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Veterans Day dining deals around town, plus more food news

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
The calamari marinara is one of the free appetizers offered to U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day at Bonefish Grill locations.

Veterans Day Dining Deals

Veterans Day is Monday. Nov. 11.

City Barbeque: Veterans and current members of the United States military can get a free sandwich, two sides and a beverage. Last year the chain served more than free 12,000 meals on Veterans Day, and to date it has raised more than $50,000 for Resurrecting Lives Foundation. 700 W. Big Beaver, Troy. (248) 918-4431 or citybbq.com.

Texas Roadhouse: This steak-centric chain is giving veterans and active military free lunch on Veterans Day. They can choose among 10 entrees from their special menu, including a 6-ounce sirloin and two sides, plus a soft drink. The deal is good 11 a.m.-4 p.m at any area Texas Roadhouse, including locations in Madison Heights, Roseville, Westland, Ann Arbor, Flint, Macomb, Taylor and others. Visit texasroadhouse.com a full list of locations.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina: All veterans and active military can snag a free combo meal with their choice of two items plus rice and beans. This offer is good for dine-in guests only. 3310 Fairlane, Allen Park. (313) 908-5938. 35613 Warren, Westland. (734) 629-5204. 21091 Haggerty, Novi. (248) 946-8513.

Primanti Bros.: This chain is giving veterans and active military one of their free, hearty classic sandwiches on Sunday and Monday. 23000 Eureka, Taylor. (734) 287-0656. 43335 Crescent, Novi. (248) 344-4852.

Bonefish Grill: Bring your valid military ID and enjoy a free appetizer Friday through Monday. Bonefish Grill’s sister restaurant, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, will also offer 10 percent off to all active and retired service members. 660 W. Big Beaver, Troy. 9248) 269-0276. 43304 11 Mile, Troy. (248) 347-1635.

Twin Peaks: This restaurant and sports bar known for its “Twin Peaks Girls” will give members of the armed forces select free menu items on Veterans Day, including chicken tenders, a BLT sandwich, a cheeseburger and the wedge salad. Visit twinpeaksrestaurant.com for a list of area locations.

Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Tasting Room: Free lunch or dinner for veterans and active duty service members. Dogs are welcome on the patio to support Pets for Patriots, and veterans get a free, collapsible dog bowl. The cider-maker will donate $5,000 to Pets for Patriots through the sale of its Kinder Cider FIDO. 17985 Armada Center, Armada. (586) 784-9463.

Dining and food news

Street Beet starts crowd-funding campaign: Detroit’s favorite vegan pop-up chefs Nina Paletta and Meghan Shaw have launched a crowd-funding campaign to try to raise enough money to open their own brick-and-mortar restaurant. Their vegan fast-food concept has packed bars around Detroit on a pop-up basis, and they’re currently operating out of Third Street Saloon (4626 Third in Detroit) weekends into December. Visit indiegogo.com/projects/help-street-beet-open-a-restaurant to learn more about their quest to raise money to open their restaurant.

New Happy Hour at Tap at MGM Grand: The spacious sports bar inside the MGM Grand Detroit hotel and casino has a new happy hour special 4-7 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. Get seven items for $7 each, including chicken wings, nachos, pizza, rib snack and Baja shrimp. Some of the best drink deals include $15 pitchers Mondays, $6 draft beer flights Tuesdays, cocktail specials Wednesday and Thursdays and $4 select wine pours on Sundays. 1777 Third, Detroit. mgmgranddetroit.com.

Mindo Chocolate celebrates 10 years: Award-winning, bean-to-bar chocolate company Mindo Chocolate celebrates 10 years of businesses in Dexter. Named after the region in Ecuador where their cacao is sourced, Mindo was founded by chocolate-maker Barbra Wilson a decade ago. Shop at mindochocolate.com.

Melody Baetens