No matter how many birthdays you've celebrated, you can never have too many freebies to choose from on the big day.
And while the Waffle House or Papa John's birthday deals are much appreciated, it's also cool to have free treats on your feast day from a bit fancier places.
Here are 10 of the best birthday giveaways from upscale eateries in metro Atlanta:
2365 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 678-461-8440
Atlanta-Buckhead, 2143 Peachtree Road NE. 404-355-8565
Atlanta-Downtown, 229 Peachtree Street NE, Level A. 404-522-9629
Birthday freebies abound for customers of all ages at Benihana.
For those 13 and older: A complimentary $30 birthday certificate during the month of your birthday when you register for the Chef's Table®. The certificate excludes alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity and applies only to the recipient's purchases after an initial purchase of any adult teppan entrée, which cannot be discounted. When you register during your birthday month, allow about two business days to receive your certificate.
For those younger than 13: Kabuki Kids® members get a birthday postcard entitling them to a free souvenir mug of their choice with the purchase of any Kabuki Kids meal.
Cowtippers Steaks and Spirits
1600 Piedmont Road. 404-874-3751
Celebrate your birthday in a spirited environment that includes Buckhead Beef, desserts from Metrotainment Bakery and an enormous patio. This outfit is part of Metrotainmet Cafes, which means you can sign up for their card and have a $10 birthday reward automatically added to your card and available during your birthday month. Pick up a hard copy at any Metrotainment Cafes restaurant or go cardless with a virtual card.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
4501 Olde Perimeter Way. 770-698-8112
Register as a Friend of Fleming's and when you dine there within 30 days of your birthday or anniversary they'll send you home with a boxed and bowed birthday dessert.
Fogo de Chao
3101 Piedmont Road. 404-266-9988 http://fogodechao.com/fogo-eclub
They'll present a complimentary dessert for the guest of honor with a candle. Just inform the hostess or server on your way in.
Morton's The Steakhouse
303 Peachtree Center Ave. 404-577-4366
Morton's has generous USDA prime-aged steaks, fresh seafood and hand-picked produce on the menu. They offer a free, elegant dessert on your birthday. Reservations required and they'd prefer if you'd call ahead about having a birthday celebrant in your dinner party.
One Midtown Kitchen
559 Dutch Valley Road NE. 404-892-4111 www.onemidtownkitchen.com
A renovated urban warehouse, the freshest seasonal ingredients, wood-fired, high-energy American cuisine and drinks: Yes, this is a lovely place for a special someone's birthday. Plus they spring for a cupcake presented in style. Happy birthday to you!
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
2830 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. 770-984-8899
5635 Jimmy Carter Blvd. 770-849-0600
North Point Mall, 10795 Davis Drive. 770-992-5566
The spot for super-fresh seafood with French Quarter menu flair offers free dessert to the birthday celebrant. That's any dessert, including their crème brûlée or Turtle Fudge Brownie.
2788 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. 770-541-6100
As if it weren't festive enough with taste treats like tableside guacamole and grilled jumbo shrimp with spinach enchiladas, Pappasito's provides ice cream with a brownie on your big day. And the staff sings to you. Dig in.