Here’s Where Veterans Can Get Free Meals In The QCA
It's almost Veterans Day and many QC restaurants are offering special discounts, deals and free meals to veterans, active service members and, in some case, their family members and first responders to honor their service.
Some offers are for Monday, when the holiday is observed, and some both Sunday and Monday. Be sure to bring along your military ID.
Here's a list of some deals in our area:
American Legion Post 26 will provide a free lunch on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but it’s not just military veterans who are eligible: all police, fire department and ambulance staff will be honored alongside military personnel, as they are “on the ‘Tip of the Spear’ for their country,” according to a QC Times article. Chili and hotdogs will be served.
On Monday, November 12th, all veterans and active duty military are invited to visit their local Bierstube (Moline and LeClaire) to enjoy a free full-size entrée from a selection of seven fan favorites.
Hy-Vee Homefront is commemorating veterans on Monday with a free breakfast to all veterans and active-duty military members.
In addition to the breakfast, Hy-Vee will lead the Homefront initiative for the sixth year in a row; From Nov. 1 through 18, customers may round up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar, or donate any amount, to support the Puppy Jake Foundation, Operation First Response, Hope for the Warriors and the American Red Cross. To date, the initiative has raised more than $1.4 million.
Many national chains are also offering deals to honor veterans.
For the 11th year, veterans and active duty military who dine at Applebee’s on Sunday can choose one of eight full-size entrees to enjoy for free.
Buffalo Wild Wings is giving veterans and active duty military who dine-in one free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.
Veterans and active military members can get a free meal from Chili’s on Sunday, with seven entree options available on the special menu with proof of service.
Chipotle is offering a buy one get one free burrito, bowl, salad or taco to all active military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with a valid ID.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Military veterans can receive a complimentary piece of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake or a coffee beverage at all of the chain’s 656 store locations nationwide on Veteran’s Day.
Veterans and active duty military can get a free doughnut at Dunkin’ Donuts on Sunday.
Famous Dave’s is offering a free two-meat combo to all former and current military personnel on both Sunday on Monday.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers- This American fast-casual restaurant will be giving out free combo meal cards to vets and active-duty military personnel who visit one of their 300 restaurants on Veterans Day. The combo meal cards are valid through November 30.
Golden Corral-This nationwide family restaurant chain will be holding a Military Appreciation Night on November 13. Retired military personnel, veterans, active duty and National Guard or Reserves are entitled to a free dine-in “thank you” dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to the restaurant website, they have served more than 5 million “thank you” meals in the last 17 years.
Pilot Flying J -The truck stop chain is providing all active-duty and retired military veterans a free breakfast sandwich, along with a free ‘Pilot Coffee’ of any size and a pastry of your choice through November 10 and 12.
Veterans, active duty military and reservists can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu at Red Lobster on both Sunday and Monday if they show a valid military ID.
Red Robin is offering a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries to veterans and active duty military on Sunday.
A free tall brewed Starbucks coffee will be available on Sunday to active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses.
For the eighth year in a row, Texas Roadhouse is offering a free lunch to active, retired or former U.S. military on Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proof of service is required and includes a military or VA card or discharge papers. Participants can choose one of 10 entrees from the Veterans Day menu, two sides and a beverage.