FYI, some area restaurants, such as the Bear Rock Cafe at University Mall offer "kids eat for 99 cents" promotions. Not quite free, but still a pretty good deal. Please keep in mind that promotions change frequently, so you might want to call ahead to make sure that the promotion you're counting on is still in effect.
Here are some Raleigh-Durham area restaurants that offer "kids eat free" promotions. If I've missed any, please let me know about it!
ChamppsRaleigh-Triangle Town Center
3741 Sumner Blvd. Raleigh, NC
Durham-Streets at Southpoint
8030 Renaissance Parkway Durham, NC
Kids under 12 eat free from the Little Champps menu (one free kid's entree per adult entree purchase) at Chapps on Tuesday nights. What's more, the Triangle Town Center Champps location often hires a local magician to provide family-friendly entertainment from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.
607 Broad Street, Durham
On Mondays, Cinelli's Durham location allows up to two kids to eat for free off of the Cinelli's kids menu with each adult entree purchase.
200 Crossroads Blvd. Cary, NC
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Durham
5318 New Hope Commons Drive Durham, NC
On Sundays kids under 12 eat free at Dickey's. With each adult entree purchased, get one kid's size barbecue sandwich, plate or chicken nuggets. This offer is good for dine-in only, not for carry-out. Don't forget that Dickey's serves a free ice cream cone with each entree purchased.
3215 Old Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC
919-876-9556 Kids eat free at Denny's every Tuesday night. For every adult entree purchased, two kids can eat free from Denny's kid's menu.
Hooter's4206 Wake Forest Road Raleigh , NC 27609
On Sunday evenings, kids eat free off of the kid's menu at Hooter's Wake Forest Road location. Who knew that Hooter's even had a kid's menu? Fair warning, for those of you who have never heard of Hooter's: Hooter's has made a name for itself by hiring busty waitresses and having them dress in skimpy tee-shirts and short shorts.
1140 Beaver Creek Commons Apex, NC
TGI Fridays Durham
2608 Erwin Rd Ste 104 Durham, NC
TGI Fridays Cary
2002 Kildaire Farm Rd Cary, NC
At TGI Friday's in Apex, kids eat free Sunday-Thursday (promotion may vary by location), and can select one free entree from the kid's menu with the purchase of one adult entree. The kid's menu fare is pretty standard: mac n' cheese, burgers, chicken fingers, etc. The highlights of the menu (in my humble opinion) are pizza and BBQ pork ribs, which are messy, but are just the ticket if your kids want to try something a little different.Triangle-area locations, including locations in Carrboro, Raleigh , Durham and Cary . At Torero's, kids eat free from the Little Amigo Menu (one kid's entree per adult entree purchased) on Monday through Thursday.