Tomorrow marks one of the most important holidays this nation celebrates each year. Veterans Day is a chance for all Americans to thank a veteran for the service he or she has given to our country and some restaurants are honoring those who served — or still serve — in a variety of ways this week.
Cork Bar & Restaurant, 463 Madison St. in Wilkes-Barre, will be providing free dinners for veterans and active military on Tuesday from 4 to 10 p.m. Those eligible for the free meal include active military personnel with military IDs and veterans with any type of veteran ID. The free meal will include an entrée (up to $20 value) and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 270-3818 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili’s has more than nine menu items available for free all day Monday for veterans and active duty personnel with valid ID. To see the menu options, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mj8gcg7
TGI Fridays has free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for veterans with proper proof of service on Monday. Contact your local TGI Fridays to learn more.
Head to Krispy Kreme today in uniform or with proof you served and get a free small coffee and doughnut. To learn more go to: http://www.krispykreme.com/VeteransDay
Red Robin will give all veterans or active duty military men and women a free Tavern Double burger and bottomless fries on Monday if you come in in uniform or bring proof of service. Go to: http://www.redrobin.com/newsroom/article/648 for more information.
Olive Garden is serving up a free meal off a special menu to all active duty military and veterans on Monday. In addition, all guests in their party will get 10 percent off their meals. And the discount doesn’t end Monday. All month long the restaurant is offering all current military members and their guests 10 percent off their meals. Go to: http://olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials for details.
Head to Bar Louie inside Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs today or Monday and eat for free. The chain is giving away lunch or dinner up to $12 to all veterans or active duty members with proof of service.
Get a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee at Friendly’s during breakfast hours on Monday. Just show your military ID or honorable discharge card. Call your local Friendly’s to make sure they’re participating.
Truck drivers that hold a CDL and are veterans are invited to visit a Travel Centers of America Monday for a free meal up to $15.
If you’re a veteran filling up your gas tank at Sheetz, stop on in and show your ID to get a 6 inch turkey sub and a 20 oz. fountain drink for free.
Bob Evans salutes service to country with a hearty plate of all-you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants on Monday. This is for veterans and active service members with valid military ID.
Applebee’s is giving active duty military and veterans a free meal anytime Monday from its signature entree menu of seven choices. Go to: http://www.applebees.com/veterans-day-menu for the details and list of acceptable IDs.
Thank you, thank you! On Monday, veterans can show their ID card or their DD-214 form, and active military members can show their current military-issued ID card that identifies their rank and branch to receive a free order of Crazy Bread at participating Little Caesars pizza outlets.
Outback Steakhouse has a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage waiting for all veterans as well as active duty and retired military all day Monday. Plus, the restaurant is giving out a military discount of 10 percent off the total check Tuesday through the end of the year.
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Monday to active, former, or retired military.
Free entrees include your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheeseburger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides. You’ll also get a free soda, tea, or coffee. You’ll need to bring in a military ID, Veterans Affairs card, or discharge papers.
Stop by Denny’s on Monday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes. All Denny’s locations are participating in this promotion and you’ll just need to bring a valid military ID along with you.
LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse from Monday through Thursday this week. Have active military or discharge papers ready to show.
Veterans should stop by Red Lobster any day Monday through Thursday this week for a free appetizer.
Two restaurants — Uno Chicago Grill and Lone Star Steakhouse — are offering buy-one, get-one free deals for veterans dining with a guest on Monday. Uno Chicago Grill’s offer is for active service members, too. Proof of service is required.
While the restaurants are doing their part to honor veterans, I ask all of you to do the same in some way. Whether it’s simply thanking a veteran or active service member or buying them a cup of coffee if you see them out and about. It’s the least we could do.
Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. Follow him on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder for deals and offers throughout the week.