By Julie Provost
Going out to eat can be a perfect way to connect with your spouse or your kids. Here are restaurants that have some of the best military discounts. (Remember: Not all restaurants nationwide will offer these exact discounts and they can change at any time.)
1. Cracker Barrel: Depending on the restaurant, you can get between 20-30 percent off with your military ID. This includes any of the items in the store as well as their yummy hometown cooking.
2. Hard Rock Cafe: You can find discounts at certain Hard Rock Cafes. For example, Hard Rock Cafe San Diego offers 15 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages with a valid military ID.
3. Lone Star Steakhouse: On Mondays get 20 percent off and 10 percent off every other day of the week with a valid military ID at this popular steakhouse.
4. Johnny Rockets: This burger joint offers 10 percent off for those with your military ID. Some restaurants offer 50 percent off if you are in uniform.
5. IHOP: International House of Pancakes offers 20 percent with a valid military ID based on the owner’s discretion.
6. Shoney’s: This all-American restaurant offers 15 percent off to military with a valid ID at participating locations.
7. Backyard Burgers: The discount depends on location, but you might be able to receive 20% off with a valid military ID and enjoy some delicious tasting burgers.
8. Del Taco: Enjoy their tacos and burritos with 50 percent off at select locations.
9. Boston Market: Receive 20 percent off your chicken meal at participating locations with a valid military ID.
10. Schlotzsky’s Deli: This deli will offer you between 10-30 percent off of your meal, depending on location.
11. Paper Murphy’s Pizza: At certain locations, you can get 50 percent off of your take and bake pizza.
12. Denny’s: This diner will offer military a 10 or 20 percent discount depending on the location.
13. The Melting Pot: This fondue restaurant sometimes offers a 50 percent discount a few times a year. They usually offer the discount for a week at a time.
14. Dairy Queen: Although this military discount depends on your location, you can sometimes find restaurants that will give up to 50 percent off for military in uniform.
15. Chuck E. Cheese: This play and pizza place offers a couple of military specials. The Alpha– 1large one-topping pizza, four drinks, and 45 tokens for $28.99 ($40 value)– or the Bravo–two large one-topping pizzas, four drinks, and 100 tokens for $46.99 ($69 value)– with any military ID or CAC card.
16. Golden Corral: Depending on location you can save 10-20 percent off your buffet meal with your military ID.
17. Ruby Tuesday’s: This restaurant with a fantastic salad bar, burgers, and more will offer you 10 percent off in select locations.
18. Texas Roadhouse: Take the family out to dinner at this steakhouse where you can find 10 percent off your meal with a valid military ID.
19. Applebee’s: This family restaurant offers 10 percent off except for their 2 for $20 specials. Some locations do have a Military Monday special which is 30 percent off on Mondays only.
20. Local restaurants: Ask about military discounts at some of your favorite local restaurants. Often they will offer a discount, especially if you are in a military town.
Keep in mind that a lot of these restaurants also offer a separate military promotion on Veterans Day and/or Memorial Day. The discount could be a free meal, a bigger percentage off of your bill, or a free appetizer or dessert.
Julie Provost is an associate editor at Military One Click and a National Guard spouse. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.