Bethany Clough

Veterans: These restaurants want to say ‘thank you’ with free food and deals

Hey, veterans, these restaurants want to say “thank you” — with free cheeseburgers, doughnuts, chili dogs and more.

Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11 and all kinds of businesses are doing something for active-duty military members and veterans. Be sure to bring your military ID and read the fine print on these offers before you go. Pay special attention to the dates as some deals are Sunday only while others are Monday.

Just the Tip Restaurant is offering a free Thanksgiving meal to veterans, with help from the Fresno chapter of the Rockabilly Mafia Dolls and Crystal “Chef Lil” Kahler from Bottleneck Bistro in Clovis. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The locally owned Just the Tip is in downtown Fresno is at 2017 Mariposa Mall.

Texas de Brazil, River Park’s newest restaurant, is giving free meals to two veterans per table, plus 20 percent off the bill for up to six others in their party (for a max group of eight people). The offer is available Sunday and Monday, with more details online. Reservations strongly encouraged.

At the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, veterans can get a free Budweiser barbecue cheddar burger on Monday. The deal is available at both the Home Team Sports Bar & Grill in the main airport lobby and John Muir Tavern, which is past security.

The burger, created by a chef who is also a veteran, is for sale all month. It’s made with Budweiser’s proprietary barbecue sauce and paired with Budweiser’s new Copper Lager. A portion of the burger’s proceeds will benefit charities that support veterans.

The Budweiser barbecue cheddar burger is free for veterans Sunday at two restaurants inside Fresno Yosemite International Airport. HMSHost

Texas Roadhouse is promoting its “Texas-size” thank you to veterans with free lunch. Veterans can choose from a special menu that includes a six-ounce sirloin steak and two scratch-made sides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Starbucks is giving away a free talled brewed coffee Sunday to veterans, active-duty military and military spouses. Also that day, 15 percent of brewed coffee purchases will go to non-profit Blue Star Families which supports military families.

BJ’s Brewhouse & Restaurant is offering a free entree valued at up to $12.95 and a free Dr. Pepper on Sunday. Throughout the month of November, active duty military members and veterans can also claim a coupon good for a free Pizookie on the BJ’s website.

Dunkin’ (which has shortened its name from Dunkin’ Donuts) will give away a free donut to veterans Sunday. The shop has locations in Madera and Hanford.

Farmer Boys restaurants in Clovis, Hanford and Tulare are offering veterans a free “The Big Cheese” cheeseburger Monday.

Mimi’s Cafe is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu all day Sunday, with the purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage. That includes breakfast tacos, a cheeseburger and an Asian chicken salad.

Hooters is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu with the purchase of a drink Sunday. The freebie menu includes 10 chicken wings and a buffalo chicken sandwich.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is giving veterans a free Mom’s ricotta meatballs and spaghetti Sunday.

Boston Market will give veterans a free meal, like this half chicken plate, and a drink if a customer buys another meal and a drink Sunday and Monday. Boston Market

Boston Market will give you a free meal and a drink — if you buy a meal and a drink — Sunday and Monday. You need to show a coupon though, either on your phone or printed out from its website.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert Sunday and Monday. Options include a lobster and langostino pizza, vanilla bean cheesecake and a chocolate wave cake.

Applebee’s is offering a free meal Sunday from a special menu that includes a bacon cheeseburger, chicken tenders platter and a grilled chicken salad.

Wienerschnitzel is offering veterans a free chili dog, small fries and a 20-ounce drink Sunday.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough
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