Veterans Day 2013 Specials

by Gil Arnold

olivegardenveterans Veterans Day 2013 SpecialsHere’s our annual roundup of Veterans Day deals.  Veteran’s Day this year is Monday, Nov. 11,  2013. Many chain restaurants have free entrees or other deals to salute our military.

To qualify you will need evidence of service such as a military ID or Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW).  Some restaurants allow a photo of yourself in uniform, or just wear your uniform.

Here are the deals that EatDrinkDeals has confirmed with the national chains, with links to the chain websites that have more information.

Applebee’s has a free steak or other entree for veterans and active duty personnel on Veterans Day.  This is during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.   Choose from an Applebee’s Signature entree such as a 7 oz House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken or Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger.  Beverages not included.  More details at the Applebee’s website:

Bailey’s and Fox and the Hound Sports Grille has a sandwich or entree for veterans on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.   More details at this website:

Bob Evans has free all you can eat pancakes for  vets on Veterans Day.  More details on the Bob Evans website at

Boston Market has a free whole chicken with purchase of a family meal on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.  More details at the Boston Market website at

cpkveterans 350x172 Veterans Day 2013 SpecialsCalifornia Pizza Kitchen has a free pizza for veterans on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.  More details on the California Pizza home page:
Carrabba’s Italian Grill has a free appetizer for veterans on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Proof of service (military ID or uniform) required.  More details from Carrabba’s here:
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Champps Americana is honoring veterans with a free Champps Cheeseburger and fries all day on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The offer is dine-in only, and not all locations participate, so call ahead and make sure your local Champps offers the deal.  Click here for details:
Dennys has free all you can eat pancakes for  vets from 6 am to 2 pm on Veterans Day.  More details on the Dennys Facebook page:
Einstein Bros. Bagels has a free Bagel & Shmear for all  vets on Veterans Day.  More details on the Einstein Bros Facebook page:
FATZ has a free entree for vets on Monday, Nov.  2013.  No purchase is required, but the free entree does not cover beverage or gratuity.  Click here for the details and available entrees from FATZ:
Chili’s has a free entree for veterans and active duty personnel on Veterans Day.  Choose from a special menu including lunch combos, pizza, Margarita Chicken and more.  Beverages not included.  Menu and more details at the Chili’s website:


Golden Corral has what is probably the biggest national event, their annual free dinner buffet for active duty personnel and veterans.  This deal is 4 to 11 pm on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.   Golden Corral says they have served more than 3 million free meals to vets.  More details:

Hooters is offering all veterans and active duty military a free meal up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase.  More details on the Hooters home page at

In addition, Hooters is encouraging its patrons to participate in its 2014 Operation Calendar Drop. If you purchase a 2014 Hooters Calendar, you can write a special message on it and Hooters will personally deliver it to service members overseas. More information is available at

Jake’s Wayback Burgers is offering all veterans and active duty military with valid ID a free Sandwich or Jake Cheeseburger with purchase of any side. More details on the Jake’s home page at

Krispy Kreme has a free donut and small coffee for veterans on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.  More details on this Krispy Kreme website:

McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant has a free meal for veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 (the day before Veterans Day).  Choose from fried shrimp, grilled salmon, chicken chopped salad, cheeseburger and other entrees.  Menu and more details on this McCormick & Schmick’s website:

Miller’s Ale House is offering 50% off entrees for veterans and active service members. More details at this Miller’s website:

O’Charley’s is giving away a free meal from the $9.99 menu on Monday, November 11 for all active duty military and veterans. More details on the O’Charley’s Facebook page:

Olive Garden has a free entree for the military on Veterans Day. In addition, current military service members and their families get 10% off their meals during November. More details at this Olive Garden website:

On the Border has a free combo for the military on Veterans Day. More details at the On the Border Facebook page at

Red Robin is giving away one free Tavern Double burger to each veteran or active duty military guest who shows their military ID, proof of service or who are in military uniform on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.  Click here for the press release announcement from Red Robin:
Red Lobster has a free appetizer for the military on Veterans Day through Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Military ID required. More details at the Red Lobster Facebook page:

Shoney’s has a free All American Burger on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.  More details at this Shoney’s website:

Smokey Bones has 30% off on a Veterans Meal on Veterans Day.

Taco Bueno has a free crispy beef or chicken taco for vets on Veterans Day.  More details at this Taco Bueno website:

TGI Friday’s has a free lunch for veterans lunch on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 from 11 am until 2 pm.  Details:

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About Gil Arnold

Gil Arnold is founder and Managing Editor at EatDrinkDeals. He was a software development manager at IBM for more than 20 years before founding EatDrinkDeals. Mr. Arnold writes extensively on the restaurant industry and software standards related to the publishing of restaurant information.You can connect with him on Google+

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