Burrito fans, your day has arrived.
Thursday is National Burrito Day and Mexican chains are going the whole enchilada and passing along hot deals that include buy-one-get-one and discounted entrees.
The made-up food holiday is held on the first Thursday of April each year.
According to an analysis by Womply, a small business software provider, National Burrito Day is in the middle of the pack for the year’s sales days at Mexican restaurants, ranking No. 158 out of all 365 days.
“On National Burrito Day, you can enjoy your favorite wrap without getting swallowed up by big crowds,” said Brad Plothow, vice president of brand and communications for Womply. “Foot traffic to Mexican restaurants is basically flat, so go get yourself a burrito at your favorite local eatery.”
And what’s the most popular type of burrito?
According to Grubhub, bean burritos were the favorite kind and also the No. 1 food of 2018 based on orders placed on the mobile food-ordering and delivery service’s website and app.
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Here are the deals available at participating locations Thursday. 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.
Abuelo’s: Get a $7.99 Grande or Durango Burrito and participating locations also have an all-day Happy Hour Thursday.
Baja Fresh: Get $5 burritos Thursday when you show a bar code posted on the company’s Facebook or Instagram page. Also enter a contest through Friday for a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards at www.bajafresh.com/burritoday.
California Tortilla: Burrito Elito members who purchase a burrito or burrito bowl on Thursday and use their Burrito Elito card will get an email the next day for a free burrito or bowl valid through April 12. Sign up for the rewards program at www.californiatortilla.com/burrito-elito.
Chipotle: Get free delivery on all orders $10 and up Thursday on all orders placed through the Chipotle app or website, or through DoorDash. The chain also teamed up with YouTuber and super-fan David Dobrik by making his go-to Chipotle order the brand’s official National Burrito Day burrito, the company said in a statement. The Dobrik Burrito includes brown rice, black beans, chicken, mild salsa, two scoops of corn salsa, a sprinkle of cheese and a side of guac for dipping. The special is available through April 7, but only for digital orders on Chipotle’s app and website. If you’re dining in, don’t forget Chipotle has a new rewards program and a freebie after you use it for the first time – free chips and guac.
Chuy’s: Not a deal, but the chain will be donating $1 of every “Big As Yo Face” burrito sold Thursday to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Del Taco: With the Del App and a minimum $5 purchase, get a free half-pound Bean & Cheese Burrito for National Burrito Day Thursday. Download the app at www.deltaco.com/app.
Dos Toros: Customers who follow @DosToros on Instagram and show the cashier they’re following the account will receive free guacamole on burritos Thursday.
El Pollo Loco: Buy one burrito, get one free Thursday with a coupon posted at www.elpolloloco.com/burritoday.
Jimboy’s Tacos: Get $2.50 Bean and Cheese burritos Thursday.
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Locations nationwide have $5 burritos Thursday.
QDOBA Mexican Eats: To celebrate National Burrito Day, QDOBA is offering rewards members triple points Thursday. Sign up for the free program at www.qdoba.com.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill: Get any burrito for $5 with the purchase of a drink Thursday and a coupon posted on www.rubios.com. Choose from seafood, chicken or steak. Valid during normal business hours at all locations except for select Las Vegas casino and outlet mall franchises, the chain announced in a Facebook post.
Taco John’s: Get two for $4 beef burritos and $1 bean burritos at participating locations with the Taco John’s app on National Burrito Day. Download the app at www.tacojohns.com/app.
Tijuana Flats: Every Thursday is “Throwback Thursdaze” at participating locations. Get select burritos, chips and a drink for $5.99. For $1 more, get a steak burritos. This offer is not valid on specialty burritos.
Willy’s Mexicana Grill: Build Your Own Burrito or bowls are $4.04 Thursday at all locations.
More deals: Some local restaurants and smaller chains also will National Burrito Day with specials. Check social media accounts to find additional offers.
Another Thursday deal: Starbucks Happy Hour
Not related to National Burrito Day, but Starbucks has one of its Happy Hour events Thursday. Starting at 3 p.m., buy a grande espresso drink for $3.
This deal has been loaded on Starbucks Rewards members accounts. Non-members can sign up for the offer by creating an account at www.starbucks.com. You can either add a Starbucks gift card to the account or choose an instant digital card when setting up the account.
Thursday’s offer excludes hot and iced brewed coffee, ready-to-drink beverages, Starbucks Reserve beverages and Frappuccino blended beverages.
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