Nobody likes a frugal deal more than dear old dad. He's the guy who'll always remind you that money doesn't grow on trees and that it's him — not you — paying all the household bills. The guy who'll hand you a quarter and tell you, "Don't spend it all in one place." The guy who follows you through the house turning off the lights and asking why you're trying to cool (or heat) the whole outdoors when you leave a door open.

In honor of dad's appreciation for penny-pinching, we've found 21 restaurants offering deals on gift cards, perfect for treating your favorite patriarch on Father's Day, whether you take him out to eat Sunday or give him the gift card to use later.

You can always pick up a gift card at the restaurant or other retailer, but online orders offer the quick convenience of electronic delivery and sometimes even the chance to personalize with your own photo and message. Just remember restrictions may apply on how and when gift cards or bonus cards are used.

There's a mix of cuisines represented here, as well as an assortment of presentations, from fine dining to fast casual and even fast food, if that's how dad rolls.

* Abuelo's: 2102 Hamilton Place Blvd. Through June 30, for every $50 you spend on gift cards, you'll receive a $10 VIP card redeemable through Sept. 30. Electronic gift cards are delivered by email to your inbox and are also printable. Your VIP card will be sent by mail.

* Applebee's: 356 Northgate Mall, 5606 Brainerd Road (also in Fort Oglethorpe). Get 10% off any online gift card purchase through 3 a.m. EDT July 1.

* Bonefish Grill: 2115 Gunbarrel Road. Buy $50 in gift cards through June 21 and get a $10 e-bonus card valid through Dec. 31.

* Buffalo Wild Wings: 120 Market St. and 5744 Highway 153 (also in Fort Oglethorpe). Through June 21, spend $40 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus card free. The bonus card is valid June 22-Sept. 30.

* Carrabba's Italian Grill: 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. Buy $50 in gift cards through June 21 and get a $10 e-bonus card good through Dec. 31.

* Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen: 2014 Gunbarrel Road. Through June 21, get a $5 bonus card for every $25 e-gift card you purchase. The bonus card is valid June 22-Aug. 16.

* Cheesecake Factory: 2084 Hamilton Place Blvd. For every $50 in gift cards you purchase online, you get a $10 bonus e-card through June 30. There's no expiration on either.

* Chili's: 5637 Brainerd Road, 1921 Gunbarrel Road, 408 Market St., 123 Northgate Mall Drive (other locations in Cleveland and Dalton). Through June 28, when you buy a $50 gift card, you get a $10 e-bonus card, redeemable through July 31.

* Einstein Bros. Bagels: 5237 Hixson Pike, 7737 East Brainerd Road. Receive a 20% discount on all plastic and digital gift card purchases made online through June 21. Plastic cards are mailed. Digital cards can be scheduled for delivery anytime and customized using an image you upload.

* Firebirds: 2107 Gunbarrel Road. Order online by June 18 and get a free $20 bonus when you buy $100 in gift cards. You can choose from multiple designs and personalize it with a greeting.

* Newk's Eatery: 2380 Lifestyle Way. Buy a $25 gift card online through June 30 and get a $5 bonus e-card redeemable through July 31.

* O'Charley's: 5031 Hixson Pike, 2340 Shallowford Village (other locations in Fort Oglethorpe, Cleveland and Manchester). Through June 21, buy a $50 gift card for $35. Use the promo code OC50for35 at checkout online (that's a letter "O" in OC, a zero in 50.

* Olive Garden: 5525 Highway 153, 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd. (also in Cleveland). Through June 21, you can get a $10 bonus card for every $50 gift card you purchase. The bonus card can be redeemed July 1-31.

* Outback Steakhouse: 544 Northgate Mall Drive and 2120 Hamilton Place Blvd. (other locations in Dalton and Cleveland). For a limited time, purchase $50 worth of gift cards and receive $10 off your next order. The e-bonus card is valid through Dec. 31 and will arrive in your email.

* Panera Bread: 417 Market St., 620 Northgate Mall Road, 1810 Gunbarrel Road (also in Fort Oglethorpe, Dalton and Cleveland). Through June 30, buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card for free. The bonus card is valid July 1-31.

* Red Robin: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Free $5 bonus bucks for every $25 online purchase of gift cards, for a limited time. Promotional gift cards become valid 24 hours after purchase. Bonus bucks, which are received by email, are valid June 29-Aug. 30.

* Ruth's Chris: 2321 Lifestyle Way. Through June 21, buy a $250 gift card and get a $50 bonus card free. Bonus cards expire Sept. 30.

* Smokey Bones: 2225 Gunbarrel Road. Through June 30, get $10 in bonus bucks when you buy $50 in gift cards.

* Steak 'n Shake: 2296 Gunbarrel Road and 5118 Hixson Pike (more locations in Fort Oglethorpe, Dalton, Dayton and Cleveland). Buy $20 in gift cards through Aug. 18 and receive a free $5 certificate, valid for 30 days after purchase. Gift cards have no expiration date, but may be subject to monthly fees after 24 months of inactivity.

* Subway: Multiple locations. Through June 22, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 gift card free. Limit two bonus cards per customer.

* Taco Bell: Multiple locations. Purchase a $20 digital gift card through July 24 (or while supplies last) and receive a free $5 e-bonus card, good through July 31 and to be used exclusively on food purchases made online or using the mobile app.

Email Lisa Denton at



These Chattanooga area restaurants are open for dine-in service amid the coronavirus pandemic

Your guide to Chattanooga-area takeout and delivery options amid coronavirus pandemic