Black Friday Restaurant Deals & Brunches in Houston for 2021
There are three great reasons to take advantage of the deals and meals offered by some Houston restaurants on Black Friday. One: many offer gift card specials, which makes wrapping up your holiday shopping easier. Two: others offer dine-in deals, which provides a welcome respite from an early morning of bargain-hunting. Three: if you are someone who has total disdain for the annual consumer rampage of big-box stores, this is a quieter, more conscientious and delicious way to financially help local businesses.
Here are the specials being offered by Houston restaurants this year. For ease, we’ve grouped together the ubiquitous gift card deals, other bargains and then some Black Friday brunches.
Gift Card Specials
Axelrad, 1517 Alabama: For Black Friday, this relaxing beer garden also known for its cocktails, hammocks, food pop-ups and events is offering one free $5 gift card for every $25 gift card purchased. These can be used after January 1, 2022.
Big Horn BBQ. 2300 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland and 20211 Highway 6, Manvel: Give the gift of barbecue and visit either the Pearland or Manvel location for a gift card bonus. The purchase of a $50 gift card earns a free one for $10, and a $100 card nets another for $20. The offer is only valid on in-restaurant purchases.
Craft Creamery, 1338 Westheimer: This gift card deal comes with a bonus scoop of ice cream from 3 to 5 p.m. on Black Friday, as the shop is also celebrating its one-year anniversary. Get a $50 gift card, and a free $10 gift card is yours to gift or use. The gift card specials (albeit without a free scoop of ice cream) run through Sunday, November 28. The gourmet ice cream shop founded by chef Steve Marques and his wife, Kim Kaase, specializes in using high-quality, Texas-produced Mill King cream and farm eggs while eschewing gums, starches and concentrates.
Dish Society, multiple locations: Get a free $10 gift card for every $50 gift card purchased. The bonus card is good in 2022. Dish Society locations are also hosting Black Friday brunches. See below for details.
Freebirds World Burrito, multiple locations: Through not just Black Friday, but the rest of 2021, buy a $50 gift card and get $10 off your meal. If you happen to be a Freebirds’ Loyalty Member, on Cyber Monday you’ll get double points on all online or in-store orders.
Local Foods Market, 2424 Dunstan: The market location in Rice Village is launching a new wine club with three themed monthly selections, and guests who join on Black Friday can also reap the rewards of bonus gift cards. The $75 Weekday Wines level comes with a $15 card, the $100 Weekend Warriors membership includes a $20 card, and the $125 Allocations for Special Occasions tier has a bonus $25 gift card. The monthly wine offers can include red, white or sparkling selections, and throughout the year, club members get 15% off on other wine purchases and market items, as well as access to monthly tastings.
The Original Ninfa’s, 2704 Navigation and 1700 Post Oak: Both the original and newer Uptown Park locations are offering bonus gift cards with purchase of one. Buying a $100 gift card nets a free $20 one and the $50 card comes with one with a $10 value. The special runs from Black Friday through January 1, 2022.
Palace Social, 4191 Bellaire: This venue, which recently added daily lunch, combines a vast range of arcade and high-tech gaming with an excellent, full-service restaurant and bar. It is offering deep discounts on gift cards only on Black Friday. These can be purchased for fairly high increments, so if you want to give someone gaming and food fun for months to come, that’s entirely possible. Get a $100 gift card for only $75 (25% off), a $500 gift card for $400 (20% off) and a $1500 gift card for $1000 (33.3% off). (If you got five $100 gift cards, no one is going to fault you for your math-savvy.) Gift certificates must be purchased in person.
In addition to the gift card deals, Palace Social is selling several giftable, branded retail items including sweatshirts, baseball hats and coffee mugs, and stocking stuffer-appropriate gear such as lip balm, T-shirts, and stickers.
Visit between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and enjoy the new Palace Hour special of one hour of unlimited arcade game play for $29.95. The special is normally only available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Play cards are not valid on claw machines, merchandise games or the photo booth.
Reserve 101, 1201 Caroline: Get a $50 gift card at this downtown whiskey destination and receive a free one with a $10 value. Use it to sample some of the extensive selection for yourself, or make it a stocking stuffer for your favorite adult friend. The deal is being extended until the end of the year.
Willie’s Grill & Icehouse, multiple locations: For anyone who needs to purchase gifts but doesn’t really want to go out on Black Friday, this is an ideal deal for you. Buy Willie’s Grill & Ice House’s eGift cards and get 25% off. Additionally, for every $50 in digital gift cards purchased, you’ll get a $10 bonus card. To be clear: this offer isn’t good on cards purchased in the restaurants or on plastic gift cards.
Other Black Friday Deals
DR Delicacy, 4120 Directors Row: This is not a restaurant, but DR Delicacy is holding a Black Friday special too good to not mention. Take 20% off all in-stock items with code THKS2021. The sale starts at 1 a.m. on Friday, November 26 and the code is valid until Sunday, November 28 at 11 p.m. Shop on the website or visit the store in-person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays. Some items we have our eyes on include a pound of Moulard duck magret breasts for $21 (normally $26.25), a two-pound bag of frozen broccoli florets for a mere $2.24 and several of the interesting mushrooms that we just talked about how to use in this article.
Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th, San Leon: A half-dozen of grilled oysters is only $6.99, which is half-off the usual price. The choices are The Prestige topped with Parmesan Reggiano and herb-shallot butter, The Streets of New Orleans, baked oysters that riff on both Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville with shrimp sauce, mushrooms, bell peppers, sherry and bread crumbs, Hot-Blooded Oysters with garlic, sriracha and habanero butter and Blue Crab Oysters stuffed with crab gratin.
William Price Distilling Co., 970 Wakefield: If you haven’t yet visited and tried some of the very interesting and tasty infused spirits at this distillery, it’s worth fighting the surrounding road construction in order to do so. For Black Friday, William Price is taking 20% off holiday gift boxes and 10% off gift cards. The sale is only good for in-person purchases at the distillery, and the sale runs through the weekend. The hours are Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Black Friday Brunches
Dish Society, multiple locations: All locations offer brunch daily, including on Black Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Avocado Smoked Salmon Toast and Brisket ‘n’ Eggs are just a few of the offerings. Regular happy hour and dinner service are also offered on Black Friday.
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, 4224 San Felipe and 963 Bunker Hill: From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., both the River Oaks and Treehouse location in Memorial are offering Black Friday brunch. Some example dishes from the menu are the Morning Farm Board, an appetizer sampler platter with deviled eggs, maple bacon, pan sausage, croissants, bacon jam and butter, as well as Eggs in Purgatory with garlic bread alongside.
State Fare Kitchen & Bar, 947 Gessner, Houston and 15930 City Walk, Sugar Land: Both the Memorial and Sugar Land locations are serving brunch on Black Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The brunch menu includes The Big Brunch Burger, Bacon Praline Griddlecakes, and Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.