Saturday is Veterans Day, and, per tradition, many local restaurants plan to offer free or discounted meals to veterans and active-duty military.
Keep in mind that all the specials require a military ID. And double check to be sure which day the specials are offered. Most are making deals available on Saturday, but some have chosen Friday or even Monday.
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Acapulco, 217 W. Broadway, Newton: Half-off meal and free dessert
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Angry Elephant, 2959 S. Hillside: Free appetizer and 10 percent off entre
Applebee’s, many Wichita locations: Free meal from special menu
Artistic Cakes, 8985 W. Central: Free cookies
Billy Sims, 513 S. Andover Road, Andover: Free meal and a collector’s cup
Bonefish Grill, 10250 E. 13th St.: Free Bang Bang shrimp appetizer
BJ’s Brewhouse, 7960 E. Kellogg: Free meal that’s $12.95 or less on Friday and Saturday.
Bricktown Brewery, 2142 N. Tyler, 2035 N. Rock Road: Free brickdown burger or chicken sandwich on Friday and Saturday.
Bubba’s 33, 412 S. Towne East Mall Drive: Free lunch from special menu until 4 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3236 N. Rock Road, 2413 N, Maize Road: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with side of fries
Carlos O’Kelly’s, several Wichita locations: One free entree.
Carrabba’s, 3409 N. Rock Road: Free appetizer with purchase of entree
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Chili’s, several Wichita locations: Free meal from special menu
Country Kitchen, 915 East 53rd St. N.: Free country scramble on Friday.
Cracker Barrel, 995 E. 61st St. North: Free slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake
Denny’s, 4024 E. Harry, 5700 W. Kellogg, 8030 E. Kellogg: Free build-your-own Grand Slam breakfast offered from 5 a.m. to noon
Dunkin' Donuts, several Wichita locations: Free doughnut.
Fazoli's: Free spaghetti with meat or marina sauce Friday through Sunday.
El Mexico Cafe, 2544 S. Seneca: Vets eat free. A percentage of sales from Saturday will go the Wounded Warrior Project
Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, 10096 E. 13th St.: Free meal for veterans who bring a paying guest
Five Guys Burgers & Fries: Free beverage with purchase of sandwich
Freddy’s Frozen Custard, several Wichita locations: Free menu item cards, which are valid through Nov. 30, will be distributed.
Green Mill, 549 S. Rock Road: Free menu item
Golden Corral, 11006 E. Kellogg, 616 S. Ridge Road Circle: Veterans can get a free meal from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday.
Gurty’s Burgers & Shakes, 214 E. 12th St., Newton: Free slice of pie or cake or brownie
Hooters, 3151 N. Rock Road: Free entree from special menu
IHOP, several Wichita locations: Free stack of red, white and blue pancakes offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Livingston's Diner, 9747 E. 21st St. N.: 50 percent off meals on Monday.
Jimmie’s Diner, 3111 N. Rock Road, 2121 N. Tyler, 1519 George Washington Blvd.: 25 percent off meals
Kansas Star Casino, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane: Free lunch buffet at the Kitchen Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Krispy Kreme, 7777 E. Central: Free doughnut and small coffee
LaMar’s, 3301 E. Harry, 10051 W. 21st St., 3130 N. Rock Road: Free doughnut and 12-ounce coffee
Little Caesars Pizza: Free lunch combo offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logan’s Roadhouse, 353 S. Rock Road, 2424 N. Maize Road: Free item from a special menu from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Longhorn Steakhouse, 2720 N. Maize Road, 440 S. Towne East Square Drive: Free appetizer or dessert plus 10 percent off.
Marrakech Cafe, 6257 E. 21st St.: 25 percent off the bill
Molino's, 1064 N. Waco, 7817 E. 37th St. N.: Free cheesecake bites and $5 off on purchase ofs of $25 or more.
Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road: 20 percent off the bill excluding alcohol for up to four people
Noble House Hawaiian Restaurant, 3238 E. Douglas: 25 percent off individual meals Friday and Saturday
Red Robin, 9990 E. 13th St.: One free Tavern double burger and bottomless fries
Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas: 10 percent off Sumatra Gayo bags for anyone and one free 8 ounce batch brew for vets on Friday and Saturday
Rib Crib, 500 S. Ridge Road, 1440 N. Ridge Road, Derby : Free meal with two meats and two sides from special menu
Old Chicago, 2240 N. Tyler, 300 N. Mead, 7626 E. Kellogg: Free appetizer
Olive Garden, 323 N. Rock Road, 2641 N. Maize Road: Free meal from a special menu
On the Border, 2347 N. Maize Road, 1930 N. Rock Road: Free Create Your Own Combo meal (with 2 or 3 items) for dine-in only
Outback Steakhouse, 2020 N. Rock Road, 233 S. Ridge Road: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage
Paradise Donuts, 3107 W. Central, 10607 W. Maple: Free traditional doughnut and small coffee
Pizza Hut: Many Wichita locations: Free order of eight boneless Wingstreet Wings for dine-in or carryout
Pie Five Pizza, 2035 N. Rock Road: Free pie
Red Lobster, 555 S. West St., 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive : Free appetizer or dessert from special menu
Starbucks, several Wichita locations: Free tall coffee
Taco Bell, many Wichita locations: Free breakfast burrito
Texas Roadhouse, 6707 W. Kellogg: Free lunch from a special menu from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Twin Peaks, 8310 E. 21st St., 7325 W. Taft: One free item from select menu on Monday
Village Inn, 7020 W. Central, 1685 S. Rock Road, 3535 S. Meridian, 1200 N. Rock Road, Derby: Free “Inn-Credible” breakfast
Dean Rhein is one of the organizers of a 22 hour run/walk to raise awareness for veteran suicides. Rhein is an Iraq combat veteran and has seen three of his fellow soldiers take their own email@example.com