Parents with overscheduled kids may find themselves having to stop for meals more often than budgeting permits this time of year. Even if regularly eating out isn't wallet-friendly, at least you can save by hitting the spots that offer kids-eat-free deals. We've rounded up some of our favorites.
Lee Roy Selmon's - One child (age 10 and under) eats free on Mondays with the purchase of one adult entrée valued at $9.99 or more plus a drink. Offer will continue throughout Summer 2013. http://www.leeroyselmons.com/
Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St. N., Clearwater - Kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree on Mondays, plus they get to play video games for free. Menu includes usual popular American fare such as burgers and chicken wings. Check the restaurant calendar for updates and changes. http://www.quakersteakandlube.com/Pinellas_Park_Clearwater_FL/
Carmelita's Mexican Restaurant - Also offers free food for kids on Mondays, ages 10 and younger only. Menu includes usual Mexican fare, but also chicken tenders and smiley fries. Kids meals include a fountain drink. Carmelita's has four Pinellas locations and one in Pasco. http://www.carmelitas.net/specials.html
Ghengis Grill: Build Your Own Stiry-Fry - On Tuesdays, kids ages 11 and under can choose one free bowl with the purchase of an adult bowl of Mongolian stiry-fry at this fast-casual restaurant. Ingredients and seasonings are to taste. There are two locations in the Bay area, Brandon and Carrollwood. http://www.genghisgrill.com/index.php
Koto Japanese Steak House, 533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa - Kids ages 2 - 9 can have their choice of steak, shrimp or chicken with an adult entree purchase on Tuesdays. http://kotosteakhouse.com/promotions.html
Beef O' Brady's, Bay area locations - Beefs offers a free kids meal for children up to age 12 on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with an adult entree purchase. Options include grilled cheese, chicken taco and macaroni and cheese. All come with a choice of side dish, drink and treat. http://www.beefobradys.com/Default.aspx
Louis PappasMarket Café, Bay area locations - Kids eat for free on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with each adult meal purchased. Kids entrees include pita pizza, chicken breast tenders, macaroni and cheese, pasta and more. Meals include a beverage. http://louispappas.com/locations.html
Ranch House Grill, 4426 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa – The Ranch House Grill treats kids to a free meal on Mondays and Tuesdays. Kids must be 10 and younger and their menu includes burgers, spaghetti, steak and even fried shrimp. One adult entree must be purchased per free kids meal. Order off the early bird menu before 6:30 p.m. and increase your savings. Sirloin steak, stuffed flounder and grilled chicken are among the choices and include two sides and bread for under $9. http://www.theranchhousegrill.com/
Evos, Bay area locations – On Sundays, get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal at every Evos location with the exception of the WestShore Plaza food court restaurant. Evos is known for its organic, low-fat menu. http://evos.com
Your Pie, 2219 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa - It's Monday and that means kids eat free at Your Pie. Children 12 and under get a free kid-size pizza with purchase of an adult entree. The offer is good for both lunch and dinner. http://www.yourpie.com/tampa
Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline, 1319 S. Howard Ave., Tampa – Kids eat free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday with each purchase of an adult menu item. The offer is good on dine-in and pick-up. Sally's also has gluten-free pizzas and pastas. https://www.sallyonealspizza.com/
Ikea Tampa, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa - Kids (12 and under) eat free on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to close. Kids choose one combo meal valued at $2.49. By the way, everyone - not just kids - can get a free breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes) on Mondays. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/tampa/restaurant
Jason's Deli, 2702 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa - Mondays after 4 p.m. at the USF-area location, kids can get one free meal per adult entree purchased. The offer is good for ages 12 and under. http://www.jasonsdeli.com/
Steak 'N Shake, Bay area locations – Kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays at this burger and milkshake icon. One free kids (ages 12 and younger) plate is given for every $8 spent on your order total. Offer on dine-in only. http://www.steaknshake.com/menu_specials/kids-eat-free
Chick-fil-A – Check your favorite location's calendar to see when they have deals and special offers, including the all-you-can-eat bargain. Each restaurant differs. www.chick-fil-a.com/
Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen, 12217 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa – Kids 12 and under get a free kids meal on Sundays at this Westchase restaurant. The offer is good for each adult entrée purchased. Options include a cheese quesadilla, chicken tenders, steak tacos and more and come with a choice of tropical fruit or fries. http://www.surfshackkitchen.com/specials.asp
DeLosa's Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Largo location – On Tuesdays kids 12 and younger can choose a free meal from the kids menu with the purchase of an adult entree. http://www.delosaspizza.com/ Nuevo Cafe, 3301 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa – The restaurant features Cuban cuisine including ropa vieja, black beans and rice, garbanzo bean soup, flan and other Latin treats. Two kids, ages 9 and younger, can eat free with each adult entree purchased. The offer is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please call to confirm the deal at your favorite location, offers may change. Note: Sonny's Bar-B-Q deal is no longer valid at locations where it was offered.