Offering a free meal doesn’t come close to repaying the men and women who protect our country in the armed forces. But serving up some free grub is a token of appreciation for those who serve.
This Veterans Day, a slew of restaurants and grocery stores have some special freebies to share with veterans and active duty military. You’ll just need to show proper military ID to partake.
• Caputi’s Sheridan Pub, 2351 Sheridan Drive in Town of Tonawanda. The pub offers a full, free buffet from noon to 2 p.m on Veterans Day. for any active duty military or veteran. Accompanying civilians can dine for $6.99. Caputi’s doesn’t just offer the Veterans buffet on Veterans Day. It’s also available free on the second Thursday of every month. For more information, call 836-9758.
• Wegmans. The grocery store is offering veterans a complimentary breakfast bar from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Veterans Day in its Market Cafe. It includes an assortment of hot foods, coffee, juice and fruit. Present your military ID at the counter.
• Applebees. Veterans and active duty military can select a free entree from a limited menu during normal business hours Friday. The entrees include Butcher’s Meat and Potatoes, Oriental Chicken Salad, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter, Double Crunch Shrimp, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne and American Standard All-In Burger.
•TGI Fridays. Participating locations will serve veterans a free lunch entree from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Veterans can choose from a limited menu that includes the Classic Cheeseburger, Mediterranean Mahi Mahi Naan’wich, California Chicken Club. The free menu also includes Friday’s fast, fresh lunch pairings with the choice of one appetizer such as Turkey Kale Soup or Caesar Salad paired with entrees such as the Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad or Jack Sliders.
• Rainforest Cafe inside Sheraton at the Falls, 300 Third St. in Niagara Falls. Veterans and active duty military will receive a free entree Friday. Accompanying children will receive a free game card to the arcade. Veterans, active duty military and their guests will receive 25 percent off their entire bill for the month of November. Call 278-2626.
• Starbucks. All active duty military, veterans and their spouses will receive a free tall (12-ounce) hot brewed coffee Friday.
• Red Robin, 4080 Maple Road in Amherst and 3460 Amelia Drive in Orchard Park. All veterans and active duty military will receive a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Friday.
• Bob Evans. At any time of the day Friday, veterans and active duty military can order a free breakfast.
• Tops Markets. The grocery store will offer military personnel, veterans and their immediate families an 11 percent discount off their grocery bill Friday. Family members must reside in the same household as the veteran.
• Denny’s. Participating locations are giving away Build Your Own Grand Slams, from 5 a.m. to noon Friday. They include four items of your choice, such as pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit or hash browns.
• Chili’s. Active duty military and veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu that includes and Oldtimer with Cheese, Chicken Crispers, Soup & Salad or Margherita Flatbread.
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