Wednesday, November 11, 2015 is Veterans Day, a public holiday held annually on the anniversary of the end of World War I, to honor U.S. veterans. On this day, many local restaurants and businesses will thank members of the military, both past and present, by offering free food or special deals.
Important note: All of these deals have been verified, but we strongly recommend calling ahead to confirm the details. Most promotions are “at participating locations” and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed!
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Free Food for Veterans:
Applebee’s – November 11. Veterans can receive a FREE meal from a limited menu. Beverage and gratuity not included.
Carrabba’s – Through November 15. Veterans and active duty military can get a FREE appetizer. Military ID required.
Chili’s – November 11. All veterans and active duty servicemen and women can get a FREE meal. Beverage not included. Must show proof of military service.
Cracker Barrel – November 11. All veterans receive a FREE piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Denny’s – November 11 from 5 a.m. – noon. This Veterans Day, Denny’s would like to say thank you to all American veterans. Enjoy a FREE Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast with a valid Military ID.
Golden Corral – November 11 from 5-9 p.m. Any person who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) will receive one FREE meal. Check this link for a location near you.
IHOP – November 11 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Participating IHOP restaurants throughout the United States will serve a stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes – buttermilk pancakes crowned with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping – FREE for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day. Veterans and Active Duty Military simply show proof of military service to receive their free Red, White & Blue pancakes. Proof includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of yourself in US military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.
Krispy Kreme – November 11. A FREE doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personal (no ID required) on Veterans Day.
Mama Fu’s – November 11. Current and former military can get 50% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages. ID or worn uniform required.
Olive Garden – November 11. Veterans and active duty military can receive a FREE entrée from a special menu. Family members will receive 10% off. Beverages not included. Must show proof of military service.
Outback Steakhouse – November 11. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a FREE Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to military personnel and veterans with ID.
Red Lobster – Through November 12. Active duty and veterans can get a FREE appetizer or dessert from a limited menu.
Red Robin – November 11. On Veterans Day all veterans and active duty can get a FREE Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries, at participating Red Robin locations. Proof of service required.
Sirloin Stockade – November 11 from 4 p.m. to close. Active or inactive military personnel can receive a FREE buffet and drink, with military ID or proof of service. 1723 N. I-H 35, Round Rock.
Starbucks – November 11. As a thank you to active duty service members, veterans and military spouses, receive a tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee for FREE.
Texas Roadhouse – November 11. Veterans can receive a FREE lunch meal and drink from a special menu.
Twin Peaks – November 11. All military men and women (past and present) can enjoy a FREE menu item from the Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu. Military ID required.
Other Freebies and Deals:
Blanton Museum of Art – Active-duty military receive FREE admission year round.
LBJ Presidential Library – November 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Active military can always visit for FREE, but on Veterans Day, admission is FREE for everyone! 2313 Red River St., Austin.
Inner Space Cavern – November 11. Inner Space invites all veterans and active duty to explore the cavern for FREE on Veterans Day! Family and friends of military will receive $2 off each admission ticket.
Little Land Pediatric Therapy and Play Gym – November 11. Active duty and retired military members are invited to bring their kids in to play for FREE! Bring verification of military service.
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum – Admission for active military members and their families is always FREE! 605 Robert E. Lee Rd., Austin.
iPic – November 11. Veterans will receive one FREE premium ticket with a valid Military ID. Offer is not available online. iPic, The Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin.
Moviehouse & Eatery – November 11. Active duty and retired military are welcome to enjoy a FREE movie.
SeaWorld San Antonio – Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents to SeaWorld San Antonio. Offer expires December 31, 2015. Active duty service member must provide military ID.
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