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Three restaurants offering Black Friday deals

Black tagliolini with black tiger shrimp at Hostaria del Piccolo.
Photograph: Courtesy Hostaria del Piccolo Black tagliolini with black tiger shrimp at Hostaria del Piccolo.

For many of us, shopping on Black Friday is akin to visiting Disneyland during Grad Night. Why would you put yourself through the claustrophobic, panic-inducing clusterfuck that is The Grove on the morning after Thanksgiving? Is half off a jacket at Zara worth losing five years of your life from the stress?

Still, we love a good deal, and we love food, which is why we're thankful these restaurants are offering discounted Black Friday drinks and dishes to soothe our turkey hangover.

Hostaria del Piccolo: Visit one of Hostaria del Piccolo's locations—Santa Monica or Venice—on Black Friday and all your food might be, well, blackened. Available as both a la carte items or as a tasting menu ($30 per person), chef Bobo Ivan is making three new black dishes and a black cocktail: a black kale salad ($11), black tagliolini pasta with black tiger shrimp ragu ($15), black cod ($24) and a black licorice vodka cocktail ($13).

Messhall: This Los Feliz staple is getting creative with their Thanksgiving leftovers with a "Turkey Sammich" cocktail. But before you start heaving, let it be known: this drink is made with Wild Turkey (duh), Geijer Glogg, pumpkin syrup and lemon juice. Best of all, it's $5 all day long.

The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge: If you do find yourself struggling through suffocating crowds at The Grove, take a break at The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge. Their happy hour prices are available the entire day—11:30am to 6pm—and include $5 beer, $7 well drinks, $9 martinis and a selection of snacks to refuel. We're partial to the filet mignon skewers ($9) and bacon cheddar twists ($7).

If you'd rather spend your money on clothes than food, check out our picks for what to buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.