Veterans Day was created to honor the men and women who served in wars. Here is a roundup of restaurants and stores across the country that would like to extend an additional gratitude of thanks by offering discounted and/or free items to them.
Things to know about these offers:
- Nearly all require you to be dressed in military uniform or provide your military ID. It is best to make sure you have yours with you, no matter where you dine.
- Offers listed below are available only on November 11, 2016 (unless otherwise stated).
- Some offers available only at participating locations. Make sure to inquire prior to ordering.
Bed, Bath & Beyond: 25% off purchase from 11/10 11/13 for Active Duty, DOD, Reserves, Guard, Retirees, Veterans, and Military Spouses
Carmike Cinemas: Free small popcorn with ticket purchase with Military ID on 11/11
Colonial Williamsburg: Free admission ticket for Military families from 11/11 11/14
Great Clips: Veterans and active service members who come in Nov. 11 get either a free haircut or a free haircut card to redeem with proof of military service through Dec. 31, 2016, at any U.S. Great Clips salon.
Meineke Car Care Centers: Free Basic Oil Change on Veterans Day at participating locations
National Parks: Free entrance on Veterans Day
Publix: 10% off Groceries for Veterans, Military Personnel, and their families on 11/11
54th Street Grill & Bar: Free Meal up to $12 (through 11/12)
Applebees: Get a free meal, from a special menu. In addition, receive a $5 coupon that can be redeemed Nov. 12-27.
Back Yard Burgers: All Veterans and Active Duty Military who present their military ID or are in uniform will receive a free Back Yard Classic Burger.
Bar Louie: Free App or Entree (11/11)
Baskin-Robbins: For every scoop sold, they will donate $0.11 to United Service Organizations.
Bob Evans: Get a free meal, from a special menu. Offer available all day long.
Bonanza Steakhouse: All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included). Only at participating locations.
Boston Market: Free Brownie or Cookie with any purchase for all veterans, service members, and their families. No ID required.
Brueggers Bagels: Veterans and active military members may enjoy a free small coffee.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free Meal (list of options)
Charlie Browns Steakhouse: Free Lunch (11/11 11am-3pm)
Cheeseburger in Paradise: Receive a complimentary Veterans Burger with fries to veterans, active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day. Dine in only & you must purchase a beverage.
Chevys Fresh Mex: On Veterans Day, Chevys Fresh Mex will offer a complimentary menu item (from special menu) to all active and retired military personnel. Special Veterans Day menu includes fajitas, burritos, tacos and more.
Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans get a free Original Chick meal, which includes a chicken salad scoop or sandwich, side, pickle and cookie, with a drink.
Chilis: Free meal from a special menu.
Chipotle: From 3 p.m. to close, all U.S. military, military spouses and veterans get a buy one get one free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos.
Chuck E. Cheeses: To thank service members past and present, on Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Chuck E. Cheeses will be offering one free personal pizza to all active and retired military members at participating stores nationwide.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Dennys: Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam. Offer available from 5 am to 12 pm.
Famous Daves: Get a free two meat combo.
Fazolis: Veterans can get a free Build Your Own Pasta Bowl on Nov. 11.
Firebirds Grill: Free Meal
Friendlys: Free Dine in Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Golden Corral: Visit them on November 14th for a a free beverage and buffet meal from 5-9 p.m.
Granite City Food & Brewery: Get a free lunch with a Coke on Veterans Day.
Hooters: Free Meal (from list)
Hosss Family Steak & Sea House: Choice Between 4 Meals
Houlihans: Active military and veterans receive one free entrée with purchase of an additional entrée.
Hy-Vee Free Breakfast: Free breakfast buffet for veterans during regular breakfast hours on Veterans Day.
IHOP: Free red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ikea: Free entree for Veterans.
Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee: Get a free doughnut and small coffee. No ID required.
Lamars Donuts: Free donut and a 12oz coffee for all veterans and active military.
Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logans Roadhouse: Get a free dessert a participating locations. Veterans year round receive a 10% discount to guests who present a military or veterans ID.
Longhorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions) to anyone showing proof of military service. In addition, guests that dine with Veterans on November 11 will receive 10% off.
Max & Ermas: Free Hand Crushed Cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries, and drink to all Veterans and Active Duty Military on 11/11
McCormick and Schmicks: Free Entree
Mimis Cafe: Ffree entree with the purchase of any non-alcoholic drink at Mimis Cafe on Veterans Day, 11/11/16. Entrees on the Veterans Day menu include Grilled Chicken & Frites, Chicken Chop salad, Brioche Cheeseburger, or Farmhouse Tacos.
OCharleys: Receive a free meal at any location on November 11th.
Old Country Buffet: Free buffet and drink for all veterans and active duty military.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom: Participating locations will offer a complimentary craft beer (ages 21+) to active and retired military personnel
Olive Garden: Get a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans. The special menu features six of Olive Gardens most popular items. Entrées are served with unlimited homemade soup or famous house salad and warm, garlic breadsticks.
On The Border: All veterans and active duty military will receive a free meal at OTBs. The meal is from theCreate Your Own Combo menu, which is a choose 2 or choose 3 menu.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin Onion and a beverage. Outback also is offering active and former service members 15% off their meals and their families Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Get free Magnificent Seven® meal.
Ponderosa Steakhouse: Free Buffet from 4pm close
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu.
Red Robin: Free dine-in Reds Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.
Shoneys Offers Free All-American Burger: Get a free Shoneys All-American Burger.
Sizzler: Veterans and active-duty military personnel can get a a free lunch and beverage on Veterans Day.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Receive a special buy one entree, get one free coupon offer and they are encouraging its guests to invite a veteran to lunch or dinner. Coupon can be redeemed from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13. The coupon is available here on the Spaghetti Warehouse website.
Starbucks: Enjoy a free Tall Brewed Coffee. In addition, for every Veterans Day Starbucks Card or eGift purchased, Starbucks will contribute $5 to help support programs assisting service members, military spouses and veterans. Offers available only on November 11, 2016.
TGI Fridays Free Lunch: Guests who show valid military ID can enjoy a free lunch menu item up to $12. This offer is valid on Friday, November 11th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.
Texas Roadhouse: Free Lunch (from menu)
Tijuana Flats: A free entree will be offered to all military on November 11, 2016.
Village Inn Free Breakfast: Get a free Inn-Credible V.I.B. breakfast on Veterans Day.
Weinerschnitzel: Free Chili Dog, Small Fries, and a Small Pepsi for Veterans and Active Duty Military Service Members on 11/11
White Castle: Receive a free breakfast combo or Castle Combo Meal #1 #6.
Wienerschnitzel: Free Chili Dog with a small fry and a 20-ounce drink to Veterans and Active Duty Service members.