In a return to its long-standing annual tradition, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants are offering free meals to veterans and active-duty military personnel on Veterans Day. This Nov. 11, the national chain expects to serve plenty of its American classic dishes to vets and currently active members of all branches of the military.
The Veterans Day menu features seven of the chain’s most popular entrees. Sirloin steaks, bacon cheeseburgers, fried shrimp and Asian chicken salad are some of the dishes available at participating Applebee’s restaurants. The offer includes lunch or dinner, but it doesn’t include drinks or a tip. The chain’s official website notes that military personnel should have a form of identification that shows their status as a veteran or active-duty military service member. That could include Uniformed Services ID cards, membership cards to veterans’ organizations or a picture in uniform. Military personnel can even wear their uniforms as proof of service.
Applebee’s has welcomed veterans for a free Veterans Day meal for years as part of its Thank You Movement. According to the chain’s site, Applebee’s restaurants served more than a million free steaks, burgers and Fiesta Lime Chicken plates to members of the armed forces last year. Considering that the offer only lasts for a day, that’s an impressive feat for the chain’s nearly 2,000 restaurants.
The restaurant chain will still be offering its Two for $20 luncheon specials on Veterans Day for civilian friends and family who want to commemorate the day economically. This menu includes a choice of a single appetizer and two entrees, so it’s a good choice for groups. In a bid to become more health-conscious, the restaurant has also collected its entrees under 550 calories into a light menu.
For visitors who want to say thank you, the chain also has a page for veterans on their official site.