Best for Cheap Kids' Food
The basics: There's nothing quite like taking the kids out for a nice dinner, only to pay $5 or more to watch them eat half a chicken nugget. At O'Charley's, kids eat free — yes, free! — with the purchase of an adult entree every day of the week. But enough about them: Adults get to choose from a wide range of reasonably priced, Southern-inspired favorites like fried shrimp, Cajun chicken pasta, or a bourbon-glazed filet. There's also a Sunday brunch menu with waffles, mimosas, and even prime rib. Finally, O'Charley's is noted for its pies, so save room for dessert.
For the kids: A grilled chicken salad, steak tips, and barbecue ribs stand out on O'Charley's list of otherwise-standard kids' favorites like pizza, corn dogs, and chicken tenders. On Sundays, they can nosh on waffles and eggs, potatoes, and toast for brunch. On the side, healthier alternatives to fries include broccoli, mandarin oranges, carrot sticks, and applesauce. The best part: Many kids' meals are just $3, so even if you can't snag one for free, you're still out only a few bucks.
For special diets: There is no special menu denoting lighter selections, but there are still plenty of options, like blackened grilled salmon paired with asparagus and rice pilaf (560 calories). A 6-ounce sirloin and peach chutney chicken paired with veggies are also good low-calorie bets. Diners who want to stay gluten-free or avoid other ingredients can find allergen information here. As with many other chains, pickings are slim for vegetarians and vegans, save for a few sides.
What you'll pay (and how to save): Entrees at O'Charley's start at under $10 for simple fare like sandwiches and peak around $20 for steak and ribs. There's also an everyday "Over the Top and Under $10" menu that includes chopped steak, fried chicken, fish and chips, and more. Promotions have included $10 all-you-can-eat chicken tenders on Tuesdays and fish on Thursdays. If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy a slice of pie on the house with the purchase of an entree on Wednesday. Just note that those promotions can't be combined with the kids-eat-free deal.