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30 Places Where Veterans Can Eat for Free on Veterans Day

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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 2018, because this federal holiday falls on a Sunday, many schools, businesses, and government agencies will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 12. 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.


On Sunday, November 11, Acapulco will serve Veterans Day free meals to all veterans or current service members anytime from 3 p.m. until closing time. Although not available during brunch, the complimentary meal will be a three-item combo, chosen among tacos, enchiladas, taquitos, tamales, and chile relleno.

Bob Evans

According to, 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 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 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, tamales, 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 Sunday, November 11. Simply produce a valid ID (like a U.S. Uniformed Services Identification Card or U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card) from 3 p.m. until closing. Delicious-sounding offerings include a three-item combo, with options including tacos, enchiladas, flautas, tamales, and chile relleno.

El Torito Grill

At El Torito Grill, ordering your complimentary meal on Sunday, 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. Enjoy these 8 patriotic foods during Veterans Day weekend.


Head on over to Chili’s, which is saluting veterans and active military members on Sunday, 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


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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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).


Cool off with a free six-ounce cup of frozen yogurt when you present your military ID on Sunday, November 11, at any Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location, according to 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 Sunday, 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.


What’s better than a buffet? A complimentary pizza buffet! CiCis is comping military folks on Veterans Day, according to, 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.


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

MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza is known for offering up its thanks to veterans on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On Sunday, 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


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


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 Sunday, November 11, 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).


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


Get your deli on with a free entrée from the special Veterans Day menu at Toojay’s on Sunday, November 11. Items include shepherd’s pie, chicken Caesar salad, and a create-your-own omelet. Now read about ways you can help veterans through simple acts of kindness.

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