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Gifts are common on birthdays. Some restaurants understand this and offer their customers gifts when that special day comes. Here is a list of restaurants that offer free or discounted food for birthdays. Source: Mint.com blog

Applebee's
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If you sign up for the email list, you get a free dessert on your birthday.

The dessert menu includes a "Triple Chocolate Meltdown" and "Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae."

Baskin Robbins
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Signing up for the Basken Robbins Birthday Club will get you a free 2.5-ounce scoop for your birthday.

There are five Baskin Robbins in the Salt Lake area. The ice cream company has been in operation since 1953.

Benihana
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This Asian food chain isn't exactly free.

Members of Benihana's Chef's Table get a $30 gift certificate to redeem during their birthday month.

The coupon can't be used for alcoholic beverages or on weekends.

Black Angus Steakhouse
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Joining the Prime Club will get you a free steak dinner on your birthday, but there is a catch. You only get the deal on your first birthday as a club member.

You also get a free dessert for signing up.

There are two locations in Utah: One in Sandy and the other in Midvale.

Burger King
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Club BK offers a coupon for a free kids hamburger meal on your birthday.

This offer is only valid for kids ages 13 and younger.

There are also games on BKcrown.com. The games are for kids, of course.

California Pizza Kitchen
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This one is another deal for the kids.

California Pizza Kitchen has a birthday club for kids age 10 and younger. The birthday boy or girl will receive a free kids meal.

Don't worry about going right on his or her birthday because the offer lasts the full month.

Cattlemens

There are no locations in Utah, but if you happen to come across a Cattlemens you can take advantage of this deal.

Signing up for the steakhouse's VIP list gets you a free dessert on your birthday.

You also get a free cowboy hat to sweeten the deal.

Cold Stone Creamery
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The ice cream chain offers a "buy one creation, get one free" coupon for your birthday.

Just sign up for their birthday club to get the offer.

Cold Stone makes their ice cream on location and mixes toppings, like brownies and gummy bears, with its variety of flavors.

Dairy Queen
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Blizzard Fan Club members get an offer on their birthdays.

Yes, it is a Blizzard.

Just sign up for the club and you'll start receiving the offers.

Make sure they turn the Blizzard upside down when you order it.

Denny's Restaurants
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No need to sign up for anything for this one.

Simply tell the server it is your birthday and get a free Grand Slam Breakfast.

You may have to produce some ID as proof.

Fuddruckers
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Joining the Fudds Club will get you a free burger on your birthday.

The burger restaurant has a build-your-own system, and serves patties as big as one pound.

IHOP
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Sign up for the Pancake Revolution with the International House of Pancakes and get a series of coupons for free pancakes.

One comes immediately, another for your birthday and one on the anniversary of your sign-up.

Red Robin
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This burger chain offers a free burger for those who sign up for its club .

Red Robin also offers other foods, like chicken sandwiches and salads.

Sonic
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The Sonic Birthday Club offers a free kids meal for birthdays.

Unfortunately for adults, this one is for kids ages 12 and younger.

T.G.I Fridays
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This one is another coupon good for a whole month, so the celebration continues even if you have to work on your birthday.

Members of the Give Me More Stripes program get a free dessert during their birthday month.