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Veterans Day Guide to Food and Drink Specials in Austin, 2023

Specials for those who served the country

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Barbecue from Rollin’ Smoke
Rollin’ Smoke and Sailor Jerry’s
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin restaurants and bars are showing appreciation for former and active members of the armed forces this Veterans Day through free meals, discounts, and more. To make it easier, Eater has created this guide to the best deals on food and drinks in the city for veterans and members of the armed forces in Austin. Everything is available on Saturday, November 11, unless otherwise noted.

  • Carve American Grille and Perry’s: On Friday, the sibling steakhouses will offer a complimentary lunch (smoked strip at Carve and pork chop at Perry’s) with the purchase of an entree when dining in from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’’s also a three-course, $39 menu on Saturday. Reservations and a military ID are required. (multiple locations)
  • East West Beer Fest: This event taking place at Turnstile Coffee Beer and Spirits will have 10 breweries produce two beers: one east-coast style, the other west-coast style. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. (10025 Burnet Road, North Burnet)
  • Easy Tiger: All locations of the Austin bakery will offer $1 pretzels for takeout for veterans and active duty military, from 11 a.m. until sold out. (multiple locations)
  • Frontyard Brewing: The Spicewood brewery is offering one free beer for veterans and active service members on Friday and Saturday. They are also hosting a fundraiser for a local veteran in need, with live music from 5 to 7 p.m. (4514 Bob Wire Road, Spicewood)
  • Hat Creek Burger Company: The Texas burger chain is giving all active and retired military with a valid military ID a free Big Hat burger. (multiple locations)
  • Jack Allen’s Kitchen: All locations of chef Jack Gilmore’s Texas comfort food mini-chain are offering free lunch entrees to veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (multiple locations)
  • Juiceland: All locations of the smoothie chain will offer half off a drink for veterans and active duty military on November 10 and 11. (multiple locations)
  • Lucky Rabbit: The bar is hosting a shrimp boil from Hoo Doo Crawfish Co., and veterans will receive half off food from the Lucky Rabbit all day. (18626 Farm to Market Rd 1431, Jonestown)
  • Mighty Fine Burgers: The burger chain is offering a free entree to veterans and active duty military with the purchase of an entree when dining in. Military ID required. (multiple locations)
  • Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue: The barbecue truck at Arbor Food Truck Park will have free pork belly burnt ends for veterans, active duty personnel, and their families thanks to spiced rum brand Sailor Jerry’s, which has a barbecue sauce. Civilians can have a free meal with proof of donation of any amount to The Independence Fund, which helps catastrophically wounded service members. (1108 East 12th Street, Central East Austin)
  • Salt Traders Coastal Cooking: Both locations of chef Gilmore’s Texas seafood restaurant are offering free lunches to veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (2850 North I-35, Round Rock; 1101 South Mopac Expressway, Zilker)
  • Tony C’s Beer Garden: The pizza chain is offering a free entree to veterans and active duty military with the purchase of an entree when dining in. Military ID required. (3800 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock; 2900 West Anderson Lane, North Shoal Creek)
  • Tumble 22: All locations of the Austin-based hot chicken mini-chain are offering free lunches to people with military identification from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Friday. The meals include either two chicken tenders or one-fourth portion of dark meat chicken, one side, and a soft drink. (multiple locations)

Wu Chow

500 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 476-2469 Visit Website

Hat Creek Burger Co.

5400 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (512) 732-2025 Visit Website

Frontyard Brewing

4514 Bob Wire Road, , TX 78669 (512) 614-4380 Visit Website

Jack Allen's Kitchen

3600 North Capital of Texas Highway, , TX 78746 (512) 351-9399 Visit Website

Tumble 22

1917 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722 (512) 550-6032 Visit Website

Mighty Fine Burgers

201 University Oaks, Round Rock, Texas 78665 +1 512-381-3310 Visit Website

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

5100 Belt Line Road, , TX 75254 (972) 387-2337 Visit Website

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

1101 South MoPac Expressway, , TX 78746 (737) 484-0095 Visit Website

Tony C's

10526 West Parmer Lane, , TX 78717 (512) 255-9463 Visit Website