Birthday Freebies and Deals Roundup

I'm known to love and find good deals and am especially happy if it's food related! Hence, I spent quite a bit of time finding as many offers as possible for my birthday. This was in December so the majority of the offers should carry over to this year.

For my birthday, 100+ emails greeted me. Besides direct email lists for restaurants, I also used ibirthdayclub for smaller San Diego restaurants but unfortunately you still have to sign up for each individually. The majority were the "buy 1 get 1 free" type, but I did find a few winners in the process.

whole pizza from The Works in mission valley

The Works (Mission Valley area) - a free 2-topping pizza through ibirthdayclub. This was the biggest surprise as I was expecting something small! I estimate 14" in diameter! We also ordered their breadsticks which came with yummy marinara.

salad bar from Fogo de Chao multiple cuts of meat from Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao (all locations) - $25 off your lunch or dinner. Considering lunch is typically priced at $32, this is a pretty slick discount.

mini bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes (all locations) - free mini bundlet. The white raspberry flavor is delicious!

chicken taco salad from El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco (all locations) - free 2-piece chicken meal or tostada salad. This is a simple chicken tostada salad.

firehouse hero sandwich from Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs (all locations) - free small sub on day of your birthday by showing your ID. No coupon needed. Here I tried the yummy Firehouse Hero.

smoothie from Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice (all locations) - free 12 oz smoothie or juice using your membership card

ham and cheese pastry at Starbucks

Starbucks (all locations) - free drink or pastry using your membership card. I don't drink coffee so decided to try the ham and cheese pastry.

steak and broccoli bowl from Ghengis Grill

Ghengis Grill (all locations) - free regular bowl. This one is the pre-created steak meal and is enough for 1.5 people! Too bad the only SD location (Mira Mesa) opened and closed within a short period of time!

gyro pita from Daphnes California Greek

Daphnes (all locations) - $5 off your next purchase (within 60 days) using your membership number. I paid the difference here but if you do their street taco promo, you can get three for chump change.

sizzling platter from El Torito sizzling platter from El Torito

El Torito (all locations) - free entree (max $12.99) using your membership number. Also valid for use at Chevy's and Acapulco. I paid the difference for the sizzling platter (regularly 14.99) and it was a delicious upgrade choice.

italian sub sandwich from Jersey Mike's Subs

Jersey Mike's Subs (all locations) - free regular sub sandwich on the day of birthday. I love their Italian sub done Mike's way.

italian sub sandwich from Jersey Mike's Subs

Noodles & Co (all locations) - free entree. You can upgrade to add soup or salad for free as well. This was the bangkok noodles with pork on top.

chophouse burger from Red Robin

Red Robin (all locations) - free burger using your membership number. I had the Chophouse Burger with a side of steamed vegetables.

langostino lobster burrito from Rubios

Rubios (all locations) - free entree (max $7). My birthday is always around langostino lobster season so I don't mind paying the small difference for this burrito!

fiesta chicken sandwich from Schlotzsky's Deli

Schlotzsky's Deli (all locations) - free regular sandwich. It used to be the original sandwich only but this year I was able to select the Fiesta Chicken variety.

pesto chicken sandwich from Which Wich

Which Wich (all locations) - free regular sub. This one was the pesto chicken sandwich with cranberries and candied walnuts.

Manicotti at Domenic's Italian Ristorante in Poway

Domenic's Italian Ristorante (Poway area) - up to $10 off entree through ibirthdayclub. This discount is enough for a lunch entree. See our review in the link.

Hollywood roll at Izumi Japanese Restaurant in Poway, CA

Izumi Japanese Restaurant (Poway area) - 50% off bill ($20 max) through ibirthdayclub. See our review in the link.

Roasted Albacore Steak from Eat at the Pearl Hotel, San Diego CA

Eat at the Pearl Hotel (Point Loma area) - free entree with $50 minimum purchase. See our review in the link.

Yes, we ate all of that in December. I missed a few offers, notably the free cupcake from Sprinkles but Mary posted about it on her birthday post. I've listed the best deals below. I also found two ibirthday items at Landmark Deli, Buttercream but apparently both locations are permanently closed! Oh well...

San Diego

  • Albert's Mexican Food & Bar (4 locations) - 3 Big Rolled Tacos
  • ** Barra Barra Saloon (4016 Wallace Street) - on the 5th day of your birthday month, you eat free ($14.95 max).
  • Boathouse Restaurant (2040 Harbor Island) - free prime rib entree (see specified day on link)
  • * Burger Lounge (multiple locations) - free shake with purchase of entree
  • Brothers Family Restaurant (5150 Waring Road) - $10 toward birthday meal
  • Cafe 21 (802 5th Avenue) - free entree during birthday month
  • Coffee Couture (6020 Santo Rd) - free expresso drink
  • Cucina Basilico (3755 Murphy Canyon Road) - free birthday appetizer.
  • Cupcakes & More (9225 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee or 1033 B Avenue, Coronado) - free cupcake
  • * Del Mar Rendezvous (1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar) - buy 1 get 1 free (member)
  • Domenics Ristorante Italian (12719 Poway Road) - $10 off entree.
  • *  ** Eat at the Pearl (1410 Rosecrans Street) - free entree with min purchase of $50 on day of your birthday
  • * Izumi Sushi Grill (12245 Poway Road) - 50% off total bill ($20 max)
  • Pegasus Cafe (16719 Bernardo Center Drive) - $10 off your next visit
  • * North Park Sushi (3021 University Avenue) - free lunch up to $10 or free dinner up to $15 (party of 3+)
  • * Phil's BBQ (3 locations) - front of the line pass for you + 3 friends
  • Poway Fun Bowl (12941 Poway Road) - 2 free bowling games
  • Saska's (3768 Mission Boulevard) - free meal ($16 max)
  • Slaters 50/50 (2750 Dewey Road #193) - free bacon brownie
  • The Works (5608 Mission Center Road #901) - free 2-topping pizza

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Extra non-restaurant surprises

I'm sure that's not everything but I think I had a good haul. Only a few months until we do this again for hubby Dennis!

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J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats's picture
Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

Impressive freebie maximizing skills!!

That Fogo de Chao lunch sounds like an especially awesome deal. Did you have a favorite??

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:33pm

I really enjoyed all the sandwich offers. Sometimes that's great to hit the spot! The bundlet was also yummy but wish I had gotten more of the sweets offered!

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:26pm

I bow down to this list. My smile got bigger and bigger as I scrolled down b/c I could NOT believe how much you amassed. Truly you are the master. No joke. I'm going to put aside some time this weekend to just focus on your list and get my name on each and every single one of those freebie places. Thank you a million times over!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:34pm

I updated to add direct links so hopefully that'll help if you haven't signed up yet! I'll probably find more when Dennis's birthday rolls around in April!

Mary's picture
Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:47am

Ooo, I’ll definitely need to sign up for a few of these “new to me” offers. Awesome! I didn’t know Ghengis Grill closed, but I’m not really surprised. It seemed like no one was ever in there.

I didn’t get my El Torito coupon last year and I was bummed since it’s a good deal. Maybe I just need to sign up again.

Fogo de Chao special sounds really awesome, too. I never get to use all of the deals simply because of timing but it’s great you listed everything out! Awesome post!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:59pm

When Dennis's birthday comes around, I'm gonna try to get more of the ones I missed. I am still eyeing Cafe 21 and am curious about the Boathouse prime rib (I wonder how good it is). I also want CUPCAKES! I mean.. for Dennis of course... =D

Frank Fischer's picture
Submitted by Frank Fischer (not verified) on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:42am

Well thought out, smart and valuable. Thanks

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:16am

You're welcome! It's useful for us too! :)

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Submitted by Sonya (not verified) on Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:16am

Thank-you so much for posting this! So far we've enjoyed two free stacks of pancakes at IHOP (one for signing up for emails, one for your birthday), free pastry from Panera Bread, free 2-pack of muffins from Mimi's, free dessert from Olive Garden, free small smoothie from Jamba Juice, and more goodies to come...and my birthday isn't until next week!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:17am

I can't wait until the next time my birthday rolls around! I've already created a draft with some updates that I'll verify when the candles come out! Stay tuned for more! ;)

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