If you don’t already know that dining > shopping, just go out on Black Friday. All the proof will be there before your very eyes, from cart-wielding maniacs to cashiers who very much need a break.
Whether you need fuel for the madness or just want to bypass it all and get a jump on eating, drinking, and being merry, here are a few deals for you, some for your loved ones, and even a clever way to do good:
Eat oysters and get drunk while everyone else shops
Chef’s select oysters will be available at the Oceanaire for $1, plus happy hour specials all day in the bar. While friends and family are shopping, you can just sit, slurp, and smile.
50 S. 6th St., Minneapolis
Oysters will also be going for $12 a dozen at Smack Shack, plus Surly beer specials all day on Black Friday.
603 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis
Choose a restaurant and choose a charity
Kim Bartmann’s restaurants are giving guests the option of receiving a gift card for 20 percent off their purchase, or having the same amount donated to a selected local nonprofit, listed here:
Barbette: Joyce Uptown Food Shelf
Pat’s Tap : Second Harvest Heartland
Gigi’s: Joyce Uptown Food Shelf
Red Stag: East Side Neighborhood Services Senior Food Shelf
Bryant Lake Bowl: Joyce Uptown Food Shelf
The Third Bird: The Food Group
Tiny Diner: Sabathani Community Center
Check with each individual restaurant for more details.
Get some extra tacos for your trouble
Buy a $25 gift card from Lago Tacos and get a $5 card for yourself (or for someone you like one-fifth as much as the $25 recipient).
2901 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
30 Water St., Excelsior
Enjoy a free lunch (with lots of caveats) at Fogo de Chao
The first 100 guests to arrive at Fogo between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Black Friday (early birds get the deals on Black Friday, remember) will get a gift card for complimentary lunch with the purchase of a $100 gift card. The lunch card is redeemable for up to $34.95.
After the first 100 guests, get a $25 card for every $150 spent on cards.
645 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis