Free meals and deals for Veterans Day 2016

Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day -- a day to honor our brave heroes who have kept our country safe. As a way to say thank you, restaurants are offering special discounts and free meals for veterans and active military. And with a list like this, there's something for everyone.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind, most businesses require a valid military ID or proof of service.

Here's a list of some of the restaurant deals

Applebee's: Chose one of seven FREE signature items. More info here.

Bob Evans: Receive FREE breakfast from six menu options. No purchase necessary. Find your nearest location.

Bonefish Grill: Bang Bang shrimp on the house! Just show a valid military ID. Find a spot near you.

Boston Market: Active military or veterans and their families can score one FREE brownie or cookie with any purchase.

California Pizza Kitchen: Receive a complimentary entree from a special menu. Click here for locations.

Chipotle: Buy one burrito, burrito bowl, order of tacos, or salad and get one FREE! From 3 p.m. to close with proof of service. More info here.

Chevys Fresh Mex: From 11a.m. - 10 p.m., select one complimentary item from a special menu. Click here for restaurant locations.

Denny's: From 5 a.m. to noon, get a FREE "Build Your Own Grand Slam." Find your nearest diner.

Famous Dave's: Receive a FREE Two Meat Combo. Find your nearest restaurant.

Fogo de Chão: Veterans and active duty personnel will receive 50% off their meal on November 11, and up to three additional guests will receive 10% off their meals. Find a location.

Friendly's: Friendly's is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu. Find a location.

Golden Corral: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. get a FREE dinner buffet including a beverage. Open to anyone who is serving or has served in the U.S. military, to include National Guard and reserves. Find a location near you.

Houlihan's: Active military and veterans receive one FREE entree, valued up to $15, with purchase of an additional entree. Find your nearest location.

IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Veterans and Active Duty Military Forces enjoy a FREE stack of patriotic pancakes. Select locations will also offer FREE combo of two eggs, hash browns, and two bacon strips or pork sausage links. Call your local IHOP to confirm participation.

Hooters: Enjoy a FREE meal from a special Veterans menu, drink purchase required. Find a location near you.

LongHorn Steakhouse: FREE appetizer or dessert, no purchase required, just show valid proof of military service. The chain is also offering 10% off for guests dinning with veterans. Click here for store locations.

Olive Garden: Aside unlimited homemade soup or house salad and bread sticks, the chain is offering a FREE entree from a special military veterans menu. Find a restaurant near you.

On The Border: Dine-In to receive a FREE "choose 2" or "choose 3" "Create Your Own Combo".Proof of service required. Find a location near you.

Outback Steakhouse: Enjoy a FREE Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage with a valid military ID. Find a location near you.

Red Hot & Blue: From November 9 to November 11, get a FREE entree (up to $10) with the purchase of two drinks and a second entree. Click here for store locations.

Red Lobster: From November 10 - 11 you can score a FREE appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. Proof of valid military identification required. Find a location near you.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews: Show some proof and enjoy a FREE Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless Steak Fries! Go online for more details.

Ruby Tuesday's: FREE appetizer (up to $10) at participating locations, proof of service required. Find a restaurant near you.

T.G.I. Friday's: At select locations, dine-in for a FREE lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday's for details.

White Castle: Receive a FREE combo meal. It's on the Castle! No purchase necessary. Find a location.

World of Beer: Cheers! Receive a FREE select draught beer. No purchase necessary. Click here for locations.

Yard House: Score a complimentary appetizer. No purchase necessary. Click here for a location.