When it comes to expressing gratitude, the gift of food is one of the most appreciated gestures. So, on a day designated to honor the men and women who have served in the military restaurants around the Valley are saying thank you.
All offers are good on Nov. 11 only except where noted. And proper identification may be required to receive the deals.
These are some great metro Phoenix restaurants, bars and coffee shops offering discounts or freebies to active duty and veterans and, in some cases, first responders, reservists and nurses.
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This veteran and family owned and operated craft cidery grants active military and veterans 30% off all beverage purchases.
Details: 31 S. Robson, Suite 103, Mesa. 480-993-3164. Other locations at cidercorpsaz.com.
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Active military and veterans receive a 10% discount.
Details: 31 S. Robson, Mesa. 480-687-8526, mykespizza.com.
Veterans and active military receive 10% off their order. Also, during the month of November, the restaurant will donate 10% of proceeds to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 472. The organization supports combat wounded veterans and their families, fosters camaraderie and goodwill among veterans and provides mentorship and support to ROTC students.
Details: 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-945-4669. Other locations at morningsqueeze.com.
Veterans and active military will receive a 10% meal discount. The offer is good for dine-in orders only and excludes alcohol and packaged products.
Details: 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. 480-990-9500, marcellinoristorante.com.
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Original Breakfast House
The annual Veterans Day party honors those who serve with a free meal for active-duty military personnel, veterans, first responders and nurses. A vintage car show and free live concert are part of the day-long festivities. Proceeds from the event benefit Tunnel to Towers Tempe, a nonprofit organization founded in honor of Firefighter Stephen Siller who lost his life in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, as well as all first responders and military heroes that have also made the ultimate sacrifice.
Details: 13623 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. 602-482-2328, originalbreakfasthouse.com.
Veterans and active duty military will receive 15% off food items.
Details: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. 480-513-8186, thethumb.com.
Active military and veterans receive a 10% discount off any coffee or tea drink.
Details: 31 S. Robson. Mesa. paircupworks.com.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub
Military personnel will receive a free entree and non-alcoholic beverage.
Details: 3077 W Frye Road, Chandler. 480-786-5799. Other locations at thirstyliongastropub.com.
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Active and retired military will receive a 15% discount off their meal. Offer is good on dine-in orders only starting at 4 p.m. and does not include alcohol.
Details: 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-947-0795, roaringfork.com.
Patent 139 Brewing Co.
Active military and veterans may order the BBQ plate special for $20, which includes smoked tri tip, pulled pork and St. Louis ribs with verde coleslaw, house made pickles and a Kona roll with fig butter. They will also receive a complementary pint glass to take home and can buy a beer at the happy hour price of $5.
Details: 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler 480-597-7138, patent139brewingco.com.
Veterans receive $5 off in-store orders.
Details: 4280 E. Indian School, Phoenix. 602-671-2445. Other locations at koibitopoke.com.
Streets of New York
Veterans, active military, police and firefighters receive a 20% discount at participating locations. The offer does not apply to alcohol.
Diego Pops, Eat Up Drive In, The Hot Chick and The Montauk
All Jocque Concepts restaurants (Diego Pops, Eat Up Drive In, The Hot Chick and The Montauk) will offer a 25% discount on all food purchases to active military and veterans.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
Active military and veterans receive a 20% discount off all purchases.
Details: 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek. (480) 888-9290, queencreekolivemill.com.
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Salt & Lime Modern Mexican Grill
Veterans and first responders get a 20% discount. Offer not valid on alcohol purchases.
Details: 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-661-5463, saltandlimeaz.com.
Miracle Mile Deli
Veterans receive a 20% discount — double the year-round 10% discount — with valid ID. The offer is good for dine-in and takeout orders.
Details: 4433 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-776-0992, miraclemiledeli.com.
Fire at Will
Veteran and former Marine Dom Ruggiero is set to open this restaurant on Nov. 11 and will offer a 15% discount to veterans.
Details: 4912 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. eatfireatwill.com.
Veterans, active military and first responders can enjoy a 25% discount off all orders up to $100.
Details: 101 E. Baseline Road, Tempe. 480-839-8226. Other locations at someburros.com.
Active and retired military receive a complimentary Bar Louie Craft Burger.
Details: 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale. 602-609-5500. Other locations at barlouie.com.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Veterans who use the code VETFREE will get a free pulled pork sandwich.
Details: 1005 South Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-812-1687, other locations at dickeys.com.
Veterans and active military personnel receive a free meal from these options: cheeseburger and fries; chicken tenders and fries; pulled pork sandwich and fries; soup and salad lunch combo; and chicken caesar salad with a choice of swapping protein to shrimp. One item per person, dine-in orders only.
Details: 2135 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-954-8946. Other locations at twinpeaksrestaurant.com.
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Active and retired military receive a free scholarship burger and fries for dine-in orders.
Details: 4928 S. Power Road, Mesa. 480-420-0711, walk-ons.com/location/gilbert-az.
Veterans, active duty military and reservists receive a free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, fries, and coleslaw meal.
Details: 4802 E Cactus Rd, Scottsdale. 602-996-5470. Other locations at redlobster.com.
Macayo’s Mexican Food
Active and inactive military personnel will receive a free entree from the following: fiesta salad; carnitas dinner; chicken poblano; grande dinner; baja grande dinner; Sonoran enchilada trio; Baja burro or carne asada burro.
Details: 15565 W. Bell Road, Surprise. 623-214-5950. Other locations at macayo.com.
Barrio Brewing Co.
Active and inactive military personnel will receive a free entree from the Veterans Day menu, which includes items such as the Barrio Brat, quesadilla, Reuben’s high on rye, Lizzy salad and pulled pork sandwich.
Details: 5803 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa. 480-988-7171, barriobrewingmesa.com.
Veterans will receive a free Premiere CRU Margarita with a purchase of any taco.
Details: 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-687-7777, crutacos.com.
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