While you're on a trip with kids (under 12), there are always several concerns. Food is often a big one. Will my child eat at the restaurants we stop at? Or will I be paying for a meal that stays on the plate?
Many restaurant chains, and even a few local restaurants, offer a "kids eat free with paying adult" or "kids eat for 99c with a paying adult" night once or twice a week. Some of them advertise it; others will not. Here's a list of just some of the chains that have this promotion going on (as of March, 2017):
Applebee's: some but not all locations, day of week varies
Arriba's Mexican Grill (AZ): Sundays; one child meal per paying adult
Bennigan's: participating locations only; day of week varies
Bob Evans: Tuesdays after 4 pm; one child meal per paying adult
Buffalo Wild Wings: kids eat for 99c on Mondays from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Carrows: 10 and under eat free after 4 pm (day of week unspecified); one child meal per paying adult
Captain D's: Thursdays; two child meals free per paying adult
Chevy's Fresh Mex: Tuesdays; one free child meal per paying adult
Chick-fil-A: Kids eat free between 5:30 and 7:30 pm on Tuesdays with purchase of an adult meal. (Some locations charge 99c for child meal, so almost free.)
Cici's Pizza: kids under 3 eat free every day.
Culver's: kids 12 and under get a free frozen custard with purchase of a meal, every day
Denny's: Kids eat free on Tuesdays 4 pm to 10pm, some locations on Saturdays; one paying adult meal for two kids to eat free
Famous Dave's: Varies by locations (Mondays or Tuesdays), some locations charge 99c for child meal
Fazoli's: On Tuesdays, kids eat for 99c each; two child entrees for one adult meal purchased
Fuddruckers: Mondays between 5 pm and 9 pm.
Hooters: kids eat free from 11 am to 11 pm Sundays
IHOP: varies by location and seasonal promotion, usually 4 pm to 10 pm only
Lonestar Steakhouse: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. Two free kids' meals per paying adult.
Maggiano's Little Italy: Kids under 5 eat free on Saturdays.
On the Border: Kids get a free sundae with every meal, every day
Old Country Buffet/some Hometown Buffets/Ryan's: 99c for kids on Thursdays.
Perkins: Kids eat free on Tuesdays, one child per paying adult.
Pizza Hut: Kids eat free on Tuesdays.
Red Robin: Kids under 10 eat free on Mondays.
Shari's: Kids eat free on Saturdays from 4 pm to 9 pm.
Texas Roadhouse: Varies by location, day of the week.