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Veterans Day Deals 2020: Deals from Corpus Christi area businesses for military veterans

Allison Ehrlich
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Many area restaurants and businesses offer free meals or discounts on Veterans Day as a sign of appreciation to military personnel and veterans. Here's a list of locations offering these deals in 2020 around the Corpus Christi area. 

Free meals for veterans and other military personnel

Applebee’s will offer a free entrée from a select menu to all veterans and active duty military on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in only and proof of military service required. Locations are 6691 S. Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi and 1820 U.S. Highway 181 in Portland. Information: 361-906-1999 (Corpus Christi) and 361-643-2489 (Portland) or https://www.applebees.com/en/veterans-day-free-meals.

BJ's Brewhouse, 5037 S. Padre Island Dr., will offer all current and former military a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr Pepper beverage on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Offer valid for dine-in only and must present valid military ID. Information: https://www.bjsrestaurants.com/VeteransDay.

A Veterans Day ceremony in Sherrill Park in Corpus Christi on Nov. 11, 2004.

Bubba’s 33, 1921 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer a free meal from a select menu to all veterans (active, retired and former U.S. military) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in only and proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers. For those with COVID-19 concerns, you may also come in and receive a voucher for a free meal to be used on another visit. Information: 361-806-2933.

Chili’s will offer a free meal from a select menu to all veterans and active military personnel on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in only. Locations are 5542 S. Padre Island Drive, 4120 U.S. Hwy. 77 (Calallen) and 2010 Hwy. 181 North, Portland. Information: https://www.chilis.com/restaurant-events/veterans-day.

Cicis Pizza will offer a free adult buffet to active military and veterans with proper ID on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Must present coupon found online along with ID. Dine-in only. Locations in Corpus Christi are 1502 Airline Road, 4918 Ayers St. and 4101 IH 69 Access Road. Information and coupon: https://www.cicis.com/offers/

Grub Burger Bar, 4902 South Staples St., will offer all active, inactive and retired military personnel a free entrée (excludes Wagyu patty) Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in only and must present proof of service or military ID. Veterans and military personnel also receive a 10 percent discount off any purchase all year with valid ID or in uniform. Information: 361-444-2424.

Golden Corral, 5901 S. Padre Island Drive, is offering a free “thank you” promotional card to any active or former U.S. military from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. The promotional card may be redeemed for a free meal from Nov. 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Meal is dine-in only and must be used Monday through Thursday. Limit one card per person, while supplies last. Information: 361-991-2838 or https://www.goldencorral.com/military-appreciation/.

Olive Garden, 5258 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer a free meal from a select menu for all active-duty military and veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in or take-out available. Information: 361-992-4742.

On the Border, 5117 S. Padre Island Dr., would like to thank active and former military members for their service on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with a free 2-item lunch combo. Must present proof of military ID or service. Dine-in only. Information: 361-992-9662

Texas Roadhouse, 2029 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer a voucher for a free meal from a select list to veterans and active military. Simply drive by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 to pick up your voucher that can be redeemed at a later date of your choice, for dine-in or takeout. Must present proof of service or military ID. Information: 361-854-9505.

Twin Peaks, 5425 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer a free meal from a select menu for veterans, active duty military and reservists on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in only. Information: 361-992-7325.

Wienerschnitzel will offer a free meal to active military and veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Locations in Corpus Christi are 2401 Ayers St., 4221 S. Alameda St., 3555 S. Padre Island Drive, 5861 S. Staples St., and 4001 U.S. Highway 77. Meal is a chili dog, small fries and small Pepsi. Guests must present valid military or veteran ID card or wear military uniform. Information: https://www.wienerschnitzel.com.

A large American flag reflected in Veterans Band member, Fernando Cruz’s, horn during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Sherill Park in 2009.

Other free items and discounts

The Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., will have free admission during the entire month of November thanks to a generous underwriting from Kleberg Bank. Information: https://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2001 S. Padre Island Dr., is offering a free order of 10 boneless wings and side of fries for active and retired armed services members on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Must present acceptable proof of military service or ID. Dine-in or takeout. Information: 361-814-9464.

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, 1900 N. Chaparral St., will offer $1 admission to veterans and active duty military and their families from 10 a to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. All guests will enjoy patriotic Museum Science Shows, and historical characters brought to life by our Museum LIVE! Actors. Information: 361-826-4667 or https://www.facebook.com/ccmuseum/.

Cracker Barrel, 4229 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer veterans a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake when dining on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Information: 361-855-1778.

Dairy Queen will offer all active military and veterans a free medium Blizzard on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Must present proof of service. Locations in Corpus Christi are 3606 Ayers St., 5002 Greenwood Drive, 5919 McArdle Road, 6169 Saratoga Blvd., 11101 Leopard St. Information: https://dqtexas.com/.

Great Clips will offer a free haircut to veterans and active military on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Veterans can get a free haircut that day or can get a free haircut card to be used any day before Dec. 11, 2020. Locations are 3133 S. Alameda St., 4938 S. Staples St., 6601 Everhart Road, 2311 Hwy. 35 N, Rockport. Information: https://www.greatclips.com/promotions/veterans-day.

Hooters, 4551 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of any 10 wings for veterans and active military on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Offer available for dine-in only. For more information: 361-854-9464.

Joe’s Crab Shack offers a 20 percent discount for veterans and military personnel on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Must present valid military ID and can only be used on tables of 4 or fewer. Dine-in only and discount does not apply to alcohol purchases. Corpus Christi locations are 444 N. Shoreline Blvd. and 5025 S. Padre Island Drive. Information: https://www.joescrabshack.com/veteransday.

Landry’s Seafood, 600 N. Shoreline Blvd., will offer a 20 percent discount for all veterans and active duty military on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Must show valid ID. Offer excludes alcoholic beverages and is for dine-in only. Information: 361-882-6666.

The National Parks Service offers free admission (entrance fee only) to all visitors on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. The local national park is Padre Island National Seashore, 20420 Park Road 22. Information: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/veterans-day.htm

Outback Steakhouse, 4221 S. Padre Island Drive, will give a free Bloomin Onion and a Coca-Cola product to all veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with proper ID. They also offer a 10 percent discount for all military servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, first responders and military personnel all day, every day with valid service ID. Offer is valid for entire guest check (excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuity) and cannot be combined with other offers. Information: https://www.outback.com/offers/operation-homefront.

Red Lobster, 5825 S. Padre Island Drive, will offer a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu for veterans and active military on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dine-in only and must present proof of service or military ID. Information: 361-991-2160.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will honor veterans on Sunday, Nov. 8 with free park admission (entrance fee only) for all visitors. Local state parks include Mustang Island State Park, 9394 State Hwy. 361; Goose Island State Park, 202 S. Palmetto St., Rockport; and Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 25, Mathis. Information: http://bit.ly/TXStateParks_VeteransDay.

The Texas State Aquarium, 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., will have its $2 Community Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 13 for all community members. In addition, military with valid ID receive $2 off admission the rest of the year (not during discount days). Information: 361-881-1259 or https://bit.ly/38iZcRP.

Allison Ehrlich writes about things to do in South Texas and has a weekly Throwback Thursday column on local history. Support local coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe