The country pauses Wednesday to honor all its military veterans, and East Valley restaurants are no exception. Here are five places that are celebrating Veterans Day by giving free meals to veterans (plus another offering free food Monday). Most require proof of service, such as military ID card, picture in uniform or wearing of uniform.
NYPD Pizza: All retired or active military employees receive two free slices or a slice with a small house or Caesar salad and soft drink from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. 221 E. Warner Road, Gilbert, (480) 632-6973; 2743 S. Market St., Gilbert, (480) 782-6973; 2580 W. Chandler Road, Chandler, (480) 722-0898; other Valley locations.
Sassi: Veterans and members of the U.S. military get a free three-course dinner plus non-alcoholic drinks Wednesday. Offerings include manicotti with four Italian cheeses or organic chicken breast with chicken sausage. 10455 Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, (480) 502-9095.
Outback Steakhouse: Veterans and active-duty military get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage of choice — either one non-alcoholic drink or one draft Anheuser Busch — Wednesday. Five locations in Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert, plus other Valley cities.
Applebee’s: All veterans and active-duty military personnel are invited to enjoy one of six free entrees, such as three-cheese chicken penne, bacon cheeseburger or seven-ounce sirloin, Wednesday. Numerous locations in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and other Valley cities.
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que: After handing out free meals to active-duty military for Armed Services Day in May, the chain is now offering a free entree to all veterans from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. 3250 W. Frye Road, Chandler, (480) 782-1212; 1011 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, (480) 615-1444.
Golden Corral: Free buffet meals, including beverage and dessert, will be given to current military and vets from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday. The chain makes the offer on Monday so it doesn’t interfere with Veterans Day activities. 1318 N. Cooper Road, Gilbert, (480) 507-3331; 1868 N. Power Road, Mesa, (480) 985-6793.