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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.

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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.

Bar Louie: Free flatbread or burger up to $15 value.

BeerStyles Taproom & Gastropub and SALT of the Hearth: One free appetizer and $2 off all Iowa beers.

Bonefish Grill:A free order of Bang Bang Shrimp.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small boneless or traditional wings and fries.

Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza with valid military ID or proof of service.

Cici's Pizza: Free adult buffet.

Chili's: Free meal from a special menu.

Chipotle: Buy one entrée, get one free.

Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill: Free two-meat and two-side dinner all day for retired or active military ($16.99 value).

Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee beverage.

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.

Dunkin':Free doughnut of choice, while supplies last.

Famous Dave's: Free Two-Meat Salute. Enjoy a choice of two meats, side and cornbread.

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.

Little Caesars: Free $5 lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menchie's: First 6 ounces of frozen yogurt is free.

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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.

On the Border: Free Create Your Own Combo entrée (choose 2). Served with Mexican rice and beans, and endless chips and salsa. Dine-in only.

Be sure to bookmark these frequently-updated dining guides:

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.

Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.

Red Robin: Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10 value.

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).

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