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The best Veterans Day restaurant freebies

The best Veterans Day restaurant freebies
Posted at 10:15 AM, Nov 03, 2023

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Dozens of restaurant chains around the country celebrate Veterans Day by offering discounts or free meals to those who have served our country or are currently serving.

In most cases, the deals are only good on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, but some restaurants extend the offer to include the weekend before or after or days leading up to the holiday. You will need to check with your local restaurant to see if they’re participating and when.

You will likely need some sort of military ID or be in uniform to get the deal. Take a look at some of the restaurants that offer discounts or free meals to veterans.

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Applebee’s will once again be handing out free meals to veterans on Nov. 11.

Veterans can choose from eight different entrees including a cheeseburger, chicken tenders, steak, shrimp and more.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans will also be offering free meals to veterans, but there meals are for breakfast, meaning you can choose somewhere else for dinner.

Choices range from French toast or pancakes to sausage gravy and biscuits.

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen is offering a free entree to veterans.

Everyone eligible will be able to choose a free meal from a special menu that includes salad, pizza and pasta.


Chili’s will be giving out a full entree to veterans on Nov. 11. Choices include soup and salad, quesadillas, a burger or chicken wings.


Circle K

Circle K will be offering free coffee through the Circle K app to veterans and active-duty military personnel on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel will once again be offering U.S. military veterans a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with an in-store purchase on Nov. 11.


Denny’s will be offering active, inactive and retired military personnel a free Original Grand Slam on Friday, Nov. 10 from 5 a.m. (or when your local location opens) to noon.


Hooters will be honoring veterans with a free meal on Nov. 11.

The deal is dine-in only and includes wings, burgers, chicken sandwiches and salad. A beverage purchase is required.

Juice It Up

If you live near a Juice It Up and are a veteran or active duty service member, you can get a free Medium Classic Smoothie on Nov. 11.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme will be giving veterans and active military personnel a free doughnut and small coffee on Nov. 11.

The deal includes any doughnut and hot or iced coffee, no purchase necessary.

Little Caesars

Little Caesars gave veterans a free hot-and-ready lunch combo in 2022, which included four slices of Detroit-Style Deep Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

The pizza chain has not confirmed if they will be offering the deal again this year, but you’ll want to keep your eye out, as it’s a value of around $5.99.

Max & Erma’s

Max & Erma’s offered a free cheeseburger to veterans in 2022.

The deal was good on Nov. 11 only, so if you have a Max & Erma’s near you, you’ll want to see if they’re offering it again this year.

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse offers military veterans and service members (plus police, firefighters, first responders, nurses, doctors and medical staff) 10% off their entire check all day, every day.

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Red Lobster

Red Lobster will be offering free printed meal vouchers for Veterans Shrimp & Chips, which includes six hand-breaded, butterflied and lightly fried shrimp, served with cocktail sauce, plus crispy French fries and coleslaw.

You can get the voucher from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. local time on Saturday, Nov. 11. It can then be redeemed any time Monday, Nov. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 10 for dine-in only.

Red Robin

Red Robin will be giving veterans and active duty military members a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11.

The deal is good for dine-in only.


Sheetz stores will be offering a free meal to veterans and car wash at locations with a car wash on Nov. 11.


Starbucks will once again be offering a free tall coffee to veterans, reservists, active duty service members and their spouses on Veterans Day.

Travel Centers of America

Military veterans will receive a free meal from Travel Centers of America on Nov. 11.

You’ll want to keep them on your list if you’ll be traveling this Veterans Day.

White Castle

White Castle will be offering a free combo meal to veterans and active-duty service members this year.

The deal is good on Nov. 11 for dine-in only.

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Not a veteran? Be sure to pass these deals on to one you know.

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