TWO April birthdays for me this month...
Well, I don't recall "the early years" very clearly, but I'm sure my parents observed the day....eventually with a cake and ice cream.
And, for at least the last 5 years, I have been aware that certain restaurants will provide an annual complimentary birthday meal.
The occasion instead, was because it was Ruby Tuesday's 44th birthday.
It wasn't a free meal but they did offer a 44% discount on my total tab.
[Some restrictions apply. Like it was only available today. Sorry.]
That's almost the same as a 50% BOGO (Buy One Get One free) they used to offer.
I chose to have garlic mash taters for one side dish and then I was able to add RubyTuesday's great full salad bar as my second side.
I have not wandered down a salad line in a long time but recall I used to see how high I could pile it.
But I had forgotten the small, tasty biscuits that come with the meal, so it became a nice balanced and filling repast at almost half price.
Had been a while since I had had lobster so I ordered the "Coastal Trio" that had a lobster tail, tilapia and a skewer of spicy shrimp.
I chatted with Eric, the Manager, who took over about a year ago at the Savannah Highway location.
He said the lunch crowd was quite large, and they were braced for a busy evening dinner crowd.
I took a long look at the upside down pineapple cake shown on the menu but waddled, uh, er, walked out without the sweet-tooth finishing touch.
Wisely, I drove there and was seated about 2:15. so I missed both crowds.
My server Bri, wished me an early Happy Birthday.