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10 Best Free Food Deals for Veterans Day

Wendy's, Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings, and more are offering freebies for military and families.

On Veterans Day, restaurants around the country will be upholding their traditional giveaways for our military heroes. On Nov. 11, freebies in the form of meals, snacks, and drinks will be available at fast food chains and casual dining establishments as a small token of gratitude to veterans, active-duty military members, and their loved ones.

The following chains are offering something special this Nov. 11, but if your favorite local spot isn't listed, check in with them directly to see if they have any deals of their own. And to find out which restaurants may be leaving your town, check out 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.



Dunkin donuts
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On Nov. 11, all veterans and active-duty military can get a free donut of their choice at Dunkin' stores nationwide. It requires no purchase, but there's a limit of one per person and the order must be placed in person, not through the Dunkin' app. The offer is available while supplies last. (Related: The Best & Worst Menu Items at Dunkin'.)

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wendys breakfast
Courtesy of Wendy's

Between 6:30 and 10:30 am local time, Wendy's is offering a free small breakfast combo to veterans and active-duty military members with a valid ID. There's no other purchase necessary, but be sure to check your local Wendy's hours to make sure you get there in time for this breakfast deal and keep in mind it isn't available for mobile orders.



mcdonalds chicken sandwich with fries and drink

McDonald's Veterans Day deals vary by location, but you can usually get a Value Meal or other menu item free of charge. Stop into your nearest McDonald's restaurant to check out the local offer, but as long as you have an ID, you should be able to get a freebie for Veterans Day.


Quaker Steak & Lube


A proof of service will get you a free meal of choice at this East Coast chain on Nov. 11. Quaker Steak & Lube locations are also honoring those who lost their lives fighting for this country with Fallen Soldiers Tables dressed in white table cloths.


Red Robin

red robin reds tavern double
Courtesy of Red Robin

Red Robin's Veterans Day deal actually starts on Nov. 12 and goes through the end of the month. Veterans and active military who are enrolled in Red Robin's Military Royalty program can get a free Tavern Burger and bottomless fries at any time during the promotion period. Joining the royalty program is free and only requires a valid ID.


BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse hickory brisket bacon burger
Courtesy of BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

Take your pick at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Veterans and active military can snag any entree valued up to $14.95 for free, plus get a free Dr Pepper drink. All you need is your military ID or proof of service when you get there.



Starbucks cup of coffee at a table with a notepad

On Nov. 11, veterans, active-duty military members, and spouses can all get a complimentary Tall coffee at participating stores throughout the United States. Starbucks is also donating 25 cents from each hot coffee sale on Veterans Day to Team Red, White & Blue and Headstrong, which support mental health in the armed forces. (Related: The Best & Worst Drinks to Order at Starbucks.)


Buffalo Wild Wings

buffalo wild wings boneless wings
Courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings

Wings are on the house on Nov. 11! All military members, past and present, can get an order of 10 boneless wings and fries for free at Buffalo Wild Wings. The offer stand for both dine-in and takeout orders, and all you need to claim it is a military ID.



dennys grand slam pancakes bacon sausage eggs
Courtesy of Denny's

Build your own Grand Slam at Denny's on Nov. 11 from 5 am to noon local time. Just show the server your military ID to get your meal on the house at participating Denny's restaurants.


California Pizza Kitchen

CPK jerk chicken pizza
Courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans can choose from a list of meals on Nov. 11. With valid proof of service, military members can get one of the following for free: The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, Hawaiian Pizza, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Five Cheese + Fresh Tomato Pizza, and Traditional Cheese Pizza, The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Thai Crunch Salad, Classic Caesar Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Garlic Cream Fettuccine with Chicken, Kung Pao Spaghetti with Chicken, or Bolognese Spaghetti.

Hedy Phillips
Hedy is a freelance writer with years of experience covering buzzy food trends, wellness, and weight loss. Read more about Hedy