Tomorrow Is Veterans Day – Free Meals for U.S. Military Veterans Across the Country


Many Bay Area restaurants will honor active and retired members of the U.S. military with a free entree or appetizer on Veterans Day this Wednesday, Nov. 11, no strings attached.

Here’s a sampling of options culled from our reporting as well as the National Restaurant Association. If you hear of other offers, let us know by adding to the comments and we’ll get the word out.

NOTE: You must show a valid military ID or similar proof of service. Some offers apply to reservists, but it’s best to check first. Most offers are dine-in only.

DENNY’S: Free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon Nov. 11.

APPLEBEE’S: Free entree all day Nov. 11 from special menu. Choices include Sirloin Steak, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp and Three Cheese Chicken Penne.

BJ’s ROADHOUSE AND BREWERY: Free entree (under $12.95) all day Nov. 11.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN: Free entree all day Nov. 11 from special menu. The 14 choices include pizza (Original BBQ Chicken, Mushroom-Pepperoni-Sausage); meal salads (Thai Crunch, Italian Chopped); and pasta (Garlic Cream Fettuccine with Chicken, Kiung Pao Spaghetti).

OLIVE GARDEN: Free entree all day Nov. 11 from special menu. Choices include Lasgna, Chicken Parmigiana, Garlic Rosemary Chicken (with soup/salad and breadsticks).

TEXAS ROADHOUSE: Free lunch (with sides) and beverage from special menu. Choices include Sirloin Steak, Country-Fried chicken, Pulled Pork, Grilled Pork Chop.

CHILI’S: Free entree all day Nov. 11 from special menu. Choices include Fresh Mex Pairings (Pick 2), Grilled Chicken Burrito, any lunch combo, any flatbread.

RED ROBIN: Free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries all day Nov. 11.

IHOP: Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating locations. (But check with your local International House of Pancakes to see if they are taking part in the Nov. 11 promotion before heading out for your hotcakes.)

SIZZLER: Free lunch and beverage, until 4 p.m. Nov. 11. Choices include Steak, Malibu Chicken, Shrimp.

HOMETOWN BUFFET: Free buffet lunch Nov. 11.

GOLDEN CORRAL: Free buffet dinner, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 11.

TGI FRIDAYS: Free lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11.

WIENERSCHNITZEL: Free chili dog and small Pepsi all day Nov. 11.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage all day Nov. 11. (From Nov. 12-Dec. 31, Outback will offer 15 percent off the entire check for military families.)

RED LOBSTER: Free appetizer or dessert Nov. 11-12.

Source: San Jose Mercury News |┬áLinda Zavoral –