It’s Veterans Day once again and that means it’s time for free meals and huge discounts for Vets
It’s Veterans Day once again and that means it’s time for free meals and huge discounts for Vets by Ken Schortgen – Shotgun Economics
Veteran’s Day in America is one of the most celebrated and generous holidays of the year. And although this Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 12 because the rightful day happens to land on a Sunday, it does not mean that restaurants and retailers won’t be offering huge discounts and free meals to the men and women who have served our country over the past 100 years.
And in recognition of these businesses, here is a list of some of the places that are providing offerings to Vets this holiday weekend.
This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is on a mission to serve one million free meals to neighborhood military heroes. For the 11th year, Applebee’s restaurants nationwide will invite all veterans and active-duty military to visit their local restaurants on Veterans Day to enjoy a complimentary full-size entree from an exclusive menu.
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is saluting America’s veterans with a free meal on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day all day at all locations (excluding Patchogue, New York).
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
On Sunday, November 11, all military members who dine-in at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95 plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. They’ll need to show a military ID or proof of service to get this freebie.
Bonefish Grill is giving veterans a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer on Sunday, November 11. This is for active and retired service members with a valid military ID at all Bonefish Grill locations.
Boston Market has a BOGO deal—buy one individual meal with drink and get a second free—on Veteran’s Day weekend (Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12) at all U.S. locations; coupon (but no ID) is required and available at BostonMarket.com.
All vets and active military get a free any-sized drip coffee at Bruegger’s Bagels locations on November 12, which is the observed Veterans Day.
California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) will pay tribute to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military on Sunday, November 11 with a complimentary entrée from CPK’s special Veterans Day menu. This is at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide. Participating guests will also receive a card to redeem for a buy one, get one free (BOGO) offer on pizza, pasta or salad during a return visit November 12 through 18 (while supplies last).
Chicken Salad Chick
Chicken Salad Chick, with more than 95 locations, is offering a free Chick Special and regular size drink to any veteran or active-duty military personnel who visits on Monday, November 12.
On Sunday, November 11, CiCis is offering a free adult buffet with proof of military service. This is for active military servicemen/women and veterans.
Cotton Patch Cafe
All vets and active military get a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken on November 11. Cotton Patch Café has 56 locations in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will be offering military veterans a choice of a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or one of its crafted coffee beverages on November 11 at all Cracker Barrel stores.
El Fenix, with 21 locations, is letting veterans eat free from a special Veterans Day menu. Simply provide your military ID or proof of service on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Not valid in combination with other coupons, offers, or discounts. Beverage, tax and tip not included. This is for dine-in only.
On Monday, November 12 only, participating Farmer Boys locations will be giving away a free Big Cheese burger to veterans all day long. Service members must show valid proof of service and mention the offer when ordering. The offer is not valid via drive-thru, phone, or third-party orders. Therefore, this offer is only available when ordering in-store.
Fatz Southern Kitchen
Fatz Southern Kitchen, which operates 38 restaurants in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, is giving all veterans and active military a complimentary World Famous Calabash Chicken basket, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, November 12. Fatz is also hosting Military Appreciation Month throughout November. Now through November 30, all veterans and active military members will receive 25 percent off their entrée each time they visit Fatz.
Freebirds World Burrito
Freebirds World Burrito is offering veterans a buy one, get one free (BOGO) deal on all full-size entrees on November 11. Participants must show proof of valid military ID. for active, retired or reservist members of any U.S. Military branch. This is at the 75 Freebirds locations.
Friendly’s will be offering a free breakfast, lunch or dinner to guests with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card on Sunday, November 11.
At all of its restaurants nationwide (489 restaurants in 41 states), Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5to 9:00 p.m., on Monday, November 12, to any person who is serving or has served in a United States military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. Identification is not required.
HMSHost Airport Restaurants
On Monday, November 12, U.S. active-duty military and military veterans with ID can enjoy a complimentary Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger while they dine-in at the nearly 50 participating HMSHost airport restaurants. This Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger was created by a military veteran and is solely available for the month of November, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charities that support veterans and their families. In addition, HMSHost offers a year-round 15 percent military discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at HMSHost locations throughout the United States. The 15 percent discount is valid any day of the week for military members with valid identification at HMSHost-operated airport and travel plaza locations nationwide.
At more than 300 participating Hooters restaurants nationwide, all veterans and active-duty military can enjoy one free entree from the Hooters Special Veterans Day Menu on November 11, as long as they purchase a beverage. You must present a military ID or proof of service.
Jimboy’s Tacos is honoring veterans on Sunday, November 11 by offering free meals (up to $10 value) for veterans who show valid proof of military ID at participating locations. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or specials, and is limited to one redemption per veteran. Veterans Day freebie is available at all 43 Jimboy’s Tacos locations across California and Nevada.
All Kolache Factory locations are offering a free kolache (any kind; kolache is a Czech pastry) and a free coffee (any size) to all veteran and active military with government-issued military photo ID on November 11, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Croissants and Polish varieties excluded). Kolache Factory has 56 stores in 9 states
Mimi’s Cafe will be saluting active duty military personnel and veterans with a free entree from a special menu with a purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage all day on November 11.
Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J is thanking those who serve this Veterans Day with a free breakfast. From November 10 through November 12, active-duty and retired military veterans can redeem an offer in the myPilot app to enjoy a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll from one of the more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America.
Red Lobster will be offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.
Rock Bottom Breweries
Vets are invited to eat free at Rock Bottom Breweries around the country, from November 10 through November 12. In addition to this promotion, each brewery will be brewing a limited edition Veterans Day IPA, and, from November 10 through November 17, donating 25 cents from every pint to a local veterans charity.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Romano’s Macaroni Grill will offer a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs plus Spaghetti entree this on Sunday, November 11 at all U.S. locations. All veterans and active military must present a military ID or proof of service to enjoy this freebie.
SAJJ Mediterranean will offer a free entree to veterans who show valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. This special will be available at the eight SAJJ locations, all day long.
Scooter’s Coffee will offer a free drink of any size to veterans and current military personnel with valid military identification on Sunday, November 11. Stores will also be taking donations for Wounded Warriors Family Support on November 11 and November 12. Scooter’s Coffee has 190 stores in 14 states.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Sheetz is offering all veterans and active duty military personnel a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink as well as a free carwash at any of Sheetz’s 582 locations across the mid-Atlantic. No purchase is necessary for this offer but military ID or proof of service must be presented to qualify.
Sizzler, with 131 locations across 10 states, will be honoring military service men and women with a free lunch, from opening hours to 4 p.m. on November 11. Veterans must show proof of military service.
When you show your military ID or proof of service at the 12 Snuffer’s locations on Sunday, November 11, you’ll receive your choice of any Snuffer’s burger or sandwich with small hand-cut potato fries. Not valid in combination with any other coupons, offers or discounts. Limit one free burger or sandwich per veteran. Beverage, tax and tip not included. Dine-in only.
On November 12 at Sonny’s BBQ, veterans and active duty military will receive free pulled or sliced pork big deal combo. This is for dine-in only at the 108 locations in eight states—Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt
On Sunday, November 11, SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will provide a free 12-ounce frozen yogurt to all veterans and active duty personnel with a valid military ID.
Veterans with a valid military ID can visit any Tijuana Flats location for one free entree and fountain drink on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The offer includes dine-in and take-out meals but is not valid for orders made online or through Uber Eats. Tijuana Flats has over 130 locations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
All active and retired military personnel enjoy a free item from the Veterans Day menu at the 82 Twin Peaks locations. This is limited to one item per person, dine-in only.
Veterans Day gives Americans the chance to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of U.S. veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Wienerschnitzel is once again honoring all veterans and those in active and reserve military duty with a free Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink.
This special offer is valid on Nov. 11 only at participating Wienerschnitzel restaurants nationwide. To receive the free meal, guests need to present a valid military or veteran ID card or wear their military uniform. There is a limit of one free meal per veteran or military member.