|Yep, I'm 44. Deal with it!|
I DO NOT CONDONE NOR AM I SUGGESTING THAT ANYONE USE OR ABUSE A RESTAURANT LOYALTY PROGRAM, TO CONDUCT ANY FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY OR TO BE A CHEAPSKATE. I BOUGHT OTHER ITEMS BESIDES THE FREE ITEM. I TIPPED ANY WAIT STAFF ON FULL BASE PRICE OF FOOD, PLUS EXTRA DUE TO THE DISCOUNT.
RESTAURANTS ARE BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY PEOPLE WHO NEED THOSE JOBS TO BE ABLE TO LIVE AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE RESPECTFUL OF THAT.
Now that I got that bit of business out of the way, let's talk food and birthdays. As much as these restaurants use these birthday promos to drum up business and boost revenue, they generate an amazing amount of good will for the business, and for the foodie, you can get some nice food at a fair discount on your birthday. I was fairly happy with the following items from different companies for my birthday:
1. Steak 'n Shake: Free Doublesteakburger with Cheese'n Fries
|Chocolate Banana Shake|
|North Coast Old Rasputin|
The Flying Saucer in Sugar Land has become my local watering hole due to my goal of getting a spot on their Ring of Honor by trying 200 different craft brews in a year. Since this pint was free, I decided to choose the rarest and highest end pint I could that fell into one of my favourite beer categories (stouts, dark ales, alt, bock). After conversing with the barkeep, I went with the North Coast Old Rasputin. Brewed in the traditional style of imperial stout, this is a classic example. This black top fermented beer has an aroma of roasted barley & coffee. It is full-bodied with a palate of slightly bitter coffee, chocolate, sweet malt & some alcohol. Lingering finish. Grade: A++
|Getting the shakes|
At the Counter!!!
3. Free Shake at The Counter with the purchase of a Burger
The Counter on Washington Ave. is one of my fave high end burger joints. I go there a few times a year and have yet to ever have anything but a wonderful experience. I decided to build a Hank on Food Burger with what ingredients they had and substituted others they did not have. I ordered one of their Peanut Butter Chocolate banana shakes at my son Jason's suggestion. It was sweet, a little sticky and salty, choclatey and ooohhhhhh so coool on a hot day in Houston! Grade: A
4. Free Entrée with purchase of Same at The Union Kitchen
5. Free Appetizer at Texas Land & Cattle
Texas Land & Cattle is a great steak chain I've reviewed before. It's an old standby whose spicy Caesar salad always makes me happy as a prelude to their glorious porterhouse T-bones and well marbled ribeyes. You really can't go wrong with a good steak, and nachos are always good, so I went with their Smoked Sirloin Nachos. These are old school baked nachos, with sour cream and lettuce in center for dipping, but they are loaded with sliced sirloin steak atop the chips and below the cheese. Crunchy, cheesey, sirloiny goodness!!! Grade: A
6. Free Chips & Queso at Bullritos
|Chips & Queso at Bullritos|
7. Free Appetizer at Longhorn Steakhouse
|Bacon-Wrapped Potato Wedges at|
|Birthday Bundt Cake and|
I haven't given The Corner Bakery and Café a proper review yet, though this high end chain is on my short list of places I want to give a proper write up for. It's a take off on a Chicago or New York Style bakery/café that serves great sandwiches and baked goods. I chose to get a Birthday mini Bundt cake with a small cup of Decaf Sumatra coffee. The cake was dense, very sweet and just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, but not so much as to overpower it. The icing was a little heavy, but the confetti in it was fun. The Decaf Sumatra coffee is very good and was fresh. Grade: B+
9. Free Birthday Burger at Red Robin.
|Tavern Double, with Hatch|
Green Chiles/GC Aioli
|House Cheeseburger at|
The Brick House
Personally I like how this burger is shaped like a long hoagie sandwich. The beef is sweet and juicy. The veggies tasted fresh and it was a nice, satisfying, gastropub style burger. The atmosphere at The Brick House doesn't hurt either. They may claim to be changing some of their model (per the Houston Press), but each time I go their, the model looks the same and I'm happy with it. This burger was very satisfying and Brick House is always awesome. Grade: B+
11. Einstein Bros. Free Breakfast Sandwich with beverage purchase
|Nova Lox at Einstein Bros.|
Folks, at 44 years old, my life is well under way. One of the great joys of my life has always been sharing good food with family and good friends--whether I've been the chef or it's been a great restaurant. This blog has been my way of sharing good food that I like with folks from all over the planet who also share this love. As long as I can continue to share great food healthily with you all, I will keep on writing this blog.
As always my motto is for you to Eat Happy!
Zao an, Y'all!!!