The 10 Best Chain Restaurant Deals and Giveaways You Can Score on Black Friday – Eat That, Not That

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According to Britannica, the name “Black Friday” – one that carries negative connotations in the minds of consumers – may have been of a more positive nature when it was first attributed to America’s holiday season. It was the frenetic consumerism of the era that shifted companies from “red” or loss-making businesses to “black” or for-profit businesses.

Of course, Black Friday also has a lighter side, and we’re not talking microwave or PlayStation bouncer deals: we’re talking food. Here are 10 great restaurant deals or absolute freebie meals to enjoy this holiday season that begins on or around Black Friday.

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Popeye's chicken and sandwich combo
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If you stop by Popeyes this Black Friday, get a free chicken sandwich with the purchase of any chicken sandwich combo. It’s a great way to turn a decent meal into one that will keep you full for hours, or to share meals with others. Just make sure you order through the web or the Popeyes app.

Lumberjack Slam
Courtesy of Denny’s

Denny’s takes the cake when it comes to Black Friday dining deals. Customers have the option to purchase an Everyday Value Tee t-shirt for $5.99 (that’s the same price as the chain’s Everyday Value Slam breakfast), which entitles them to a free Everyday Value Slam every day for a year. Meal entitles additional cost. That’s a $2,180 deal, but note that only 150 of the shirts will be on sale nationwide.

Courtesy of Taco Bell

Starting on 11/25/22 (yes, Black Friday itself) and ending on 11/29/22 (that’s Giving Tuesday, if that’s your thing), you can earn a free Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch with every placement order worth from $15 or more, per Thrill. The only other conditions are that you order through DoorDash and that your order comes with at least one paid gordita.

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California pizza kitchen showcase

From now through the end of 2022, California Pizza Kitchen is offering a pretty great deal: When you buy $100 (or more) of CPK gift cards, you get a $20 gift card for free. So that’s an instant 20% return that you can turn into more groceries.

Applebee's sign
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You might think Applebee’s offering is half as good as CPK’s, but it’s actually arguably a little better. That’s because Applebee’s offers a free $10 bonus card with the purchase of a $50 gift card, so it’s the same 20% gift and it’s yours with even less spending.

Jamba juice
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During this Thanksgiving week, Jamba Juice is offering its customers free delivery of its famous smoothies. And to sweeten the deal even further, on Black Friday itself, get 50% off the price of a second smoothie when you order a first at regular price.


Purchase a $50 gift certificate at Outback Steakhouse now through the end of the year and receive a free $10 rebate as a thank you. Just note that it cannot be used until January 1st, 2023 and expires on February 6th next year, so it’s a pretty tight window of opportunity.


On Black Friday, Smashburger is ready to give you $5 in “SmashCash” for every $25 you spend at the restaurant. Spend $50, that’s $10 for you. Spend $100, that’s $20. spend 500€? That’s… way too much money to spend at Smashburger, and anyway, you get it. Just notice that the SmashCash earned in this way must be used by February 2023.

Stuffed Quesadilla Taco
Courtesy of Dell Taco

On Black Friday 2022, get a free Del Taco Stuffed Quesadilla Taco when you order a paid Stuffed Quesadilla Taco, AKA Buy One Get One, or BOGO. You must order through the Del Taco app or online to take advantage of the offer and you must be a Del Taco Rewards member.

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Chuck e cheese

Chuck E. Cheese is following the lead of many other restaurant chains by offering customers a $10 free reward when they purchase $50 gift cards, effective 11/25/22 and running through the end of the year. Just note that the rewards must be used in January or February next year.

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Steven John is a freelance writer for Eat this, not that! based outside of New York City. Read more about Stephen


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