Freebies, deals and discounts for Veterans Day 2018 in the Des Moines metro
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Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11, and now is the time to plan a meal out to honor the service men and women in your life.
And there are plenty of restaurant specials to be enjoyed with discounts and freebies across the Des Moines metro. Since Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, some restaurants are extending or offering their deals on Monday.
We recommend calling ahead just in case to ensure metro locations of chain restaurants will be honoring these deals. And be sure to bring your valid military ID or honorable discharge card for proof of service.
Veterans Day freebies, deals and discounts
Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery: Veterans can enjoy 50 percent off on Monday, Nov. 12.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal. Dine-in only. Beverages and gratuity not included. The "Buy A Vet A Bud" program offers a free Budweiser, Bud Light or O'Douls beer on Veterans Day purchased by a patron now through Nov. 11.
Bonefish Grill:A free order of Bang Bang Shrimp.
Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza with valid military ID or proof of service.
Cici's Pizza: Free adult buffet.
Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill: Free two-meat and two-side dinner all day for retired or active military ($16.99 value).
Denny's: From 5 a.m. to noon Nov. 12, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.
Gastro Grub + Pub: Enjoy 50 percent off any meal
Granite City: Free brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Nov. 11. Free lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 12.
IHOP: Get a free stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes or a free Red, White and Blue Combo at select locations on Nov. 12. Deal varies by location. Ask server for details.
Krispy Kreme: Veterans and active duty military receive a free doughnut and coffee.
Menchie's: First 6 ounces of frozen yogurt is free.
Noodles and Company: Offers 15 percent off year-round to military, veterans and first responders.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu. Dine-in only.
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Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage. All military, police, firefighters and first responders receive 10 percent off the entire check Nov. 8-10. A 10 percent discount is available year round.
Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.
Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee.
Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Twin Peaks: Veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 12.
Is your restaurant offering a Veterans Day special and you don't see it on this list? Email Brian Carlson to be added (online only).