Food & Drink

Black Friday food deals to keep you fueled through shopping

In just two days, hordes of normally calm, respectable citizens will rise at the crack of dawn to slap-fight each other over $15 Blu-ray players. And since Black Friday shopping is such a slog, several restaurants (and one actual store) are offering food deals to restore the battered soldiers. Here are the deets on what you're getting and when on the most Darwinian day of the year -- add them to your attack plan accordingly.

Fred Meyer
The Deal:
Free coffee and donuts for early shoppers, as per tradition.
When: From 5am to 1pm.

White Castle
The Deal:
Free breakfast bun slider with any purchase.
When: Breakfast hours, which for White Castle are midnight to 10:30am.

The Deal:
Choice of free dessert, kids' meal, appetizer (with entree purchase), or upgrade from pick-two to pick-three fajitas for email club members.
When: All day long.

Maggiano'sLittle Italy
The Deal: $10 off any purchase of $30 or more, also exclusively for email club members.
When: All day long.

Jersey Mike's
The Deal:
Highly dependent on location, but so far we know at least eight stores are offering discounts. They range from $5.99 meal deals on a sandwich, chips, and drink to free cookie platters.
When: From 10am to noon at the Florida shops; all day long at Pembroke, NC shop.

Additionally, several places are offering free bonuses when you purchase gift cards now through the holiday season. They include Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, P.F. Chang's, Ruby Tuesday, Macaroni Grill, and Chili's. We know it might seem a little impersonal to get your Dad a restaurant gift card for Christmas, but if it means a free Bloomin' Onion for you, too, we think he'll understand.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and has never ventured outside on Black Friday earlier than noon. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.