Many national chains and local restaurants show their appreciation to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day by offering free meals or other offers. At all locations, be prepared to show proof of service such as military ID.
Here are some of the offerings in the Rochester area.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Applebee’s will provide active military members, veterans, reservists and the National Guard with a free meal at the restaurant. Choices include a 6 oz. Top Sirloin, Double Crunch Shrimp, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tender Platter, Classic Bacon Cheeseburger, Oriental Chicken Salad, and Three Cheese Chicken Penne. Participating sites include Greece, Perinton, Irondequoit, Gates, Webster and Henrietta.
Bill Gray’s offers a free World’s Greatest Cheeseburger, fries, and a regular soft drink to all veterans and active-duty military.
Wild Buffalo Wings
Wild Buffalo Wings offers veterans and active duty military 10 free boneless wings and fries for dinner only.
Cracker Barrel is offering veterans or active duty military members a free slice of Coca-Cola Double Chocolate Fudge Cake with any purchase, in-store and online. To take advantage of the online offer, add a cake to the order and enter the code “VETSDAY22” at checkout.
Dickey’s BBQ is offering a free pulled pork sandwich to military veterans in-store for takeout, on the Dickey’s app or online at Dickeys.com. Use code VETFREE.
Dunkin’ offers veterans and active military members a free donut, no purchase necessary, for in-store redemption only.
Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn
Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn, 113 Pittsford Palmyra Rd, Macedon, is offering a free cheeseburger, fries and medium soft drink to veterans and active duty military. (This only for the Macedon site, which is owned by owners Bill Gray’s and Tom Wahl’s.)
Founder’s Cafe13 S Fitzhugh St. in downtown Rochester, will serve a free cup of coffee to all veterans.
Little Caesars offers veterans and military personnel a free hot and ready lunch combo at participating locations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The combo includes four slices of the chain’s Detroit-style deep-dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product.
olive garden will offer veterans and active duty military members free entree from a special menu. Your choice: endless soup, salad and breadsticks, cheese ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini Alfredo and chicken parmigiana.
Steve’s Quirky Restaurant
Steve’s Quirky Restaurant will offer veterans a lovecake (giant pancake) offered by the house. It has locations in Penfield, Fairport, Henrietta and Chili.
Outback Steakhouse offers serving and retired military members a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola product at the restaurant. The chain will still apply its 10% “daily hero discount” on all checks for nurses, doctors, medical personnel, veterans, police, firefighters and first responders.
red lobster offers veterans, active duty military, and reservists a free order of Walt’s favorite shrimp, fries, and coleslaw for dinner and takeout from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
robin offers veterans and active-duty military members a free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak and fries at participating restaurants for dinner only.
by Salvatore offers a free 12-inch thin crust pizza to veterans and active military personnel. Offer is valid for take-out or take-out orders only and is not available for delivery.
Taste of Rochester
Taste of Rochester at Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport will offer a free slice of Salvatore pizza or a Zweigle hot dog to any veteran and active-duty military passing through the Rochester airport.
Texas Truck Stop
Texas Truck Stop will provide veterans and active duty military with meal vouchers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vouchers will be valid through May 30, 2023. No purchase necessary.
by Tom Wahl
by Tom Wahl offers a free cheeseburger, fries, and a medium soft drink to all veterans and active duty military.
Wendy’s offers a free breakfast combo during the breakfast hours of participating establishments. Valid in store or at the drive.
This includes reporting by USA Today reporter Jordan Mendoza.
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