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If you can’t make it to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras celebration — or if you’re not really interested — you can still celebrate the food holiday Fat Tuesday with deals in your town. The start of Lent may or may not mean anything to you personally, but special deals on food and drinks is always reason for a celebration.
We admit the Fat Tuesday deals in 2023 were slim compared to previous years. However, we’re expecting 2024 to bring the same Fat Tuesday deals and hopefully several more.
Here’s a look back at the freebies and deals from 2023 that we expect to see again next year. Don’t worry! We’ll update this post as soon as the new deals drop!
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Fat Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday every year
Although Fat Tuesday (also called Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, and Carnival Tuesday) takes place each year on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the date can vary between February and March. The next Fat Tuesday will be on Tuesday February, 13, 2024. Did you know Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? (Mardi means Tuesday and gras means fat). This holiday represents the end of Carnival, a six-week long celebration with food, drink, and parades.
1. Fatburger offers free Fat Fries with any purchase.
Fatburger had a Fat Tuesday promotion where guests could receive one free order of Fat Fries with any purchase made in store or online from Feb. 15 – 21, 2023. To redeem the offer, guests had to mention the promotion in store or use the code “FATTUESDAY23” when ordering online.
The promotion was limited to one free order of Fat Fries per guest and couldn’t be combined with any other offers, discounts, or coupons. Look for this deal next year.
2. Buffalo Wild Wings has 50% off wings on Fat Tuesday.
While this isn’t technically a Fat Tuesday food deal (get BOGO 50% off traditional wings every Tuesday at Buffalo Wild Wings), we still think it’s fitting for the winter-time food holiday. #friedfoodgoodness
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3. Applebee’s serves up $6 drinks all February long.
If you’re a fan of Applebee’s deals, you would’ve loved their discounted drinks during February on Fat Tuesday: The Tipsy Cupid (a strawberry vodka lemonade) and the Date Night Daiquiri (a strawberry-mango daiquiri made with Bacardi Superior). They were only $6 each. Here’s hoping this deal returns in 2024.
4. Chili’s offers a Margarita of the Month for $5.
Yep, Chili’s also offers month-long drink specials all year long. In February 2023, they created the “Grand Romance ‘Rita,” a blackberry-flavored margarita. On Fat Tuesday, it was yours for only $5 at participating Chili’s locations. Watch for this special margarita deal next year.
We know all the ways to take advantage of Chili’s Rewards to get discounted drinks every day.
Fat Tuesday isn’t the only reason to celebrate on a Tuesday — check out other specials.
Fat Tuesday is always on a … um … Tuesday, and so all of our Taco Tuesday specials apply. You’ll want to take a look at our full list of Tuesday restaurant deals for the exact details, but here’s a sneak peek of all the restaurants that offer Tuesday deals:
- Beef O’Brady’s
- Bar Louie
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Chuck E. Cheese
- Del Taco
- Famous Dave’s
- Glory Days
- Miller’s Ale House
- On the Border
- Panera Bread
- Papa Murphy’s
- Red Lobster
- Ruby Tuesday
- Sonic Drive-In
- Tijuana Flats