fill Up with Extra Crispy™ tenders, dipping sauce, mashed potatoes, biscuit, medium drink and a chocolate chip cookie
  • $5 Fill Up with an eight-ounce chicken breast, mashed potatoes, biscuit, medium drink and a chocolate chip cookie
  • $5 Fill Up with a drumstick and thigh, mashed potatoes, biscuit, medium drink and a chocolate chip cookie
  • $5 Fill Up with a Pot Pie, cookie, and medium drink
  • $5 Fill Up with a famous bowl, medium drink and a chocolate chip cookie
  • $10 Popcorn Nuggets
Papa John's

Papa John's

Value Menu Deals

  • $3-5 Japaleño Popper Rolls
  • $6 Papadia
  • $10 Large three-topping pizza (carryout only)
  • $12 Any two sides, including cheesesticks, breadsticks, garlic parmesan breadsticks, garlic knots, six-piece wings, 10-piece poppers, a cookie, a brownie and cinnamon pull-aparts
  • $12-14 Large specialty pizza
  • $14 Two medium two-topping pizzas
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Value Meal Deals

  • $4 Three Tenders Dinner with regular side and biscuit
  • $5 Two-piece Chicken Dinner with regular side and biscuit
  • $8 "2 Can Dine" with five tenders, two regular sides and two biscuits
  • $9 "2 Can Dine" with five pieces of chicken, two regular sides and two biscuits
Little Caesars

Little Caesars

Value Meal Deals

  • Lunch Combo including four slices of Detroit-style deep dish pizza with pepperoni and one 20 ounce soft drink
  • $5-6 Classic Cheese pizza
  • $5-6 Classic Pepperoni pizza
  • $6 ExtraMostBest Cheese pizza with extra cheese
  • $6-7 ExtraMostBest Pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and the most pepperoni
  • $6-7 Classic Sausage pizza
  • $7 ExtraMostBest Sausage pizza with extra sausage
  • $7 Pepperoni Cheeser! Cheeser! with fresh mozzarella, sweet basil and a toasted asiago-parmesan crust
  • $7-8 ExtraMostBest Thin Crust Pepperoni pizza


Value Meal Deals

  • $6-7 Super Slam™ with two pancakes, two eggs, two sausage links, two bacon strips, and hashbrowns
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Value Meal Deals

  • Three for $10 menu including one non-alcoholic drink, one entree and one appetizer

Appetizer choices include chicken enchilada soup, baked potato soup, southwest chicken soup, chips and salsa, a caesar salad, or a house salad. Entree choices include the Cajun chicken pasta, the Margarita grilled chicken, shrimp or chicken fajitas, the Just Bacon burger, the bacon ranch chicken quesadillas, and the Chicken Crispers®.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Value Meal Deals

  • Two for $4 Super Snack — Choose from a Cheeseburger, Two-piece Chicken Strips, Pretzel Sticks with Zesty Queso, Regular Fries, a Small Sundae, and a soft drink
  • $6 1/3 Double with Cheese Meal Deal 
  • $6 Three-piece Chicken Strip Meal Deal 
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 Menu Deals

  • 69 cent Mini Churro
  • 69 cent Donut Bites, four pieces
  • 69 cent Value Iced Coffee
  • 69 cent Medium Brewed Iced Tea
  • 79 cent 3 Layer Queso Nachos
  • 79 cent Chicken Rollers (original, ranch, chipotle)
  • 79 cent Value Taco (crunchy or soft)
  • 79 cent Chicken al Carbon Taco
  • 79 cent Habanero Grilled Chicken Taco
  • 79 cent Mini Cheddar Quesadilla
  • $1 Jacked Up Value BRC Burrito
  • $1 Del's BRC Burrito
  • $1 Chicken Crunch Burrito
Hardee's/Carl's Jr.

Hardee's/Carl's Jr.

Value Menu Deals

  • $2 Sausage Biscuit
  • $2 Two Cinnamon 'N' Raisin™ Biscuits
  • $4 Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • $4 Hardee Breakfast Platter™ with Sausage, Biscuit 'N' Gravy™, one egg and Hash Rounds®
BJ'S Brewhouse
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BJ'S Brewhouse

Value Meal Deals

  • Wednesdays: $10 Loaded burger with fries
  • Thursdays: $15 1/2 Rack Slow-Roasted Baby Back Ribs with two signature sides and a Pizookie®
Steak 'n Shake

Steak 'n Shake

Prices at Steak 'n Shake won't break the bank most days of the week — a burger and fries will run you only about $4. But if you want to stretch your dollar and indulge your sweet tooth, be sure to do during happy hour, 2 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. That's when all drinks and shakes are half price.

Value Meal Deals

  • $4 Double Steakburger™ & Milkshake Special including a Double Steakburger™ with Cheese and a small vanilla, strawberry or chocolate milkshake
  • Free small fry at participating drive thrus, no purchase necessary
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

  • Classic Chicken Burrito Combo with a drink and chips
  • Chicken Tacos al Carbon Combo with a drink and chips
  • Original Pollo Bowl® Combo with a drink and chips
  • Chicken Nachos Combo with a drink and chips
Bob Evans
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Bob Evans

Value Meal Deals

  • $6 Soup and Salad Combo with a dinner roll
  • $7 Half-Sandwich Combo with a cup of soup or a Farmhouse Garden Salad
  • $8 Farmhouse Burger Combo with a cup of soup, a Farmhouse Garden Salad, or a loaded baked potato
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
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Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Quick Pick Lunch Combos, available weekdays until 4 p.m.

  • $6.50 for two of the following: loaded baked potato, broccoli cheese soup bowl, baked potato soup bowl, Caesar salad, house salad
  • $7.50 Monte Cristo Combo
  • $7.50 Cheddar's Club Combo
  • $7.50 Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Combo
  • $7.50 Better than Mom's Meatloaf Combo
  • $8.50 Toasted Patty Melt Combo
  • $8.50 Broccoli Cheese Chicken Combo
  • $8.50 Buffalo Chicken Wrapper Combo
  • $8.50 Southwest Chicken Quesadilla Combo

The $7.50 and $8.50 Combos include a Caesar salad, house salad or bowl of soup.

Long John Silver's
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Long John Silver's

Value Meal Deals

  • $6 for two of any of the following: two pieces of fish, three pieces of chicken, five shrimp, two crab cakes
  • $10 15-piece Shrimp Sea-Share
  • $10 Nine-piece Chicken Sea-Share
  • $10 Six-piece Fish Sea-Share
  • $10 Six Crab Cakes Sea-Share
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White Castle

Value Meal Deals

  • $3 for three sliders including any of the following: Panko Breaded Fish, Sausage, Egg & Cheese, Bacon Cheese or Chicken Ring sliders
  • $11 Super Sack with 20 original sliders

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

Quaker Steak and Lube
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Quaker Steak and Lube

Value Meal Deals

  • $10 Top sirloin steak and side
  • $10 20 Fried shrimp and side
  • $10 Half rack of baby back ribs
  • $10 Breaded boneless wings
  • $10 Jumbo Bone-in wings
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Tim Horton's

Value Meal Deals

  • $3 for two sausage, egg and cheese wrap snackers
  • $4 for two sausage, egg, & cheese English muffins
  • $5 for two bacon, egg, & cheese biscuits
Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill

'Hooked on Tuesday' Meal Deal

  • $17 Cod Piccata 
  • $17 Six-ounce Angler’s Sirloin Steak 
  • $17 Saigon Noodles
  • $20 Eight-ounce Atlantic Salmon
  • $20 Fontina Pork Chop
  • $22 Cold Water Lobster Tail
  • $23 Six-ounce Filet Mignon
  • $23 Pecan Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout
  • $23 Georges Bank Scallops & Shrimp

All meal deals are served with a Caeser or house salad as well as Classic Cheesecake or Jen's Jamaican Coconut Pie™.

Krystal by Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)


Customers can find Krystal's inexpensive signature square sliders throughout the South. Customers can also look out for coupon-based deals, printable online.

Value Meal Deals

  • 5 for $5.55 menu including any five of the following: the Original Krystal, the Cheese Crystal, Chik® Nuggets, the Chik®, the Classic Pup, the Corn Pup®, the Chile Cheese Pup®, fries, tots, soft drinks, a Sprite® Slushie, sundaes, soft serve ice cream, and apple turnovers

Huddle House
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Huddle House

Value Meal Deals

  • $5 BLT Combo with fries
  • $5 Sausage or Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Combo with hashbrowns or tots
  • $5 Farmhouse Burger Combo with fries
  • $5 Cheeseburger Combo with fries
  • $5 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Melt with grits
  • $5 Chicken Tender Toaster Combo with fries
  • $5 Hashbrowns All the Way Combo with two eggs
  • $5 Open-faced Sausage Biscuit & Gravy Combo with two eggs
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Value Meal Deals

  • $6 Regular Sub Combos with a drink and chips or a cookie, including Ham & Swiss, Veggie & Cheese, Tuna, Ham, Salami and Provolone
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Taco Bueno

Value Menu Deals

  • $1 Party Burrito®
  • $1 Cheesy Rice and Beans Party Burrito
  • $1 Party Tostada
  • $1 Party Quesadilla
  • $1 Party Taco®
  • $1 Extra Cheese Party Taco
  • $1 Party Nachos
  • $1 7 Layer Taco Cup
  • $1 Grilled Taco Rollup
  • $1 Churro three-pack
  • $2 Chicken Street Taco
  • $2 Carne Asada Street Taco
  • $2 Carnitas Street Taco
  • $2 Shrimp Street Taco
  • $5 for three mix-and-match Street Tacos
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Value Menu Deals

  • $7 Medium one-topping pizza
Beef 'O' Brady's
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Beef 'O' Brady's

Value Meal Deals

  • Mondays: $6 Build-your-own burger with fries
  • Tuesdays: $6 Two tacos with chips and salsa
  • Wednesdays: 79 cent traditional wings, 59 cent boneless wings
  • Thursdays: $20 Fajitas with shrimp, chicken or Angus skirt steak
  • Fridays: $13 Surf 'n' turf with sirloin, shrimp, fries and salad