Getting older is a little less painful when you celebrate your birthday over pancakes...or fish tacos...or ice cream...or all of the above, for FREE! Register for restaurant clubs and email lists and each year around your birthday your inbox will be flooded with more free food than you can handle. Here are the offers I received for 2013.
Offer: FREE CHILD'S SCOOP
Recommendation: Pony up a couple bucks for an additional scoop so you don't have to decide between Jamoca Almond Fudge and Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Offer: FREE MINI PIZOOKIE
Recommendation: Expand your horizons with a Bison Burger, then expand your waistline with a Ghirardelli Pizookie.
Offer: FREE ENTREE UP TO $19.99 WITH PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL ENTREE AT EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE
Recommendation: Grab your cowboy boots and git down on a Mushroom and Bleu Filet Mignon.
Offer: FREE ENTREE UP TO $12
Recommendation: Apply the $12 discount to the Super Cinco and take leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
CinnabonOffer: FREE MOCHALATTA CHILL
Recommendation: Share! Don't be a punk.
Cold Stone Creamery
Offer: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE CREATION
Recommendation: Wrap your mouth around the Germanchokolatekake Signature Creation. Tip $1 and the staff sings for you!
Offer: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE MEDIUM BLIZZARD TREAT
Recommendation: Georgia Mud Fudge: brownies, fudge and pecans. Yes, please!
Offer: FREE PREMIUM SHAKE
Recommendation: Strawberry Shake (with REAL strawberries to wash down their fish tacos), because fruit is healthy!
Offer: FREE BIG BBQ SANDWICH
Recommendation: Don't forget your free soft-serve cone on the way out...
Offer: FREE 2-ITEM COMBO
Recommendation: Macho Combo, even if you claim to be a lady like me.Hometown BuffetOffer: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADULT DINNER BUFFET
Recommendation: Leave your PJ pants and home, and pray your location is serving Chicken and Waffles that night.
Offer: FREE ROOTY TOOTY FRESH 'N FRUITY (OR ENTREE AT EQUIVALENT PRICE)
Recommendation: Trust me, the Simple & Fit Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blueberries Combo (including egg substitute, turkey bacon and sugar-free syrup) is a winner at less than 500 calories.
Offer: FREE DESSERT
Recommendation: Fresh Apple Cinnamon Crisp, because you're an American, for crying out loud.
Offer: FREE SMALL PRETZEL BITES WITH BEVERAGE PURCHASE
Recommendation: Turn on the charm and you might get Buffalo Bleu Cheese, Sundried Tomato or Cinnamon Sugar flavor instead of plain.
Rubio'sOffer: FREE MEAL UP TO $7
Offer: FREE BURGER
Recommendation: Arctic Cod Sandwich with unlimited Steak Fries...happy birthday to meeeeeeee.....
Recommendation: Never pass up their Original Fish Tacos!SmashburgerOffer: FREE HAND-SPUN SHAKE WITH ENTREE PURCHASE
Recommendation: Norcal with a Chocolate Malt. Brie plus chocolate is mind-blowing.Tahoe Joe's
Offer: FREE SLICE OF NEVADA CHEESECAKE WITH ENTREE PURCHASE
Recommendation: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, side Caesar Salad and multiple dessert forks so all can partake.
Offer: SIDEKICK OF RIBS OR LEGENDARY APPETIZER (Blossom, Fried Pickles, Tater Skins, Cheese Fries or Rattlesnake Bites)
Recommendation: Sidekick of Ribs and all the free heavenly biscuits you can devour before exploding.
WienerschnitzelOffer: FREE CORN DOG
Recommendation: Lots of mustard. Don't be shy!