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Annually, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 to honor both our veterans and those who are actively serving in the military. In 2019, this federal holiday falls on a Monday. There are a slew of restaurant chains that pay homage to these brave, selfless individuals by offering up Veterans Day free meals on either the actual holiday or the day it is largely being observed. Use this roundup of eateries to find out where you can order up a complimentary dish as a thank-you for your service. In most cases, all you need is some form of military ID.

Famous Dave’s

Head over to this barbecue joint on either November 11 or November 12 for what Famous Dave’s refers to as a free “2 Meat Salute.” Choose from the tasty menu, which includes items like Sweetwater Catfish Fingers and Georgia Chopped Pork, then add a side and a corn bread muffin to complete the meal. Check out 10 simple ways to support veterans that everyone can do.

Acapulco

On Monday, November 11, Acapulco will serve Veterans Day free meals to all veterans or current service members all day long. The complimentary meal will be a three-item combo, chosen among tacos, enchiladas, chicken taquitos, chicken tamales, and Chile Relleno. Supporting veterans is not only simple, but powerful.

Bob Evans

According to veteransadvantage.com, there’s plenty to look forward to if you’re near a Bob Evans location on Veterans Day. The site reports that the chain is offering six free breakfast items all day, as well as select lunch and dinner options.

Applebee’s

Applebee’s has proudly served up 8.3 million Veterans Day free meals to vets and active-duty military since 2008! The chain is continuing the tradition this year by offering a free meal to these folks on Monday, November 11. According to its website, it expects to serve a million complimentary meals this year alone. Find out 45 things America’s troops wish you knew.

Chevys Fresh Mex

Over at Chevys, the restaurant will thank veterans and current service members with Veterans Day free meals that allow them to choose from three-item combos featuring tacos, enchiladas, flautas, pork tamale, and Chile Relleno. Be sure to bring a valid military ID.

El Torito

Veterans and current service members can snag Veterans Day free meals at El Torito with ease on Monday, November 11. Simply produce a valid ID (like a U.S. Uniformed Services Identification Card or U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card) any time during business hours. Delicious-sounding offerings include a three-item combo, with options including tacos, enchiladas, flautas, tamales, and Chile Relleno. (Little-known fact: this is why “Veterans Day” doesn’t have an apostrophe.)

El Torito Grill

At El Torito Grill, ordering your complimentary meal on Monday, November 11, is similar to doing so at sister restaurants El Torito and Chevys, except the applicable dishes are a little different. The Veterans Day free meals consist of a choice among the following items: Two-Item Combo, Fajita Salad, Mesquite Grilled Chicken Tostada, and Carnitas Yucatán. Again, remember to bring a valid ID. Also enjoy these 8 patriotic foods during Veterans Day weekend.

Chili’s

Head on over to Chili’s, which is saluting veterans and active military members on Monday, November 11, with a choice of meals from the special Veterans Day menu. Options include Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas. Call ahead to make sure your local Chili’s is participating in the Veterans Day free meals promotion.

Rock & Brews

Owned by rockers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss, Rock & Brews salutes veterans, active service members, and first responders with a meal on the house, according to ABC News Radio. Choose from the pulled-pork sandwich with a side dish or a “Strawberry Fields” salad. Depending on the location, other menu items may be included in the gratis deal, which is available on Monday, November 12. If you are a military family, you’ll be overwhelmed by these triumphs and tragedies of your military peers.

LongHorn Steakhouse

If it’s steak you crave, on Veterans Day, LongHorn is offering a free appetizer or dessert in honor of Veterans Day. Even better, the chain also gives a full table 10 percent discount so that your whole brood can enjoy savings, according to thespruce.com.

IHOP

This beloved restaurant chain may just serve up the most patriotic plate around. IHOP is giving away red, white, and blue pancakes on Monday, November 12, to both veterans and active military. What a way to start the day! Read up on the top 10 movies to watch on Veterans Day.

Olive Garden

Did someone say free unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks? That’s what Olive Garden is offering up, as well as a free entrée from its special Veterans Day menu, for eligible customers. This offer is available on Monday, November 11.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral will celebrate on Monday, November 12, with Military Appreciation Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As of last year, it had served almost 5.4 million Veterans Day free meals to active-duty and retired military heroes, and the folks there are excited to serve up more complimentary dinners in 2018. Check out 22 words or phrases you probably didn’t know originated in the military.

Red Robin

Grab a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries by showing your proof of service at the nearest Red Robin on Monday, November 11. Yum! Red Robin has repeatedly offered Veterans Day free meals year after year.

Krispy Kreme

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a doughnut and small coffee on the house at Krispy Kreme for veterans and active service members (no purchase required) on Monday, November 11. Take a look at these military battle reenactments you have to see to believe.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Prefer your doughnuts the Dunkin’ way? DD is offering a free doughnut to active-duty service members and veterans on Monday, November 11. Check with your local store before heading over, since some locations may not be participating.

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Chuck E. Cheese’s isn’t just where a “kid can be a kid”; it’s also a family fun restaurant where they’ll be serving up one free personal one-topping pizza to all active-duty, National Guard, and retired military members on Monday, November 11. Can’t make it there on Veterans Day? Chuck E. offers military discounts year-round, like a deal where a large one-topping pizza, four drinks, and 45 play points are only $28.99 (normally a $40 value).

Menchie’s

Cool off with a free six-ounce cup of frozen yogurt when you present your military ID on Monday, November 11, at any Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location, according to veteransadvantage.com. Give yourself a laugh with these 25 military cartoons that salute the armed forces.

White Castle

Operation We Are Here reports that White Castle has a smattering of options for Veterans Day free meals on Monday, November 11, for those with a military ID, including a Free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Nos. 1 to 6.

California Pizza Kitchen

On Veterans Day, veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée at CPK. The options include a selection of pizzas, pastas, and salads chosen specifically for the holiday.

CiCis

What’s better than a buffet? A complimentary pizza buffet! CiCis is comping military folks on Veterans Day, according to veteransadvantage.com, and its all-you-can-eat buffet is not to be missed if you love pizza, salads, dessert, and more. Get revved up with these 16 tough military-movie quotes.

Sizzler

Active-duty military and veterans can make lunch plans at Sizzler on Veterans Day with a choice of a free meal from a limited holiday menu, according to military.com.

MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza is known for offering up its thanks to veterans on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On Monday, November 11, military customers can receive a free individual pizza or hand-tossed salad as MOD’s way of saying grazie. Looking to lighten things up with some humor?

Little Caesars

Little Caesars has honored servicemen and servicewomen in the past, and 2018 will be no different. Qualifying customers can receive a free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo at participating stores nationwide on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This includes a four-slice Deep!Deep! Dish pizza with pepperoni and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. Read up on how these 6 small towns honor Veterans Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Try the pregame offerings on Veterans Day at a participating Buffalo Wild Wings, where they will offer free small boneless or traditional wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members. To take advantage of the offer, you must dine in, and a military ID is required, according to offers.com.

Wienerschnitzel

It’s the perfect reason to enjoy fair food in November. Wienerschnitzel is offering a complimentary chili dog, small fries, and a 20-ounce drink at participating locations on Veterans Day. Simply remember to bring your valid military ID or wear a military uniform, according to chewboom.com.

Friendly’s

If you’re a veteran or active military, allow Friendly’s to treat you to some grub, on the house and in the house. The chain is serving Veterans Day free meals consisting of dine-in breakfast, lunch, or dinner from select menus on Monday, November 11, militarybenefits.info notes. Test yourself with these 10 tricky U.S. war-history questions.

Kolache Factory

Start your Veterans Day off right with a free breakfast compliments of Kolache Factory at one of its 57 locations nationwide. Just present a government-issued military photo ID to snag one free kolache (any kind) and one cup of freshly brewed coffee (any size).

Perkins

If you’re near a Perkins, check out its Veterans Day free meals on Monday, November 11, for former and active military members. The chain is offering a free Magnificent Seven meal, according to military.com.

Toojay’s

Get your deli on with a free entrée from the special Veterans Day menu at Toojay’s on Monday, November 11. Items include shepherd’s pie, chicken Caesar salad, and a create-your-own omelet. Now read about these 10 inspiring things strangers did to say “thank you” to veterans.

Thank You For Your Service! – 49 recipes

  • Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers
    • 1 large onion, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 4 to 8 slices of American cheese
    • mayo, mustard, and pickles, for serving
    • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

    4.3/5 (48 Votes)

  • Mushroom & Swiss Burgers
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 6 slices Swiss cheese
    • 6 hamburger rolls

    4.7/5 (11 Votes)

  • Red, White, & Blue Jello
    • 2 (3-ounce) packages of blue jello
    • 4 cups boiling water, divided
    • 4 1/2 cups cold water, divided
    • 1 cup fresh blueberries
    • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2 cups sour cream, 16-ounces
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry Jello
    • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
    • 1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip, room temperature

    4.8/5 (5 Votes)

  • Good Old American Hamburgers
    • 1 1/4 pound ground beef
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 4 hamburger buns

    4.7/5 (15 Votes)

  • Alabama-Style Smoked & Roasted…
    • 2 about 2 cups of hickory wood chips, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
    • 4 chicken leg quarters, about 3.5-pounds total
    • salt to taste
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup apple-cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly cracked black peppercorns
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

    4.8/5 (8 Votes)

  • Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
    • 1 angel food cake, cubed or torn
    • 1 package sugar-free strawberry jello
    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 16 ounce package frozen strawberries
    • 2 packages sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
    • 3 cups skim milk
    • 8 ounces Cool Whip
    • Fresh strawberries

    4.5/5 (27 Votes)

  • Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Wings
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 cup soy sauce
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 4 pounds chicken wings (about 24)

    4.4/5 (30 Votes)

  • Whole BBQ Chicken
    • 1 chicken, whole
    • Olive oil to taste
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Barbecue sauce to taste

    4.4/5 (18 Votes)

  • Cake Ball Flag Cake
    • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ cake mix, any flavor, and the water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
    • 1 container Betty Crocker™ Whipped vanilla frosting
    • 1 (14-ounce) bag red candy melts
    • 1 (14-ounce) bag white candy melts
    • 1 cup blue candy melts, from 14-ounce bag
    • Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors red sugar crystals, if desired
    • white sparkling sugar, if desired
    • Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors blue sugar crystals, if desired

    4.4/5 (25 Votes)

  • Easy Classic Deviled Eggs
    • 6 hard-boiled eggs
    • 1/3 cup shredded taco-seasoned cheese or Cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 3 tablespoons minced green onions

    4.4/5 (26 Votes)

  • Pioneer Woman’s Peach Cobbler
    • FRUIT:
    • Butter, for greasing baking dish
    • 3 pounds peaches, frozen
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • Pinch of salt
    • TOPPING:
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 heaping tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling over the top
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening or lard
    • 3/4 cup whole milk
    • 2 whole eggs

    3.8/5 (82 Votes)

  • 15-Minute Coconut Cream Candy Bar…
    • 4 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
    • 1 1/3 cups low-fat milk
    • 1 (4-serving size) package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
    • 1 3/4 cups light whipped topping, thawed
    • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
    • 1 chocolate graham cracker or Oreo pre-made pie crust
    • 1 tablespoon reduced-sugar chocolate ice cream topping

    4.6/5 (12 Votes)

13 Patriotic Foods to Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

When we started compiling the recipes in honor of Veterans Day, we were guided by one simple question: “What would a soldier stationed somewhere far away want the most?” There was a fiery discussion among the members of our editorial team, but all ideas had something in common – comfort food! Add ‘homemade’ to the picture and you’re all set to show your love and support for all the brave military members who fought for our freedom.

DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS!

Veterans Day is an official public holiday in the States, observed annually on November 11 since the 1950s. It is meant to honor the people who served in the Armed Forces, i.e. military veterans. And since many workers and students have Veterans Day off, it is a perfect opportunity to gather and make the veteran(s) in your life happy to be home.

You can cook a delicious meal at any point of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner (don’t forget the dessert!).

Veterans Day Breakfast Recipes

Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

What better way to warm up a veteran’s heart (and fill their belly) than by serving breakfast in bed? These fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with a sweet blueberry compote will fill the house with an incredible smell and make everyone ask for more.

Topping them with a fruit-based sauce is a great change from maple syrup routine. Blueberries will not only add a tangy note, but they will also contribute that beautiful deep color. Not to mention how healthy they are!

Breakfast Pizza with Kale, Pesto, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

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If you have a veteran who is not a big fan of sweet things, this is the recipe that will save the morning! Composed of a bunch of good-for-you-ingredients on top of a perfect dough that is crispy on the outside & soft on the inside, this cheesy perfection is the best way to show how much you care!

Veterans Day Lunch Recipes

Savory Chicken Pot Pie

A creamy blend of chicken and vegetables covered with a delicious, flaky pastry crust—a dinner table delight! For a boost of flavor, mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley into the chicken mixture in Step 2.

Chicken Paninis

A brick wrapped in foil is the secret to deliciously sealing the flavors of chicken, tomatoes, pesto and melted cheese into tasty grilled bread. Sun-dried tomatoes can be purchased in packets (often pre-chopped in diced, julienned or chunk form) or in jars of olive oil. The oil-packed tomatoes are best for sandwiches.

Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

Mac & cheese is definitely one of the most beloved comfort foods. This take on the popular dish takes a healthier turn with the use of Greek yogurt. This ingredient also makes the this mac & cheese super-creamy. In addition, it is done in less than 15 minutes, allowing you to relax and enjoy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day Snacks

Chicken Quesadillas

These tasty appetizers are loaded with a spicy chicken filling and baked so they are light and crispy. A quick and easy way to cut your quesadillas is to use a pizza cutter. A pizza cutter, with its rotating wheel, slices through easily, without dragging any of the filling out. It’s also great for cutting pastry dough, homemade pasta and, of course, pizza! Note: For more heat, use canned chopped jalapeños

Veterans Day Dinner Recipes

Sesame Ginger Steaks

This sirloin is made even better with a delicious blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger root, and sesame oil poured over the top. Keep the steaks warm while you make the sauce: Put them on a baking sheet, cover them with foil and place in the oven at 200°F.

Cheddar-Filled Burgers

The bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce are on the inside this time, for an incredibly juicy and tasty burger! These burgers can be prepared on the stove top with a griddle pan too, or outside on the grill.

Grilled Steak Fajitas

Fresh vegetables and sirloin steak are marinated in a fiery sauce, then grilled to perfection and folded into soft flour tortillas. To heat the tortillas on the grill, wrap 4 tortillas in foil, making 2 foil packets. Place on the grill and heat, turning once, for 2–3 minutes.

Homemade Chicken Pizza

Who doesn’t like pizza? For a chewier crust, Grandma sometimes layered the ingredients on the unbaked pizza dough. She baked it until the edges of the crust were brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. The crust stayed moist under the toppings.

Veterans Day Desserts

Our favorite part of any holiday or celebration is dessert. Not only because we love sweets but also because desserts leave most space to show our creativity. You can pull off amazing decorations in red, white, and blue by utilizing natural ingredients like strawberries and blueberries; or you can turn to food coloring and sprinkles. Whatever you choose, rest assured that these Veterans Day sweet treats will look amazing!

Classic American Buttercream

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Speaking of decoration, here is a recipe for a topping that you can use on almost any dessert you make. The classic American buttercream is creamy, fluffy, and and sweet. Furthermore, it is one of the easiest buttercream varieties out there. We love it because there is no cooking required and because of its beautiful light color. Due to the high butter content, this cream is quite firm, which means you can complement it with almost anything without worrying that it will fall apart.

Great American Cheesecake

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The zwieback called for in this recipe can be replaced with graham crackers or digestive biscuits. You can also use gingersnaps and chocolate wafers for the crust.

Flag Cake

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We just can’t imagine holidays like Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day without Flag Cake! There is no other food that shows your patriotic spirit better than a lavish cake topped with luscious fresh fruit and fluffy whipped cream!

Happy Veterans Day!

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

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Red, White & Blue

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

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  • Easy No Bake Cheesecake
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  • Fresh Fruit Ice Cream
  • Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Frozen Key Lime Cream Pie
  • Heavenly Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Brownie Trifle
  • Heavenly Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fluff Dessert
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  • Heavenly Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
  • Layered Caramel & Banana Cream Pie Parfaits
  • Luscious Red Raspberry Lemon Dream Pie
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  • No-Bake Strawberry Ice Box Cake
  • No-Bake Nutella Mousse Cheesecakes with Fresh Fruit Whipped Cream
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  • No-Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
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  • White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
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  • White Chocolate Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake {No Bake}
  • Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Krispie Treats

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70+ free Veterans Day meals and deals in Dallas-Fort Worth

Editors’s note: Updated for Veterans Day 2019. Check back regularly for new additions.

If you served, or are serving, in the military, these Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants and businesses want to say “thank you” with a free meal, discount deals, and free admission to area attractions. The specials are offered to veterans and active-duty military, so be prepared to show proof of military service. Click on the name of the restaurant or venue to find location details. Most meal deals are dine-in only.

Restaurant deals

Amberjax Free crab cake minis appetizer. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Applebee’s Choose a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu. Choices include Classic Bacon Cheeseburger and fries, 6 oz. Top Sirloin with steamed broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes, Double Crunch Shrimp with coleslaw and fries, and four more meals. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Bar Louie Free burger or flatbread up to $15 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Receive a free entree, priced up to $14.95, and a Dr Pepper beverage. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Boston Market Download a coupon to get this deal: Buy any individual meal and drink and receive a free individual meal. Nov. 11-12 from open to close.

Bowl & Barrel Get a free Barrel Burger. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Buffalo Wild Wings Free small order of boneless or traditional wings and a side of fries at participating locations. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cafe Brazil Complimentary entree. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cajun Place Choose a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu. Dine-in only. Nov. 11 from open to close.

California Pizza Kitchen Choose a complimentary entree and beverage from a special menu. Items include pizzas, full-size salads and pasta dishes with iced tea or a fountain beverage. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cantina Laredo Free meal up to $20 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Carlo’s Bakery Free cannoli (while supplies last). Nov. 11 from open to close.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Order a free meal from a special menu at participating Chili’s. Selections include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Just Bacon Burger, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cool River Free entree up to $40 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Coolgreens Select a free entree from a menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cotton Patch Cafe Free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken, plus a complimentary American flag pin. Cotton Patch will also introduce a year-round 10% discount for vets and active-duty military. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cracker Barrel Enjoy a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Nov. 11 from open to close

Denny’s Free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast at participating Denny’s. Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon.

Dick’s Last Resort Get a complimentary meal with the purchase of one adult entree. Nov. 11 from open to close.*

Dodie’s Cajun Diner at the Harbor Visit Dodie’s in Rockwall for a free entree from the veterans menu. Options include Cajun Fish Tacos, N’awlins Style BBQ Shrimp, Red Beans and Rice, Grilled Gulf Shrimp, Fried Shrimp and Fried Catfish Po’Boys and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Doughnuts are pictured at the Dunkin’ Donuts store in Plano.(Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer)

Dunkin’ Free doughnut, no ID required. Nov. 11 from open to close.

El Chico Select a free dinner from the menu, up to $18 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

El Fenix Free taco and enchilada dinner plate. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Fajita Pete’s Free Amigo Taco plate – two chicken or beef tacos with rice and beans. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ Free barbecue sandwich. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Fireside Pies Free pizza pie. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Fogo de Chao Veteran/active-duty receive 50% off their entire meal and 10% discount for up to three guests. Nov. 8-11 from open to close.

Golden Corral Free dinner buffet and beverage. Nov. 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company Free slice of one-topping pizza. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Grimaldi’s The year-round 15% discount offered to vets and active duty personnel increases to 25% on Veterans Day. Nov 11 from open to close.

Grub Free entree including burgers, sandwiches, salads and bowls. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Hooters Get a free entree from the Veterans Day menu with the purchase of any beverage. Choices include 10-piece boneless, smoked or traditional wings (choose your sauce), buffalo chicken salad or sandwich and Hooters burger. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar Free Classic Burger With Cheese. Nov. 11 from open to close.

IHOP Participating IHOPs are serving a free breakfast combo or a stack of red, white & blue pancakes — buttermilk pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Kolache Factory Stop in for a complimentary breakfast kolache (sausage and cheese) and coffee. Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Krispy Kreme Free doughnut and small coffee at participating Krispy Kreme shops, in store only (no drive-through). Nov. 11 from open to close.

Logan’s Roadhouse Complimentary meal is available at all locations. Paying guests can choose to round up their bill to the nearest dollar amount with all proceeds from this campaign benefiting Folds of Honor, a non-profit that provides scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members. Nov. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Luna Grill Buy a meal and get one free. Offer is good for dine-in or to go orders. Nov. 9-11 from open to close.

Lucky’s Free entree up to $16 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Main Event Complimentary $10 Funcard to use in the arcade and a free entree from the Food and Fun menu for veterans and active-duty personnel. Nov. 11 from opening until 5 p.m.

McDonald’s Free Extra Value Meal, which includes your entree selection served with soft drink and fries. In-restaurant only. Nov. 11 from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery Free entree from a select breakfast, lunch or dinner menu with the purchase of a beverage. Choices include: Fried chicken and waffles, slow-roasted turkey, brioche french toast, Mandarin chicken salade and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Monster Yogurt Free 6 oz. yogurt cup. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Owner Ed Murph clutches a cup of coffee at Norma’s Cafe.(Ryan Michalesko / Staff Photographer)

Norma’s Cafe Complimentary breakfast served at all five Norma’s Cafe locations. Order from a special menu that includes omelets, Mexican-style breakfast, country breakfast with chicken-fried steak, pancakes and French toast. All guests are invited to take part in Norma’s annual postcard campaign. Postcards will be available at each location for guests to write a note to a service member who won’t be home for the holidays. The cards will be mailed in mid-December. Nov. 11 from 6 to 11 a.m.

Olive Garden Choose a free entree from a special menu. Unlimited breadsticks, soup or salad are included. Nov. 11 from open to close.

On the Border Create your own complimentary combo plate with your choice of two Tex-Mex classics such as enchiladas, tacos, chicken tortilla soup, or a house salad. Served with a side of rice and beans. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Palio’s PIzza Cafe Visit the Allen location for a free $9.99 lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or, order a free small pizza (your choice of toppings and pizza type) all day on Nov. 11. 705 S. Custer, Allen.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Veterans and active-duty service members can enjoy a complimentary three-course Pork Chop Sunday Supper Special when accompanied by a guest who purchases an entree or Sunday Supper. The Sunday Supper includes soup or salad, pork chop and dessert trio. Nov. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Pie Five Free personal-size pizza to all current or past members of the armed forces and Department of Defense. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Pluckers Wing Bar Get a free entree, side and non-alcoholic drink, up to $15 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Red Lobster Order a free appetizer and dessert from a Veterans Day menu. Choices include Sweet Chili Shrimp, Seafood-stuffed Mushrooms, Langostino Lobster, Key Lime Pie, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and Warm Apple Crostada. No additional purchase is required. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Red Robin Free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fries. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Rock & BrewsThe Colony’s rock-inspired restaurant invites veterans and current service members in for a free pulled pork sandwich, Strawberry Fields salad, two-topping pizza or Backstage Burger. Nov. 11 from open to close.

The Rustic Complimentary Rustic Burger comes topped with house brisket, white cheddar, green chile and grilled onion with smoked salt chips on the side. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Saint Rocco’s New York Italian Receive 50% discount on anything on the menu. World War II vets can also get a free shot and a beer, compliments of Executive Chef and co-owner Jay Valley’s father.

Sauce Pizza & Wine Receive a 25% discount on your order, excluding alcohol and gift cards. Offer is good for dine-in and take-out orders. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Shake Shack Free scoop of Shake Shack custard. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Shell Shack Complimentary bowl of Chicken & Sausage Gumbo or New England Clam Chowder. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Silver Fox Free entree from the menu, up to $45 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Smashburger Free Double Burger with any purchase. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar Get a free burger or sandwich at any Snuffer’s location. Nov. 11 from open to close.

SusieCakes Complimentary slice of one of the bakery’s specialty cakes including Southern Red Velvet, Old Fashioned Chocolate, Luscious Lemon, Cranberry Orange Cake and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Meat is carved tableside at Texas de Brazil.(Courtesy of Texas de Brazil)

Texas de Brazil Receive 50% off dinner for up to eight veterans/active duty military per table. The Brazilian-style steakhouse serves fire-roasted meats carved tableside by costumed gauchos. Nov. 11 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse Order a free lunch from a special menu that includes a 6 oz. sirloin steak, grilled pork chop, country fried chicken, pulled pork sandwich with fries, cheeseburger and more. Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (hours may vary by location).

III Forks Free entree up to $50 value. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Twin Peaks Choose from select free menu including chicken tenders, cheeseburger, The Wedge salad and Ol’ Fashioned BLT. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Wow Donuts & Drips Drop in for a free Classic Donut. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Most restaurant chains offer Veterans Day specials at all their locations, but you might want to call and verify before you go. Click on the name of the restaurant to find location and contact details.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum The Addison aviation museum offers free admission to veterans. Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dallas Arboretum Free admission to the gardens all weekend for veterans, active-duty military and first responders. Live music every afternoon and complimentary beer samples from Denton County Brewing Co. and Tupps Brewing. Offer only available at the ticket booth. Nov. 9, 10, 11

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum The museum offers free admission year-round for active-duty military. Admission for veterans and retired military is $10.

Nasher Sculpture Center Free admission to military and first responders with ID is offered year-round.

Epic Waters Military Appreciation Week Veterans, active military and reserves get free admission to the water park and family members receive a 25% discount. ID required. If purchasing tickets online, use discount code MA19. On Nov. 16, military families can take part in Epic Games, friendly competitions in a series of tailgate-style lawn games. Winning teams can earn prizes. Nov. 8-17

Great Clips Stop in for a free haircut or a Thank a Veteran free haircut card, redeemable through Dec. 31, 2019. In fact, anyone getting a trim on Veterans Day can ask for a free haircut card to give to a veteran or active-duty military personnel. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Sport Clips Free haircuts for veterans and active-duty military, plus $1 from every haircut service will be donated to the Help a Hero scholarship program. Nov. 11 from open to close.

The fall is drawing near at the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, TX on September 2, 2017. (Lawrence Jenkins/Special Contributor)(Lawrence Jenkins / Special Contributor)

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Receive a 50% discount on your ticket to visit the landmark observation deck. Offer good through Nov. 9-17.

Vet Tix Score free tickets to sporting events, concerts and more year-round through the Veteran Tickets Foundation’s Tickets for Troops program. Free registration and verification of service is required.

Just Tires Get a free Car Care check (tires, alignment and air pressure) and free tire installation with any tire purchase. Schedule an appointment Nov. 8-11 and redeem service through Nov. 16.

Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) Free rides for veterans and active military valid on the A-train communter rail, Denton and Lewisville Connect bus, Highland Village Connect Shuttle, campus shuttles at University of North Texas and North Central Texas College, Denton Enterprise Airport on demand, and Lewisville Lakeway on demand.

For everyone

Entrance fees to all Texas State Parks are waived for everyone on Sunday, Nov. 10, in honor of Veterans Day. Parks across Texas will be offering guided hikes, birding walks and other activities. View a map of park locations here.

Veterans Day 2019 will be observed on Monday, November 11, 2019. To mark the date and honor those who served our country, a slew of restaurants and eateries will provide free meals, drinks or other treats to active and retired military personnel.

Each restaurant has different offerings, so be sure to look into each one specifically to make sure you’re eligible to take advantage of their Veterans Day discounts and freebies! Some restaurants require a military ID for their Veterans Day 2019 freebies and discounts, so make sure to have a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a photograph of yourself in uniform (or just be wearing your uniform!), DD214, Citation or Commendation on hand as needed.

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Also note that tax and gratuity aren’t included for free meals, so please be sure to tip your server based on the original price of the meal or snack. And most importantly, thank you for your service.

1. 54th Street Grill
The 54th Street Grill offers a free entree up to $12 in value for Veterans Day 2019 for both vets and active duty military. They’re also running a contest for a 54th Street Grill gift card if you post a photo to the restaurant’s Instagram with the hashtag “#54SUPPORTSVETS” through Nov. 12, 2019.

2. Applebee’s
For the past 11 years, Applebee’s has offered free entrees from a special menu to veterans and active duty military personnel for Veterans Day. They’re continuing the tradition for Veterans Day 2019.

3. Bakers Square
Veterans and military with valid ID can enjoy a free meal at Bakers Square locations on Veterans Day 2019. Now through Veterans Day, Bakers Square will also raise funds for the Folded Flag Foundation. Bakers Square restaurants also offer a 10 percent military discount all year long.

4. Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
Veterans and active duty military will eat free up to $10 at Bandana’s Bar-B-Q on Veterans Day 2019. Proof of service is required.

5. BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House
BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House will honor veterans and active duty military with a free Dr. Pepper and entree up to $14.95 for Veterans Day 2019. Military ID or other proof of service is required to snag this deal.

6. Bob Evans
Participating Bob Evans locations are offering a selection of free entrees to veterans and active duty military with ID for Veterans Day.

7. Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill offers a free appetizer with purchase of an entree with valid military ID for active duty service people and veterans on Veterans Day 2019 at all locations.

8. California Dreaming
California Dreaming offers a free entree to veterans and active duty military with valid ID for Veterans Day 2019. Diners can choose anything from the standard menu except alcohol. Tax and gratuity are not included.

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9. California Pizza Kitchen
Veterans and active military members can enjoy a choice of a complimentary pizza, pasta or full size salad and beverage from California Pizza Kitchen’s Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide on Veterans Day 2019.

10. Carlo’s Bake Shop
The Cake Boss will honor veterans with a free cannoli, regular or chocolate, on Veterans Day 2019. Military ID is required for this sweet treat from Carlo’s Bake Shop locations.

11. Carolina Roadhouse
Carolina Roadhouse will offer a free meal, minus alcohol and items labeled A.Q., to veterans and active duty military with valid ID for Veterans Day 2019.

12. Carrabba’s Italian Grill
In honor of Veterans Day 2019, Carrabba’s Italian Grill offers free calamari with a purchase with valid ID for active duty military and veterans. The Italian eatery also offers a special ongoing 10 percent Heroes Discount for all servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders starting on Nov. 12, 2019.

13. Chili’s
Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree from Chili’s on Veterans Day 2019. The special menu includes Chili’s signature Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese, Cajun Chicken Pasta, or a bowl of chili, soup or salad. Chili’s also partners with veterans’ causes year-round, including Veteran Jobs Mission, Snowball Express and Wreaths Across America.

14. The Chop House
The Chop House will give veterans and military with valid ID or in uniform 50 percent off of their meals on Veterans Day 2019.

15. Chophouse ’47
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can enjoy a free meal, excluding alcohol, porterhouse steaks and items labeled “A.Q.,” at Chophouse ’47 on Veterans Day 2019.

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16. Chophouse New Orleans
Chophouse New Orleans offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military with valid ID for Veterans Day 2019. Alcohol, porterhouse steaks and items labeled A.Q. are not included.

17. City Barbeque
All City Barbeque locations will offer a free sandwich platter to veterans and active duty military with valid ID on Veterans Day 2019. The offer applies to dine-in as well as carry-out orders.

18. Connor’s Steak & Seafood
Connor’s Steak & Seafood locations offer 50 percent off of lunch or dinner entrees for veterans and active duty military for Veterans Day 2019.

19. Cotton Patch Cafe
All veterans and active duty military can get a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken entree, as well as an American flag pin, at Cotton Patch Cafe locations. Cotton Patch Cafe will also introduce a 10 percent discount for veterans and active military year-round.

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20. Country Cookin
Country Cookin continues its long tradition of honoring those who serve this Veterans Day. All active, reserve, retired and honorably discharged military personnel and veterans with valid military or VA ID can enjoy a free salad bar or $5 off of any entree. What’s more, on the first Thursday of every month, all police, EMS, fire and military personnel are eligible for 10 percent off of their dine in meals.

21. Country Kitchen
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free Country Scramble, which includes two pancakes with scrambled eggs mixed with ham and cheese, on Veterans Day 2019 at participating Country Kitchen locations.

22. Cracker Barrel
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free dessert at Cracker Barrel for Veterans Day 2019. The comfort food staple and country store support numerous military charities through their Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation, including Operation Homefront, Fisher House Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and The Legion Fund.

23. Farmer Boys
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can enjoy a free cheeseburger at Farmer Boys on Veterans Day 2019.

24. Fogo de Chão
Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão is offering all veterans and active duty personnel 50 percent off their entire meal on Veterans Day weekend (Friday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 11, 2019) at all U.S. and Puerto Rico locations. In addition, up to three guests (for each military veteran or personnel) will also receive 10 percent off of their meals.

25. Golden Corral
Every year, Golden Corral hosts Military Appreciation Night. This year, on Veterans Day 2019, any person who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) is eligible for a free meal at any Golden Corral location.

26. Grub Kitchen and Bar
On Veterans Day 2019, veterans, reserve, retired and active duty military with valid ID or wearing their uniform can enjoy a free entree at Grub Kitchen and Bar. Grub restaurants also offer a 10 percent discount year-round for veterans and active duty military personnel.

27. Gulfstream Cafe
Gulfstream Cafe offers free meals to veterans and active duty military with valid ID, excluding alcohol and items labeled “A.Q.”

28. Hooters
Veterans and active duty military with military ID or proof of service can enjoy a free entree from a special Hooters Veterans Day menu with a purchase of a beverage on Veterans Day 2019. The special menu includes several Hooters favorites, including 10-Piece Traditional Wings, 10-Piece Smoked Wings, 10-Piece Boneless Wings, Hooters Burger, Buffalo Chicken Salad and Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

29. Houlihan’s
Houlihan’s offers 15 percent off of meals for active duty and veteran military personnel with valid ID, and on Veterans Day 2019, they take it even further with a free meal from a select menu. Houlihan’s Veterans Day menu includes the Houlihan’s Burger, Veggie Burger, Heartland Grilled Chicken Salad (grilled or fried), Fish and Chips, Brentwood Chicken Sandwich (grilled or fried), Southwest Grilled Chicken Wrap, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and a 5-oz. Petite Top Sirloin. Houlihan’s locations in the northeast will serve Down Home Pot Roast in lieu of the 5 oz. Petite Top Sirloin.

30. IHOP
IHOP offers free pancakes to active duty military and veterans for Veterans Day 2019 at participating locations.

31. Joey D’s Oak Room
Joey D’s Oak Room in Atlanta offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military with valid ID, excluding alcohol.

32. Little Caesar’s
Veterans and military with valid ID can snag a free $5 Hot and Ready lunch combo from Little Caesar’s on Veterans Day 2019 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

33. Longhorn Steakhouse
Veterans and military personnel can get a free appetizer or dessert and 10 percent off of their bill at Longhorn Steakhouse for Veterans Day 2019.

34. Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
For the entire month of November, active duty and veteran military personnel will receive 20 percent off of their bill at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ with valid ID to mark Military Appreciation Month. On Veterans Day 2019, active duty military and veterans will also get a free dessert.

35. Manhattan Bagel Company
Veterans with valid ID can get a free bagel with cream cheese at Manhattan Bagel Company for Veterans Day 2019.

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36. Mission BBQ
Mission BBQ will provide free sandwiches and cake to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day 2019.

37. New York Prime
New York Prime steakhouses offer a free entree for veterans and active duty military with valid ID this Veterans Day. Porterhouse steaks, alcohol and items labeled “A.Q.” are not included.

38. O’Charley’s
O’Charley’s will give veterans and active duty military a free meal for Veterans Day 2019. They also offer a 10 percent military discount all year and will donate to the Folded Flag Foundation from now through Veterans Day.

39. Olive Garden
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entree from a specially curated menu at participating Olive Garden locations for Veterans Day 2019.

40. Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse will, like Carrabba’s, also offer a special ongoing 10 percent Heroes Discount for all servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders starting on Nov. 12, 2019. The Heroes Discount will be upped to 20 percent off their entire check from Nov. 8, 2019 through Nov. 11, 2019. Diners can also donate to Operation Homefront from Nov. 6, 2019 to Jan. 7, 2020 by purchasing a Homefront Hero cocktail or donating a meal to a military family through a gift card purchase or donating on their checks in their restaurant of choice.

41. Peet’s Coffee
Veterans can enjoy a free coffee or tea of any size at Peet’s Coffee locations on Veterans Day 2019.

42. Red Lobster
Red Lobster diners can enjoy a free appetizer or dessert on Veterans Day 2019 at participating locations.

43. Red Robin
Veterans and military with proof of service can enjoy a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries at Red Robin this Veterans Day.

44. Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Romano’s Macaroni Grill will offer a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entree at all U.S. locations (dine-in only) on Veterans Day 2019 to veterans and active duty military with ID or proof of service.

45. Sizzler
Participating Sizzler locations offer a free meal to veterans and active duty military until 4:00 p.m. Servicemen and women and vets can choose from a 6 oz. Tri Tip Steak, Malibu Chicken or a half-dozen Jumbo Crispy Shrimp and will also receive a free side and a coffee, tea or fountain drink. Military ID, uniform or a photo in uniform is required.

46. Starbucks
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free tall coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day 2019.

47. Tavern at Phipps
Tavern at Phipps will honor veterans and active duty military with valid ID on Veterans Day 2019 with a free meal. Alcohol is not included in the deal.

48. TGI Friday’s
TGI Friday’s offers a free lunch to veterans and active duty military with ID up to $12 in value on Veterans Day at participating locations. Check with your local Friday’s to be sure they’re part of it!

49. Village Inn
Village Inn locations, which provide a 10 percent military discount all year long, will offer free meals to active duty military and veterans on Veterans Day 2019. In addition, Village Inn restaurants will raise funds for the Folded Flag Foundation from now through Veterans Day.

50. Yard House
Yard House offers a free appetizer for veterans and active duty military for Veterans Day.

51. Bombshells Restaurant & Bar
Veterans’ families and active service members receive free meals at Bombshells Restaurant & Bar on Veterans Day 2019.

52. Famous Dave’s
Veterans and active duty military with a valid ID can get a free meal at participating Famous Dave’s this Veterans Day.

53. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service get a free lunch or dinner entree at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill on Veterans Day.

54. Fired Pie
On Veterans Day, veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service or are in uniform on receive a free entree at Fired Pie.

55. Joe’s Crab Shack
Joe’s Crab Shack offers a Veterans Day discount of 20 percent off for veterans and active military. The discount does not extend to alcoholic beverages.

56. Logan’s Roadhouse
Veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service will receive a free American Roadhouse Meal on at Logan’s Roadhouse locations for Veterans Day. Logan’s Roadhouse locations will also ask customers to round up on their bills, with the proceeds going to the Folds of Honor campaign, which provides scholarships and educational opportunities to children of fallen and disabled American servicemembers. Logan’s Roadhouse has a 10 percent military and veteran discount year-round.

57. Luna Grill
Luna Grill offers veterans and active duty military with valid ID their choice of a free meal from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, 2019.

58. Medieval Times
Medieval Times locations will offer discounted tickets and free Royalty Upgrades to veterans and active duty military and their family members with ID for the month of November.

59. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can enjoy a free Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Veterans Day 2019.

60. Old Country Buffet
Active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID receive a 15 percent discount on Military Mondays (every Monday including Memorial Day). For Veterans Day, that treat will extend to up to four members of their families at Old Country Buffet.

61. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
This Veterans Day, military and veterans with valid ID and coupon can get a free frozen yogurt from Orange Leaf.

62. Subway
Veterans with a valid ID can get a free six-inch sub at select Subway locations on Veterans Day 2019.

63. Texas Roadhouse
Veterans and active military can receive a free lunch on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Texas Roadhouse locations.

64. World of Coca Cola

Military members (active duty, reserves and retirees) can visit World of Coca-Cola free of charge year-round, but on Veterans Day weekend we provide a special offer for up to four of their guests to purchase general admission tickets for half-price. Tickets may be purchase with a valid Armed Forces ID card at the attraction’s ticketing windows.

65. Chipotle

Chipotle offers its annual Military Appreciation BOGO deal for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID, at all restaurants in the U.S. from open to close on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

66. 7-Eleven
Veterans with a Veterans Advantage card can enjoy a free coffee or Big Gulp at 7-Eleven on Veterans Day 2019, as well as Memorial Day and July 4th. Veterans can also enjoy 1,000 extra 7Rewards points by syncing their Veterans Advantage card with their 7-Eleven app.

67. Ahipoki Bowl
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID will get 50 percent off of poke bowls at Ahipoki Bowl locations in California and Arizona for Veterans Day 2019.

68. Another Broken Egg Cafe
Participating Another Broken Egg Cafe locations will give veterans and active duty military with valid ID a free Patriot French Toast combo and coffee on Veterans Day while supplies last.

69. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free All-American Burger and side on Veterans Day at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar.

70. Bar Louie
Bar Louie offers a free flatbread or burger up to $15 for veterans and active duty military with valid ID for Veterans Day.

71. Bartaco
Participating Bartaco locations offer 20 percent discounts Saturday through Monday for veterans and active duty military with valid ID.

72. Beef O’Brady’s
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can buy one get one free meal on Veterans Day up to $10 at Beef O’Brady’s locations.

73. Black Angus Steakhouse
The All-American Steak Plate at Black Angus Steakhouse will be just $9.99 in honor of Veterans Day.

74. Bonanza Steakhouse
Bonanza Steakhouse Veterans Day offers vary by location, with some offering active duty military and veterans 50 percent off the buffet and others offering a free buffet and/or a 20 percent coupon for your next visit. Check with your nearest location for specifics.

75. Boston’s Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar
Participating Boston’s Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar locations will offer discounts and freebies to veterans and active military with valid ID for Veterans Day (the offers may vary by location). They will also donate 10 percent of proceeds to Operation Once in a Lifetime, which supports military and veterans’ families.

76. Bruegger’s Bagels
Bruegger’s Bagels offers veterans and active duty military with valid ID a free bagel with cream cheese on Veterans Day 2019.

77. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
There is a 20 percent discount at all Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. locations on both food and merchandise for veterans and active duty military and their families for Veterans Day 2019.

78. Buffalo Wild Wings
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free small order of boneless wings and fries for Veterans Day at Buffalo Wild Wings.

79. Buffalo Wings and Rings
Buffalo Wings and Rings offers a free Pick 2 Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day for active duty military and veterans with valid ID.

80. Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese offers a free personal one-topping pizza to veterans and active duty military with valid ID for Veterans Day 2019.

81. Country Pride
Veterans and active duty military eat free at Country Pride locations on Veterans Day with valid ID.

82. Cumberland Farms
Active duty military and veterans can get a free hot or iced coffee at Cumberland Farms locations on Veterans Day with valid ID.

83. Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies
Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies offers a free personal pizza and regular soda for dine-in or takeout for veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.

84. Denny’s
Active duty military and veterans get a free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam at Denny’s with valid ID for Veterans Day.

85. Dunkin’
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free donut from Dunkin’ locations on Veterans Day.

86. East Coast Wings + Grill
Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a select menu at East Coast Wings + Grill locations on Veterans Day 2019.

87. El Fenix
El Fenix Mexican restaurants offer free taco and enchilada plates for veterans and active duty military with valid ID on Veterans Day.

88. Fazoli’s
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce at Fazoli’s Italian eateries on Monday.

89. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Active duty military and veterans will get a free combo meal card at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers on Veterans Day 2019.

90. Friendly’s
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entree from a special menu at Friendly’s restaurants on Monday.

91. Furr’s
Furr’s buffet locations will grant active duty military and veterans with valid ID a free meal and unbottled beverage for Veterans Day.

92. GetGo Cafe
On Veterans Day 2019, veterans, active duty military and all first responders (EMTs, firefighters and police officers) can enjoy a free fountain drink, coffee or cappuccino at GetGo Cafe locations.

93. Giordano’s
Giordano’s offers an ongoing 20 percent discount for active duty military and veterans.

94. Grimaldi’s
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get 25 percent off at Grimaldi’s Coal-Fired Brick-Oven Pizzeria locations.

95. HMSHost
At HMSHost locations, veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free Pimento Cheeseburger on Veterans Day. Additionally, for each Pimento Cheeseburger and Copper Lager pairing sold in November will benefit Folds of Honor.

96. Hometown Buffet
Active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID receive 15 a percent discount on Military Mondays (every Monday including Memorial Day) at Hometown Buffet.

97. Huddle House
Huddle House restaurants offer a free order of sweet cakes to veterans and active duty military with valid ID on Veterans Day.

98. Hurricane Grill & Wings
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free meal from a select menu at Hurricane Grill & Wings on Monday.

99. Hy-Vee
Hy-Vee offers free breakfast to veterans and military with valid ID on Monday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

100. Inchin’s Bamboo Garden
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get 15 percent for Veterans Day at Inchin’s Bamboo Garden restaurants.

101. Insomnia Cookies
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free traditional cookie from Insomnia Cookies starting Monday through Nov. 18, 2019.

102. Iron Skillet
Active duty military and veterans with valid ID eat free on Veterans Day at Iron Skillet restaurants.

103. Jimboy’s Tacos
Jimboy’s Tacos offers a free meal up to $10 for veterans and active duty military on Monday.

104. Juice It Up
Juice It Up offers a free medium Classic Smoothie on Veterans Day 2019 to vets and active duty military with ID.

105. Kolache Factory
Kolache Factory offers veterans and active duty military a free coffee and sausage and cheese kolache on Veterans Day 2019.

106. LaMar’s Donuts
Veterans and active duty military with ID can get a free 12-oz. coffee and donut at LaMar’s Donuts for Veterans Day.

107. Lion’s Choice
This Veterans Day, Lion’s Choice offers a free original roast beef sandwich for active and retired members of the armed forces.

108. Main Event
Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal and $10 gameplay at Main Event on Veterans Day.

109. Margarita’s
Margarita’s Mexican Restaurants offer a free entree to veterans and active duty military with valid ID, plus one for a guest, this Veterans Day.

110. Max & Erma’s
Max & Erma’s offers a free cheeseburger, fries and fountain drink to active duty military and veterans this Monday.

111. McCormick & Schmick’s
Active duty military, veterans and Gold Star families can enjoy a free lunch or dinner from a special menu on Sunday at McCormick & Schmick’s.

112. Metro Diner
Veterans and active duty military can get 50 percent off of their meals at Metro Diner for Veterans Day 2019.

113. Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery
Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery offers a free meal from a special menu with beverage purchase to veterans and active duty military for Veterans Day.

114. Native Grill & Wings
Native Grill & Wings offers veterans and active duty military a free menu item up to $10.99 for Veterans Day 2019.

115. Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub
Veterans and active duty military can buy one get free from a special menu on Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub.

116. Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company offers an ongoing 15 percent discount for military and veterans.

117. Old Country Buffet
Old Country Buffet offers a free meal and unbottled beverage for veterans and active duty military on Monday.

118. On the Border
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can enjoy a free combo meal at On the Border for Veterans Day.

119. Panera
Select Panera locations in Florida offer free pick-two combos for veterans and active duty military on Monday. Call your nearest location to see if they participate.

120. Pie Five Pizza
Veterans and active duty military can get a free personal pizza in-store on Monday with valid ID at Pie Five Pizza locations.

121. Pilot Flying J
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free coffee and breakfast using the Pilot Flying J app on Monday.

122. PJ Whelihan’s
PJ Whelihan’s locations offers active duty military and veterans with valid ID 15 percent off on Veterans Day.

123. Plucker’s Wing Bar
Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree and non-alcoholic beverage at Plucker’s Wing Bar on Veterans Day.

124. Ponderosa Steakhouse
Veterans Day offers at Ponderosa Steakhouse locations vary, with some offering active duty military and veterans 50 percent off the buffet and others offering a free buffet and/or a 20 percent coupon for your next visit. Check with your nearest location for specifics.

125. Primanti Bros.
Primanti Bros. offers active and retired military a free Almost Famous sandwich for Veterans Day on Sunday and Monday.

126. Quaker Steak & Lube
Quaker Steak & Lube offers veterans and active duty military a free meal on Monday with valid ID.

127. Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Active duty and retired military with valid ID can get a free meal from a special menu for Veterans Day 2019 at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.

128. Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Retired and active duty military with ID and coupon can get a buy-one-get-one-free entree at Rubio’s Coastal Grill on Monday.

129. Ryan’s
Ryan’s buffet restaurants offer a free meal and unbottled beverage for active duty military and veterans with valid ID on Veterans Day 2019.

130. Scooter’s Coffee
Vets and active duty military can enjoy a free drink of any size from Scooter’s Coffee on Veterans Day.

131. Sheetz
Sheetz locations offer a free six-inch turkey sub and regular-size fountain drink to veterans and active duty military on Monday.

132. Shoney’s
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can enjoy a free breakfast bar at Shoney’s on Veterans Day 2019.

133. Smashburger
On Veterans Day 2019, veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free Double Burger with any Smashburger purchase.

134. Smoothie King
Active duty and retired military with valid ID can get a free 20-oz. smoothie from Smoothie King using their Healthy Rewards app on Monday.

135. Snarf’s
Snarf’s offers active duty and retired military with valid ID a free 7-inch non-specialty sub on Veterans Day 2019.

136. Sonny’s BBQ
Veterans and active duty military with ID can get a free pulled or sliced pork Big Deal combo from Sonny’s BBQ on Monday.

137. Taco Cabana
Taco Cabana offers a free chicken fajita, steak fajita or brisket taco to veterans and active duty military with ID now through Monday.

138. TCBY
Active duty and retired military with valid ID can get a free 6-oz. frozen yogurt from TCBY on Veterans Day 2019.

139. Texas de Brazil
On Monday, veterans and active duty military with valid ID (up to eight per table) can get 50 percent off of their dinners at Texas de Brazil.

140. TooJay’s Deli
TooJay’s Deli offers a free meal from a select menu to veterans and active duty military with valid ID on Monday.

141. Twin Peaks
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free meal on Monday at participating Twin Peaks locations.

142. Villa Italian Kitchen
Villa Italian Kitchen offers a free slice of pizza to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day 2019.

143. White Castle
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can get a free combo meal from White Castle on Veterans Day 2019.

144. Wienerschnitzel
Wienerschnitzel offers a free drink and meal to veterans and active duty military with valid ID on Monday.

145. Willy’s Mexicana Grill
At Willy’s Mexicana Grill, veterans and active duty military with valid ID can enjoy a 10 percent discount throughout the month of November.

146. Zaxby’s
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID can nab a free TLC Fillet Sandwich on Veterans Day 2019 at Zaxby’s.

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