When it's your birthday, restaurants like to throw a special little extra something your way. Many fast food chains even have official franchise rules that stipulate a customer needs to get "x" item for free. The thing is, you have to muster up the courage to ask for the free food item (a nightmare for introverts, not me, I'll shamelessly do it) and usually present proof that it is, indeed, your date of birth.
One dad decided to spend his birthday eating all the free fast food he could get his hands on and recorded his entire "odyssey" and record his findings - particularly how good the free items from the businesses were and how willingly the store peeps were willing to fork over a free item.
Here's Josh's "Free Birthday Food Odyssey", which he proudly posted in Imgur.
First stop was Dairy Queen, where the manager told me he's been there for 10 years and has never heard of a birthday deal at DQ. He gave me a free chocolate-dipped twist cone anyway.
Next stop was Starbucks for my free birthday drink. It didn't go smoothly, and I had to call the toll-free customer service line to get them to add my drink. Got the drink eventually.
Had great success at Rubio's with a free Seafood Taco Trio. It was awesome.
Next up was Panera for a free cinnamon bun.
Went to Honeybaked Ham for a free classic ham sandwich. I had no idea they even made sandwiches there. The service was great, as was the sandwich.
Ben & Jerry's.
Went to Ben & Jerry's next for a free birthday cone. Got Chocolate Therapy ice cream, which was really good. Then went to La La Land, which wasn't as good.
Next up -- Smash Burger for a free peanut butter milkshake. It had Reese's Peanut Butter Cups mixed in. Enough said.
Steak 'n Shake.
Steak 'n Shake was supposed to give me a burger meal, but the manager said they don't participate in that. She gave me a Red Velvet Oreo milkshake instead.
Grimaldi's Pizza gave me a large pepperoni pizza. It was amazing.
Krispy Kreme hooked me up with a chocolate-covered, creme-filled donut and an iced tea.
Last up -- Jamba Juice for a free Mega Mango smoothie. Had to have some health food to finish the odyssey. Already looking forward to my next birthday
He assigned 1-10 rankings for all the restaurants based on service, cleanliness, taste, and how easy it was to get the free items.
So you can use this list as food for thought if you were planning a Free Birthday Food Odyssey of your own. (all images were found on AnotherAnotherJosh's Imgur Post)