Veterans Day is the time of year when we honor those who protect and serve our country, and lots of restaurants are offering special deals and freebies for both active military personnel and veterans.
Bear in mind: most deals require a military ID, while some will accept dressing in uniform as ID. Most restaurants accept discharge papers, VA cards, veterans organization memberships, and other military ID cards.
Some exclusions apply, so check if you nearest location is participating in these deals.
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
Pick a free meal from a special menu at any of Applebee's 1,800 locations nationwide.
Back Yard Burgers
Get a Classic Burger free on Saturday if you're active-duty military personnel or a veteran. Requires uniform or ID. Back Yard Burgers also offers a 20% military discount year-round.
Free breakfast on Saturday with your choice of buttermilk pancakes, French toast, or a Belgian waffle.
All of the chain's locations are offering a free meal Saturday (from a special menu).
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Pick a free entree under $12.95 on Friday or Saturday with a free BJ's beer donated by another community member.
Enjoy the Bonanza buffet for free on Saturday.
Buy one, get one free for individual meals from Friday to Sunday, but only at participating locations. You also need this coupon to qualify for the meal, not just your ID.
Through Sunday, guests can buy a pint and pay it forward to active-duty military personnel or veterans, so you should be able to enjoy a free beer at your nearest location.
Buffalo Wild Wings
At participating locations you can get a free small order of traditional or boneless wings, with a side of fries.
California Pizza Kitchen
Enjoy a free entree from a special menu at participating locations of this chain.
Choose a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu.