[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…

Veterans Day 2012: Free Meals for Veterans & Military at Houston RestaurantsApplebee’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.

Veterans Day 2012: Free Meals for Veterans & Military at Houston RestaurantsGolden 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.

Veterans Day 2012: Free Meals for Veterans & Military at Houston RestaurantsSpaghetti 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.