This Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty military can take advantage of an extra day of deals.
As they do each year, restaurants are saluting veterans by offering free food and meal deals.
Thanks to the federal holiday falling on Sunday, it’s officially observed Monday. This leads to a split with some businesses showing their appreciation Sunday and others Monday.
Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
Deals are available at participating locations and offers can vary. Check with your closest location to confirm. The businesses listed here have more than 20 locations. Many smaller chains and individual restaurants also will offer deals and the easiest way to find specials is by checking social media.
Sunday free meals and discounts
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Sunday.
Back Yard Burgers: Free Back Yard Classic Burger Sunday.
Bakers Square: Free Veterans Day Breakfast Sunday plus get a 20 percent off coupon for a future visit.
Bar Louie: Free flatbread or burger Sunday.
Bertucci’s: Free small cheese pizza Sunday and Monday.
Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu available all day Sunday at all locations.
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer Sunday.
Buffalo’s Café: 50 percent discount for veteran and military Sunday.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries Sunday.
Buffalo Wings & Rings: Five free wings and a free beverage Sunday.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free meal from special menu Sunday. Get a buy-one-get-one free card to use Nov. 12-18.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Free appetizer or dessert Sunday.
Chevys: Free three-item combo 3 p.m. to close Sunday.
Chili’s: Free meal from special menu Sunday.
Chipotle: Buy-one-get-one free deal Sunday.
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Free personal one-topping pizza Sunday.
Cicis: Free adult buffet Sunday.
City Barbeque: Free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage Sunday.
Cotton Patch Cafe: Free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken Sunday.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee beverage.
Creamistry: 50 percent off any single item Sunday and Monday.
Daphne’s: 10 percent discount Sunday.
Duffy’s Sports Grill: For Veterans Day, the Florida-based chain is extending its regular active-duty military discount to veterans. From 5 p.m. to close Sunday, veterans get 40 percent off food purchases.
Dunkin’: Free doughnut Sunday. No purchase required.
East Coast Wings + Grill: Free meal from special menu Sunday.
El Fenix: Free meal from special menu Sunday.
El Torito: Free three-item combo 3 p.m. to close Sunday.
Famous Dave’s: Free two meat lunch combo Sunday and Monday.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Veterans and active duty service members get a free lunch or dinner Monday with purchase of another entrée.
Fogo de Chão: 50 percent off meal Veterans’ Day weekend Friday through Sunday and 10 percent off for up to three guests’ meals.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Veterans and active military who visit a Freddy’s restaurant Sunday get a free combo meal card good through Nov. 30.
Freebirds World Burrito: Veterans and active military get a buy-one-get-one free deal on full-size entrees Sunday.
Friendly’s: Free Big-Two-Do breakfast or free All-American Burger meal for lunch or dinner.
GetGo Cafe + Markets: Free coffee or fountain drink, excluding made-to-order and packaged beverages Sunday. Also available for first responders.
Glory Days Grill: Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled wings Sunday and Monday for veterans.
Green Mill: Free menu item for lunch or dinner Sunday.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: 15 percent off Sunday and Monday. Not valid in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Grub Burger Bar: Free entrée Sunday. Plus, offers ongoing 10 percent discount throughout the year.
Hickory Tavern: Free Tavern Burger with the purchase of a beverage Sunday.
Hooters: Free meal from a special menu Sunday.
Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar: Free meal from special menu Sunday. Plus, the chain has a 15 percent military discount every day of the year.
Huddle House: Free order of Sweet Cakes through Monday.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: Free meal Sunday.
Jimboy’s Tacos: Free meal up to $10 at participating locations Sunday.
Kolache Factory: Free kolache and a free coffee Sunday.
Krispy Kreme: One free doughnut and a small cup of coffee Sunday. No ID is required.
LaMar’s Donuts: Free doughnut and 12-ounce coffee Sunday.
Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Free meal from special menu between 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Kelly Tyko