Free Meals for Veterans on Veterans Day at These Restaurants

On November 11, the nation honors veterans and those who are actively serving the military. Many restaurants offer free meals as a small thank-you for all the work and sacrifices of the men and women in uniform. Below is a roundup of places that serve complimentary dishes to celebrate this day. In most cases, all you need is some form of military ID.

Applebee’s
Fun fact: Since 2008, Applebee’s has served up to 8.3 million Veterans Day free meals to veterans and active-duty military. This tradition continues this year so pay them a visit for a nice meal.

Bob Evans
Is there a nearby Bob Evans near you? They are serving seven homestyle menu items for veterans for free on this holiday, including favorites like crispy fried chicken and country fried steak.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Grab free pregame offerings at participating Buffalo Wild Wings outlets on Veterans Day. Free 10 free boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members. This offer is available for dine in or takeout.

Cattlemens Steakhouse
A good celebration must call for a steak, right? Cattlemens is serving a free eight-ounce steak with sides for current or former service members. Bring your military ID and note that participating restaurants do not open until 4 PM.

Chili’s
Chili’s salute the military on November 11 with a special Veterans Day menu. Call your local Chili’s to know if they are participating. The free menu includes chicken crispers, margarita grilled Chicken, and chicken bacon ranch quesadillas.

Famous Dave’s
Do you love barbecue? Famous Dave’s Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich + Side is free on Veterans Day. It is available for dine-in and takeout.

Friendly’s
Free All-American Meal is served by Friendly’s this year. Drop in for lunch or dinner to get the All-American Burger, fries, and a drink. Cheeseburger upgrade is also free.

Golden Corral
In the past, Golden Corral hosts Military Appreciation Night on Veterans Day but due to the pandemic, the restaurant has opted to distribute ‘Thank You Cards’ for the military that can be redeemed for lunch or dinner on Mondays through Thursdays, starting on November 1 and going all the way through May 2021. The restaurant has served almost six million veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day as of last year.

Ian Schindler