For many Americans, this St. Patrick’s Day will be the ultimate day to see – and save – some green.
The first stimulus payments are expected to hit bank accounts via direct deposit Wednesday as part of the third round of Economic Impact Payments, which President Joe Biden signed into law last week.
Across the nation, many St. Patrick’s Day parades have been canceled for the second year amid the coronavirus pandemic with several events scaled back. But unlike other food days for restaurant promotions that draw large crowds, the traditional Irish holiday hasn’t been called off completely.
Wearing green may prevent you from getting pinched and can help you score a freebie.
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Krispy Kreme is giving away free green glazed doughnuts for those who visit shops wearing green Tuesday and Wednesday. No purchase is necessary, and the treats are available in-store, for pick-up and the drive-thru while supplies last.
Budweiser says it is turning all beer “green” by pledging “renewable energy credits equivalent to the estimated electricity needed to brew every beer in the U.S. in a single day.”
McDonald’s kicked off the season of green early when it brought back minty Shamrock Shake and Oreo Shamrock McFlurry to restaurants nationwide Feb. 15.
More people are expected to spend the holiday at home than past years, according to a survey of more than 3,000 consumers by Numerator. Only 9% plan to go to a bar this year compared to 38% in previous years.
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St. Paddy’s Day green food and drinks
Here are the special items and deals available at participating locations Wednesday, unless otherwise noted. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
Applebee’s Grill & Bar: The chain has two $5 “Saintly Sips,” the Tipsy Leprechaun and Pot O’ Gold Colada, while supplies last. At participating locations, the limited-time drinks are also available for takeout.
Arby’s: The mint chocolate shake is available for a limited time.
Cold Stone Creamery: Get the special Lucky Charms Ice Cream available in shakes and creations at locations nationwide through March 31. The “Ice Cream at the End of the Rainbow Creation” includes Lucky Charms marshmallows, whipped topping and gold glitter. Cold Stone also has green waffle cones and bowls for a limited time.
Culver’s: Get mint shakes and concrete mixers.
Dairy Queen: The Mint Oreo Blizzard Treat and Mint Chip Shake are available for a limited time.
Duck Donuts: The “Lucky Duck Assortment” features green icing and is available through Wednesday. Duck Donuts Rewards members will earn three-times the points on Lucky Duck Assortment purchases.
Dunkin’: Irish Creme-flavored coffee is available for a limited time and the chain recently added avocado toast and a matcha-topped doughnut to its menu.
Dutch Bros Coffee: The chain has several special drinks for St. Patrick’s Day including the Green Apple Smoothie.
Insomnia Cookies: The chain has an Irish Potato Cookie along with other special itemss for the holiday.
Krispy Kreme: Get a free green O’riginal Glazed doughnut for wearing green Tuesday and Wednesday. Krispy Kreme also has the “Luck o’the Doughnuts” collection with four specialty items, including: the Lucky Unicorn, a glazed doughnut dipped in white icing and decorated as a unicorn; Lucky Leprechaun, a cookies and kreme-filled doughnut dipped in green icing and decorated with stripes and a leprechaun hat; Lucky Gold Coins, a glazed doughnut dipped in white icing and topped with a gold coin sprinkles; and Lucky Sprinkles, a glazed doughnut dipped in green icing and sprinkled with shamrocks.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Green beer will be available Wednesday through March 21.
McDonald’s: The minty Shamrock Shake and Oreo Shamrock McFlurry are available for a limited time. Also, through March 21, the chain is offering no delivery fee on orders $20 or more through McDelivery on Uber Eats. A service fee still applies.
Portillo’s: Get a Mint Chocolate Shake, which features a vanilla-mint shake blended with chocolate frosting from the chain’s famous Chocolate Cake.
Robeks: Through March 21, buy one green smoothie and get the second for 50% off with online orders using the code Lucky.
Starbucks: The Irish Cream Cold Brew, which returned for a limited time in December, is still available at some locations. Also for a green drink, try the Pineapple Matcha Drink.
Irish specials and lucky deals
It should be a given that corned beef and cabbage will be a special for many restaurants Wednesday, which also is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day.
Biggby Coffee: Get a buy-one-get-one free drink deal Wednesday on any drink and any size up to 24 ounces.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: The chain says it is toasting to the holiday with its “award-winning Jeremiah Red Irish-Style Ale” Wednesday, which will be available to pick up as a growler, six-pack or single can, where legal. The strong Irish ale also is available as a pint when dining in.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey: Through Thursday, order a Bushmills from a local bar or restaurant and the brand will pick up the tab when you submit an itemized receipt at Bushmills.com/FirstWhiskey. Get up to $6 reimbursed through Venmo, PayPal or Amazon and there also are rebates on bottles purchased from select retailers. Learn more on the brand’s website.
The Cheesecake Factory: Through Friday, get a 20% discount on all of chain’s “light” SkinnyLicious dishes through delivery or pickup with DoorDash or on the restaurant’s website for pickup. The discount will show when selecting “SkinnyLicious” on the category page.
Chili’s: The $5 Margarita for March is made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Triple Sec and fresh sour.
Chuck E. Cheese: The chain has an “All You Can Play” special at $14.99 for an hour on Wednesdays this spring. To get this offer, the company says you need to mention the discounted price when purchasing the pass.
Farmer Boys: Through Wednesday, get a St. Patrick’s Day Scratchers with each purchase. Scratchers contain a prize for free and discounted food which can be redeemed on return visits through April 12.
Fazoli’s: Anyone who downloads the Fazoli’s App and types in the code STPATRICK in the promo code section of the app Wednesday will unlock a surprise deal.
Miller’s Ale House: Through Wednesday as part of a holiday menu, the chain has Irish egg rolls, a corned beef Reuben, a corned beef and cabbage meal, and Irish Mule Pitcher.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub: The chain has a special menu Tuesday and Wednesday that includes cocktails like the Jameson Irish Mule, Irish Coffee and “Lucky” Horseshoe Ale. Entrees include a Corned Beef Dinner, Pot O’Gold Crispy Chicken Sandwich and more.
O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar: For the holiday, O’Charley’s has two crafted cocktails: the Leaping Leprechaun Margarita for $4 and Shamrock Whiskey Sour for $5. Also through Wednesday, there’s a $10 Burger & Brew dine-in special, which includes a classic cheeseburger or hamburger served with fries and a 14-ounce select domestic draft.
Pollo Campero: Through March 31, the chain has a buy one, get one Chicken Sandwich Meal with code REALFLAVOR. The offer is available in-store, online and on the Pollo Campero app.
TGI Fridays: Get the Whiskey-Glazed Bundle for takeout orders only. Bundles include six signature whiskey-glazed chicken breasts, two racks of slow-cooked whiskey-glazed ribs, salad, sides and a half-gallon beverage. No coupon or app offer is needed to redeem and the bundle ranges from $59 to $69.
Twin Peaks: Wear green and make a $25 purchase at corporate locations Wednesday to get free Chips & Queso.
Wendy’s: With the fast-food chain’s mobile app and rewards program, get free Pub Fries with a mobile purchase through March 28. Limit one offer per customer. There are also other offers on the app. (Learn more about Wendy’s loyalty program here.)
White Castle: Email subscribers will get an email coupon valid Wednesday through March 20 for buy-one-get-one Castle Combo meals No. 1 through 6 or a breakfast combo.
Yard House: The chain is celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with Irish Loaded Fries Wednesday, which includes shredded corned beef, caramelized onions, House IPA white cheddar beer cheese sauce, sour cream, green onion and house-pickled jalapeños. Some locations also have 32-ounce crowlers available.
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