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30 places that want to treat you with free food on your birthday

Dara T. Mathis is a writing wife and mama newly based in the DC area. Her first language is Southern food. She tweets for the love of biscuits @dtafakari.

Everything tastes better when it's free!

We’ve searched the internet to find the best restaurant and fast-food freebies for your birthday. This list has everything from free smoothies to complimentary pie slices. In most cases you’ll be asked to sign up for the restaurant’s email or rewards club. It’s a decent trade-off. Everything tastes better when it’s free, especially if it’s on your birthday!

Applebee's: Receive a free dessert on your birthday when you sign up for their email club.

Au Bon Pain: Get a free lunch on your birthday when you sign up for their eClub.

Auntie Anne’s: The My Pretzel Perks program offers you one free signature/classic pretzel during your birthday month when you sign up.

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Bojangles’: Receive a coupon for a free Bo-Berry biscuit with a purchase on your birthday when you sign up for the e-club.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Join the Amici Club for a free birthday dessert when you buy an entrée.

Chili’s: Get a free dessert on your birthday when you join My Chili’s Rewards.

Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon, and receive a free Mochalatta Chill on your big day.

Cold Stone Creamery: Join the My Cold Stone Club for a birthday BOGO Creation coupon.

Dunkin' Donuts: Receive a free beverage for your birthday when you sign up for the DDPerks Rewards Program.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Receive a free egg sandwich with a purchase on your birthday when you sign up for The Shmear Society.

Firehouse Subs: Sign up for Firehouse Rewards to get a free medium sub on your birthday.

IHOP: Join the Pancake Revolution, and enjoy a Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity pancake stack on your birthday.

Jamba Juice: Earn a free smoothie or juice on your birthday when you join Jamba Insider.

Jersey Mike’s: Get a free sub and drink on your birthday with a subscription to the email club.

Joe’s Crab Shack: Sign up for Joe’s Catch emails, and get a free appetizer with an entrée purchase.

Krispy Kreme: Join Friends of Krispy Kreme email club for a free birthday doughnut.

la Madeleine: Subscribe to the eClub, and get an email for a free pastry on your birthday.

Mimi’s Cafe: Enjoy a free slice of crepe cake or a free two-pack of muffins or croissants on your birthday with subscription to the eClub.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill: Receive a free birthday burrito with sign-up to Moe’s eWorld.

Noodles & Company: Get a free bowl of noodles when you join the eClub.

Panera Bread: Sign up with MyPanera for a free birthday pastry.

Red Robin: Earn one free Gourmet Burger anytime during your birthday month with sign-up to Red Robin Royalty.

Ruby Tuesday: Enjoy a free a burger on your birthday when you join So Connected.

Smokey Bones: Subscribe to The Bones loyalty club for a free dessert on your birthday.

Starbucks: Receive a free birthday drink and 15 percent off when you sign up for Starbucks Rewards. You must sign up at least 30 days prior to your birthday.

Ted’s Montana Grill: Join the TMG Email Club, and get a complimentary birthday dessert.

TGI Friday’s: Sign up for the Give Me More Stripes program, and get a free dessert in your birthday month.

Village Inn: The Village Inn eClub offers a free slice of pie on your birthday with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Which Wich: Get a free regular sandwich when you join the Vibe Club Rewards.

Zaxby’s: Sign up for the Zax Mail Club, and receive a free Nibbler on your birthday.

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