To recognize Veterans Day on Monday, area restaurants are offering free or discounted meals.

Some offers are for vets only, some include active-duty and retired troops. Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Larry Williams has provided a list of participating businesses.

He encourages calling ahead to make sure local places are participating and to ask what you need to bring to identify yourself and check to find out whether beverages and gratuities are covered.

“Enjoy yourself and participate in one (or more) of these wonderful events (that) honor you for your dedicated and honorable military service, to our country,” Williams said.


Applebee’s — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from among eight entrees.

Buffalo Wild Wings — Free order of small boneless or traditional wings and fries.

Chili’s — Active duty and veterans can choose a free dine-in meal from a select menu including Cajun chicken pasta and chicken bacon ranch quesadillas.

Chop House — 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to all active-duty and retired service members with military ID or in uniform.

Cracker Barrel — Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or pumpkin pie latte to all dine-in veterans.

Dunkin’ Donuts — Free doughnut for active duty and veterans. One per person.

Golden Corral — Free buffet dinner and beverage from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 11 for retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves.

IHOP — Free breakfast combo or a free stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes for vets and active duty.

Krispy Kreme — Free doughnut and small coffee to active duty and veterans. No ID required.

Little Caesars — Free lunch combo 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes four slices of deep-dish pizza and a beverage for veterans and active duty.

O’Charley’s — Vets and active duty get a free meal from select menu.

Olive Garden — Free meal from limited menu for vets and active duty includes unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks.

Outback Steakhouse — All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members and first responders 20 percent off meals Nov. 8-11.

Red Lobster — Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu that includes lobster pizza and Brownie Overboard.

Red Robin — Free Tavern double burger with bottomless steak fries for vets and active duty.

Starbucks — Free coffee to veterans, active duty and military families.