November 16 is National Fast Food Day, and we did some sleuthing to find the deals you need on all your fast food favorites. While many deals aren’t for the holiday specifically, there are still deals to be had. There aren’t any concrete facts on when National Fast Food day became a “holiday,” but fast food does have a pretty concrete origin. Fast food became popular after the end of the first world War, when people began to buy the types of vehicles that let them drive for long distances. Though McDonald’s was the first restaurant to use an assembly line system, some people think that White Castle was actually the first fast food chain.
White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita Kansas, and it was specifically designed so that guests could see their food being prepared. Because people around that time thought of food from fairs, cruises and lunch carts to be low-quality, White Castle painted their buildings white and used a name that suggested cleanliness. Since then, McDonald’s went through a redesign and fast food chains like Burger King and Taco Bell formed.
Here’s how you can score deals on National Fast Food Day:
McDonalds: Buy One, Get One
If you download the McDonald’s app, you’ll get access to a ton of exclusive deals. Deals on the app right now include a free hash brown with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich and buy one get one free McGriddle’s sandwich. Pair that with the buy one get one offer on McCafe beverages, and you have more than a complete breakfast.
For lunch or dinner, the app also has offers for a free medium fry with the purchase of a signature sandwich, and a free small shake with a large meal purchase. On top of all those offers, the app also has an offer for $1 off an order of $7 or more.
The McRib is also back at participating locations, which will be great news for fast-food enthusiasts.
Burger King: 2-for Deals
Burger King has a lot of deals on sandwiches and other items if you buy 2 of them. If you go to their website, you can download a coupon to get 2 cheeseburgers, 1 small order of fries and 1 small drink for $3.49. The website also has deals for 2 Whoppers for $6 and 2 breakfast sandwiches for $4.
Arby’s: Free Sandwich
If you sign up for Arby’s email notifications, you will get a coupon for a free classic roast beef sandwich with the purchase of a drink. This deal isn’t just good on National Fast Food day. You can sign up and get your free sandwich any day.
Subway: Free 6″ Sub
If you sign up for weekly coupons sent to your phone from Subway, you’ll get a coupon for a free 6″ sub with the purchase of a 30oz drink. This offer is also good at any time. All you need to sign up for this one is your phone number and your zip code. You can opt out of text messages at any time.
Wendy’s: 4 for $4 Meal Deal
While they may not have any specials specifically for National Fast Food Day, Wendy’s has a great meal deal where you can get 4 items for $4 at any time. The 4 for 4 meal comes with your choice of a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger or a Crispy Chicken BLT, small fries, a small drink and chicken nuggets. The chain also has a $5 Chicken Tender Meal deal. It looks like if you tweet to them, they might send you some coupons, so it could be worth a trip to Wendy’s today.
Taco Bell sometimes has offers on their app as well, so that’s worth a shot for freebies on National Fast Food day.