Veterans Day 2012: Free Meals for Veterans & Military at Houston Restaurants

[Updated 11/9 with McDonald’s and Berryhill Baja Grill]

Houston-area veterans and active military personnel can enjoy free food on Veteran’s Day and after, as a special thank you for their service. Here are a few Houston-area restaurants offering veterans free food. I will continue to update as I hear more…

Applebee’s: Free meal November 11 for veterans and active military personnel. Choose from one of seven Signature entrèes. Available during business hours at participating locations. Beverages and gratuity not included. Proof of military service required.

Champps Americana: Veterans and active military personnel can get an all-American burger for free Sunday, November 11. Dine in only at participating locations.

Berryhill Baja Grill: Veterans can score 50% off their meal all day November 11 and 12 as a thank you for service. All Houston-area locations are participating.

Texas Roadhouse: This Texas favorite is opening for lunch Monday, November 12, just to provide free meals to veterans, retired, and active military. These folks will get a free meal, including drink. Valid from 11 am – 2 pm only. ID is required.

McDonald’s: Houston-area McDonald’s are giving veterans a free breakfast meal Monday, November 12. ID is required.

Chili’s Bar & Grill: Veterans and active military get a free entrée November 11 from a special menu 11 am to 5 pm at more than 800 participating restaurants. Dine-in only. Valid ID required.

Golden Corral: Free “thank you” dinner at Golden Corral Monday, November 12, from 4 pm – 9 pm for Military Appreciation Monday. For anyone that has served in the military. No ID required.

Hooter’s: Veterans and active military personnel get 10 free wings all day November 11. Drink purchase required. Must present military ID or proof of military service. Valid at participating locations only: Kirby, NW Freeway, Spring, Stafford, Willowbrook, Katy, Pasadena, Humble, Webster, and Seabrook.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and Coca-Cola at Outback Steakhouse for military, November 11-12.

Spaghetti Warehouse: This deal is for anyone, not just veterans! Order any Original Recipe Spaghetti or Incredible 15-Layer Lasagna and receive a second one for free. Download the coupon from the Spaghetti Warehouse Facebook page. Valid November 9-12.

Denny’s: Veterans, retired, and active military can score free all-you-care-to-eat pancakes Monday, November 12. This deal is available from 6 am – 2 pm November 12 only.

Olive Garden: Active military and veterans can receive a free entree from a special Veteran’s Day menu, November 11. Available all day, dine-in only. Proof of service is required.

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  1. says

    Wow! I have always taken advantage of Golden Corral’s Veterans Day buffet. However, I viewed this years list from “Houston on the Cheap,” and so excited and proud to be a Veteran. (So many choices) I love my country. It’s these wonderful acts of gratitude that warms my heart. I would like to thank all the sponsors for providing wonderful meals to Veteran’s.

  2. Rachael says

    My husband is an unemployed Marine who was active duty for 20 years. Thanx for this list, Vicki! And thank you, James, for the head’s up on the car wash.

  3. Marina Mitchell says


    [HOUSTON, TX]. (November 7, 2012) – The McDonald’s Operators Association of Greater Houston (MOAGH) wants to thank veterans for their commitment to protecting the freedom of the citizens of the United States. On Veterans Day (observed), Monday, November 12, 2012, veterans with proper I.D. are invited to come in to their favorite participating McDonald’s restaurant in the Greater Houston area for a free breakfast meal. Proper ID includes, but is not limited to:
    • VA Universal Access Card
    • Military I.D.
    • DD-214 (Discharge Papers)

    “The sacrifices made by these brave men and women are enormous and this by no way can measure up to what you gave. We hope you accept our heartfelt gesture of appreciation,” said MOAGH President Nelly Quijano.

      • Lee Young says

        McCormick & Schmicky offer a freebie but when i clicked on to make the reservation, i got a “mixed signal”…like the “table reservation” was between $30-50 bux
        you have featured so many GREAT deals for vets, i didnt even bother to call them for a clarification-