Happy Birthday To You!

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8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Roaring Fork
4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Rancho de Tia Rosa
3129 E. McKellips Road, Mesa

Ah, there's nothing like getting the full restaurant monty on your birthday: the singing off-key, the clapping, the utter embarrassment. Well, here are three places that do things a little differently. It's always advisable to call the restaurant ahead of time about the birthday person in question, but it certainly isn't necessary. Contemporary American Bloom actually has a voucher system. If you've celebrated a birthday there before, they automatically send the birthday person a dessert voucher when his or her birthday rolls around again. The dessert offered is Bloom's signature Bars of Sin (chocolate-hazelnut wafer cookies, layered with chocolate mousse and dipped in chocolate, then served with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauces). Very yummy and no annoying singing. At Roaring Fork (which features upscale, American Western food), the birthday person may choose the free dessert of his or her choice, and the choices are awesome. Try the banana split (wrapped in a flour tortilla, deep-fried and sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar), served with ice cream, whipped cream and various yummy sauces. Another great RF dessert is the huckleberry bread pudding. Each birthday dessert comes topped with an edible "Happy Birthday" sign, fashioned from white chocolate. Call ahead and the staff will even sign a birthday card! At Rancho de Tia Rosa (a colorful regional Mexican restaurant), the birthday person receives a complimentary dessert of fried ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream. If it happens to be a Friday or Saturday night, he or she will also be serenaded by strolling mariachis.