Celebrate one of America's favorite foods at Burger King, McDonald's and other chains with National French Fry Day on July 13, 2023! Forget favorite foods, fries are basically one of the four food groups here in the US of A. Whether you like the thick cut steak fries or the thin and crispy shoestring kind, there are few things better than that salty strip of carbs in your belly! Our EatDrinkDeals French Fry Day deals roundup includes links to restaurant websites where you can confirm the deal and find further information. We won't post deals that cannot be verified from a source such as a restaurant's website, social media account, or press release. We'll keep adding deals over the weekend as we see them, so check back before July 13 and plot out your plans for the day.
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French Fry Day Restaurant Deals
Burger King has large fries for $1 with an app coupon and free any size fries with any purchase. These deals are good when you order through the BK app or show the desired coupon to the cashier.
For more details on other deals available (there are TONS!), click here for our EatDrinkDeals Burger King App Coupons and Deals article.
Order fries as part of a combo or on their own on July 13 from Carl's Jr. and you'll receive an offer for a free small fries with any purchase every day for the REST OF THE YEAR! You have to be a Rewards member when you make your order on July 13. Carl's Jr. posted this press release with the news.
Check out our article here with more details on the Rewards program and all its other great perks.
Checkers and Rally's
Enjoy a free order of XL fries at Checkers and Rally's from July 14 – 16! Note that you must be a rewards member to redeem this offer. Plus, from July 24 – August 6, at participating locations and through the app, you can get $1 fries (small, medium or large). Checkers and Rally's has turned up the fry love in honor of National French Fry Day officially being moved to the second “Fry-Day” of July.
Get free Medium Fries with any purchase of $3 or more at Del Taco on July 15. For more detail on this and other deals, click here to visit the EatDrinkDeals Del Taco page.
Get a free order of Fat or Skinny Fries with any purchase at Fatburger from July 13 -16. Here's a press release with the details.
Frisch's Big Boy
Get a free order of fries with any purchase at Frisch's Big Boy on July 13. Just mention this offer to your server for the deal.
Habit Burger is celebrating National French Fry Day by offering guests a free side of regular fries with any purchase! Just download the Habit Mobile App and use code FRYDAY to get your free fries on the 13th! Habit Burger posted the offer on their Facebook page.
Order fries as part of a combo or on their own on July 13 from Hardee's and you'll receive an offer for a free small fries every day, just like it's sister restaurant Carl's Jr. Once again, you'll need to be a Rewards member for the deal to apply. Check out this press release with the news.
Visit our Hardee's coupons page here with more details on the Rewards program and all its other great perks.
Krystal is offering a free Medium Fry to guests who make any purchase digitally on the 13th. Just use code OURFRIESSLAY when you checkout online or through the app.
McDonald's will offer a free order of fries on July 13, of any size, straight up. No purchase necessary! You'll just need to order in the McDonald's app. To download the app on your iPhone click here, or download the Android app here. View your coupons from the app by clicking on Deals – View All.
For more details on the McDonald's app and coupons, click here for our EatDrinkDeals McDonald's App Coupons and Savings page.
Penn Station East Coast Subs
Get a free small order of fries with any sub purchase at with a Penn Station East Coast Subs coupon valid on July 13. Show this coupon to your cashier, or use promo code FRYDAY for online orders.
Get a free order of fries at Smashburger on July 13. You can order in-store or use code FRIES when you order online or through the app to get your free Smashfries, French Fries, or Sweet Potato Fries.
For more deals like their free Kids Meals on Wednesdays, click here for the EatDrinkDeals Smashburger article.
Wendys is offering free fries for National French Fry Day! From July 13 – 16, guests can get a free fries (any size) with any app purchase. Either apply the offer to your mobile order or have it scanned when you dine-in or go through the drive-thru. Breakfast enthusiasts can swap this offer for free seasoned potatoes. Plus, with National Ice Cream Day coming up on July 16, Wendy's has partnered with Grubhub and is offering a free Frosty to those that purchase a small Fry from July 13 – 16.
Get a free order of fries when you buy any Wich on July 13 at Which Wich? restaurants. You'll need to be a Vibe Club member for the deal. You can sign up here and get in on the goodies.
White Castle has a BOGO Small Fries offer with a coupon valid on July 13! CLICK HERE for your White Castle free fries coupon.
For more goodies at the House of Sliders, like free soft drinks all summer, click here for the EatDrinkDeals White Castle Coupons and Deals page.
So, Why Are They Called French Fries?
Why are fried potato slices called french fries? According to Wikipedia, many Americans attribute the dish to France and offer as evidence a notation by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson: “Pommes de terre frites à cru, en petites tranches” (“Potatoes deep-fried while raw, in small slices”) in a manuscript in Thomas Jefferson's hand (circa 1802). The recipe almost certainly comes from his French chef, Honoré Julien.
In addition, from 1813 on, recipes for what can be described as “French fries” occur in popular American cookbooks. By the late 1850s, a cookbook was published that used the term French fried potatoes.
“French fries” for deep-fried potato batons were also introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I. The Belgians had previously been catering to the British soldiers' love of chips and continued to serve them to the Americans when they took over the western end of the front. The Americans took them to be French fried potatoes because they believed themselves to be in France, with French being the local language and the official language of the Belgian Army at that time. At that time, the term “French fries” was growing in popularity – the term was already used in the United States as early as 1899 – although it isn't clear whether this referred to batons (chips) or slices of potato e.g. in an item in Good Housekeeping which specifically references “Kitchen Economy in France”: “The perfection of French fries is due chiefly to the fact that plenty of fat is used”.
In the United States, the J. R. Simplot Company is credited with successfully commercializing French fries in frozen form during the 1940s. Subsequently, in 1967, Ray Kroc of McDonald's contracted the Simplot company to supply them with frozen fries, replacing fresh-cut potatoes as an ingredient.