November 11 is Veterans Day, and America’s active military members and veterans can enjoy a peaceful day of rest and contemplation. They can also enjoy some of the perks of having served, such as free or discounted meals at several restaurants.

With your help again this year via Facebook, here are a several places in Rochester who are offering military personnel Veterans Day deals, as well as other businesses offering their thanks with specials of their own this weekend and on Monday.

**All these specials are good through proof of service with your military ID:

  1. Applebee’s: Both Rochester-area Applebee’s restaurants will be offering a free meal to veterans and active-duty military on Sunday, November 11. Eligible veterans can choose from eight different entrees.
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans and active-duty service members can get a free small order of boneless or traditional wings and fries on Veterans Day. This offer is available at participating locations only, so be sure to call ahead.
  3. Baker’s Square: Free breakfast choice of Buttermilk Pancakes, three pieces of French Toast, or a Belgian Waffle for veterans and active duty military members.
  4. Charlie's Eatery & Pub: Hosting a Chili Feed to say thanks to all veterans on November 11, from 2-4 p.m.
  5. Chipotle: Active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military get a buy-one-get-one-free entree on Nov. 11.
  6. Denny’s: Active and inactive military personnel can enjoy breakfast at Denny's on Nov. 12 from 5 a.m. to noon with a free Build Your Own Grand Slam.
  7. Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free donut — no purchase necessary. Additionally, fans may submit the name of an active duty service member online, and enter them for a chance to win a case of the brand's ground Original Blend Coffee.
  8. Famous Dave’s: Famous Dave’s is offering all former and current military personnel a free two meat combo on Nov. 11 & 12. Choose two of a number of meats, along with one side and a cornbread muffin.
  9. Five West Kitchen + Bar: All veterans and active military will receive 20% off their entire bill on 11/11 and 11/12.
  10. Hy-Vee Market Grille's: They're honoring veterans on Monday, November 12 by providing a free breakfast to all those who have served. Here are Crossroads, and West Circle's plans.
  11. John Hardy's BBQ: On Nov. 11 & 12, veterans can get a regular pork plate for $4.99.
  12. Little Caesars: Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.
  13. Nupa: They're offering all veterans a free meal.
  14. Olive Garden: They're offering veterans a free entrée from a limited menu available during business hours on Nov. 11. Dine-in only; beverages and gratuity not included.
  15. Rochester Event Center: Enjoy free breakfast with program on Nov. 12. at 8:30 a.m. with a program at 10:30 a.m.
  16. Texas Roadhouse: Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch on Veterans Day. Their offer includes a choice of ten different lunch entrees, including two sides, along with your choice of iced tea, sweet tea, coffee or a soft drink.
  17. Outback Steakhouse: All veterans and active military get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage, in addition to a discount for family members.
  18. Red Lobster: Veterans can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on Nov. 11 and 12.
  19. Wild Bill's Sports Saloon: As a Thank You to Veterans, they're offering $11.11 off their meal this Sunday.

Here's a list of other businesses showing their thanks:

  • Great Clips is offering a Free haircuts to Veterans that day or a free haircut card to use later. Nonmilitary customers can get in on the action, too, by purchasing a service for themselves and receiving a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
  • Home Depot is offering a 10% discount of in-store purchases to all military Nov. 11. However, as a reader & veteran pointed out, they offer that deal all year round! Lowe’s also gives veterans 10% off throughout the year, but you have to register for it first. Be sure and ask how the next time you stop in.
  • From Nov. 4-12, military members and veterans with a valid ID can get 10% off in-store and online purchases at Target.

I'll continue to update this list as they come about so continue to check back here between now and Sunday!