After the last slice of pumpkin pie has been eaten and the final touchdown scored during the football game on television, it's officially a wrap for Turkey Day 2011.
While Thanksgiving was all about quality time with family, friends, and of course plenty of turkey, it's now time to rest in preparation for much retail therapy in the morning. You'll want to set the alarm, because the most anticipated day after Thanksgiving is almost nigh, Black Friday.
It's the one day of the year, people swarm the malls and shopping centers looking for those limited time deals and bargain basement prices as early as Thanksgiving Day. However, the day after Thanksgiving specials aren't just limited to electronics, toys, and clothing, restaurants are offering Black Friday deals of their own as well.
Just when you thought you were forever stuffed after that fourth helping of turkey and dressing, think again. You may have sworn off eating another bite, but you'll be finding room to fill up on these too-good-to-pass-up Black Friday dining deals:
Black Friday Breakfast Deals:
Retail stores have their doorbusters, and come this Black Friday, some restaurants are treating breakfast as just that. Wake up early or refuel after a few hours of early morning shopping with breakfast specials that will leave your pockets full for another round of shopping.
Whether you've spent most of Thanksgiving shopping or you're beginning your Black Friday bargain hunting, you may want to make a pit stop at Denny's. From midnight to 8 a.m., all Greater Houston area Denny's are the Everyday Grand Slam for $2.99. The breakfast platter includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages, and two pancakes.
For an extra special treat for children, Denny's has partnered with Columbia Pictures' Arthur Christmas to give each child a free kid's entree. When kids write a letter to Santa, they'll receive a coupon redeemable for a free entree.
Set your alarm clocks to rise bright and early for breakfast at Chick-fil-A. Having it's own doorbuster of sorts, the casual dining chain is giving away free Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuits at 5 a.m. Be sure you're there in time because the first 100 guests will receive the complimentary breakfast at the following locations: Chick-fil-A Baytown, Chick-fil-A Lake Woodlands, and Chick-fil-A Sawdust only.
5006 Garth Road
Baytown, TX 77521
Chick-fil-A Lake Woodlands
1660 Lake Woodlands Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
The Woodlands, TX 77380
After spending all night hunting down the best shopping deals and standing in long lines, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q is giving you a reward for making it through the shopping frenzy. Present your store receipt from your early morning shopping bonanza and receive a free brisket and egg taco between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Rudy's Bar-B-Q at 290
14620 Northwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77040
Rudy's Bar-B-Q Spring
20806 Interstate 45
Spring, TX 77373
Rudy's Bar-B-Q Webster
21361 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598
Breakfast isn't quite on the house but for only 99¢, it's close enough. Start your day-after-Thanksgiving shopping with a plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, and Swedish potatoes at IKEA Houston. The 99¢ value breakfast (available daily) will be served an hour early at 8 a.m. and will be available until 11 a.m.
If you miss breakfast or get hungry while you're shopping, the Swedish Meatball dinner (ten meatballs smothered in gravy, served with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce) is only $2.99. Kids also eat free the entire weekend.
7810 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024
Breakfast tacos are a recent menu addition, that's available weekdays at Farrago World Cuisine. Priced at $2 a taco, the Midtown restaurant is offering all breakfast tacos for $1 each on Black Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Choose from the sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast taco, the bacon, egg, and cheese taco, the chorizo, egg, and cheese, or the potato, egg, and cheese breakfast taco.
Farrago World Cuisine
318 West Gray
Houston, TX 77002
Just for Black Friday, Mission Burrito's Atascocita location will be open for breakfast. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., order a burrito, taco, or bowl with eggs, bacon, and other breakfast favorites. On the menu are $2.50 breakfast tacos, $4.50 breakfast bowls, and $6.50 super burritos featuring scrambled eggs or egg whites with choice of fajita, chorizo, or bacon. Accompany breakfast with a cup of coffee for $1.85 or a small or large cup of orange juice for under $4. Mission Burrito will also have french toast sticks, a breakfast meal just for kids for only $3.75.
Check-in at Mission Burrito Atascocita on Foursquare, and receive a free breakfast taco. The offer is only available on Black Friday with the purchase of another breakfast taco until 11 a.m.
Mission Burrito (Atascocita)
7025 Humble-Huffman Road
Humble, TX 77346
The Copperfield location of Fajita Willie's Cafe & Cantina will open early, serving a Black Friday breakfast menu. Choose from Tex-Mex offerings like the Huevos Devorciados (two fried eggs over corn tortilla cakes, topped with a green sauce and red chili ancho sauce), Chilaquiles, and Breakfast Burrito for under $8. The special breakfast menu is available from 8 a.m. - noon.
Fajita Willie's Cafe & Cantina (Copperfield)
7092 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77095
How about some live music from The Mighty Orq to go with your brunch at Freebirds World Burrito? The Shepherd Plaza location will open at 10 a.m. offering its weekend brunch menu a day early. Along with affordably priced breakfast tacos and burritos, mimosas, margaritas, and select beers are $2. If you're recuperating from shopping by sleeping in until 4 p.m., the $2 drink specials will be available all day.
Freebirds World Burrito at Shepherd Plaza
Houston, TX 77098
Black Friday Lunch and Dinner Specials
Whether you called it quits for the day or hitting the pause button on shopping, unwind with discounted lunch and dinner offerings.
Rejuvenate for another round of shopping when you dine at Chili's Bar & Grill. Black Friday marks to kicks-off to the beginning of Chili's HoliDaily specials. Everyday through December, Chili's Bar & Grill will offer dining deals that include free food on Facebook. On Black Friday, receive a free appetizer with purchase of an entrée. The offer is available when presenting this coupon at any Greater Houston location.
Although it's Black Friday, at Salata, it'll be a green one. Purchase any salad or wrap, receive a free cup of soup or green tea. The offer will also be available Saturday, November 26 at all Houston and The Woodlands locations.
It's a Blue Friday on Black Friday at Haven Restaurant. The weekly Blue Plate lunch special, Fried Gulf Shrimp & Onion Rings, will be available all day for $10.
2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX 77098
The Burger Guys are continuing the spirit of thanks with a Black Friday treat. For the second year in a row, the West Houston gourmet burger restaurant is offering a one-day offer, and this year it's free bottomless fries. Choose from the Brussels (twice cooked, hand-cut fries, finished in duckfat) or the Salted Caramel (hand-cut fries seasoned with caramel). Now that the sides are taken care, you won't feel so bad splurging on any one of the sinfully delicious burgers or hot dogs.
The Burger Guys
In case you didn't get your fill of sweets on Thanksgiving, Sprinkles is offering a Black Friday special of its own. Buy any cupcake and receive another on the house. The offer is limited to one per person.
If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can score two more free cupcakes. Visit Sprinkles and whisper the word of the day announced on either the cupcakery's main Facebook and/or Twitter or the Houston location's Facebook and/or Twitter pages, and receive a complimentary cupcake.
Houston, TX 77027
If your shopping excursion will take place in Downtown Houston, be sure to make a pit stop at III Forks Steakhouse. In addition to the wallet friendly Kobe Beef Slider for $3.95 and $5 martinis found on the Happy Hour menu from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., receive a free glass of wine when presenting this certificate on Black Friday only.
III Forks Steakhouse
Houston, TX, 77002
Black Friday Happy Hours
Why not use your off day to take advantage of happy hours you've always wanted to try. Some area restaurants are extending their happy hours to accommodate Black Friday shoppers.
Get away from the shopping madness and have a cocktail at RA Sushi instead. The sushi restaurant chain is offering its Ra Retail Therapy and extending happy hour to 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. It's a great way of keeping with the theme of saving money where you can because appetizers and select sushi and rolls are half-priced, along with specially priced cocktails and beers.
Ra Sushi at Highland Village
Houston, TX 77297
Ra Sushi at CityCentre
Houston, TX 77024
Drained from all the craziness of Black Friday shopping? TQLA is offering a pick-me-up in the form of happy hour. The discounted drinks are flowing early with happy hour beginning at 11 a.m. $3 Modeleo Especial and other Mexican drafts, $4 house wines and sangrias, and other drink specials will be available until 7 p.m. Sit in the bar area and take advantage of $2 shredded chicken tacos, $3 fried oyster tacos, and more during happy hour.
4601 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
Hearsay Gastro Lounge will be a haven for shoppers seeking refuge after a day of shopping frenzy. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., relax with complimentary appetizers at the bar. The kitchen will be offering flatbread pizzas, black bean hummus and pita chips, and caprese bites. All drafts will be $1 off, but if you'd rather have a cocktail, they'll be specially priced too. While you're there, be sure to try the bar's specialty blackberry cocktails, Blackberry Old Fashioned and The Aretha, both are $7.
Hearsay Gastro Lounge
Houston, TX 77002
Shrimp Corn Dog for $1 for lunch? Yep! Haven Restaurant is offering its happy hour menu all day beginning at 11 a.m. Choose from 25¢ deviled eggs, $1 chicken livers, $2 pulled pork sliders, or $5 chili & cheese tater tots. Margaritas, house wines, wells, and the cocktail of the day are $5.
2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX 77098
Haven't been to BlackFinn American Grille yet? Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to go to Midtown's newest restaurant and bar. Blackfinn American Grille offers Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For shoppers looking to relax and finally enjoy their Thanksgiving weekend, Happy Hour is being extended to 9 p.m. Do you know what this means for hungry shoppers? Two extra hours to enjoy $6 appetizers like the Mediterranean Platter, Carne Sada Nachos, Seared Ahi Tuna, flatbreads, and other happy hour bites. Domestic drafts, wines, and well drinks are $3.
BlackFinn American Grille
Houston, TX 77002
Retails Stores Serving Food During Black Friday Sales
Eat and sip while you shop, as several retailers offer shoppers fuel of the food variety.
Sam's Club will serve a complimentary breakfast to its card-holder members. The warehouse opens at 5 a.m. and shoppers can choose from complimentary breakfast items served until 8 a.m. (or while supplies last). Breakfast may include an egg sandwich, fruit, yogurt and coffee.
While you're shopping at Langford Market in The Heights, the clothing store will have complimentary cupcakes and coffee from Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse from 9 a.m. to noon.
249 West 19th
Houston, TX 77008
While you're trying to beat the clock during Finger Furniture's Black Friday sale, take in a free art showing that will be on display. As you're perusing the exhibits, nosh on free hot dogs and other light refreshments being served from noon to 3 p.m.
4001 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 221- 4441
Have a Smartphone? Use it for Free Food on Black Friday and Beyond
Don't just use apps on your phone to scope out Black Friday deals at retailers, use it to find dining specials too. Several restaurants are offering free food and beverages for choosing their establishment as your dining destination. What to know where they are? Find out here.
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