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Free Birthday Meal?

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My husband and I are going to Henesseys Tavern in Redondo tonight so he can get his free birthday meal. While the cheese fries are good with a black and tan, it's not my favorite place for dining. But it got me wondering if there are other establishments that offer the same freebie for the b-day. Does this even count as a chowhound topic? I guess I would drive across town for a free meal. I figured this would be the group who would know. Thanks!

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  1. So funny that you should post this today ... I was at lunch today with a group of gals from work and we noticed that on the menu of the restaurant they say your b-day meal is free. We started to discuss where else offers that little perk and only Denny's came to mind.

    We were at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in Old Town Torrance. The menu said that your b-day meal includes an entree and dessert. The folks I was with love that place, but since I'm from Texas I can only say that I've had better. it is a little old and dark for my tastes, but feels pretty authentic. The wait staff is attentive and dress in Mexican attire. It reminds me of some of the places over by Olvera Street, downtown.

    I hope to see some other posts ... fun topic! :)

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    1. re: Daisy Gatsby

      My wife used to love dropping in at Denny's at some point on the day of her birthday. She was so mad that this perk way has gone away. (To tell the truth, I would do the same thing and get a steak with fried scrimp.) Good post, we'll drive a long way for a "free" meal!

      1. re: Scotty

        Didn't know the perk was pulled. Must have been the multiple meals...i.e., kids in the late teens and twenties who would visit 3-4 different Denny's in one day...just because they could and because it was free.

        1. re: Scotty

          Denny's FREE GRAND SLAM BREAKFAST is still going strong. How am I so sure? Well, for one, it's on their website. For two, it was my birthday yesterday, and Denny's not only treated me to a free Grand Slam, they also brought me a complimentary ice cream and sang me "Happy Bir'day". All I had to do was show my id. It was great! http://www.dennys.com/en/default.aspx

      2. Todai (will give you a gift certificate for free dinner next time), but you would have to drag me in there kicking and screaming...

        BJs gives you a free pizzokie

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          1. re: SRosie

            I don't know the exact spelling, but it's BJ's special dessert. It's a cookie baked in a pizza tin. They have 4 different kinds of cookies: oreo, chocolate chip, macademian nut and another kind. It comes out warm and freshly baked with two scoops of ice cream on top. Very yummy!

            1. re: SRosie

              I was afraid it was going to be some new gut bomb from Okie Dog. Whew! (g)

          2. not really a meal, but at Calfornia Adventure, in the tortilla factory, you get a free pkg of tortillas

            1. Every year during the month of my birthday, I get a letter from Vermont Restaurant, offering a free entree. I think it's something you have to sign up for in advance, though, so you are in their database and on their mailing list.


              1. Pancho's in Manhattan Beach has a free birthday meal. The down side is having a giant sombrero placed on your head. I love their chile rellenos.

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                1. re: decembergirl

                  YUM! Pizzookies at BJ's Brewery, I get one every birthday, which reminds me in 2 weeks I will have to head over there ;.)

                2. On your birthday month, you get a free dessert (think Sticky Toffee Pudding) @ The Olde Ship (if you're on their mailing list).

                  1. It's a chain, but Cold Stone offers a free medium-sized ice cream- which for me, is more than even I can usually eat. You have to sign up in advance on their website and I think they give you a two-week window to come in.

                    1. My favorite birthday perk is a free 3-lb lobster at The Palm. You need to join their frequent dining club (costs $20 but you get a $20 gift certificate in the mail).

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                      1. re: WestsideLisa

                        "Members must accumulate 500 lifetime points, and have used their 837 Club membership card six months prior to their birthday in order to eligible for a birthday lobster certificate."

                        500 point mean spending $500. Let me think more about this one!!!!

                        1. re: Scotty

                          When I joined, the 500 points was not a requirement. I know that they subsequently changed it...but to be honest, it doesn't take too long to accumulate 500 points at The Palm. Once you've been there once or twice (depending on size of your party), that's it...and it covers you for a lifetime. If you like lobster, it's well worth it...as the lobsters are about $72 each.

                      2. Wow. It appears that something offered free is not much worth having. Esp on b-day. Joining a pay club does not count.

                        1. Not Chow worthy, but if you join Stuart Anderson online, you can get a free birthday steak dinner and a dessert.

                          1. today is my birthday, so we went to denny's in santa monica last night(early this morning) after a b-day party. i mentioned it was my birthday, but they didn't give me a free meal... not even a cake..... what a bummer...

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                            1. Amazon BBQ in Fullerton offers a free birthday dinner


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                              1. re: quinntran

                                Big Mamma's & Papa's Pizza give youa free one topping large pizza on your birthday-pick up only, great offer!

                              2. Mama D's Italian in Manhattan Beach one free dinner on your birthday.

                                Mama D's Italian
                                1125 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                                1. I received email notifications from Claim Jumper, Jersey Mikes subs, and Acapolco restaurants for a free birthday meal, no other purchase necessary, I had signed up for notifications on their websites, My birthday was yesterday Jan 31 and the certificates are good for about a week after your birthday.

                                  Jersey Mike's
                                  423 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

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                                  1. re: malibumike

                                    Claim Jumper went bankrupt late last year and closed their restaurants, from what I heard.

                                    1. re: choctastic

                                      I know that the Northridge Claim Jumper is still open. It can't be the only one.

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        The Torrance Claim Jumper has closed.

                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          Wow,when did that happen? Honestly, they were closed in my heart when they got rid of their salad bar (loved the cold metal plates) and the irish nachos off of the regular menu.

                                          1. re: DrBruin

                                            Irvine and Torrance shut down last November. They were closed because of the chain's bankruptcy and the downturn in the economy at the moment. We used to go a lot when my kids were little, they had a scale at the front desk and you would pay 10 cent a pound based on their weight for your child's dinner.

                                      2. re: choctastic

                                        They didn't close, they were sold to Landry restaurants late last year. I'm sure some locations will start closing after things settle down. I haven't been to a Claim Jumper in years, I thought they were always busy. I was surprised to hear they were in trouble.

                                        1. re: choctastic

                                          I just had my free lunch from the one in Thousand Oaks CA and they are still going strong.

                                      3. This week I signed up for Truxton's American Bistro Club. A free entree AND dessert on your birthday.

                                        Too bad my b-day was 3 weeks ago.

                                        Oh, and you get a $10.00 gift certificate as well.

                                        Here it is:


                                        Truxton's American Bistro
                                        8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                          Hey, thanks. I just signed up. Do you have your Pann's frequent diner card? I get free stuff from them quite frequently.

                                          Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                          6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            Didn't know about it. I'll sign up now!


                                            Edited to say if it is available, you cannot sign up online. I'll ask when I'm Pann's again.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              I guess this post was bumped.

                                              But did someone say you have to pay for the pann's frequent diner card ?

                                              I better get if there's no charge, since it seems like I visit quite often now. Btw, their blackened catfish is pretty good, if you are into that sort of thing.

                                              Still waiting for that corned beef has to make a resplendent cameo again.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                No charge and the card is pretty cool. They give you free food depending on how much you spend, plus a free birthday dessert.

                                              2. re: Servorg

                                                Btwe, what else do you like at Ronnie's now ?

                                                1. re: kevin

                                                  Night time is still normally a burger with a burrito every now and then. But the double cheese burger is still my meal of choice at night. During the day it will be the chorizo bowl until hell freezes over...

                                            2. Benihana will give you a 30 dollar gift card for your birthday for joining their mailing list for your birthday month. I think Black Angus does something similar if you're on their mailing list...

                                              1. Join Koo Koo Roo's club and get a free entree on your birthday.


                                                1. There is one at SugarFish.