Ring in the New Year with incredible deals at Wendy's, Subway, Pizza Hut and more.
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A new year means a new year of food deals, and if 2018's initial crop is anything to go by, diners are in for a year of some serious value. Yes, these deals currently the year's best by default, but thanks in part to factors like the ever-growing fast food wars, and ongoing efforts to revive the struggling casual dining industry, they could easily make the top ten of just about any year in recent memory.

Wendy's Expanded 4 for $4 Menu

While large swaths of the U.S. may face a record-cold winter to begin the year, the value battle between fast food chains is heating up. Right now, Wendy's is expanding its 4 for $4 bundle deal to include eight possible entrees, including the Double Stack, Crispy Chikcen BLT, Jr., Spicy Go-Wrap, and Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe, along with chicken nuggets, a small fry, and drink. The newly announced deal comes just in time to rival the Thursday, January 4 return of McDonald's Dollar Menu, as well as Taco Bell's incoming addition of 20 new $1 items to its menu throughout the year.

IHOP Endless Pancakes, $3.99

From this week until February 11, the International House of Pancakes becomes the International House of Endless Pancakes thanks to the return of what the company calls its "most requested promotion" ever. Customers at participating IHOPs can start with an order of either five buttermilk pancakes or a short stack of two, with a side of eggs, hash browns, and a choice of sausage, ham, or bacon, and continue to eat pancakes, theoretically, forever. Just make sure to tip accordingly.

Update 1/10 - IHOP has issued the following clarification on the deal: "Guests can start off with either a stack of five Buttermilk pancakes or a short stack of two with eggs, hash browns etc. then get unlimited additional stacks of pancakes thereafter. However, the price of a breakfast combo varies by location, it is not included in the $3.99 promotion. The $3.99 is only for a full stack of pancakes (five) with unlimited refills of two at a time. If you order a combo it comes with two pancakes, and you would still get unlimited refills of two pancakes at a time but it’s at the fixed price for the full combo that’s listed on the menu."

Applebees All You Can Eat Riblets and Chicken Tenders, $12.99

The arrival of 2018 brings with it the return of Applebees' Riblets, and this time, they're all you can eat. So eat them all while you can, because they're only available for a limited time in this $12.99 all you can eat deal. Not only can you choose between limitless rounds of Riblets with Honey BBQ or Spicy Texas BBQ sauce and Chicken Tenders (plus fries), but you can alternate between the two entrees. And while you're at it, wash it down with a 10 oz draft of Blue Moon, which the casual dining chain is serving up for $2 throughout the month of January.

Pizza Hut, 50% Off

Gather your friends (or save it for yourself), because for this week only, Pizza Hut is offering 50% off all regular-price pizzas when you order online via its website or mobile app. The offer applies to delivery or takeout, and ends January 8, so plan your Golden Globes party now!

Subway $5 Footlongs are back

For the first time in years, Subway's classic $5 footlongs are back. But while the offer is familiar, this one is turning out to be the new year's most controversial deal so far. Why? Franchise owners are opposing the plan, because since Subway last offered the $5 footlong in 2015, the cost of making each sandwich has gone up, prompting the shift to $6 footlongs in 2016. So beware, for this deal could end up more limited edition than most.