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Free meals and deals for vets and active-duty military on Veterans Day 2018

Cracker Barrel's Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert.

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By FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: October 31, 2018

To mark Veterans Day on Nov. 11, restaurants around the country are offering free or discounted food to honor former servicemembers. Some offers are strictly for vets; others include active-duty and retired troops.  Call ahead to make sure your local places are participating — and ask what you need to bring to identify yourself. Many will ask for a DD-214 or other proof of service – or you can come in uniform!

Check to make sure what exactly is included in the offers. For example, beverages and gratuities are often not covered at eateries.

Here’s a look at a few meals and deals. All are good Nov. 11 unless otherwise noted. Be aware that the federal government’s observance of Veterans Day falls on Nov. 12 this year.

  • Applebee’s — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal Nov. 11 from a limited menu.
  • Bar Louie — Free flatbread or burger for vets and active duty on Nov. 11.
  • Bed Bath and Beyond — 25 percent discount Nov. 9-12 for vets, active duty, Reserve, Guard and spouses.
  • BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse — Free entree (for entrees priced up to $12.95) and free Dr Pepper beverage on Nov. 11. 
  • Buffalo Wild Wings — Free small order of boneless or traditional wings and fries on Veterans Day for vets and active duty servicemembers.
  • California Pizza Kitchen — Veterans and active military receive a free pizza, salad or pasta Nov. 11.
  • Chevys Fresh Mex — Build your own three-item combo for veterans and active military Nov. 11. Choose from tacos, enchiladas, tamales or flautas.
  • Chili’s — Active duty and veterans can choose a free entrée from a select menu Nov. 11.
  • Cracker Barrel — Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or Crafted Coffee to all dine-in veterans.
  • Denny's — Participating locations nationwide will offer current and former servicemembers a complimentary Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon Nov. 12.
  • Dunkin' Donuts — Free donut for active-duty military and veterans on Nov. 11.
  • Famous Dave’s — Free two-meat combo with side and muffin Nov. 11-12 for former and current military personnel.
  • 54th Street Grill — Free meal (up to $12) for veterans on Nov. 11. Dine-in only.
  • Fogo de Chao — Veterans get half off Nov. 9-11.
  • Friendly’s — Free Big-Two-Do breakfast or free burger and fries (lunch and dinner) on Nov. 11 for veterans and active military. 
  • Furr's Fresh Buffet — Free buffet and non-bottled beverage on Nov. 12 for veterans, as well as active-duty, retired and reserve military.
  • Golden Corral — Free buffet dinner and beverage from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 12 for retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Grand Trunk — 30 percent off the entire website at grandtrunk.com for active duty, Reserve, National Guard, veterans and retirees.
  • Great Clips — On Nov. 11, veterans and current military receive a free haircut or a card for a future free haircut.
  • Helzberg Diamonds — 10 percent discount on jewelry and watches online and in store.
  • HomeTown Buffet — Free buffet and non-bottled beverage on Nov. 12 for veterans, as well as active-duty, retired and reserve military.
  • Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar —Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree from the Veterans Day menu on Nov. 11.
  • IHOP — Free "red, white and blue pancakes" with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream for vets and active duty on Nov. 11.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort — Active duty and veterans receive free admission, free parking and hotel discounts at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in November.
  • Little Caesars — Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo at participating stores Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Logan’s Roadhouse — Free American Roadhouse Meal from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 11.
  • McCormick and Schmick’s — Vets and Gold Star families (parents and spouse) can get a free lunch or dinner Nov. 11. Reservations recommended.
  • Old Country Buffet — Free buffet and non-bottled beverage on Nov. 12 for veterans, as well as active-duty, retired and reserve military.
  • Olive Garden — Free meal from limited menu for vets and active duty. Includes unlimited soup or salad, plus breadsticks.
  • On the Border — Free "Create Your Own Combo 2" meal on Nov. 11 for veterans and active duty military.
  • Outback Steakhouse — All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11.

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  • Red Lobster — Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu that includes shrimp cocktail and brownie overboard on Nov. 11 and 12.
  • Red Robin — Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for vets and active duty on Nov. 11.
  • Rock & Brews — Free pulled pork sandwich with a side dish or Strawberry Fields Salad on Nov. 12 for veterans and active-duty military.
  • Ruby Tuesday — Free appetizer (up to $10) Nov. 11 for vets, active duty and reserves.
  • Ryan's — Free buffet and non-bottled beverage on Nov. 12 for veterans, as well as active-duty, retired and reserve military.
  • SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt — Free 12-oz. yogurt for active duty and veterans on Nov. 11.
  • Texas Roadhouse — Free lunch Nov. 11; hours may vary. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
  • Tractor Supply Co. — 15 percent off Nov. 11 for vets, active duty and dependents.
  • Vineyard Vines — 15% military discount with restrictions. Full-price merchandise only.
  • White Castle — Free combo meal or breakfast combo meal for veterans or active-duty military at participating restaurants on Nov. 11 and 12.
  • Wienerschnitzel — Free chili dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink for veterans, as well as active-duty and reserve servicemembers, on Nov. 11.
  • Wild Wing Café — Free meal all day Nov. 11 for veterans and active duty personnel.

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Red Lobster’s lobster and langostino Pizza is one of the appetizers and desserts being offered for free as part of its Veterans Day menu.
RED LOBSTER

Red Robin is offering a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger for veterans and active-duty servicemembers on Veterans Day.
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC.

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