The American and Swiss cheeseburger at Snuffers.

The American and Swiss cheeseburger at Snuffers.

Alexandra Olivia/Special Contributor

Editors's note: Listings have been updated for 2018.

If you served, or are serving, in the military, these Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants and businesses want to say "thank you" with a free meal, discount deals, and free admission to area attractions. The specials are offered to veterans and active-duty military, so be prepared to show proof of military service. Click on the name of the restaurant or venue to find location details. Most meal deals are dine-in only.

Restaurant deals

Abacus Purchase one meal and get a second entree of equal or lesser value for free. Nov. 13.

Applebee's Choose a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu of eight popular meals including a Classic Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Tenders Platter, Double Crunch Shrimp and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Bar Louie Free burger or flatbread up to $15 value. Nov. 11 from opening to close.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Receive a free entree, priced under $12.95, and a Dr Pepper beverage. Nov. 11 from open to close. During the month of November, veterans and active-duty can download a coupon for a free Pizookie, BJ's sweet pizza/cookie.

Bonefish Grill Complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Boston Market This BOGO deal is available to anyone who downloads a coupon . Buy one individual meal with a drink and get a second for free. Nov. 11-12 from open to close.

Buffalo Wild Wings Free small order of boneless or traditional wings and fries at participating locations. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cafe Brazil Complimentary entree. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Cantina Laredo Free meal up to a $20.  Nov. 12 from open to close.

Chili's Grill & Bar Order a free meal from a special menu that includes Margarita Grilled Chicken, Just Bacon Burger, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Choctaw Casino Resort Visit the Durant, Okla., casino and enjoy a complimentary meal at Butterfield's Buffet and $10 in free play in the casino. Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cool River Free entree up to $40 value.  Nov. 12 from open to close.

Cotton Patch Cafe Free Chicken Fried Steak. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Denny's Free Build  Your Own Grand Slam breakfast at participating Denny's. Nov. 12, from 5 a.m. to noon.

Desperados Mexican Restaurant Two item Tex Mex dinner with a non-alcoholic beverage. Offered at both locations. Nov. 11-12 from open to close.

Dillas Quesadillas Free order of Gorilla Fries (French fries drenched in Hatch Chile Queso). Nov. 12 from open to close. 

Dodie's Cajun Diner at the Harbor Visit Dodie's in Rockwall for a free entree from the veterans menu. Options include Cajun Fish Tacos, N'awlins Style BBQ Shrimp, Red Beans and Rice, Grilled Gulf Shrimp, Fried Catfish basket and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Doughnuts are pictured at the Dunkin' Donuts store in Plano.

Doughnuts are pictured at the Dunkin' Donuts store in Plano.

Jae S. Lee/Staff Photographer

Dunkin' Free doughnut of your choice. Nov. 11 from open to close.

El Chico Select a free dinner from the menu, up to $15 value.  Nov. 12 from open to close.

El Fenix Choose a  complimentary enchilada dinner (cheese, chicken, or chicken with sour cream sauce). Nov. 11 from open to close. 

Parades, picnics, concerts and other Veterans Day community events around North Texas

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ Free pulled pork or brisket sandwich. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Fogo de Chao Veteran/active-duty receive 50% off their entire meal and 10% discount for up to three guests. Nov. 9-11 from open to close.

Genghis Grill No free deals but the create-your-own-stir-fry chain is donating 10% of its sales on Nov. 11 to Folds of Honor, a non-profit that provides scholarships for families of America's fallen and disabled service members. 

Golden Corral Free meal during Military Appreciation NightNov. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Grub Burger Free entree. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Hooters Get a free entree from the Veterans Day menu with the purchase of any beverage. Choices include 10-piece boneless, smoked or traditional wings (choose your sauce), buffalo chicken salad or sandwich and Hooters burger. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Houlihan's Complimentary meal from the Veterans Day menu. Choices include the Houlihan's Burger, Veggie Burger, Fish and Chips, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and more. Nov. 11 from open to close at locations in Garland, Fort Worth and Prestonwood.

IHOP Participating IHOPs are serving a free stack of red, white & blue pancakes -- buttermilk pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping. Nov. 12.

Jasper's Richardson Buy an entree and get a second entree of equal or lesser value for free. Nov. 13. 

Kolache Factory Stop in for a complimentary breakfast kolache and coffee. Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Krispy Kreme Free doughnut and small coffee at participating Krispy Kreme shops, in store only (no drive-through). Nov. 11 from open to close.

LA Burger Order a free burger. Nov. 12 from open to close.

Luna Grill Buy a meal and get a free wrap, plate or salad. Offer is good for first responders as well as veterans and active duty. Nov. 10-12 from open to close.

Lucky's Free entree up to $15 value.  Nov. 12 from open to close.

Main Event Complimentary $10 Funcard to use in the arcade and a free entree from the Food and Fun menu for veterans and active-duty personnel.  Nov. 11 from opening until 5 p.m. 

Mash'd Your meal, including a non-alcoholic beverage, is complimentary. Nov. 12 from open to close.

McDonald's Free Breakfast Extra Value Meal which includes your choice of Egg McMuffin, Sausage Biscuit With Egg, Sausage Burrito and more, served with hash browns and small coffee. Nov. 11 from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mimi's Cafe Free entree from a special menu with the purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage. Choices include: Slow-Roasted Turkey, Brioche Cheeseburger, Asian Chicken Salad, Brioche French Toast and more. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Monster Yogurt Free 6 oz. yogurt cup. Nov. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Owner Ed Murph clutches a cup of coffee at Norma's Cafe.

Owner Ed Murph clutches a cup of coffee at Norma's Cafe.

Ryan Michalesko/Staff Photographer

Norma's Cafe Choose a complimentary breakfast from a special Veterans Day menu. Served at all five locations. All guests are encouraged to fill out postcards with good wishes that will be sent to military bases before the holidays.  Nov. 12 from 6 to 11 a.m.

Olive Garden Choose a free entree from a special menu. Unlimited breadsticks, soup or salad is included. Nov. 11 from open to close.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina Create your own complimentary combo plate with your choice of two Tex-Mex classics such as enchiladas, tacos,  empanadas, mini chimis and more. Served with rice, choice of beans, tortilla chips and salsa. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille Veterans and active-duty military are treated to a three-course pork chop dinner when accompanied by at least one paying guest. Reservations required. Nov. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Pluckers Wing Bar Visit any location in Texas (except Killeen) for a free entree, side and non-alcoholic drink, up to $15 value. Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Rock & Brews The Colony's rock-inspired restaurant from KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley  invites military and first responders in for a free pulled pork sandwich or Strawberry Fields salad. Nov. 12 from open to close.

Romano's Macaroni Grill Free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Shake Shack Free scoop of Shake Shack custard. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Silver Fox Free entree from the menu, up to $40 value. Nov. 12 from open to close.

Slater's 50/50 Receive a 10% discount on your meal. Nov. 11-12 from open to close.

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar Choose any burger or sandwich with small fries. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Spaghetti Warehouse Download a coupon for a buy one entree, get one free offer. Entrees include Spaghetti and Meatballs, 15-Layer Lasagne and Grilled Chicken Alfredo. Includes sourdough bread and choice of soup or salad.  Nov. 9-11 from open to close.

Texas Roadhouse Order a free lunch from a special menu that includes a 6 oz. sirloin steak, grilled pork chop, country fried chicken, pulled pork dinner, cheeseburger and more. Nov. 11

III Forks Free entree up to $40 value. Nov. 12 from open to close.

TruFire Kitchen & Bar Your meal, including a non-alcoholic beverage, is complimentary. Nov. 12 from open to close.

Twin Peaks Free entree. Choose from chicken tenders, Philly cheesesteak, chicken ranch, cheeseburger, or crispy buffalo chicken salad. Nov. 12 from open to close.

Wow! Donuts & Drips Buy a coffee and get a free glazed doughnut. Nov. 12 from open to close.

Most restaurant chains offer Veterans Day specials at all their locations, but you might want to call and verify before you go. Click on the name of the restaurant to find location and contact details.

More deals

Texas Ale Project Drop by the brewery for a free beer and commemorative t-shirt. Bring a photo of yourself in uniform (or have one taken on site) to add to a collage. Nov. 11 from 2 to 6 p.m

Great Clips Stop in for a free haircut or a Thank a Veteran free haircut card, redeemable through Dec. 31, 2017. In fact, anyone getting a trim on Veterans Day can ask for a free haircut card to give to a veteran or active duty military personnel.

Sport Clips Free haircut for veterans and active duty, plus $1 from every haircut service will be donated to the Help a Hero scholarship program. Nov. 11 from open to close.

Goodyear Auto Service Book an appointment for a free inspection of your vehicle's tires, brakes and battery, plus get 10% off a tire purchase (Goodyear, Kelly or Dunlop). Appointments must be booked between Nov. 9-11 but can be redeemed through Nov. 16. Offer is also extended to first responders.

The fall is drawing near at the Dallas Arboretum  in Dallas, TX on  September 2, 2017. (Lawrence Jenkins/Special Contributor)

The fall is drawing near at the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, TX on September 2, 2017. (Lawrence Jenkins/Special Contributor)

Lawrence Jenkins/Special Contributor

Cavanaugh Flight Museum The Addison aviation museum celebrates its 25th anniversary with an open house featuring cockpit tours of aircraft, discounted flights and a Sherman tank demo. FREE admission for veterans on Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dallas Arboretum Free admission to the gardens with live music every afternoon. Offer only available at the ticket booth. Nov. 10, 11, 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heroes Weekend at the Fort Worth Zoo Free admission for veterans, reserve and active duty  and first responders plus one guest when you buy your tickets at the gate. A $2 discount is offered on up to 4 additional tickets. Nov. 9-11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Videogame Museum Free admission for veterans and active-duty. The arcade features dozens of vintage video games, consoles and artifacts. Pick up your ticket at the door. Nov 11 from noon to 5 p.m.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Receive a 50% discount on your ticket to visit the landmark observation deck. Offer good through Nov. 18.

Vet Tix Score free tickets to sporting events, concerts and more year-round through the Veteran Tickets Foundation's Tickets for Troops program. Free registration and verification of service is required. 

For everyone

Carry the Load Dallas Stars Hockey Night Military, veterans, first responders and their friends and family can purchase $10 tickets to watch the Dallas Stars vs. Columbus Blue Jackets. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center, Dallas.

Entrance fees to all Texas State Parks is waived for everyone on Sunday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Parks across Texas will be offering guided hikes, birding walks and other activities. View a map of park locations here.

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