Every year we give our children the choice of what they want to do for their birthday. Several choices are available, such as birthday party with their friends, dinner with the family, dinner with mom and dad, or a sleepover. Each one of them has a different idea of what they think would be a good birthday. This year, one of our girls chose to go to dinner with mom and dad (always an honor for us). While we were sitting at Applebee’s I was trying to think of the best places to take a child for their birthday. Mostly, I was thinking about this because Applebee’s no longer sings happy birthday. Apparently, someone complained (several years ago) because they overheard someone’s Happy Birthday song and said that it was against their religion. Hhhhmmm…what’s a birthday dinner without the Happy Birthday song from a bunch of strangers, singing off-key, and embarrassing the crap out of you in front of a restaurant full of strangers who are now staring at you? By the way, this is exactly why I choose NOT to go out to eat on my birthday!
So, a few good choices (in my opinion) on restaurants who WILL sing to your kid and make some wonderful memories for your family:
- Buca de Beppo
- Old Spaghetti Factory
- Bubba Gump’s
- Joe’s Crab Shack
- TGI Friday’s
- Olive Garden
- Hooters (okay, I have to admit that my son went there with his uncle and a friend of his…he had fun, but apparently couldn’t look up from the table the whole time)
What is your favorite restaurant to take your kids to? Do they sing the Happy Birthday song?