Free food from these 8 restaurants in Birmingham, including Yo Mama’s

downtown, Birmingham Taste Tours
downtown, Birmingham Taste Tours
Yo’ Mama’s amazing chicken and waffles.  Photo Courtesy via Yo’ Mama’s Facebook

Everyone enjoys free food! Why wouldn’t you? Personally, I like spending my money at establishments where I know my dollars spent are appreciated, and I will get a return on my investment. Here are some of the places in Birmingham that you can spend your money and get free food or drinks in return.

Yo Mama’s

Yo Mama’s has made its mark on the food scene in Birmingham over the last four years! Their brunch and lunch menu items have people across the city loving the food. From the chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, to the shrimp tacos and BBQ Cheeseburger plate, you will want to keep going back for more!

Good thing Yo Mama’s has a rewards program! Every time you spend $10 before taxes or more, you earn a star. After 10 stars, you get $10 off your next purchase.

You can visit them at 2328 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Yo’ Mama’s on 2nd Avenue North. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
Chick-fil-A

I don’t know a person who doesn’t love eating at The Home of the Original Chicken Sandwich. Their menu has selections for anybody from the chicken strips, waffles fries, salads, milkshakes, and their seasonal drink options.

However, in my opinion, Chick Fil A has the best reward program, and it’s what keeps their business booming!

All you have to do is download the app and scan your QR code for every order. Recently, the fast food chain updated the app to where you receive 10 points for every dollar that you spend. Overtime you can redeem those points for menu items like a chicken biscuit, 8-count nuggets, or a chocolate cookie.

The longer you allow your points to build up, the better the food options you can redeem plus you can move to being a Chick-fil-A Silver or Red Member. Which means the money you spend on food will earn you more than just 10 points for every dollar. Not to mention, occasionally they will ask you to survey your Chick-fil-A experience on your receipt in exchange for a free chicken sandwich! You just can’t go wrong with going to Chick-fil-A!

Birmingham, Alabama, Wildwood Center, Chick-fil-A
Wildwood Center Chick-fil-A via Facebook
ThirsTea Cafe

I became hooked to Bubble Tea while living in Austin, TX. So as soon as I returned to Birmingham, I began to look for a local bubble tea cafe and I found Thistea!

The homey cafe has an extensive menu of smoothies, milk and fruit teas, slushies, yogurt drinks, and Vietnamese coffee. All of the drinks have the options to add Teaopica and flavored Bobas.

ThirsTea also has a few food options like a grilled cheese sandwich, belgian waffles, an assortment of desserts, and chips to snack on!

At ThirsTea they keep track of your purchases and after your 9th purchase, your 10th purchase will be free!

You can visit them at 170 Inverness Plaza, Birmingham, AL 35242

A variety of bubble teas from Thirstea Cafe. Photo Courtesy via Thirstea Cafe Facebook
Krispy Kreme

If you have a sweet tooth like me, then Krispy Kreme has to be one of your go-to spots. Who doesn’t love a freshly hot Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnut?

For every purchase you can scan your app to earn points. There are multiple point tiers of 50, 100, 250, and 400. Once you hit those tiers, you can get these free items: Any doughnut of your choice, any beverage, any dozen doughnuts, and free take-home coffee.

Fresh Krispy Kreme Doughnuts! Photo Courtesy via Krispy Kreme Instagram
Panera Bread

Step one to getting free food from Panera, you have to download the app. Every time you purchase food, Panera keeps track of your purchases and personalizes your rewards. The trick is, Panera rewards you at random, but you can keep track online and at the bottom of your receipt.

Photo Courtesy via Panera Bread Instagram
Starbucks

Fall is upon is, and I’m sure you would love to get rewarded for purchasing your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season!

As a Starbucks Reward member, your purchases add up to free food and drinks. The easiest way to get rewarded for your Starbucks purchases is to download and upload money through the app. For every dollar that you spend you earn two stars. You can also get occasional free gifts on your birthday and in-store refills.

Once you earn 300 stars, you have reached Gold Status that earn you more benefits like monthly double-star days and rewarded for every 125 points earned.

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Photo Courtesy via Starbucks Instagram
What A Burger

The famous Texas fast food chain, What-A-Burger, is expanding in Birmingham! With its newest location on HWY 280, people are starting to fall in love with the different kinds of What A Burgers.

All you have to do is download the app and make sure to scan the barcode for each order. After 5 purchases, you get to choose one of these food options for free: Small Shake, Medium Fry, Cinnamon Roll, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and any flavor Taquito with Cheese!

A What-A-Burger Cheeseburger. Photo Courtesy via What-A-Burger Instagram
Bruster’s Ice Cream

When I think of delicious ice cream and my all time favorite flavor, Birthday Cake, I automatically think of Bruster’s Ice Cream. As a kid, I grew up craving their Birthday Cake and Cookie Dough flavored ice creams! When I became old enough to start paying for my own scoops, I was excited to see they were one of the establishments that punched your card 9 times for 10th free scoop. Fast forward to 2018 and they have a mobile app where you can earn a point for every dollar that you spend. Once you reach 50 points, you get $5.00 off your next purchase!

You can visit them at 5212 Caldwell Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242 or 1008 Vestavia Pkwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.

The Bruster’s Rewards App. Photo Courtesy via Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Instagram

Author: Cody Short

Lover of story telling. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.