by Liz Miller
Today is Tax Day, also known as mass chaos at the Springfield Post Office Day. Whether today finds you scrambling to get your info in order or basking in the smug satisfaction of submitting your taxes weeks ago, there is a reward: food and drink deals at restaurants across the St. Louis area.
Once you're done booing the IRS, head to one or more of these twelve places to claim your prize for obeying the law or something. USA! USA! USA!
As always, if we missed any specials, let us know about it in the comments section.
Arby's: Though its slogan was once "I'm thinking Arby's," we usually forget the roast beef sandwich chain exists -- which is especially impressive considering its more than 40 locations in the St. Louis area. Not so on tax day, though, when the restaurant slings free curly fries and potato cakes from open till close.
Bob Evan's: Former RFT "Best Place to Eat with Grandpa" winner Bob Evan's has a deal every generation can appreciate: $4 off two dinners or $2 off two breakfast or lunch entrees with a printable coupon. This one extends past Tax Day to Wednesday, April 24, just in case you or Grandpa don't get around to it today.
Boston Market: Unlike Arby's, it's a bit harder to find a Boston Market location in St. Louis, with only two left in the metro area (Clayton and Fairview Heights, Illinois). For Tax Day the Market is offering a "Rib-bate" special, consisting of two meals of its new St. Louis-style ribs for $10.40.
Cinnabon: Home of counterintuitive spelling and mall cinnamon buns, Cinnabon is offering two free Cinnabon bites today from 6 to 8 p.m. at participating mall locations. Head to one of the chain's two St. Louis mall locations to indulge in the deal at West County Center (I-270 & Manchester Road; 314-288-2020) and Mid Rivers Mall (1236 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters; 636-970-2130). Just in case you refused to click on the above link...
McCormick and Schmick's (17 West County Center; 314-835-1300): It's the restaurant that made Red Lobster look like the Captain D's of seafood chains, and this week it's offering all-night happy-hour specials, with reduced price appetizers priced from $2.95 to $5.95 from 3 to 11 p.m. from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19.
Outback Steakhouse: Two food specials are happening today at Outback Steakhouse: First, because its favored NASCAR racer won over the weekend (we don't even know, you guys), it is giving away free "Bloomin' Onions" to guests tonight. Additionally, it's offering $10 bonus gift cards when you buy Outback gift cards now through June 16.
Panda Express: Though they exist in St. Louis in dwindling numbers, Panda Express is promoting a downloadable coupon for a free single serving of its new meal option, samurai surf and turf on Wednesday, April 17.
Papa John's: If you can't afford to lose time schlepping to restaurants for discounted meals, Papa John's has you covered with its Tax Day deal. The pizza chain is offering a special including a large three-topping pizza and two-liter Pepsi product for just $10.40 when you enter promo code "TAXSPC" on its website.
Sonic Drive-In: Gut Check loves us a Sonic happy-hour special, so we're pretty ecstatic that it's extending its happy hour all day today in honor of Tax Day. That's right, today all its teas, fountain drinks and slushes are half-off all day.
Sweet Tomatoes: For Tax Day the soup and salad chain -- which has two locations in St. Louis -- is offering a buy one, get one meal deal. Purchase one adult meal and get one for free, drinks included, through Wednesday, April 17, with this coupon.
White Castle: How does 15 percent savings on an order of sliders sound? Because today that's happening. White Castle is offering 15 percent off your total today with this printable coupon.