2011 participating restaurants in Houston include Arcodoro, Drew's Pastry Place, Fernando's Steakhouse, Fratelli's, Authentic Italian Cuisine, Giacomo's cibo e vino, Las Ventanas, Pradaria, Todai and Zelko's Bistro and Zocca at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio.
One of the many notes received last year was from Chris M. in Houston. He wrote:
Dear Thank a Soldier:
I took my girlfriend out to dinner for Veterans Day to Fernando's in Sugar Land. I recently returned home from a tour in Iraq, and we are still getting reintegrated with each other. I put on my dress uniform and she wore a beautiful dress. We normally would not have the opportunity to dine at such a nice place. It was so great! Thank you so much for taking care of our dinner. It was such a memorable night. The manager/owner of Fernando's was amazing. He personally took care of everything and went above and beyond what would ever be expected. We plan on going back to Fernando's for our next special occasion. Again, thank you for making this veteran's night. We appreciate everything you have done for us.
Thank a Soldier, Buy ’em Lunch is a community organization that is sponsored by 002 magazine, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, Encore Loyalty, Houston Entrée, Tinsley PR and The Epicurean Publicist.