Over the last couple of months, fast-food restaurants have been slowly but surely driving up their prices. While the food is still pretty cheap, it’s not all it used to be. Dollar Menus have mostly been replaced by Value Menus, which offer the new deals of a lifetime. To help you make the right choices for your next order, here are the Top 10 Best Fast Food Value Menus.
When you want a tasty square burger and a nice, cold Frosty, there is only one place to go – Wendy’s. First opened in Ohio in 1969, Wendy’s has been thriving in the fast-food industry for a very long time and has learned a thing or two about serving up delicious food for just-as-delicious prices. Wendy’s offers over nine menu items on its value menu as well, as Value Meal deals with a combination of sandwiches, soft drinks, french fries, and chicken nuggets. For instance, since the introduction of its new breakfast menu, you can now get a 2 for $4 deal on Breakfast sandwiches, including the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit and the Classic Bacon (or sausage) Egg & Cheese Sandwich. This Value Deal is available for a limited time at participating locations, so make sure your local Wendy’s is in on it. You can also benefit from the $5 Crispy Chicken Biggie Bag, which recently came back on the menu after high demand. This deal includes a Bacon Double Stack, 4 piece-nuggets, fries, and a drink – all for only $5. And finally, “la creme de la creme,” the 4 for $4 meal. You can build your own meal, whether you’re a fan of cheeseburgers or chicken sandwiches – you can get it all. Basically, if you like getting the best bang for your buck, the little redhead is serving up some sweet deals.
9. Jack In The Box
Surprise, surprise, Jack in the Box – aka: the fast-food chain with the best deal on tacos – is on this list of best value menus and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Jack in the Box has constantly tried to impress its customers with sweet deals and yummy food ever since it was founded all the way back in 1951, and it hasn’t stopped since. The most famous and most popular deal offered at Jack in the Box is undoubtedly the beloved 2-for-$1 taco offer. Some even say that it’s one of the best deals in the fast-food world. According to the chain, two will always be greater than one, hence the pair of tasty, crunchy tacos with American cheese, shredded lettuce, and taco sauce. And even if these are put on a high pedestal by late-night snackers, these little delights are good any time of day. While the taco deal is pretty hard to beat, Jack in the Box still manages to serve up some impressive Value Menu and occasional promotional deals. Similar to Wendy’s offer, Jack in the Box offers two for $4 Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches as well as the Cluck Sandwich Combo – both designed to save you as much money as possible. So, if tacos, breakfast, and sandwiches, and cheap are in your vocabulary, it sounds like a visit to Jack in the Box would do you some good!
Remember when Popeyes broke the internet and created a whole phenomenon when it released its chicken sandwich? Well, as delicious as the sandwich is, Popeyes should also be recognized for its out-of-this-world offers on the rest of the menu. Even though Popeyes is considered one of the most expensive fast-food chains around today, it doesn’t mean that it’s not trying its best to offer its customers some enticing deals. Like many fried chicken joints, Popeyes is the king of meal deals that come in boxes – an entire meal all packed into one convenient box that you can usually customize to your liking. Take the $6 Rip’n Chicken Big Box, for example. Back on the menu for a limited time only, the Rip’n Chicken Big Box includes one Rip’n Chicken fried chicken filet – which is basically the same flaky crust and flavor as the chicken tenders – two sides of your choice, a biscuit, and sauce for dipping. You can also add a small drink to the mix for only $1 extra. Take each of those items separately, and the bill would be a totally different story. And, if ever you’re eating out with someone, you can benefit from the Two Can Dine offer, combos including six chicken tenders, two biscuits, two regular sides, and two dipping sauces for only $10 bucks. In other words, the possibilities at Popeyes are endless, and you can always find something that suits you and your craving of the moment.
Okay, there is no denying that pizza places usually have some of the best long-running deals and special offers that just can’t be matched by any other fast-food joint. You can get some favorable deals if you know when and where to look. Domino’s – the largest pizza chain in the world – is no stranger to pleasing its customers’ stomachs as well as their wallets. The best part is, Domino’s pizzas aren’t even that expensive to begin with, so this makes coming up with good offers even easier. You obviously have the standard Value Range Pizzas, like the classic Pepperoni or the Simply Cheese, but the 6 Mix and Match Deal is probably the most beneficial of all. You get to choose any two or more items for only $6! These items include a Medium 2-Topping Pizza, Bread Twists, Salad, Marbled Cookie Brownie, Specialty Chicken, Oven Baked Sandwich, Stuffed Cheesy Bread, 8-Piece Boneless Chicken, or Pasta in a Dish. You then have a well-rounded meal without having to spend a ridiculous amount of cash. But, there’s more. There’s also the $8 Carryout Deal which offers any 3-topping large pizza – usually costing $15 – or the 10-piece chicken wings, regular or boneless. Since it’s a “carryout-deal,” it’s only available if you order online and then pick it up. In any case, it’s the perfect excuse for an office pizza party or family feast at home.
Who has the most mysterious, well-guarded secret recipes of all time? Well, it’s KFC of course. And they’re in the perfect position to set the example when it comes to deals. It’s one of the go-to fast-food restaurants for fried chicken for many people. It seems like no one can ever get enough of that red-and-white-striped bucket. While KFC doesn’t have a dollar menu, if you know how to make the best of its offers, it will be just as if they did. Much like Popeyes, KFC is known to be more on the expensive side, but when it comes to meal boxes, you forget all about it. First, there is the obvious $5 Fill Up box which comes with two tasty pieces of fried chicken (thigh and drumstick) with mashed potatoes, a cookie, a biscuit, and a medium-sized drink. Then there’s the 3-piece Tenders, mashed potatoes & gravy, biscuit, drink, and chocolate chip cookie, which also comes in at $5, as well as the Kentucky Flatbread With Popcorn Chicken deal. This $5 offer comes with a Flatbread filled with a chicken tender hand-breaded in the famous 11 herbs and spices, topped with lettuce and pepper mayo, popcorn chicken, fries, chocolate chip cookie, and your choice of drink. The Colonel basically offers so many deals, naming them all would take too long.
5. Taco Bell
The number one destination for tasty, affordable, and original tacos? Why, it’s gotta be Taco Bell! Even though they’ve recently had to cut some of their beloved menu items in light of the pandemic, there are still plenty of tasty options to choose from. So, don’t worry, you can still grab some cheap meal deals – especially if you order anything from the Dollar Cravings menu. With more than 20 items for only $1, the choice is yours. Here are a bunch of items that you can get with only one George Washington – Cheesy Roll-Ups, Double Stacked Tacos, and Triple Layer Nachos – just to name a few. You can even get your sweet tooth fix with Cinnabon Delights or Cinnamon Twists. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and you want to step away from the dollar menu, there are countless other deals that won’t burn a hole in your pocket . Like most of the other fast-food restaurants on this list, Taco Bell also offers a $5 meal option, a “Build Your Own Cravings Box.” Available online only, there are about 18 variations of the limited-time box – even vegetarian options. Customers can choose a specialty, like a Chalupa Supreme or Cheesy Gordita, a starter – such as a Crunchy Taco or Bean and Cheese Burrito, a side, and a drink. With deals like that, it’s hard to resist ordering more than one box! So, if you’re looking for the best value for your money, Taco Bell is where it’s at!
4. Burger King
Another one of the big guys! Burger King, the Home of Whopper, opened its first store in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1953 and has been fast-food royalty ever since. Constantly wanting to stay on top of their game, Burger King keeps its customers on their toes by trying out new things and reviving successful ideas from the past. These “new and successful” ideas often become fairly interesting meal deals. First things first, Burger King’s got a new $1 “Your Way Menu” with four items; a Bacon Cheeseburger, a Chicken Jr. sandwich, Value Fries, and a Value Soft Drink – all for one dollar. Along with these novelties, BK also introduced the 2 for $5 Mix ‘n Match Menu, in which you get any two items from a selection of fan favorites for just $5. This offer includes Whoppers, Fish Sandwiches, the 9 piece Chicken Fries, and the Original Chicken Sandwich. And just like any good infomercial, there’s more! The 3 for $3 Deal is also pretty great. You can choose either a Double Cheeseburger or a BLT Chicken Jr., and you’ll get a 16 oz drink and value-sized fries to go along with it. And last but not least, the breakfast deal. The 2 for $4 Breakfast Mix ‘n Match can be upgraded to 2 for $5, which lets you double the meat inside your breakfast sandwich for only one dollar more. While these offers are available for a limited time, there’s no doubt more deals will quickly follow.
3. White Castle
In the biz since 1921, White Castle is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and people couldn’t be more excited. Often considered by historians as the first fast-food chain in America, White Castle can now be found in 13 states, mostly in the MidWest. The chain is best known for its small square burgers, referred to as sliders. They’re so tiny, one is never enough – and White Castle knows that. Which is why you will have no trouble filling up on sliders without busting your budget. You can always get only one if that’s really all you want – it is less than a dollar after all – but the deals are really where you get the best bang for your buck. The Original Slider Combo comes with four Original Sliders, a small fry, and a small soft drink for only $7 bucks. You can also opt for the Chicken Ring Sandwich Combo – for the same price as the Original combo, only with two Chicken Ring Sliders instead. All combinations are good, but if you have a bigger appetite or you’re sharing your meal with someone, you can opt for the Castle Pack, which includes 10 sliders, 2 small fries, and 2 small soft drinks for only $16. Just pick your favorite sliders, whether it’s Cheese, Sloppy Joe, Fish, or even Bacon Cheese, and find the best deals at White Castle!
2. Long John Silver’s
When you think of fast-food, seafood is probably not at the top of your list of favorites. Burgers, fried chicken, and even tacos usually come to mind first. While seafood and “cheap” should probably never find themselves in the same sentence, Long John Silver finds a way to marry the two with a harmonious and delicious menu. And on this menu, it’s not uncommon to find treasures hidden in the form of sweet offers. So, if you’re a sucker for fried fish and great deals, Long John Silver might be the perfect place for you to fill up while saving some money. For instance, the Sea-Shares offers are perfect for showing that “sharing is caring.” For $10, you can take your pick between 15 pieces of grilled shrimp, 15pc batter-dipped shrimp, or a shareable serving of crispy breaded popcorn shrimp. You can get the same deal if you’re more of a chicken fan, except you get nine pieces. For family night, go with the Family Feast, which includes twelve batter-dipped shrimp, a mix and match of eight pieces of hand-battered fish or chicken and paired with two family-size sides and eight hushpuppies. If this under-the-sea-themed meal sounds like something you would fancy, head down to your local Long John Silver and start saving!
1. Little Caesars
If there’s one thing we know for sure about Little Caesars, it’s how inexpensive their pizzas are. The chain, headquartered in Detroit, has been selling pizza since 1959. Practically wherever you are in the country, there’s a cheap, hot pizza ready and waiting to be picked up. To compete with large national pizza restaurants such as Dominos and Pizza Hut, it’s imperative for Little Caesars to offer the best deals possible – and thankfully, that’s exactly what it does. Little Caesars’ Hot-N-Ready Classics are the perfect fix when you’re craving a pie but don’t want to spend too much. For only $5 bucks, you can choose from pepperoni, cheese, or, in some locations, sausage to seal the deal. If you want to stretch a dollar, you can get the ExtraMostBestest pizza with the most pepperoni and cheese of any large pizza from the standard menu with 50 pepperoni slices. Again for $6, the new Slices-n-Stix pizza – a hybrid between a pepperoni pizza and Italian cheese sticks is also available. Basically, no matter the pizza you order at Little Caesars, you’re sure to find the perfect fit without forking out too much dough.