World War II veteran William Spriggs, 89, of the 83rd Infantry Division and who took part in the invasion of Normandy, searches for fallen comrades in the Normandy American Cemetery June 5, 2014 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Where to find Veterans Day meals and deals in the Miami Valley

On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, several restaurants and other businesses are showing their appreciation by offering deals to veterans and active-duty military men and women, including free or reduced meals. 

Here are some of the establishments in the Dayton area that have reached out to us to let us know they are offering  Veterans Day deals. Please send information about your deal to with a copy to

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We will be updating this story as we receive information about Veterans Day deals. Some businesses are extending their offers either before or after Veterans Day. Proof of service is generally required; the forms of proof of service vary by business. 


The Chop House

On Sunday Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12, The Chop House restaurant is offering 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entrée to veterans with military ID or in uniform.

Location: Washington Twp.

City Barbeque 

City Barbeque will commemorate Veterans Day by treating veterans and troops to a meal. All day on Sunday, Nov. 11, all veterans and U.S. military will receive a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage, applicable on either dine-in or carryout orders, at every City Barbeque location.

Locations: Beavercreek, Centerville and West Chester

Bonefish Grill

On Sunday, Nov. 11, all active and retired service members with a valid military ID can enjoy a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer at all Bonefish Grill locations.

Locations: Near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp., and in West Chester

Mimi’s Cafe

Mimi’s Cafe will be saluting active duty military personnel and veterans with a free entree from a special menu all day on Nov. 11. Honorees with a military ID can choose from any of these menu items with the purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage: Slow-Roasted Turkey entree, Brioche Cheeseburger, Asian Chicken Salad, Brioche French Toast, Breakfast Tacos, Four Buttermilk Griddlecakes

Locations: The Greene in Beavercreek; Mason

Red Lobster

Red Lobster will be offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12. Appetizer choices include Sweet Chili Shrimp, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster and Langostino Pizza, or Signature Shrimp Cocktail. Dessert choices are Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Warm Apple Crostada, Chocolate Wave or Brownie Overboard.

Locations: Five locations in the Dayton area

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Sweeney’s will be giving all veterans three complimentary Key Lime tarts to end their meal.

Location: Centerville

Red Robin

Red Robin is offering all veterans and active duty military members a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at participating locations.

Locations: Miller Lane in Butler Twp./Vandalia, near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, and in West Chester

Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is treating active-duty and retired military veterans to a free breakfast Nov. 10-12. This includes a free Pilot Coffee of any size with a choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll. 

Download (or open) the myPilot app Nov. 10-12 to find a coupon in myOffers waiting to be redeemed at the more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America. First-time users receive an additional free drink of their choice when downloading the app.

Locations: Five locations in the Dayton area

Dunkin’ Donuts

On Sunday, Nov. 11, veterans and active military personnel can enjoy a free dounut of their choice at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary. Fans who wish to submit the name of a deployed member of the United States armed forces can do so here. Dunkin’ will surprise some of these members with a case of the brand’s ground Original Blend Coffee.

Locations: Multiple shops throughout the region.

Panera Bread

Note: This offer is for MONDAY, Nov. 12, not the actual Veterans Day holiday. Veterans can receive a free You-Pick-Two meal that includes any two half-portions soup, salad, sandwiches, flatbreads, or mac and cheese.

Locations: More than a dozen Panera Bread Cafes throughout the region. 

Rapid Fired Pizza

The Kettering-based pizza chain is offering a free single-topping 9-inch or 11-inch pizza to veterans and active-duty military with ID on Nov. 11. The offer is available for dine-in and carryout, but will not be available via online ordering. 

Locations: Multiple restaurants throughout the region

O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar

O’Charley’s will honor all active duty and veteran military personnel on both Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12,  when veterans will have their choice of a free meal from a special Veterans Day “Thank You Menu,” which includes O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Fries,  House-Made Chicken Pot Pie, Chopped Steak, Low Country Shrimp or Peach Chutney Chicken.

Locations: Near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp., Miller Lane in Butler Twp., Middletown, Springfield, West Chester


Buy one get one free entree with valid ID at all restaurants on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

Locations: multiple 

Golden Corral 

Free sit-down dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. 

Locations: Miller Lane, Beavercreek, Miami Twp., Franklin, Springfield


Free meal at Applebee’s Grill and Bar Sunday from a select list of entrees. 

Locations: Multiple

Bar Louie 

Free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value at Bar Louie on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

Locations: at The Greene in Beavercreek and at Austin Landing in Miami Twp.


Free meal on Sunday, Nov. 11 from a select list of entrees. 

Locations: Near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. and near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek

Cracker Barrel 

Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake of Crafted Coffee beverage Sunday, Nov. 11.

Locations: Centerville, Miller Lane, Springfield and Middletown

We will be updating this story as we receive information about Veterans Day deals. 

D-Day veteran Ken Scott, aged 98, from Royal Wootton Bassett, is helped as he proudly stands for the last post during the Royal Artillery Commemoration Parade and service on Sword Beach on June 5, 2014 in Hermanville, France. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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