Meals and Deals: Businesses offering Veterans Day specials

Many restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and discounts to veterans and military members. Find a list of options below.

Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources 

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle will be admitted free to all DNR state parks, reservoir properties, state forest recreation areas and state off-road vehicle riding areas on Sunday, Nov. 11 with valid ID. Falls of the Ohio State Park will only be open Veterans Day afternoon so the park will offer free admission to the Interpretive Center on both Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12.

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Source: Mission BBQ

Mission BBQ

Mission BBQ is giving away a sandwich and cake to veterans and active duty military personnel on Sunday, November 11.

Stop by between 11:30 AM to 8 PM to snag the offer.

There will be a live performance of the National Anthem at noon.   

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Source: HopCat


HopCat’s locations in Louisville and Lexington will offer a free meal and soft drink to any veteran or active-duty military service member.

A military ID or proof of service required. No additional purchase is necessary but the deal is dine-in only; limit one complimentary meal per guest.

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Source: Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Active members or veterans of the military can enjoy a day at the races at Churchill Downs. military members will receive a free general admission or a discounted ticket ($29) to the Millionaires Row dining room with a valid military ID.

Gates open on November 11 at 11:30 AM with races starting at 1 PM.


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Source: National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum is celebrating the armed forces throughout the month of November. The museum is offering free admission to all military veterans, police, firefighters and their immediate families all month long. A valid proof of service must be provided.

On Thursday, November 8, the Museum and NCM Motorsports Park will recognize veterans and wounded warriors as a part of their 10th Annual Vets ‘n Vettes event. Veterans can stop by the NCM Motorsports Park for complimentary rides around the track in Corvettes from 9 AM to 3 PM CST. A Veterans luncheon will be held from 11:30 AM to 1 PM in the track’s garages. Lunch will be free for veterans and their guest/spouse.

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Source: Famous Daves

Famous Dave

On Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12, in honor of Veterans Day, Famous Dave’s is offering all former and current military personnel a free 2 Meat Salute. The deal is for dine-in only.

Veterans can choose from two different types of meat which are served with a side and a cornbread muffin. The meat choices are as follows:

  • Georgia Chopped Pork | Country-Roasted Chicken
  • BBQ Chicken | Sweetwater Catfish Fingers
  • Southside Rib Tips | Texas Beef Brisket
  • Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders


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Source: Mint Julep Experiences

Mint Julep Experiences - Louisville

Mint Julep Experiences – Louisville is offering a “bring a vet for free” buy one get one offer on its Kentucky bourbon distillery tours in honor of Veterans Day.

Buy a gift certificate for one tour at $149 and get an additional $149 value to use on one ticket for a veteran or active military friend for free. That gift certificate can be used on any weekday (Thursday or Friday) public bourbon tour between November 11, 2018, and March 31, 2019.

This Veterans Day deal only available Nov. 9-12, 2018.

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Red Lobster’s Lobster and Langostino Pizza and Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms are two options from a variety of appetizers and desserts being offered for free as part of its special Veterans Day menu.

Reb Lobster

Red Lobster is offering veterans, active duty military and reservists a free appetizer or dessert on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.

Guests may choose from a special menu that includes the following:

  • Appetizers
    • Sweet Chili Shrimp
    • Mozzarella Cheesesticks
    • Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
    • Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
    • Lobster and Langostino Pizza
    • Signature Shrimp Cocktail
  • Desserts
    • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
    • Key Lime Pie
    • Warm Apple Crostada
    • Chocolate Wave
    • Brownie Overboard

Guests need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem the offer.

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Source: Golden Corral

Golden Corral

Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night is Monday, November 12 from 5 PM to 9 PM. United States military members can receive a free “thank you” dinner when dining in at various locations.

As of 2017, Golden Corral says they have served nearly 5.4 million free meals to active duty and retired military.

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Source: Shoney's


All veterans and active U.S. military can join Shoney’s for a free breakfast from the fresh food bar until 11 a.m. on Monday, November 12th.

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Source: Denny's


Veterans and military personnel can enjoy Build Your Own Grand Slam free at Denny’s locations on November 12 from 5 AM to noon. The offer includes a choice of four delicious breakfast items such as two fluffy buttermilk pancakes, two eggs or egg whites cooked to order, two sizzling bacon or turkey bacon strips, buttermilk biscuits or hash browns.

“As America’s Diner, we take great pride in honoring our country’s servicemen and women,” John Dillon, chief marketing officer for Denny’s, said. “Each year we look forward to welcoming these heroes into our booths nationwide for a great breakfast on us, just a small way to thank them for their service and dedication to our great country.”

The offer is valid for dine-in only with a valid military ID or DD 214.

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Source: Red Robin

Red Robin

Veterans can stop by Red Robin on November 11 for a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.

The offer is valid for all veterans and active-duty service members. Proof of service required.

Red Robin offers a Royalty Military Program for exclusive year-round offers and perks.

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Source: Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday is showing its appreciation for the military by offering a free appetizer on Saturday, November 11.

“We invite our nation’s heroes to visit their favorite Ruby Tuesday location for a complimentary appetizer,” David Skena, chief marketing officer for Ruby Tuesday, said. “Veterans Day is a special day set aside to show our appreciation for the men and women who honor our country and we would like to say thank you for their service.”

Appetizer selections are as follows:

  • Crispy Chicken Bites
  • Italian Five-Cheese Skillet
  • Philly Cheesesteak Potstickers
  • Queso & Chips
  • Sampler Trio
  • Shrimp Fondue
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Tempura Green Beans
  • Thai Phoon Shrimp
  • Thai Spring Rolls
  • Traditional Wings

The deal only includes appetizers up to a $10 value when dining-in.

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Source: Starbucks


Starbucks is thanking veterans, active duty service members and military spouses for all they do by offering a free tall brewed coffee on November 11.

Limit one per customer.

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Source: Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is hosting their “8th Annual Texas Size Thank You for Serving Our Country” event on Sunday, November 11. Veterans and active military members can stop by for a free lunch.

Some of the entrees being offered include a 6 oz Sirloin Steak, a Pulled Pork dinner, an All-American Cheeseburger, and a Chicken Critter Salad.

Source: Texas Roadhouse

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Source: Applebee's


For the 11th year in a row, Applebee’s in on a mission to serve 1 million meals to military heroes. United States veterans and active duty military and stop by participating locations for a free meal on Sunday, November 11.

Choose from eight favorites:

  • Classic Bacon Cheeseburger
  • 6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin
  • Chicken Tenders Platter
  • Double Crunch Shrimp
  • Fiesta Lime Chicken
  • Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Oriental Chicken Salad
  • Three-Cheese Chicken Penne

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Source: Back Yard Burgers

Back Yard Burgers

Back Yard Burgers is showing gratitude to those who serve this Veteran’s Day, November 11, by offering free Classic Burgers. The Back Yard Classic Burger is a third pound 100 percent Black Angus beef topped with garden-fresh lettuce, lush tomatoes, crunchy dill pickles, ketchup, mayo and mustard.

The offer is valid for veterans and active duty service men and women in uniform or with a valid ID.

All year long Back Yard Burgers offers a 20 percent discount to service men and women.


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Source: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is celebrating the military throughout the month of November through their Buy a Hero a Pizookie program. Current or former military members can claim a free Pizookie on the restaurant’s website.

Those who wish to help military heroes enjoy a free Pizookie can contribute inside restaurants during the month of November.

Claim a free Pizookie here

Source: California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen

Current and former U.S. military members can stop by California Pizza Kitchen on Sunday, November 11 for a complimentary entree from a special Veterans Day menu. Participating guests can also receive a card to redeem for a buy one, get one free offer on pizza, pasta, or salad during a
return visit Nov. 12-18.

“Each Veterans Day, our California Pizza Kitchen family looks forward to the opportunity to recognize and thank the courageous men and women who have served our country, both past and present,” California Pizza Kitchen CEO Jim Hyatt said. “It is our great honor to serve you and extend our deepest gratitude for your tremendous service and sacrifice. We invite you to be our guest and enjoy a special meal on us this Veterans Day.

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Source: Chili's


Chili’s is showing support for veterans and active military by offering them a complimentary meal on Sunday, November 11.

Choose an entrée from the following list:

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Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a special buy-one-get-one offer on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018.

The offer is valid in-store only and will be available for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID, at all restaurants.

The offer is only valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

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Source: City Barbeque

City Barbeque

On Sunday, November 11, all veterans and active military members get a free lunch on City Barbeque. The meal will include a free sandwich, 2 sides, and a drink for dine-in or carry out.

Last year, they said they served more than 10,000 veterans and military and they hope to serve more this year.


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Source: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

On Veterans Day, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will thank military veterans by offering them a choice of a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or one of its Crafted Coffee beverages. Choose from Crafted Coffee flavors such as Southern Praline Latte, Goo Goo Cluster Latte, Latte, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Latte, or Mocha.

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Source: Dunkin’


This Veterans Day, Dunkin’ is offering a free donut to veterans and active duty military on Sunday, November 11.

This year Dunkin’ and Keurig are teaming up to offer Keurig Coffee Makers and a month’s worth of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods to almost a dozen Dunkin’ franchisees nationwide who have served in the armed forces. Each of the franchisees have chosen either an individual veteran or veterans organization to donate the Keurig Coffee Maker and Dunkin’ K-Cup pods to in appreciation of their service, Dunkin said on their website.

Anyone who wants surprise a deployed military member with a shipment of Dunkin’ coffee can submit their name here. Dunkin’ will surprise some of these men and women with a case of the brand’s ground Original Blend Coffee.

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Source: Hooters


Active-duty and retired military members can stop in participating Hooters restaurants for a free meal on Sunday, November 11.  All veterans who present a military ID or proof of service and purchase a drink will receive a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day menu. This is available for dine-in only.

The Hooters Veterans Day Menu includes six of Hooters’ most popular entrées including:

  • 10-Piece Traditional Wings
  • 10-Piece Smoked Wings
  • 10-Piece Boneless Wings
  • Hooters Burger
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Choose from 17 sauces and dry rubs to add to your wings.

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Source: Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack

Veterans get 20% off at Joe’s Crab Shack on Sunday, November 11. A valid ID must be shown to receive the offer.

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Little Caesars Pizza

Little Caesars Pizza will give away free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combos on November 11 to veterans or active military members. The Lunch Combos include four slices of DEEP! DEEP! Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20 ounce Pepsi drink.

You must stop by between 11 AM and 2 PM on Sunday with a valid proof of service.

Limit one per person.


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Source: Logan's Roadhouse

Logan's Roadhouse

Veterans and Military personnel eat free on Sunday, November 11 from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Choose from entrees on the American Roadhouse Meals menu.

  • Logan’s Wood-Grilled Chicken: 1/2 lb. grilled chicken breast smothered with Parmesan Peppercorn dressing.
  • Hand-breaded Chicken Tenders: All-natural chicken served classic style with honey mustard dressing.
  • Turkey Dinner: Fresh turkey breast, sliced in-house and smothered with white gravy. Served open-face on Texas toast.
  • Southern Fried Fish: Farm-raised fillet of white flaky fish, covered in a cornmeal breading and served with tartar sauce.
  • Chopped Steak: 1/2 lb. chopped steak smothered with brown gravy, Brewski Onions and sautéed mushrooms.
  • BBQ Grilled Pork Chop: Drizzled with BBQ sauce and topped with cheddar cheese and crispy onions.
  • 6 oz Choice Sirloin Steak: Fresh USDA Choice Sirloin steak topped with crispy onions.
  • Smothered Roast Beef: Certified Angus Beef smothered with brown gravy, Brewski Onions and sautéed mushrooms. Served on Texas toast.

Veterans get 10% off every day at Logan’s Roadhouse.

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Source: Main Event

Main Event Entertainment

Main Event is saluting active duty military and veterans by inviting them to enjoy FREE $10 in arcade gameplay and a free entrée from our Veterans Day menu.

The special Veterans Day menu is as follows:

  • Bacon & Cheddar Burger
  • Jumbo Wings & Fries Combo
  • 10″ Ultimate Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza
  • Classic Cobb Salad
  • Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich
  • Chicken Tenders & Fries

A valid military ID or proof of service required.

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