All of the Restaurants Where Military Members Can Get Free Food on Veterans Day
With Veterans Day around the corner, restaurants around the country are recognizing those who have served—and those who are currently serving—our nation.
November 9, 2018
On Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 (which is observed Veterans Day this year), there are a number of eateries nationwide ready to welcome all veterans and active military members to sit down and chow down—for free! See below for the full list of discounts, deals and freebies.
54th Street Grill & Bar: Veterans and active duty personnel can eat free for up to $12.00 and this restaurant. Customer’s can win a gift card when they invite a military member to take advantage of the deal by posting their photo on Instagram with the hashtag #54SupportVets.
Applebee’s: The American food chain is offering a free meal to veterans and those on active military duty. As stated on their website, Applebee’s has been serving free food to millions of veterans on Veterans Day for 10 years.
Arooga’s: This sports bar is allowing veterans to dine in for free on Veterans Day. Troops will have the option of one meal from the bar’s “fixed menu,” which includes their BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and Sriracha Chicken Caesar salad.
Bar Louie: The restaurant and bar chain put out a press release announcing that active military members and veterans will receive one free meal on Veterans Day, and they are donating $25,000 to military family assistance organization, Operation Homefront.
Bruegger’s Bagels: The bakery and café is offering all Vets and active military a free “any-sized” cup of drip coffee on Observed Veterans Day.
Grub Burger Bar: After putting out a press release in October, the American burger chain announced that complimentary Veterans Day entrées will be served to “active, former and retired veterans.” If you happen to miss the chance to make it to the restaurant, Grub Burger Bar offers veterans and active military 10 percent off any purchase all year round. Just wear your uniform or bring ID proof of military service.
California Pizza Kitchen: The national pizza chain has put together a special menu for veterans and active military personnel and is offering them a complimentary entrée from the menu on November 11. That’s not all: All participating customers will receive a redeemable card for a BOGO offer on pizza, pasta or salad for when they visit again between November 12 to 18.
CiCis Pizza: The buffet at that this pizza chain will be free for all vets and active military members on Veterans Day. All you need to do is show proof of former or current military service and the pizza-filled buffet is all yours.
Chicken Salad Chick: This fast-casual chain with more than 90 locations is offering a free Chick Special and regular size drink to any Veteran or active-duty military personnel in participating restaurants on November 12.
Chipotle: On Veterans Day, the burrito chain will be honoring all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military who want to dine with a special buy-one-get-one-free offer with valid ID. The offer is valid on all burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.
Cotton Patch Café: All vets and active military get either a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on Sunday.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Military veterans can receive a complimentary piece of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake or a coffee beverage at all of the chain’s 656 store locations nationwide on Veterans Day.
Dunkin’: All veterans and active military personnel are entitled to one free donut at participating Dunkin’ stores.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: This American fast-casual restaurant will be giving out free combo meal cards to vets and active-duty military personnel who visit one of their 300 restaurants on Veterans Day. The combo meal cards are valid through November 30.
Golden Corral: This nationwide family restaurant chain will be holding a Military Appreciation Night on November 12. Retired military personnel, veterans, active duty and National Guard or Reserves are entitled to a free dine-in “thank you” dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to the restaurant website, they have served more than 5 million “thank you” meals in the last 17 years.
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar: The Midwestern deep-dish pizza chain is offering free meals to active duty personnel and veterans all day on November 11.
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K&W Cafeterias, Inc.: Veterans and active military can get a free entrée on November 12 between 11 a.m. to closing at this Southern cafeteria-style chain.
McCormick and Schmicks: The seafood restaurant and steakhouse is using the motto, “you served us, now let us serve you,” to let veterans know that they are entitled to a free lunch or dinner at the restaurant on Veterans Day.
On The Border: Veterans and active military personnel receive two meal items on the Create-Your-Own-Combo menu. Other deals include a buy-one-get-one-free option and the Tex-Mex chain’s daily two-dollar happy hour special.
Pilot Flying J: The truck stop chain is providing all active-duty and retired military veterans a free breakfast sandwich, along with a free ‘Pilot Coffee’ of any size and a pastry of your choice through November 10 and 12.
Red Robin: The burger chain is offering all veterans and active duty military members a free Red’s Tavern double burger with their signature bottomless steak fries at participating locations.
Sizzler: This California-born casual restaurant chain will be honoring military service men and women with free lunch. With a proof of ID, veterans and active duty members can choose between Tri-Tip Sirloin, Malibu Chicken or Jumbo Crispy Shrimp when they visit the restaurant. The free meal will be be accompanied by a free drink. The deal will last from the restaurant’s opening hours until 4 p.m.
TooJay’s Gourmet Deli: The Florida-wide Jewish comfort food chain has created a special menu specifically for veterans looking for a hot meal come Veterans Day. Active duty personnel and veterans are allowed one free entrée on Veterans Day.