50+ free Veterans Day meals and deals in Dallas-Fort Worth

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 even free gasoline on Veterans Day. To take advantage of these offers, just wear your uniform or show proof of military service. Restaurant meals are dine-in only. Deals are valid on Nov. 11 unless otherwise noted.

[Updated Nov. 8, 2017, at noon]

Restaurant deals

Abacus Veterans who purchase one entree receive the second entree for free. Dinner service starts at 6 p.m.

Applebee's Choose a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu of 7 signature entrees and sides including the American Standard cheeseburger, Chicken Tenders Platter, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Receive a free entree, priced under $12.95. Vets can also go online to reserve a free BJ's craft beer that has been paid for by a contributor to the Buy a Hero a Beer Program. Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11.

Bread Winners Complimentary entree is offered at all locations.

Bruegger's Bagels Complimentary small drip coffee at this bagel shop located at Love Field Airport.

Buffalo Wild Wings Free small order of wings (traditional or boneless) and a side of fries.

Cantina Laredo Free meal up to a $20 value for veterans and active duty military.

Cannolis in the box sold at the new Carlo's Bakery store at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco.

Carlo's Bakery Stop by the popular "Cake Boss" bakery in Dallas or Frisco for a free large cannoli.

Choctaw Casino Resort Visit the Durant, Okla., casino and enjoy a free meal at Butterfield's Buffet and $10 in free play at the casino.

Cici's Free adult pizza buffet.

Cool River Free entree up to $40 value. A memorial table set up in the dining room is a tribute to fallen heroes.

Cotton Patch Cafe Free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken.

Denny's Free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast at participating Denny's. Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 a.m. to noon

Dodie's Cajun Diner at the Harbor Visit Dodie's in Rockwall for a free lunch or dinner entree from a veterans menu. Options include N'awlins Style BBQ Shrimp, Red Beans and Rice, Grilled Gulf Shrimp, Fried Catfish basket and more.

A special table in remembrance of fallen heroes is displayed in the dining rooms of El Chico, Cantina Laredo, Silver Fox, III Forks, Cool River and Lucky's.

Don't Tell Supper Club Enjoy dinner, drinks and entertainment - live music, magicians, stilt walkers and more - and receive 20% discount on your bill. In addition, a percentage of Veterans Day sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Dinner reservations start at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended.

El Chico Select a free dinner from the menu, up to $15 value. A special table set up in the dining room is a tribute to fallen heroes.

El Fenix Choose a complimentary Tex-Mex dinner: Beef Tacos (2), Enchiladas (2) (cheese, chicken, or chicken with sour cream sauce), Tamales (2) (beef, chicken verde, pork adobado). Each plate comes with rice and beans.

Ferris Wheelers Free pulled pork or brisket sandwich offered from open to close. Free concert by Mount Rushmore, a band whose members dress as former presidents, begins at 8 p.m.

Golden Corral Service members past and present dine free during Military Appreciation Night. Monday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Henry's Majestic Complimentary entree offered all day.

Hooters Pick an item from the Veterans Day menu, purchase a beverage (alcholic or non-alcoholic) and your meal is free. Choose from: 10-piece boneless or traditional wings (choose your sauce), buffalo chicken salad or sandwich and Hooters burger.

Hopdaddy Burger Bar Order any burger on the menu and it's on the house.

Houlihan's Order a complimentary meal from a special menu. Items include Houlihan's Burger, Heartland Grilled Chicken Salad, 5-oz. Petite Top Sirloin, Fish and Chips, Brentwood Chicken Sandwich, Southwest Grilled Chicken Wrap and Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.

IHOP Participating IHOPs are serving a free stack of red, white & blue pancakes -- buttermilk pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping. Friday, Nov. 10.

Jasper's Veterans who purchase one entree receive the second entree for free. Dinner service starts at 6 p.m.

IHOP's Red, White & Blue pancakes are free to veterans on Nov. 10.

Krispy Kreme Free doughnut and small coffee at participating Krispy Kreme shops, in store only (no drive-through).

Lucky's Free entree up to $15 value.

Main Event Free meal and complimentary $10 Funcard to use in the arcade. Food choices include Grilled Top Sirloin with fries, Cobb Salad, Teriyaki Salmon, Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Bacon Cheddar Burger, Wings and Chicken Tenders. Offer good from opening until 5 p.m.

Mimi's Cafe Choose a breakfast, lunch or dinner item from a special Veterans Day menu, purchase a non-alcoholic drink and your entree is free. All-day breakfast items include Buttermilk Griddlecakes, Brioche French Toast and Farmhouse Tacos. Lunch/Dinner entress are Slow-Roasted Turkey with dressing, Asian Chicken Chopped Salad and Brioche Cheeseburger.

Norma's Cafe Norma's says "Thanks for your service" with a complimentary breakfast served all day at all five locations.

Olive Garden Choose a free entree: Cheese Ravioli, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Lasagna Clasico, Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Piccata. All are served with Unlimited Soup or Salad and Breadsticks.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina Create your own complimentary combo plate with Tex-Mex classics such as enchiladas, tacos, flautas, empanadas and more. Each dinner is served with rice, choice of beans, tortilla chips and salsa.

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. Sunday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Pie Five Pizza Free customized pizza at participating locations.

Pizza Inn Free adult buffet at participating locations.

Pluckers Wing Bar Visit any location in Texas for a free entree, side and non-alcoholic drink, up to $15 value.

RA Sushi Complimentary appetizer available all day.

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.

Silver Fox Free entree from the menu, up to $40 value. A memorial table set up in the dining room is a tribute to fallen heroes.

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar Burger of your choice, small fries or onion strings are on the house at all locations.

Spaghetti Warehouse Download a coupon for a buy one entree, get one free offer. Entrees include Spaghetti and Meatballs, 15-Layer Lasagne and Chicken Alfredo. Diners are encouraged to invite a veteran for dinner, but no proof of military service is required to participate. Friday Nov. 10 through Sunday Nov. 12,

Stan's Blue Note Free cheeseburger served all day.

Texas Roadhouse Order a free lunch from a special menu that includes entree, sides, and drink (coffee, tea or soft drink). Entrees include a 6 oz. sirloin steak, grilled pork chop, country fried chicken, pulled pork sandwich and more. Opens at 11 a.m.

III Forks Free entree up to $40 value. Memorial table set up in the dining room is a tribute to fallen heroes.

Twin Peaks The sports bar celebrates veterans and active duty military with a free meal on Military Monday. Ask for the special menu. Monday, Nov. 13.

Zoe's Kitchen Free entree.

Most restaurant chains offer Veterans Day specials at all their locations, but you might want to call ahead and verify.


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.

SportsClips Find a SportsClips location near you for another free grooming option.

Family fun

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

Dallas Arboretum Free admission to the gardens all weekend for veterans and active duty military. Live music every afternoon and a patriotic show on Saturday at 4 p.m. Offer only available at the ticket booth. Friday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heroes Weekend at the Fort Worth Zoo Free admission for veterans, reserve and active duty personnel, and first responders plus 1 guest when you buy your tickets at the gate. $2 discount is offered on up to 4 additional tickets. Friday Nov. 10 through Sunday Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Videogame Museum Free admission to the museum with an arcade that features more than features dozens of vintage video games, consoles and artifacts. Pick up your ticket at the door.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Receive a 50% discount on your ticket to visit the landmark observation deck. Regular ticket prices are $17 for adults, $14 for ages 65+ and $8 for children 4-12. Offer good through Nov. 19.

Topgolf Veterans, active duty and first responders who visit on Veterans Day are offered complimentary lifetime membership, 10% off gameplay and 20% off all other memberships.

North Texas Honda Dealers are giving away free gas to Honda drivers who have served in the military past and present on Veterans Day.

Free Gas

Now, about that free gas. As part of its Random Act of Kindness initiative that started last month, North Texas Honda Dealers have been offering free fill-ups for Honda drivers at various locations that are revealed on social media. On Veterans Day, the Helpful Honda folks will honor veterans and active duty military with free gas for their Hondas, starting at the Chevron station at 2606 N. Stemmons Freeway (at Medical Market) in Dallas, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Additional locations for free gas will be shared throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter @NTXHondaDealers. Remember, you have to be driving a Honda and show proof of your military service.

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