By LaTina Emerson, Shopper Deals

Your birthday is a special time of year, and local restaurants want to help you celebrate with free food. Sign up for membership and rewards programs at select restaurants, and you can enjoy free entrees, desserts and more.

Here are some places where you can get free food on your birthday:

Firehouse Subs: Free Sub
The Firehouse Rewards program at Firehouse Subs offers members a free medium birthday sub. Sign up for the Firehouse Rewards program at www.firehousesubs.com. The program also offers a free large drink with a sub purchase when members join and the opportunity to earn points that can be redeemed for free subs and meal upgrades.

Red Robin: Free Burger
Get a free gourmet burger or chicken sandwich on your birthday by signing up for the Red Robin Royalty program. Visit www.redrobin.com to sign up for the Red Robin Royalty program, which also offers $20 toward your sixth visit when you visit five times in the first five weeks of membership and purchase a burger, entrée, full-sized salad or sandwich.

Ruby Tuesday: Free Burger or Garden Bar Entrée
With Ruby Tuesday’s So Connected membership program, get either one free burger or a free garden bar entrée on your birthday, each up to $11 in menu value. Sign up for the So Connected membership program at www.rubytuesday.com. Members also get a free appetizer up to $10 with the purchase of one adult entrée when they join the program, plus exclusive updates and promotional offers.

IHOP: Free Meal
Members of IHOP’s Pancake Revolution E-Club will receive a free meal every year on their birthday. Sign up at www.ihop.com. Members also get a free meal when they sign up, special offers and more. To join, customers must be 13 years of age or older.

Captain D’s: Free Meal
By joining the D’s Club at Captain D’s, members get a free meal on their birthday. They can choose from either a two-piece fish meal or a grilled tilapia meal. Valid ID is required. Sign up for the D’s Club at www.captainds.com. The program also offers special coupons and exclusive deals for members, plus a free dessert every week for a month with the purchase of a regular priced meal. Members must be 13 years of age or older.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: $10 Off Meal
To celebrate your birthday, Maggiano’s Little Italy is giving members of the Maggiano’s E-Club a coupon for $10 off the price of their birthday meal. A minimum purchase of $30 is required, excluding alcoholic beverages. Dine-in only. Sign up for the Maggiano’s E-Club at www.maggianos.com. The membership program also provides exclusive offers, new dish updates, local event announcements and more.

Applebee’s: Free Gift
Join Applebee’s Email Club and receive a free gift on your birthday. The email club also provides customers with exclusive email deals and offers from Applebee’s. Sign up at www.applebees.com. Members must be 13 years of age or older.

Chili’s: Free Dessert
Members of the My Chili’s Rewards Program get a free dessert on their birthday. Sign up at www.chilis.com. They will also receive free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic beverage on every visit, as well as personalized rewards, such as free kids’ meals, appetizers, desserts and more.

Red Lobster: Free Birthday Offer
Sign up to receive Red Lobster’s Fresh Catch News via email, and you’ll get a surprise birthday offer from Red Lobster. Register at www.redlobster.com and also get special savings and special occasion reminders.

Baskin-Robbins: Free Scoop of Ice Cream
Sign up for a Baskin-Robbins account and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday, in addition to other special discounts and personalized offers all year long. Register at www.baskinrobbins.com. Also, join Baskin-Robbins’ text club to get deals, promotions and updates sent directly to your phone. When customers download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, they will receive a free regular scoop of ice cream and access to special deals.

Cold Stone Creamery: Buy One, Get One Free Creation Coupon
Join Cold Stone Creamery’s My Stone Cold Club Rewards program and receive a Buy One, Get One Free Creation Coupon via email for your birthday. Members also receive a Buy One, Get One Free Creation Coupon when they first sign up for the rewards program at www.coldstonecreamery.com. They also get exclusive, member-only offers, opportunities to receive prizes throughout the year and a sneak peek at new products and promotions.