Monday, November 11th is a very special day here in the U.S. It's Veterans Day, a day to honor all of the Americans who have served or are currently serving in the military.

One way that people are honoring veterans on Monday is with free food. Many restaurants, both local and chain, are offering free meals, appetizers, or desserts. We have put together a list of restaurants here in Eastern Iowa that are participating in some sort of free food for Veterans Day next week. We would like to note that each of these deals are only available on Monday, November 11th (unless otherwise noted) and valid proof of military service is required. And just to be sure, you may also want to call ahead and check that your nearest location is going to be participating.

  • Applebee's
    • Veterans and active-duty military can order a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu
    • Options include:
      • Classic Bacon Cheeseburger
      • 6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin
      • Chicken Tenders Platter
      • Double Crunch Shrimp
      • Fiesta Lime Chicken
      • Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad
      • Oriental Chicken Salad
  • Bandana's
    • Veterans and active-duty military can get a free meal up to $10 in value
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
    • Veterans and active-duty military can get a free order of small boneless or traditional wings and a side of fries
  • Chili's
    • Veterans and active-duty military can order a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu
    • Options include:
      • Cajun Chicken Pasta
      • Chili or Soup & Side Salad
      • Margarita Grilled Chicken
      • Oldtimer with Cheese
      • Just Bacon Burger
      • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
      • Chicken Crispers
  • Country Kitchen
    • Active-duty military and veterans can get a free Country Scramble (includes two pancakes with scrambled eggs mixed with ham and cheese)
  • Dunkin' Donuts
    • Active-duty military and veterans can get a free donut
  • Edith Lucielle's Bait Shack & Wing Depot - Cedar Rapids
    • Veterans can get a free meal
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    • Active-duty military and veterans can get a free combo meal card
    • Card can be redeemed through November 30th
  • The Hide-Out Bistro & Grill - Cedar Rapids
    • Veterans can get a free meal from a set menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Hy-Vee
    • Active-duty military and veterans and one guest can get a free breakfast at any Hy-Vee with in-store dining from 6 to 11 a.m.
  • IHOP
    • Active-duty military and veterans can order a free stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes or a breakfast combo
  • Jimmy Z's - Cedar Rapids
    • All veterans can get a free breakfast on Sunday, November 10th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Little Caesars
    • Veterans and active-duty military can get a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Olive Garden
    • Active-duty military and military veterans can get a free meal off a special Veterans Day menu
    • Menu has not been announced
  • Red Lobster
    • Active-duty military, reserve, and military veterans can get a free appetizer or dessert
    • No purchase necessary
  • Red Robin
    • Active-duty military and military veterans can get a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries meal
  • Runt's Munchies - Cedar Rapids
    • Veterans can select a free treat out of the "Case of Yum"
  • Starbucks
    • All veterans, active-duty military members, and their spouses can get a free tall hot brewed coffee
  • Texas Roadhouse
    • Active-duty military and military veterans can get a free lunch
    • Most locations will offer the free lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Vito's on 42nd
    • Veterans can stop in for lunch or dinner for a free bowl of Chicken Alfredo or Spaghetti along with a loaf of homemade bread
  • Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery - Walford
    • Veterans can choose from a free fried shrimp dinner, salisbury steak dinner, or boneless pork chop dinner with a homemade apple dessert