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Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Chicken Salad Chick coming to Alpharetta

Chicken Salad Chick coming to Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Chicken Salad Chick will open its second metro Atlanta location in Alpharetta.

The restaurant will open in July at the Stone Walk at North Point shopping center. Chicken Salad Chick opened its first Atlanta-area location last month in East Cobb.

"We are so excited to bring the Chicken Salad Chick experience to our second Atlanta-area location," Chicken Salad Chick president Kevin Brown said in a release. "We are confident that this location in Alpharetta will enrich the growing CSC community across the Southeast."

The chain offers customizable chicken salad dishes, as well as soups, side salads and desserts. As Alpharetta location co-owner Chris Damico said, "People are looking for something simple, fresh and delcious ... and Chicken Salad Chick has it!"

Blimpie celebrates 50th birthday with 50¢ sandwiches

Blimpie celebrates 50th birthday with 50¢ sandwiches

(WXIA) -- Friday, Apr. 4 is Blimpie's 50th anniversary, and the Arizona-based sandwich chain is celebrating with a great lunch deal.

The first 200 customers at participating restaurants next Friday will receive regular-sized Blimpie Best subs for only 50¢.

Blimpie will also hold a contest in May and June to send one lucky winner and a guest to the 50th state -- Hawaii -- and will give away fantastic prizes all year, including tablets, sandwiches and $50 gift cards.

For more information about all of Blimpie's promotions and to find a location, visit blimpie.com.

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

(WXIA) -- Zaxby's has been named America's "Most Craveable Fast Casual" restaurant for the second year in a row.

The Athens-based chicken chain received the honor from Technomic, a market research firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

Technomic measures more than 60 elements of a guest's experience to determine the rankings. Zaxby's craveability can be attributed to its popular Chicken Fingerz and dipping sauces, especially the signautre Zax Sauce.

"We are continuously looking for new experiences and flavors to provide our guests, but it's also exciting for us to know that some of our very first menu items are still fan favorites to this day," Zaxby's CEO and co-founder Zach McLeory said. "We're delighted to know our guests have ranked us the most craveable for a second year, and will endlessly strive to provide them with exceptional flavors they can't get anywhere else."

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular locations

Atlanta Waffle Houses among nation's most popular locations

(WXIA) -- Waffle House was founded in Avondale Estates, Ga., so it should be no surprise that some of the chain restaurant's most popular locations are in metro Atlanta.

Buzzfeed recently compiled a list of the 21 most popular Waffle Houses in America. The Atlanta area was well represented -- 11 of the 21, including all of the top five, are here in Georgia:

17. 3319 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta
16. 100 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta
15. 550 North Greenbriar Parkway, Marietta
14. 3016 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta
11. 2264 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta
10. 1700 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
5. 4065 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven
4. 2581 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta
3. 158 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock
2. 135 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta
1. 66 5th Street NW, Atlanta