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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When I.R.S. Means I'm Really Starving: Where to Find Food Specials on Tax Day

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Today is tax day. Normally it's April 15, but because it fell on a Sunday this year, Americans have an additional two days to get their shit together. If you're responsible and not scrambling a la the people of Springfield, then you have one more reason to be happy today: As usual, in honor of tax day, restaurants across the country and throughout the St. Louis area are offering food specials, discounts and freebies in honor of a job well taxed done. To take the guesswork out of stuffing free foodstuffs down your gullet, Gut Check has compiled a list of local restaurants offering conciliatory swag. Take that Internal Revenue might get our money, but you can never take away our free curly fries.

Arby's: Though its slogan was once "I'm thinking Arby's," we usually forget the burger roast beef sandwich chain exists -- which is especially impressive considering its more than 40 locations in the St. Louis area. Not so on tax day, though, when the restaurant slings free curly fries from open till close.

Boston Market: Unlike Arby's, it's a bit harder to find a Boston Market location in St. Louis, with only two left in the metro area (Clayton and Fairview Heights, Illinois) For tax day the Market is offering one free individual meal with the purchase of an individual meal and a foundation drink with this coupon.

Cinnabon: Home of counterintuitive spelling and mall cinnamon buns, Cinnabon is offering two free Cinnabon bites on April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Head to one of the chain's three St. Louis locations to indulge in the deal (two locations are inside malls, West County Center (I-270 & Manchester Road; 314-288-2020) and Mid Rivers Mall (1236 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters; 636-970-2130), and the third is inside Lambert St. Louis International Airport (10701 Lambert International Boulevard; 314-426-8000).

Chili's: Fresh Mex! Oh wait, that's Chevy's. Well fuck Chevy's because its "Tax Relief Weekend" (which includes tax-free food and discounted margaritas) isn't happening in Missouri. What's the next best thing, then, if not Chili's. Head to the home of baby back ribs for a free appetizer or dessert with an entree April 16 to April 18.

Hooters: How many Hooters boneless wings can you eat in one day? Learn the answer today at any of its metro area locations, where twenty boneless wings cost only $9.99 -- for dine-in competitive eaters only, please.

Marble Slab Creamery (190 West County Center Drive; 314-821-0122 ): Until today, Gut Check honestly thought Marble Slab Creamery was the same thing as Cold Stone Creamery. It turns out it's not, and the chain has a location in West County Center and another in the St. Louis Mills Mall. How about that? On April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., Marble Slab is offering free sample scoops of its new frozen yogurt.

McCormick and Schmick's (17 West County Center; 314-835-1300): It's the restaurant that made Red Lobster look like the Captain D's of seafood chains, and today McCorkmick and Schmick's is offering extended happy hour specials, with reduced priced appetizers priced from $2.95 to $5.95 from 3 to 11 p.m.

O'Charley's: Get ready to make great aunt Margaret's day: In honor of tax season coming to a close, O'Charley's has a coupon offering 20 percent off your total food purchase on April 17.

Panda Express: Though they exist in St. Louis in dwindling numbers, Panda Express is promoting a downloadable coupon for a free single serving of its new meal option, shanghai angus steak, with the only caveat being to "like" Panda Express on Facebook.

P.F. Chang's: The restaurant is offering 15 percent off all dine-in and takeout orders all day on April 17.

Sonic Drive-In: Gut Check loves us a Sonic happy hour special, so we're pretty ecstatic that on April 17, happy hour happens all day long. That's right, Sonic is extending its happy hour specials for fountain drinks and slushies, so that's where we'll be today, sipping cherry limeades like bosses.

Starbucks: Ugh, this one feels needlessly complicated, but here it goes: Starbucks owns Seattle's Best Coffee, which you might be familiar with if you've ever been to a Subway, Burger King, CVS or AMC Theaters. Instead of offering free coffee at Starbucks locations, Starbucks is offering free small brewed coffees at Seattle's Best Coffee locations on April 17.

White Castle: Obviously Gut Check already "likes" White Castle on Facebook because, well, sliders? Chicken rings? Jalapeno cheeseburgers? Chocolate shakes? Yeah. For tax day, White Castle is offering 15 percent off your total order if you simply "like" its Facebook page. Chocolate covered-cheesecake on a stick? Cheese fries? Mozzarella sticks? We'll be at Whities if you need us.

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