Restaurants offer freebies for your birthday
Updated 23 hours ago
September is the most common month for births in the U.S.
September birthday folks will be getting well wishes from friends and family on Facebook, phone calls, cards and, if they're lucky, maybe some gifts or flowers, too. But restaurants know what people really wish for when those candles blow out — free food.
Wishes can come true and not just for September babies.
Here is a list of the best birthday freebies available to birthday diners this month and any month. Most, but not all, require you to sign up in advance, and just be sure to call ahead to make sure your local spot honors the deal.
APPLEBEE'S: Dessert is on the house. Just sign up for the Eclub.
ARBY'S: The fast-food chain will send Arby's Extras email subscribers a free shake coupon the week of their birthday.
AU BON PAIN: Lunch for eClub members is totally covered by Au Bon Pain on your birthday.
AUNTIE ANNE'S: Pretzel Perks members get a buy-one-get-one deal on pretzels on their birthday. It's your birthday — go ahead and eat both.
BASKIN-ROBBINS: Birthday Club members get a free scoop of their favorite ice cream on their big day.
BD'S MONGOLIAN GRILL: Sign up for Club Mongo and receive a free meal on your birthday.
BEN & JERRY'S: Not to be outdone by other ice cream joints, B&J offers Chunk Spelunkers free birthday ice-cream.
BOB EVANS: Kids can get a free birthday meal with purchase of a regular adult entrée.
BOSTON MARKET: Sign up for Boston Market's VIP club and receive a free dessert like brownies or apple pie with your meal.
BUCA DI BEPPO: Make a reservation online for four or more people and receive a voucher for a whole free birthday cake to share — or not share. Additional birthday deals available for registering with the Buca E-Club.
BRUEGGER'S BAGELS: Take advantage of birthday freebies first thing in the morning with a free bagel and cream cheese from Bruegger's when you sign up for the company's email club.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS: Buffalo Circle members get a free snack-size order of wings smothered in your favorite sauce. Best part, you have two weeks to use this offer, so no need to cram this one in.
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN: CPK rewards program members get a free dessert during their birthday month.
CAPITAL GRILLE: No need to sign up here! Just show up and receive a slice of chocolate espresso cake after your meal.
CHEESECAKE FACTORY: A free bowl of ice cream is on the house for birthday diners.
CHILI'S: Join Chili's email club and get a coupon for a free brownie sundae, good for two weeks around your birthday.
CINNABON: Cinnabon lovers rejoice. Sign up for the Club Cinnabon and receive a free "birthday treat." Birthday surprises are the best!
COLD STONE CREAMERY: BOGO on ice cream at Cold Stone on your big day with membership in the My Cold Stone Club.
CRACKER BARREL: Free dessert — and probably some singing waiters, too. What's better than that?
DAIRY QUEEN: DQ Blizzard Fan Club members get a BOGO coupon emailed to them around their birthday.
DIPPIN' DOTS: More ice cream! Become a proud member of the Dot Crazy! Email Club and get a free order of Dots on your birthday.
DUNKIN' DONUTS: Another morning stop for your birthday. DD Perks members can scoop up a free beverage on their birthdays.
EINSTEIN BROS BAGELS: Get a free egg sandwich at Einstein on your birthday when you sign up for the Shmear Society.
GODIVA: Free fancy chocolates from Godiva for signing up with their Godiva rewards program. The company will send you a $10 gift card to use during the month.
GRAND CONCOURSE: Get a $25 credit on your birthday meal when you bring in your Landry Select Club Card.
HOOTERS: Because it's always been about the wings, stop by on your birthday for 10 free wings if you're a member of the Hooters e-club.
HOULIHAN'S: Receive a free entrée on your birthday by signing up online.
IHOP: Join the Pancake Revolution. You'll get a free stack of pancakes on your birthday.
JERSEY MIKE'S: Enjoy a free birthday sub and drink for joining the sandwich shop's email club.
JOE'S CRAB SHACK: Snack on a free appetizer for signing up with Joe's Catch.
JOHNNY ROCKETS: Grab a free burger with purchase of an entree and drink. Just sign up for the Rocket eClub.
MCDONALD'S: This one's for the kids. Get a free birthday Happy Meal for signing up on the company's email newsletter. Kids get all the good stuff.
MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL: Download the Moe's app and receive a free burrito every year on your birthday.
NOODLES & COMPANY: Join the Noodles Family and get a free noodles bowl on your birthday.
OLIVE GARDEN: On top of the free breadsticks coming to your table, you'll also get a free birthday dessert. Carbs and dessert? This is a major win for eClub members.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: Free kids-sized vanilla sundae just for showing up on your birthday.
P.F. CHANG'S: Decisions, decisions. Should you get a free small plate, free dim sum item, or free dessert on your big day? Join P.F. Chang's Preferred email list, and be faced with this delicious decisions.
PANERA: MyPanera members get a free birthday pastry.
PIZZA HUT: Get free cinnamon sticks with your birthday order when you sign up for the Birthday Club.
RED LOBSTER: Fresh Catch Clubbers get a birthday surprise!
RITA'S ITALIAN ICE: Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream, Italian ice or custard on your birthday.
RED ROBIN: Red Robin Royalty receive a free burger during the month of their birth.
RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Enjoy a free birthday dessert.
SBARRO: Join the Slice Society and get a free surprise on your birthday.
SMOKEY BONES BAR & FIRE GRILL: Receive a free birthday dessert for signing up for its Loyalty Program.
STARBUCKS: Join Starbucks Rewards for a free birthday beverage of your choice — any size, any flavors, any toppings (minimal judgment).
STEAK 'N SHAKE: Email club members get a free double-steak burger with cheese fries for stopping by on their birthday.
SUBWAY: Sign up for Subway's digital newsletter and you'll be rewarded on your birthday with a free 6-inch sub.
TGI FRIDAYS: Get a free dessert during your birthday month for signing up here.
UNO CHICAGO GRILL: Join Uno's Insider's Club and celebrate your birthday with a free personal sized pizza.
WENDY'S: Free frosty for WendyMail members.
Meghan Rodgers is the Everybody Craves editor. Reach her at 412-380-8506 or email@example.com. See other stories, videos, blogs, recipes and more at everybodycraves.com.