a plate of food on a table © Photo courtesy of Joella's Hot Chicken

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, dining indoors can be dangerous for you and the restaurant's employees. Check the CDC's Food Safety and Eating Out guidelines to understand the risks involved. Consider ordering food to-go or getting delivery to support your favorite restaurants.We're used to seeing the deluge of restaurants that offer free meals and discounts to veterans and active-duty members of the military on Veterans Day.?

However, many of those same restaurants offer discounts throughout the year as a way of saying thanks to those who have served more than just once a year. You might not see quite as many places offering?a free meal, but there are solid discounts to be had on meals every day. You can find deals at places like Outback Steakhouse, Costco, and Grimaldi's all year long.?

Here are the best deals on food for veterans and active-duty military personnel that can be found throughout the year. Though you should note, almost every location requires some form of military ID to get the discount, and stores generally require validation through a service like ID.me or SheerID.

Food Deals for Military Veterans

Outback Steakhouse

The deal:

Military service members, firefighters, and first responders get 10% off their entire check every day of the year. That's no different on Veterans Day.

When: Ongoing

Old Country Buffet

The deal:?Take 15% off if you're active-duty personnel, reserve, or retired and wearing a uniform or carrying a valid ID.?


Panda Express

The deal:?Military veterans can take 10% off their tab every day of the year. For the remainder of 2020, that discount has been extended to first responders as well.?



The deal:

The pizza shop offers active-duty personnel and veterans 15% off their meals year-round.?

When: Ongoing

Carrabba's Italian Grill

The deal:

All service members and first responders get 10% off their visit every day of the year.?

When: Ongoing

Joella's?Hot Chicken

The deal:

Military personnel and veterans can get 10% off their meals year-round at Joella's.?

When: Ongoing

Fire Dept. Coffee

The deal:

There's a 15% discount for life for active military, veterans, first responders, and emergency dispatchers.?


BJ's Wholesale

The deal:?Veterans who join BJ's get 25% off standard membership fees. There are also other discounts specifically for veterans and active-duty personnel, like a coupon for $10 off your first trip after becoming a member.



The deal:?Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families get a $30 Costco Shop Card when they join Costco as a new member.?


Fred Meyer

The deal:?Current members of the military, veterans, and military families get an extra 10% off your purchase on advertised days.

When:?Ongoing a person sitting at a table with a plate of food © Photo courtesy of Panda Express

Bob Evans

The deal:

?With your military ID, you can get a 10% discount on your check year-round.?



The deal:

Order Kind bars through the company's site to get 15% off everything on the site. That offer is available to military veterans, active-duty personnel, first responders, nurses, and doctors.?


Omaha Steaks

The deal:?Take 10% off your order if you're an active-duty member, retirees, veteran, military spouse, or a dependent.?


Dutch Bros. Coffee

The deal:?The discount is up to each location, but there are discounts to be had.?


Smokey Bones

The deal:?Take advantage of a 10% discount every day of the year when you show your valid military ID.

When:?Ongoing a cup of water © Photo courtesy of Peet's Coffee

Other Deals Available Right Now

Tim Hortons

The deal:

To celebrate the introduction of freshly cracked eggs in all of its breakfast sandwiches, the convenience store is offering Tims Rewards members a free breakfast sandwich. You're going to need to be an early riser, though.

When:?Through March 21, 5-7 am

Boston Market

The deal

: The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one.?

When: For just a little while

Taco John's

The deal:

The launch of its new value menu includes the option to grab a free Chicken, Bacon Guacamole Street Taco when you order any Pepsi product through the Taco John's app.?

When: Through April 5

Panda Express

The deal:

The Family Meal Deal will land you two large sides and three large entrées for $29. The options include the new Firecracker Chicken Breast.?

When: Through March 23

Want More Food Deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza deals,?reward programs, birthday freebies,?gift card offers,?deals on food for kids, food delivery offers,?and?alcohol delivery deals?you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin Nelson on Twitter. ?

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