Veterans Day not only allows us a chance to celebrate those who have served in our armed forces but also time for them to enjoy a few additional perks of service. A number of restaurants and businesses are offering dining and shopping deals. This list includes some compiled by The Military Wallet — a personal finance website for military, veterans and their families — as well as some local offerings.
Unless noted, these deals are for dine-in meals Saturday for veterans and active-duty service members with military ID or proof of service. Always call ahead to confirm participation at specific locations.
Bakersfield Pizza Co.: Free large pizza slice with purchase of a beverage
Brother Ray's Salsa: The local farmers market vendor will offer $1 off each salsa (one for $6, two for $10) for veterans showing their ID. Owner Phil Beltran will have his stand open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brimhall farmers market (9500 Brimhall Road) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Haggin Oaks market (Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave.).
Better Bowls: The plant-based meal business will offer $1 off their bowls when they set up at The Hen's Roost farmers market at 19th and G streets.
Camino Real Kitchen & Tequila: Free burrito with purchase of a beverage
Crest Bar & Grill: Ten percent off the menu
Flame Burger: Free Flame Burger, order of fries and beverage for any veteran
Guild House: A 15 percent discount on their lunch Friday. The menu consists of navy bean soup, country seasoned chicken and apple pie a la mode, along with house-made rolls and coffee or tea. Call 325-5478 to make reservations.
Tiki-Ko: For every one of this week's specials sold, the tiki bar will donate $1 to Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for military and veterans’ families, who can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at a military or VA medical center. Now through Sunday, it is serving the Army-Navy ($9), a classic 1948 cocktail celebrating one of the oldest football rivalries in a mix of gin, fresh lemon juice and orgeat; the Jet Pilot ($11), a high-flying cocktail of dark, gold and overproof rum, fresh citrus, house-made cinnamon syrup, bitters and Pernod; and Captain’s Grog ($12), a '60s classic with a dozen ingredients including rum, spices, fresh citrus and a little bit of maple syrup.
Applebee’s: Free meal from a special menu (American standard burger, butcher’s meat and potatoes, three-cheese chicken cavatappi, chicken tenders platter, fiesta lime chicken, double crunch shrimp or Oriental chicken salad)
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free entree, up to $12.95 value, Friday and Saturday. Guests over the age of 21 are also invited to raise a glass to veterans for just $6 each, donating a beverage that can be redeemed through the restaurant's Buy A Hero A Beer program.
Black Angus Steakhouse: All American steak plate (8-ounce top sirloin steak, served with homestyle mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter, sweet molasses bread and a nonalcoholic beverage) for $9.99. It is available until 3 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza, full-size salad or pasta from the special Veterans Day menu.
Chili's: Free meal from a limited menu (chicken crispers, chicken bacon ranch quesadilla, an oldtimer burger with cheese, classic bacon burger or chili/soup and salad)
Creamistry: 50 percent off any single menu item
Denny’s: Free build your own grand slam from 6 a.m. to noon Friday
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Free classic sandwich, savory side and Big Yellow Cup (beverage)
Dunkin' Donuts: Free doughnut of choice
Farmer Boys: Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers for veterans Friday
Famous Dave’s: Free two-meat combo, served with choice of side and cornbread muffin, for veterans
Golden Corral: On Monday (from 5 to 9 p.m.), the restaurant will host its 16th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner with a free meal for veterans and active military. For more information, visit goldencorral.com/military
Hooters: Free meal (choice of 10-piece traditional or boneless wings, Hooters burger, Buffalo chicken salad or Buffalo chicken sandwich) with purchase of a beverage
Little Caesars Pizza: Free pizza or Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Olive Garden: Free meal from limited menu (cheese ravioli, spaghetti with meat sauce, lasagna, chicken parmigiana and chicken piccata)
Outback Steakhouse: Free bloomin’ onion and nonalcoholic beverage
Pieology: Free regular crust one-topping pizza with purchase of a beverage
PizzaRev: Buy one pizza or salad, get one free Friday and Saturday
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert from a select list
Red Robin: Free Red’s tavern double, served with bottomless steak fries
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Free Mom’s ricotta meatballs and spaghetti
Sizzler Restaurants: Free lunch (choice of steak, chicken or shrimp) served until 4 p.m.
Tahoe Joe's: Free 6-ounce Joe's steak entree with coupon from Friends of Joe eClub (sign up at tahoejoes.com)
Along with restaurants, some retailers are offering deals for veterans.
Sparkling Image Carwash: Free full service car wash, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., all Sparkling Image Carwash Bakersfield locations
Bed Bath & Beyond: Twenty-five percent off entire in-store purchase through Sunday
Dollar General: Eleven percent discount in-store and online with promo code VET17
Home Depot: Ten percent discount
Jo-Ann Fabric: Ten percent discount for military service members and their families year round
Lowe's: Ten percent discount
Michaels: Fifteen percent discount for military families every day
Rite-Aid: Twenty percent off eligible items for all veterans and military with Plenti card and proof of military service
Target: Through Saturday, 10 percent discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children. To get this discount, register at target.com
Toys R Us: Fifteen percent off in-store purchases through Saturday
Walgreens: Twenty percent off eligible regular-price items for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service