Not planning a cookout this Memorial Day? For those headed to a local restaurant instead, here are some of the best deals available for the start-of-summer holiday that officially honors soldiers who died while serving this country.
While most deals are geared towards those who have served and their families, several restaurants are offering dining deals for all.
Both veterans and active duty military can score a free meal when dining in at participating Hooters on Memorial Day by presenting their military ID. Guests may choose an entree from the special Hooters Memorial Day Menu, which includes options like wings, buffalo chicken sandwiches and the Hooters burger. Guests will need to purchase a drink, and the free entree is limited to one per patron.
Throughout the rest of the year, Hooters also offers a daily 10% military discount and a 20% military discount every Tuesday at select locations.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub
At Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, a New England eatery with more than 100 locations, veterans and active duty military members can get a free entree with the purchase of any meal on Memorial Day. The entree must be from the chain's 9 Real Size Entrées (with dishes that start at $9.99) and guests will need to provide proof of service.
Fogo de Chao
Active military and veterans get 50% off their meal at this Brazilian steakhouse known for its never-ending grilled meats carved table side. Up to three of their guests also get a 10% discount off their meal throughout Memorial Day to chow down on as much Brazilian meat as they can stomach.
Veterans or active duty men and women dining in can score a totally free meal with no strings attached at most Logan's Roadhouse locations on Memorial Day. The deal only lasts from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., however, and guests will need to choose an item from the $9.49 American Roadhouse Meals menu, as well as provide proof of service.
McCormick & Schmick's
At this restaurant, veterans, active military members and Gold Star parents and spouses will all be able take advantage of a deal to get a free entree for lunch or dinner on Memorial Day at McCormick & Schmick's. They can choose from a list of 10 options that include salmon, fettuccine Alfredo, fish and chips and a cheeseburger.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Gold Star families also get the royal treatment, along with veterans and those currently serving, at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill on Memorial Day. Those with a military ID or a Gold Star Lapel Badge get a free entree equal to or less than a second entree purchase. The offer is good for dine-in customers for both lunch and dinner.
Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil, another Brazilian steakhouse, is granting active duty military members along with veterans a 50% discount off their dinner. Additionally, up to eight of their guests can also take 20% off of their own meals. The offer is good May 27 through May 29.
Old Country Buffet
Active duty service members, reserve and retired military always get a 15% discount off their meal at Old Country Buffet. On Military Mondays, the restaurant honors military members and their families with an additional discount, including lunch starting at approximately $6 and dinner for around $9. Proof is service is required.
This Australian chain known for its meaty fare and the deliciously addictive Bloomin' Onion, is offering a "Heroes Discount" to all military servicemen and women, police, firefighters and first responders. Just bring a valid state or federal ID to receive 20% off a meal from May 23 through Memorial Day. Anyone stopping in to Outback can also donate as much as they like to help pay for a meal for a military family's future visit.
Rubio's Coastal Grill
Both currently military members and veterans will get a free entree with the purchase of any other entree of equal or greater value at Rubio's Coastal Grill, a Florida restaurant chain that describes its cuisine as coastal-inspired flavors fused with Mexican heritage. Bring this coupon, which is not applicable to online or delivery orders, as well as proof of service, to get access to the deal.
Have a great Memorial Day!