Today is Monday, November 4, which means we are exactly one week removed from Veterans Day. Many of you will already know this, but Veterans Day owes its roots to World War I. The Allied Nations and Germany stopped fighting when an armistice went into effect on November 11, 1918. While the Treaty of Versailles would officially end the war, November 11 was the day “the war to end all wars” finished. Armistice Day was a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but the fighting of World War II caused Congress to rename it Veterans Day.
We have fought multiple wars since then, but the idea on Veterans Day remains the same. We take a day to reflect on what the brave men and women of the military have done for us, and to thank them for their many sacrifices. Part of that gratitude means that our veterans and active military can enjoy FREE or at least discounted meals for Veterans Day at a long list of restaurants. Be prepared to show ID or proof of service in all cases. We will update this post on Friday as a reminder with any new additions we hear about, but here is the list as of now:
Red Robin – Veterans or active duty military who show their military ID, proof of service, or show up in uniform on Monday, November 11 can claim one FREE Tavern Double burger for Veterans Day.
McCormick and Schmick’s – The seafood restaurant downtown is celebrating Veterans Day on Sunday, November 10. Come in the day before the official holiday and you can choose from a list of ten FREE entrees (click the link to see the full list).
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Veterans can visit one of the three Menchie’s locations in town on Monday, November 11 for a FREE six-ounce frozen yogurt.
Hooters – On Monday, November 11, veterans and active military can get a FREE meal at Hooters up to $10.99 value with a drink purchase.
Olive Garden – Current military service members and their families receive 10% off their bills throughout the month of November. As for Veterans Day itself, all vets and current service members can get a FREE entree from a special menu on Monday, November 11.
On the Border – The Mexican restaurant is giving all veterans and active military a FREE meal from the Create Your Own Combo menu on Monday, November 11.
Champps Americana – Champps will give the nation’s military and veterans FREE handcrafted burgers with fries on Monday, November 11.
TGI Friday’s – Vets and active military can stop by between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11 for a FREE entree off the lunch menu. This offer could be your lunch while you pick a different one for dinner.
Applebees – Vets and active military can enjoy a FREE signature entree on Monday, November 11. Click the link to see the full Veterans Day menu.
California Pizza Kitchen – On Monday November 11, vets and current military can enjoy any pizza from the menu for FREE.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Military personnel in uniform or with military ID can enjoy a FREE appetizer (with no purchase necessary) from Saturday November 9 through Monday November 11.
Cheeseburger in Paradise – Vets and current military can enjoy a FREE All American Burger with fries on Monday November 11 with the purchase of any beverage costing $1.99 or more.
Golden Corral – Vets and current military are welcome to a FREE dinner buffet between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Monday November 11.
Little Caesars – Vets and current military can claim FREE Crazy Bread on Monday November 11.
Max & Erma’s – Vets and current military will receive a FREE Best Cheeseburger in America combo on Monday November 11. In addition to the burger, this includes your choice of soup or salad and a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie.
O’Charley’s – Vets and current military can pick a FREE meal from the $9.99 menu on Monday November 11. These options include chicken tenders and twisted chips, Santa Fe tilapia, homestyle chicken pot pie, Tuscan chicken, cowboy sirloin, and Caroline chicken.
Red Lobster – Service members will receive a FREE appetizer from a list of ten delicious options from Monday November 11 through Thursday November 14.
Longhorn Steakhouse – Service members will receive both a FREE Texas Tonion appetizer and a non-alcohol beverage from Monday November 11 through Thursday November 14.
Texas Roadhouse – On Monday November 11, vets and current military can enjoy a FREE lunch from the special Veterans menu. You’ll also receive a nonalcoholic beverage.