Where vets and active-duty military can go for Veterans Day freebies, deals

On Friday, many restaurant chains are saluting active and retired military personnel.

click to enlarge Shepherd's pie is one entree that TooJay's will comp for active military and veterans. - TooJay's via Facebook
TooJay's via Facebook
Shepherd's pie is one entree that TooJay's will comp for active military and veterans.

A roundup of Veterans Day discounts and freebies available to vets, active-duty military service members and their families on Friday.

Applebee's Active-duty military and veterans can score a free meal by dining at this American restaurant chain's participating locales. Proof of military service is required. 4700 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-522-9400, applebees.com.

Baskin-Robbins To say thank you, Baskin-Robbins plans to donate 11 cents to United Service Organizations for every ice cream cup and cone that's sold in its U.S. shops on Veterans Day. 6101 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-201-9713, baskinrobbins.com.

Bob Evans Valid for dine-in customers only, Bob Evans will offer veterans and active military breakfast for free all day long. Menu items include brioche French toast and buttermilk pancakes, and proof of service must be presented. 11720 Tampa Gateway Blvd., Seffner, 813-740-9491, bobevans.com.

click to enlarge Bonefish Grill's popular Bang Bang Shrimp. - Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill's popular Bang Bang Shrimp.

Bonefish Grill Free Bang Bang Shrimp, a signature Bonefish dish featuring crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce, will be available to those who are active and retired service members at any location. IDs are required. 2519 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-726-1315, bonefishgrill.com.

Boston Market Active-duty and retired military personnel, plus their families, can stop in for a complimentary brownie or cookie with any purchase. No military ID is necessary. 7820 113th St., Seminole, 727-319-3911, bostonmarket.com.

Buffalo Wild Wings Throughout the day, veterans and active-duty military can snag a free small order of traditional or boneless chicken wings, as well as a side of fries. Valid for dine-in only. 10500 Ulmerton Road #476, Largo, 727-584-9453, buffalowildwings.com.

Chicken Salad Chick The fast-casual, Southern-inspired chicken salad chain will give veterans with military IDs one free sandwich or scoop of their choice, plus a side, pickle spear, cookie and drink. No extra purchase is needed. 2790 E. Fowler Ave. #490, Tampa, 813-910-4300, chickensaladchick.com.

Chili's Grill & Bar Chili's wants to serve veterans and active-duty personnel by offering them a meal on the house. 3701 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 813-814-7769, chilis.com.

Chipotle Mexican Grill A buy one, get one free promotion will be available to active-duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military and veterans with valid IDs. From 3 p.m. to close at every U.S. Chipotle, the deal is good for burritos, bowls, salads and tacos. 2537 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, 727-230-0780, chipotle.com.

Cracker Barrel Vets who are dining in can receive a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. 4011 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, 727-572-8685, crackerbarrel.com.

Denny's This American diner franchise will give active, inactive and retired military personnel a free build-your-own Grand Slam between 5 a.m. and noon. 4999 34th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-522-1552, dennys.com.

Duffy's Sports Grill From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., participating Duffy's restaurants will donate 10 percent of their lunch sales up to $10,000 to the Honor Flight and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach nonprofits. 1580 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-875-7340, duffysmvp.com.

Olive Garden Veterans can enjoy one complimentary entree from this Italian-American restaurant chain. 6700 U.S. Highway 19 N., Pinellas Park, 727-525-4339, olivegarden.com.

Outback Steakhouse Retired and active military members will land a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage on Veterans Day. Plus, Saturday through Dec. 31, "Military Mates" military families included can get 15 percent off their checks. 2020 W. Brandon Blvd. #190, Brandon, 813-684-6283, outback.com.

Red Lobster Veterans, active-duty military and reservists can claim their free appetizer or dessert from Red Lobster with a valid ID on Thursday and Friday. 11601 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-962-8187, redlobster.com.

Ruby Tuesday With a valid ID, veterans, active-duty and reserve military service members will receive one free appetizer up to $10. 6708 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg, 727-347-6611, rubytuesday.com.

TooJay's One free entree from a special TooJay's menu can be redeemed by active-duty military and veterans. Choose from New York-style deli favorites such as shepherd's pie, stuffed chicken breast and roasted veggie pasta. IDs are required. 401 E. Jackson St., Tampa, 813-284-4102, toojays.com.

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