It happens to all of us once a year. Our birthdays! To some, it’s a big deal. Others not so much. No matter which category you fall into, we can all agree that you can’t beat free birthday food. Right?
I know personally, on my birthday, I like to go to Firehouse Subs and get a free sub, and then go to Panera Bread and get a free treat from their bakery.
I have compiled this list of 50 (and counting) restaurants with help from Consumerist in Cabarrus County offering free or discounted meals, drinks, and/or desserts. Click the restaurant name to be taken directly to their signup page (if applicable).
If you know of somewhere not on this list that does has special offers on birthdays, drop us a note here.
I’ve told you mine. Let us know your birthday tradition at the bottom of this post.
Applebee’s – If you sign up for the restaurant’s eClub, you’ll get a free birthday dessert. Sweet!
Arby’s – Register for deals from Arby’s and get a free roast beef classic sandwich when you purchase any size drink.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – You can get a free classic pretzel on your birthday if you sign up for the My Pretzel Perks loyalty program.
Baskin Robbins – Sign up for the Birthday Club to get an emailed coupon for a free 2.5 ounce ice cream in the flavor of your choosing, plus a discount on your birthday cake.
Bojangles – Get a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with purchase every year on your birthday when you sign up for the restaurant’s eClub.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar – Joining the Buffalo Circle Club will earn you an order of snack size wings, as well as a free dessert on your birthday.
Cabarrus Brewing Company – They do not currently offer anything special for birthdays, but they are more than happy to wish you a happy birthday!
Carolina Ale House – We’re not quite sure what you get, but you get a “free gift” for signing up for their MVP Email List.
Carraba’s Italian Grill – Members of the Amici Club receive a free dessert with the purchase of any entree.
Chili’s – Signing up for the email club will earn you a coupon for a free dessert on your birthday.
Cinnabon – You can get a birthday free treat as well as a bonus Minibon cinnamon roll by signing up for Club Cinnamon.
Coldstone Creamery – My Coldstone Club members receive a BOGO coupon for an ice cream creation on their birthday.
Cracker Barrel – Free dessert and a free song on your birthday — and you don’t have to sign up for a thing.
Dairy Queen – Free blizzard coupon when you sign up for the online fan club, as well as a “special” birthday coupon. Make sure to bring the printed coupon to the store.
Denny’s – Get a free original grand slam with a valid ID on your birthday. No signup required.
Dippin’ Dots – Signing up for the Dot Crazy email club entitles you to free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday.
Dunkin’ Donuts – You’ll get a free drink for signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program, as well as a free medium beverage of your choice on your birthday.
Edible Arrangements – Register for the Edible Rewards program and get an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit on your birthday.
Firehouse Subs – Put On Your Eatin’ Pants Birthday Yums. Sign up for Firehouse Rewards before your birthday to receive a FREE MEDIUM SUB reward, valid once on your birthday or within the following 6 days. No ID required to redeem. You must be 13+ to sign up for Firehouse Rewards or use the Firehouse Subs App.
Golden Corral – Members of the Good As Gold Club will receive a birthday surprise (possibly a free meal).
Great American Cookies – You’re gonna get a birthday cookie surprise that is probably in the form of a free cookie if you sign up for cookie-mail.
Harris Teeter – On your baby’s first birthday, we offer a free “smash cake” so your baby can celebrate too.
Hooter’s – Sign up for HootClub emails and get a free, unspecified birthday gift.
IHOP – Become a member of the Pancake Revolution and receive free pancakes — on your birthday, right away, and on the anniversary of your membership — for your efforts.
Jack in the Box – Sign up for offers, get a coupon you can use during your birthday week for two free tacos with purchase.
Jersey Mike’s Subs – Sign up for the email club and get a yearly coupon on your birthday for a free sub and regular size drink that can be used anytime during the year.
Lowe’s Foods – Join the Lowes Foods Kids Club and get Free Cupcake or a Piece of Fruit on their birthday.
Moe’s Southwestern Grill – Get a complimentary birthday burrito every year when you sign up for Moe’s e-World.
Marble Slab Creamery – Celebrate your Birthday & Slab Happy Anniversary with a $5 off reward when you join their rewards program.
Not Just Franks – People can come in as a group for a party between 10:00 and 11:00 am before opening to make their own pretzels. The staff then bakes the pretzels so you can eat the pretzel you made. Usually for groups of kids but have had groups come in for Mommy’s Day Out. Price is $2.50 for kids with small drink and $4.00 with medium drink for adults. They just ask that you give them a few days notice. You are allowed to bring in decorations and cake.
O’Charley’s – Members of the O’Club get a free birthday surprise, and a free appetizer just for joining.
Orange Julius – Buy one drink, get one free.
Olive Garden – Free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month if you subscribe to the eClub.
Outback Steakhouse – You can get a child-size vanilla sundae with chocolate syrup on your birthday. Or sign up for the rewards program and get a birthday coupon for a free dessert or appetizer with your meal.
Panera Bread – MyPanera members get a free pastry, dessert, or cafe item on their birthday.
Pizza Hut – Register for an online ordering account and receive free cinnamon sticks on your birthday (when you place an order online).
Red Lobster – A random freebie will be chosen for you on your birthday if you’re a member of the Fresh Catch Club at least seven days prior to the big day. Cue the suspense.
Rocky River Coffee Co. – Get a free beverage on your birthday when you are a member of iCoffee.
Ruby Tuesday – Adding your name to the So Connected email list gets you a free appetizer when you join, and your choice of either a free burger or free garden bar entree on your birthday.
Salsarita’s – Get a free $10 Birthday Reward when you are a member of their Loyalty Card Program.
Sbarro – Anyone in the the Slice Society can score a free slice of pizza on their birthday.
Smoothie King – Join the Smoothie King Birthday Club and get a Free 20 oz. smoothie on your birthday.
Sonic – Signing up for MySonic rewards will earn you a free birthday treat.
Steak N’ Shake – Sign up for the email club and get a double-steak burger with cheese fries for free on your birthday.
Starbucks – Free beverage on your birthday when you register your Starbucks Card.
TCBY – Register for myTCBY and get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday and bring on the brain freeze.
TGI Fridays – Become a “Friend With Benefits” and get a free dessert during your birthday month, as well as a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert when you sign up.
Waffle House – Free birthday waffle for all Waffle House Regulars Club members.
Wendy’s – WendyMail subscribers get a free Frosty.
Yogurt Mountain– Free yogurt when you join the Yogurt Mountain Birthday Club. Good for whole month.