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South Sound businesses deliver thanks to veterans with free food, admission

A participant waves a flag at the 50th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Auburn on November 7, 2015.
A participant waves a flag at the 50th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Auburn on November 7, 2015. Staff photographer

Free lumpia, doughnuts, coffee and a trip to the zoo. More than 20 local businesses are offering big thank yous – and a full belly – to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day, which is Wednesday.

Most offers are good only on Wednesday, identification of some kind is required, and there are time restrictions and menu limitations for some of these businesses, so be sure to follow the links to read the fine print.

I’ll continue to update the list as I find offers. If you know of one, email me at


Duke’s Chowder Houses: All six local Duke’s locations will offer a free bowl of chowder. Details here.

Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza: All locations of the pizza restaurant will offer a free personal pizza. For locations, visit the company’s website.

Helen’s Donuts and Ice Cream: This Portland Avenue bakery is offering four free doughnuts with the purchase of a dozen, as well as free doughnut holes. Details at the bakery’s Facebook page here.

Ivar’s: Free lunch or dinner entree for veterans or active duty members of the military. Details at the company’s website here.

Lunchbox Laboratory: The Gig Harbor restaurant will be giving away entrees, up to a $15 value, to veterans. More details at this link.

McNamara’s Pub and Eatery: Get $10 off a meal for active duty and veterans. Details at the company’s Facebook page here.

Moctezuma’s: The Tacoma and Gig Harbor Mexican restaurants are offering 50 percent off entrees. Details at the restaurant’s Facebook page here.

MOD Pizza: Get a free Mod-sized pizza or salad at all South Sound locations. Details on the Seattle-based company’s Facebook page here.

Northwest Lumpia: The Nalley Valley lumpia cafe will offer a free four-lumpia combo with a drink at lunch to veterans. Details at the Tacoma restaurant’s Facebook page here.

Savor Creperie: The downtown Tacoma restaurant is giving a 15 percent discount on all food & beverage items and identification is required. More details here.

The Red Hot: Sixth Avenue craft beer and hot dog restaurant is giving a 25 percent discount to all current and former members of the military. More details at the company’s Facebook page here.

Treos: A free 12-ounce Americano coffee is offered to current or former military. More details at the Tacoma coffeehouse’s Facebook page here.

Frugals Tacoma: The Tacoma drive-in burger restaurant is offering $1 off every meal. Find information at the restaurant’s Facebook page here.


Applebee’s: The national chain is offering a meal to veterans and active duty members. Details here, including the special menu offered that day for veterans and military members.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: A free meal with a value up to $12.95 for members of the military and veterans. Details on the company’s Facebook page here.

Denny’s: The nationwide diner chain is offering a build-your-own grand slam breakfast to veterans. Details at this link.

Hooters: Get a free meal for veterans and active-duty military. Details here.

IHOP: The pancake house is giving out a free stack of red, white and blue pancakes to veterans and active duty military. Link here, including important details about the offer.

Krispy Kreme: Get a free doughnut and coffee at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Details on the company’s Facebook page here.

Little Caesars Pizza: Get a free pizza combo for lunch, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at participating restaurants. More info here.

Menchie’s: Get a free 6-ounce frozen yogurt for veterans and active duty military. More information here on the Menchie’s Facebook page.

Olive Garden: Choose a free meal from a select menu. More details here.

Outback Steakhouse: A free Bloomin’ Onion and drink are offered at participating restaurants. Check this link for more details.

Red Robin: Veterans and active-duty service members can get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and fries. Link here.

Starbucks Coffee: Get a free 12-ounce brewed coffee for veterans, active military and military spouses. Link here.


LeMay-America’s Car Museum: Free admission on Veterans Day, but military members also get discounts any other day the museum is open. Details here.

Northwest Trek: Get free admission on Veterans Day, as well as the next day. Details here.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: Get free admission on Veterans Day, plus the day after. Details here.