March Madness is about more than brackets.
The NCAA basketball tournament also is about food.
While the multi-week competition tipped off March 13 and goes through April 2, some of these limited-time meal deals end earlier. There's also a chance to win some prizes in contests.
No. 1 seeded deals
Offers can vary by location so call ahead to be on the safe side.
Applebee’s: Through March 31, get $2 Coors Light Draft Mugs and the monthly special drink is Absolut Vodka Lemonade for $2. These March specials are available at participating locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and Long Island. Also for a limited time, at participating locations nationwide, get $10 off online orders of $30 or more with promo code 10off30.
Bertucci’s: Choose from three “Courtside Deals” starting at $29.99, which are available for carryout after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on the weekends March 11 through April 2. Learn more at www.bertuccis.com/HOT. Also get 10 meatball sliders for $15 daily on takeout orders.
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through March 31, take $10 off dine-in, take out or delivery food purchases of $40 or more with a coupon posted on the chain’s website. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offers. For online orders, enter promo code 10OFF40 at checkout.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: For the month of March, try the Chicken Madness sandwich for $9.25. The sandwich has fried chicken, barbecue pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce and pickled peppers.
Boston's Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar: Weekdays during the tournament, get one domestic pint and one three-topping pizza for less than $10 for the “Pint & A Pizza” promotion. The chain also will have a special “Game Shape Margarita.”
Bravo Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille: Through March 25, get $10 off $30 or more on to-go options including family bundles, large party pans and pasta stations with promo code FORTHEGAME. Place Bravo orders at www.bravoitalian.com and Brio orders at www.brioitalian.com.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Through April 2, buy a $30 limited edition NCAA March Madness Buffalo Wild Wings gift card online or at the restaurant and get a $5 bonus card to use on a future visit through April 30. Also members of the Blazin’ Rewards loyalty program can win bonus points through the Blazin’ Rewards Spin & Win game available on the Blazin’ Rewards mobile app when they visit participating locations. Learn more about the promotion at www.blazinrewards.com.
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Members of the CAPAddicts Rewards program have a chance to get a free sub in the chain's March Fanatics Challenge. Based on visit history through the CAPAddicts app, rewards members will be challenged to a number of March visits to get the freebie.
Chili's: Through March 31, the $5 specialty margarita of the month is The Lucky Jameson, which is the chain's Irish spin on a margarita.
Cicis: Through April 2, buy two or more large two-topping pizzas for $5.99 each or get a $1 off Cicis’ new New York-style pizzas, available in meatball pepperoni or cheese, with coupons available at www.bit.ly/TOGOCICIS. Both deals are only for takeout.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: With the $99 Party Pack, get two pounds of brisket, two pounds of pulled pork, a 64-ounce potato salad, 64-ounce barbecue beans, coleslaw and 12 rolls.
Domino's: For a limited time, Domino’s has a mix and match special where you choose two select menu items for $5.99 each or a get a large, three-topping pizza for carryout for $7.99 each.
Duffy's Sports Grill: There will be daily specials during games including five for $10 Miller Lite and Coors Light buckets, five for $15 Corona and Corona light buckets along with two-for-one drinks all day every day.
East Coast Wings + Grill: Get select half-priced appetizers weekdays 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
Edible Arrangements: The company, which specializes in fresh fruit bouquets, has a “Slam Dunk Delight” arrangement made in a basketball keepsake available to order online or at stores. Save $5 on your next purchase when you sign up for emails at www.ediblearrangements.com.
Firenza Pizza: Purchase any signature pizza March 13 through April 2 and shoot a “free throw.” If you make the shot, get a free cookie on the spot and a $2 coupon to use during your next visit.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: For the chain’s Hoops & Hops promotion, get a pitcher of domestic draft beer and 10 boneless wings for $12.99 during live March Madness broadcasts March 13 through April 2 at participating locations.
Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks: During the first and second rounds, the chain will offer Bartender’s Playbook specials and then from the Sweet Sixteen on will have an all-day happy hour in the bar area. There also will be all-day happy hour for the women’s NCAA games for the Final Four on March 30 and April 1.
Little Caesars Pizza: Get a freebie on the last day of March Madness. Because the UMBC Retrievers beat No. 1 seed, the Virginia Cavaliers, participating Little Caesars are giving away free lunch combos from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2. Aside from the upcoming freebie, the chain has two limited time specials including the new “ExtraMostBestest Stuffed Crust Pizza” for $9 from 4-8 p.m. daily.
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Order ahead with the Moe’s app or online through a Rockin’ Rewards account for bonus points on orders with a minimum $10 purchase, according to an email sent to rewards members. Get 100 bonus points on orders placed March 15-18, 150 points March 23-25 and get 200 bonus points on orders placed March 31. Plus, if you order ahead during all three rounds you’ll unlock a surprise at the end. Sign up for the loyalty program at www.moes.com/rockin-rewards.
Piada Italian Street Food: March Madness also kicks off Munch Madness at Piada and the fast-casual chain will post a bracket of some of its most popular dishes on its Instagram story. Vote for your favorite dish on Instagram and then during the last weekend in March, Piada Rewards members can redeem the winning item for free. Sign up for the loyalty program at www.mypiada.com/rewards.
Pizza Hut: Get two-topping medium pizzas for $5.99 each when you order two or more during the tournament. Plus, the pizza chain will give March Madness fans a chance to purchase or win a pair of Pie Tops II, high-top sneakers with Bluetooth technology that allow wearers to order pizza or pause the game.
Pizza Inn: For a limited time, get any large, one-topping pizza and medium pizzert for $15.99.
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Rubio's Coastal Grill: Every Tuesday after 2:30 p.m., the chain has deals on tacos including The Original Fish Taco for $1.75. Plus, there are dine-in lunch specials daily until 2 p.m.
Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill: During game times at participating locations, get half-price appetizers and $9.99 pitchers of beer.
Wawa: For a limited time, classic hoagies are $4.99 at all Florida Wawa convenience stores.
Yard House: Get half-priced appetizers and pizza, plus $2 off all beer, wine, spirits and cocktails during traditional and late night happy hours. Happy hour days and times vary by location and are posted at www.yardhouse.com.
March Madness contests
Regardless of whether your favorite team wins, there's a chance for you to score.
7-Eleven: Buy a special Big Gulp Powerade cup with a “sip & scan” icon for a chance to win prizes as part of Coca-Cola’s NCAA March Madness Bracket Refresh. Learn more at www.powerade.com/711. The promotion ends April 3 but the instant win game ends earlier on March 21.
Bojangles’: Through April 2, vote each week for your favorite biscuit in the Bojangles’ Biscuit Bracketology for a chance to win an Xbox One X and a restaurant gift card. Vote and learn more at www.bojangles.com/biscuitbracketology.
Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill: Create a bracket by noon on March 15 for a chance to win $1 million and other prizes in the restaurant’s bracket challenge. A perfect bracket wins $1 million paid in a 40-year annuity and if you predict 60 or more games correctly you’ll win $25,000 cash. To register and learn more, go to www.bokampersbracket.com.
Buffalo Wings & Rings: With every Miller Lite purchased March 10 through April 2, enter for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for March Madness 2019. Other prizes also are available through special scratch-off tickets.
Coca-Cola: As part of the company’s NCAA March Madness Bracket, purchase select Coca-Cola or Powerade products for a chance to win prizes. Learn more at www.coke.com/bracketrefresh or at www.powerade.com/bracketrefresh.
Duffy's Sports Grill: New and existing MVP loyalty members who join the March Madness bracket challenge by noon March 15 have a chance to earn rewards points, win prizes such as gift cards and get a free appetizer just for entering. Join the loyalty program at www.duffysmvp.com.
Hooters: During the tournament through April 2, get a Scratch & Wing card with every order of the chain’s new smoked wings available for dine-in, takeout and delivery at participating restaurants. Every card is a winner and prizes include free smoked wings for a year, a 50-inch flat screen TV and more. Learn more at www.hooters.com/hoops.
Kings Dining & Entertainment: Enter the Kings' Madness Tournament for a chance to win free bowling for a year. Plus for being a tournament bracket holder, get specials on game days. Fill out your bracket by March 13 and learn more at www.kingsmadness.com.
Recovery Sports Grill: March Madness is Wing Madness for Hall of Fame rewards members through April 2. Thirteen winners, one per location, will win $50 in Hall of Fame rewards and one grand prize winner will win $250 in rewards. Sign up for the contest on Recovery's Facebook page.
Wendy’s: Buy soda cups with a “sip & scan” icon for a chance to win prizes as part of Coca-Cola’s NCAA March Madness Bracket Refresh. Learn more at www.coke.com/Wendys. The instant win game ended March 21 but the promotion ends April 3. Also throughout the tournament, “when fans pick Wendy’s as their team and download the Wendy’s app, they will receive exclusive offers each week," according to a news release, which noted ongoing deals include a free Dave’s Single with purchase.
Wing Zone: Enter the “Road to the Flavor Four” bracket challenge for a chance to win prizes including gift cards and an iPad Mini. Bracket selection opens on March 11 and closes on March 15 before the first-round games start. Join the challenge at www.tourneytopia.com/Hoops/WingZone.
Kelly Tyko is a columnist for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. This column reflects her opinion. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista and follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest.