Where To Get Your Crunch On For National Taco Day

Taco Tuesday isn’t the only day for taco deals this week.

Wednesday is National Taco Day and it’s a fiesta for taco lovers with many national taco chains marking the day with free tacos and specials.

According to the made-up food holiday’s website, NationalTacoDay.com, last year Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos.

Taco Bell

At participating locations on Wednesday, the chain has a special “National Taco Day gift set.” For $5, get four classic Taco Bell tacos — Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos and the Crunchy Taco — “gift wrapped” in a limited edition wrapper and specially boxed. Learn more about the deal hereTaco Bell also has teamed up with teen retailer Forever 21 to create a collection of bodysuits, sweatshirts and hoodies, which will go on sale Oct. 11 at select Forever 21 stores.

Tijuana Flats

Get $2 tacos and $2 Mexican drafts Wednesday at participating locations. Many locations of the fast-casual Tex-Mex chain have a Tuesday taco deal called Tijuana Tuesdaze where two tacos, chips and a medium drink are $5.99. Also, all locations have a take-home “Hardly Homemade” taco meal kit for $31.99. Find locations here.

On the Border 

Mini tacos are 50 cents each when you dine-in Wednesday at participating locations. The chain also has a 20% off taco catering items through Oct. 8 with promo code Taco17. Learn more here.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill 

The chain is celebrating Applebee’s Neighborhood Appreciation Month all October long with $1 margaritas, also known as the Dollarita, at participating locations. Learn more here and find locations here.

El Pollo Loco

Buy one taco platter, get one free Wednesday at participating locations with a coupon posted on the company’s website. Taco platter options are Chicken Avocado, Chicken Bacon Cheddar, Avocado Tacos al Carbon and Shrimp Mango.

More deals: Check locally owned restaurants’ Facebook and Twitter accounts for additional deal announcements.

Here’s Where You Can Get Free Coffee On National Coffee Day

Is it really National Coffee Day if you can’t get free coffee from at least one coffee chain? The holiday falls on this Friday, Sept. 29 and, since your love of caffeine is recognized by all, there are some pretty sweet deals being offered at coffee shops nationwide, where you can get all the free coffee you need for little to nothing. Here are all the places you need to hit up this Friday.

KRISPY KREME

National Coffee Day isn’t over until Krispy Kreme says it’s over, and because of that, the doughnut chain is turning National Coffee Day into National Coffee Weekend. From Sept. 29 up until Oct. 1, customers can head to Krispy Kreme to score a hot coffee in any size as well as a small iced coffee at participating locations across the U.S. and Canada.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS

Customers at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations nationwide can purchase a medium, large, or extra large cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee and get one additional medium hot coffee for free.

7-ELEVEN

7-Eleven is also extending coffee deals all into the weekend, but there’s a small catch. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 7Rewards members can receive one free coffee per day.

CINNABON

According to a tweet from the company’s official Twitter account, Cinnabon will be giving out free 12 oz. coffees all day on Friday.

STARBUCKS

Unfortunately if you’re looking for free coffee on National Coffee Day, Starbucks isn’t where you’ll find it. According to a release on the coffee chain’s website, instead of doling out free coffee, Starbucks will be shining a light on their ethically sourced coffee, letting customers know that buying coffee from the brand means supporting farmers.

Pilot/Flying J

Guests can get free small cup of Pilot Coffee or another hot beverage of their choice, including tea and cappuccino. To redeem, display an online coupon — available here or at Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page — at any time on Sept. 29.

Wawa

Receive a free coffee of any size all day at any of Wawa location.

Amazon Could Soon Deliver Chipotle, Five Guys & More to Your Door

After opening its first grocery pickup locations with AmazonFresh and having purchased Whole Foods earlier this summer, Amazon’s venture into the food industry continues by forming a new partnership with digital company, Olo.

Olo is a mobile and online food ordering platform which focuses on large restaurant brands and chains that allows customers to order and pay for delivery and takeout food online.

Some of their notable clients include Chipotle, Shake Shack, Cold Stone Creamery, Five Guys and Jamba Juice, with over 200 restaurants on their list that have a total of around 40,000 US locations.

With the agreement leaving Olo to handle the menu and ordering of purchases, Amazon Restaurants will be in charge of delivery, while the value for Amazon here is it gives them potential access to the many different chain restaurants in Olo’s client base.

Bonefish Grill Debuts A New Fall Seasonal Menu

A truly “Gourd-geous” dish, the Fresh Swordfish & Pumpkin Ravioli is topped with crumbled feta, crispy onions and a hint of butter. The fresh, wild Swordfish is hand-cut in-house at the peak of its season, then wood-grilled to perfection.

Two new dishes sure to become additional guest favorites:

  • New Cedar Plank Steelhead is milder than Salmon, but full of flavor, and roasted on a cedar plank with a Guinness glaze — served with a fall vegetable medley with toasted walnuts and choice of a fresh side.
  • New Dynamite-Style Shrimp is wood-grilled and topped with dynamite aioli and feta cheese crumbles, served on a bed of Florentine-style risotto.

Other seasonal specials include:

  • New Crispy Oysters– an appetizer of tempura-style oysters, served on a bed of crispy noodles with a smoky chili dynamite sauce.
  • Wild Snapper & Shrimp– wood-grilled fresh Snapper with a soft blackening spice, three jumbo seasoned shrimp and finished with a warm chorizo “mojo” sauce, served with jasmine rice & French green beans.
  • Mahi Mahi Oscar– wood-grilled wild Mahi Mahi, topped with jumbo lump crab, freshly steamed asparagus and lemon butter.

Enjoy a decadent ending with the seasonal Pumpkin Crème Brulee – hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, and finished with house-made whipped cream.

Cocktail pairings like the classic new Infused Manhattan is elevated with a few subtle ingredients for added flavor, or enjoy the seasonal Fresh Honeycrisp Apple Martini handcrafted to combine fresh juices with premium specialty infused vodka.

Visit your favorite Bonefish Grill today!

National Dine Out Day Will Raise Money For Hurricane Relief

National Dine Out Day is October 2nd, and most of us need little excuse to ditch the stove for one night. But if you’re feeling a bit homebodyish, it might help to know that restaurants across the nation are coordinating to donate to hurricane relief.

A group of celebrity chefs — including Tom Colicchio and Michael Symon — are working to coordinate a huge hurricane relief effort tied to National Dine Out Day. The idea is simple; restaurants sign up and agree to donate a percentage of that night’s receipts to hurricane relief, diners show up and enjoy the menu, and the money goes to the hurricane relief fund. It’ll ensure restaurant employees who still don’t have kitchens up and running can make rent and get the help they need, and that food banks in the area can keep their shelves stocked.

Sure, it’s not going down there to volunteer yourself, but if you find yourself hungry that Monday, and want to ensure you’re doing a little good beyond putting down a good tip at the end of the meal, this’ll be one way to make it happen. And, if you want to do more, here’s how to contribute to hurricane relief.

Reserve tables and stay up to date, HERE!

Your Olive Garden Pasta Pass Could Come With a Trip to Italy

Beginning today, Olive Garden lovers will once again get the chance to purchase the Never Ending Pasta Pass, which—for $100—sends one on an eight-week, pasta, breadstick, and salad quest. Fifty lucky people will also have the chance to go to Italy for just $100 more.

How it works is this: Starting today, September 14th, at 2 pm ET, Olive Garden will release 22,000 boring, regular Pasta Passes and 50 exciting Pasta Passports to Italy. The Passes give you eight glorious (I guess?) weeks of “unlimited servings of pastas, sauces and toppings from the Never Ending Pasta Bowl® menu,” along with unlimited breadsticks, soup and salad. The Passports—which cost $200—get you all of that, plus a one-week, all expenses paid trip-for-two to Italy. The sale will last just 30 minutes, though I’m sure everything will sell out before that half hour is up. If you happen to snag a Passport and need a plus-one, just remember who told you about the Pasta Passport to begin with.

Starbucks Introduces Cold-Pressed Espresso Shots

Coffee house chain Starbucks announced the release of a cold-pressed espresso shot in the company’s Reserve Roastery located in its hometown of Seattle. According to the brand, it’s “a concentrated, smooth tasting shot of cold-pressed espresso” formed in an exclusive cold extraction process to create a unique and patent-pending drink.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO said, “this new technique is the next step in our cold coffee journey and the perfect ingredient to design a menu of cold espresso or coffee options. We believe the opportunities are limitless.” Starbucks explains that the Seattle Roastery will “serve as a pipeline of innovation for other locations.”

‘Michelin Stars’ Documentary Delves Into How Restaurants Earn the Culinary Honor

Infamous restaurant rater Michelin Guide is getting its own feature length documentary in Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen. Danish filmmaker Rasmus Dinesen sits down with some of the industry’s most notable figures — Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, Andoni Luis Aduriz, and ten other renounced chefs and big-time food critics to hear why the Michelin-star became the pinnacle of culinary excellence.

Earning a one-star rating is already an accomplishment but reaching three is an achievement worthy of being put on a pedestal. The trailer shows footage of the guide’s director of business, Michael Ellis, calling the restaurants to tell them their star rankings on Michelin day. It intends to delve into the “dark flip side of the shiny coin” that comes with Michelin’s effect. The film will premiere worldwide on September 23, during the San Sebastián Film Festival.

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Krispy Kreme’s Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Is Returning for One Day Only

Krispy Kreme is set to usher in fall this month with the return of its Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut. The popular item will only be available for one day, however, on September 8.

“As guests anticipate the crisp return of fall, we’re offering the taste of the season they’re craving – served fresh, the Krispy Kreme way,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “The Original Glazed Doughnut is a delicious treat on its own. By adding the subtle flavor of pumpkin spice, our guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind fall indulgence.”

The Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut finds Krispy Kreme adding a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavor to its celebrated Original Glazed Doughnut.

For participating Krispy Kreme shops that will be offering the limited fall treat, follow here.

Starbucks at Disney Springs Announces Limited Time ‘Force Friday’ Beverages

Force Friday II is today and to join in on the celebration, Starbucks at Disney Springs has just announced five limited-time beverages to give guests a caffeine boost!

Here’s the rundown:

  • The Green Master: Green Tea Frappucino with Java Chip and Caramel Drizzle
  • Galactic Smoothie: Strawberry with Fresh Blueberries
  • The Trooper: Vanilla Bean Frappucino with Java Chips and Mocha Drizzle
  • The Dark Slide: Java Chip Frappucino with Toffee Nut Syrup and an Espresso Shot
  • O.B. One Cannoli Frappucino: Caramel Mocha with Cinnamon Dolce Syrup, Mocha Drizzle, and Caramel Whipped Cream

Let us know in the comments if you happen to try one of these delicious-sounding beverages!