These deals come full circle.
Saturday is both National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day.
And like other made-up food holidays, it's a day to save some dough as restaurants across the nation celebrate with freebies and deals.
According to votes on Ranker, a crowd-sourced voting platform, “the greatest pizza delivery chains in the world” are: Papa John’s Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Godfather’s Pizza.
While many chain restaurants will celebrate the two popular foods Feb. 9, it's also a good day for business for local restaurants, according to an analysis by Womply, a small business software provider.
“Whether you plan to snag a bagel in the morning or a pizza in the evening, you should find the wait time surprisingly normal at your favorite eatery on National Pizza/Bagel Day,” said Brad Plothow, Womply vice president of brand and communications.
Getting a pizza Saturday also can help hunger relief.
Slice, a mobile app that works with more than 10,000 pizzerias, is working with Feeding America to host the first-ever “Pizza for Change.”
Deals, freebies for National Pizza Day
Here are the deals and freebies, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, 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.
Anthony's Pizza & Pasta: Get a large, two-topping pizza for $20 Saturday. Online only.
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: This isn't a traditional pizza, but a deal on the Pizookie dessert. Through Feb. 11, get a free Pizookie and free delivery on food orders $19.95 or more with promo code PIZOOKIE on orders placed on the chain's website or mobile app. Exclusions apply. Learn more at www.bjsrestaurants.com.
Blaze: Order online and get two pepperoni pizzas for $10 Saturday.
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Through Saturday, upgrade any large pizza to an x-large for free when you ask for the “National Pizza Day” offer or use code 4860.
Cicis: Get three medium, one-topping pizzas for $12 Saturday on takeout orders.
Domino's: The pizza chain has a Twitter contest to win free pizza for a year. Enter by 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, the contest rules state. Also for a limited time, Piece of the Pie Rewards members have an easy way to earn points on any brand's pizza that can be redeemed for a free Domino's pizza. The latest version of Domino’s mobile app is needed to "to scan a pizza or an eligible image of a pizza.” Learn more at www.pointsforpies.com.
Fresh Brothers: Buy any size pizza Saturday and get a Free Pizza Card for a medium one-topping original crust pizza to redeem on your next visit.
Georgio's Pizza: Get $5 off any online order of $25 or more Saturday with promo code NPD5.
H&R Block: The first 5,000 participants to upload at least one tax document or submit uploaded documents to H&R Block’s Tax Pro Go Saturday will get a $10 Domino’s gift card. Documents need be uploaded between 12:01 a.m. CST and 11:59 p.m. CST Saturday, the company said in a news release.
Hungry Howie's: Buy a large one-topping pizza online and get a one-topping medium pizza for $1 with promo code MEDIUM1.
IHOP: Through Sunday, IHOP has a pizza-shaped pancake called the "Pancizza," available in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York, exclusively through DoorDash. First-day DoorDash customers in those markets can order the Pancizza with no delivery fee with promo code PANCIZZA, while supplies last. Across the country, DoorDash is waiving fees on "IHOP ‘N GO" orders of $10 or more placed through the on-demand delivery service through Feb. 14 with promo code IHOPDELIVERY.
Little Caesars: The chain's Pretzel Crust Pizza is back for a limited time and available from 4 to 8 p.m. daily for $6 plus tax.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza: New and existing members of the chain's Coupon Club will get a coupon Saturday $10 off any large pizza with a purchase of a large Specialty Pizza. New members have to sign up prior to Saturday, the company said, at www.mountainmikespizza.com.
Olive Garden: The chain recently added the Chicken Alfredo Pizza Fritta to its menu. The appetizer is a twist on pizza, "combining all of the things guests love the most – golden-fried pizza dough stuffed with a blend of chicken, three cheeses and alfredo sauce – served with a homemade alfredo and marinara sauce," the company said. Prices start at $6.99.
Papa John’s: Get a medium one-topping carryout pizza for $6 with code CARRYOUT6.
Pizza Hut: For a limited time, get any large pizza for $10.99 with promo code THANKYOU at checkout. An extra charge is required for stuffed crust, extra cheese, and pizza orders exceeding five toppings, the company said in a news release.
Pizza Inn: Get two large, two-topping pizzas for $8.99 each. Call your nearest location or order online.
Pizza Patrón: Get any large specialty pizza for $6.99 each Saturday.
PT’s Taverns: The Las Vegas-based restaurants, which include PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar, are offering a 16-inch cheese or pepperoni pizza for $10 Saturday.
Red Baron Pizza: The frozen pizza brand has a Facebook contest where one family will win a year's worth of pizza. To enter through midnight Saturday, "post a photo on your page alongside a thank you note to pizza for saving parents like you from dinnertime chaos. Posts must tag @RedBaronPizza and use the hashtag #ThankYouPizza to qualify." Read official contest rules here.
Round Table Pizza: For every pizza ordered Saturday, the chain will donate $1 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Plus, customers will get a coupon for a free personal pizza to use Feb. 10 through March 31. Learn more at www.pizzapieday.com.
Toppers Pizza: Through Saturday, pick two or more select items – any size house pizza, three-topping pizza or ’Stix – for $9.99 each. Online only. Plus, every “Pick 2” gets a chance to win free food from Toppers for a year.
More deals: Smaller chains also will have deals Saturday. Search on social media for #NationalPizzaDay.
National Bagel Day deals, freebies
Earlier this year, Thomas' Bagels declared Jan. 15 as the new National Bagel Day in an attempt to not share the spotlight with pizza. However, many bagel chains stuck with celebrating in February. These deals also are available at participating locations.
Biggby Coffee: Get half off "Bragels" Saturday, the chain's bagel sandwiches.
Bruegger's Bagels: The chain sent members of its Inner Circle rewards program a coupon for $2 off a $5 purchase, valid through Saturday. New members can get a free bagel and cream cheese. Sign up at https://rewards.brueggers.com/join.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Get a free bagel and shmear Saturday with a purchase, no coupon required. This deal is part of the chain's new "Power of the Bagel" campaign, "which is shining light on the surprising amount of protein in bagels," the company announced.
Manhattan Bagel: Get a bagel with cream cheese for 99 cents Saturday. Limit two per customer.
Noah's Bagels: With any purchase Saturday, get a free bagel and shmear.
More deals: Smaller chains also will have deals Saturday. Search on social media for #NationalBagelDay.
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