People born on February 29 likely can't escape comment or questions whenever they have to show identification.
"How do you do birthdays each year?" is a common query. "Are you only a quarter of your actual age?" people ask. And "do you do something special when a Leap Year rolls back around?" is an oft-heard probe.
But the question on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 just may be "what free dinner would you like?" if the Leapling happens to be dining at the Hard Rock Cafe.
The restaurant chain is celebrating the quirky date by offering those guests born on the every-four-years date a free entree from a special menu. What are the choices? A hickory-smoked pulled pork sandwich, the Legendary Burger, and the Veggie Leggie are three of the six picks.
There are asterisks, as with any unusual deal -- one entree per person per day and such -- and, for sure, you will be asked for ID to show off that extra-special birthday of yours.
Suppose, though, you're not a Leapling (or, if you prefer, a Leapster or Leapie)? There are still tasty ways to mark the rarest 24 hours of the year in a way that befits its whimsy.
Both Dog Haus and Love & Salt are in on the offbeat action, with Dog Haus going the "extra patty for the extra day" route and Love & Salt offering its Late Night Love Menu all night long (think a fancy burger + vino for twenty bucks).
As for the Dog Haus deal? Order a burger and ask for an upgrade on Feb. 29, and, you guessed it, that extra patty will make a cameo at your table. Holy Aioli, Little Mule, The Hangover, and other Dog Haus burgers are all eligible.
Leap Year dining will even do a bit of time traveling, via the Border Grill downtown, which will "convert," for the night, to CITY, the restaurant started by owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger in the 1980s.