My family loves to celebrate birthdays, and love to pinch pennies. Saving on certain items, means we can more fun in Fort Wayne. So, when someone has a birthday, we select a restaurant that gives the celebrant a free or discounted meal. Besides great food, the great conversations between my mother, my siblings and my nephews make great memories. Here are some my favorite Fort Wayne restaurants that provide free or almost free birthday meals:

If you are like me, and love Mexican food, Bandido's is your place. Bandido's, a locally owned restaurant, takes a fresh approach to Mexican food using many locally sourced ingredients. There salads are made with hand-cut, fresh romaine lettuce. And, the restaurant hand-chops their pico de gallo throughout the day. Show an ID on your birthday to receive $8.00 off your meal.

Firehouse Subs

Desire picnic food for a birthday celebration? I recommend sub sandwiches from Firehouse Subs. This fast causal chain, which specializes in hot subs, was founded by former firefighters brother. This chain, which has two locations in Fort Wayne, offers great choices from the Engineer to the Italian. They also have the best cookies! Have a birthday soon? Grab your ID, and pick-up your free medium sub sandwich. Then, head one of Fort Wayne's great parks.


If you love breakfast food like my mother, you will love a free breakfast from IHOP. On your birthday, you can get a free Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity breakfast. This yummy meal has two eggs, two bacon strips, two sausage links and two pancakes. Visit anyone of Fort Wayne's three IHOP locations.

Moe's Southwest Grill

If you love Tex-Mex food like my brothers, try Moe's Southwest. Burritos, tacos and quesadillas are on the menu of this causal restaurant. On your birthday, if you are signed up for their eworld signup and you show an ID, you get one free entree, chips and salsa at Moe's Southwest Grill.


I first learned about this restaurant while I was a visitor in New Mexico. A few years later, Tucanos has become a favorite for many Fort Wayne families. The eatery offers CHURRASCO (shoes-HAS-Ko) style dining, where fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table by meat serves. Diners can take advantage of the Salad Festival, with Tucanos House Salad, hearts of palm, shrimp, seasonal fruit selections and many other items. Soups, pastas and other hot selections are offered, too. To receive a Free Birthday meal, you must register at before hand. Your coupon for a free meal in the month of your birthday will be delivered by e-mail.

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