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Nutty Black Friday Shopping and Small Business Saturday: Post-Thanksgiving Fun Treats of Donuts and Free Chestnuts in Washington, DC Area

When the Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers are wrapped up and Black Friday shopping begins, treat yourself to a donut—American, Cajun, Indian, Mexican, or Italian—and free roasted chestnuts in the Washington, DC Area.

After all of the feasting from Thanksgiving is done and the Black Friday shopping is planned and/or done, there is nothing like a little donut, roasted chestnuts, and hot beverages to provide a blissful reprieve from the chaos of winter holiday shopping season in the Washington, DC area.  The following is a diverse list of restaurants near major shopping areas that serve donuts as well as a fancy, free event at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

On the day after Black Friday, American Express hosts the first-ever Small Business Saturday all across America. All American Express Card holders who register for the promotion will receive a $25 statement credit if they spent $25 or more at any independently-owned small business that takes AMEX.

If you are in the mood for a traditional American donut, Fractured Prune prepares fresh made-to-order donuts with your choice of 15 glazes (blueberry, raspberry, cherry, banana, peppermint, etc.), 7 toppings (coconut, peanuts, mini chocolate chips, etc.), and 4 sugars (powdered, cinnamon, etc.).

Just off Bethesda Row is Louisiana Kitchen, a casual spot to treat yourself to Beignets (Louisiana-style donuts) with Fresh Berries (all-day) for $5.25, or indulge yourself with their Pain Perdou (Louisiana French Toast) as a meal ($6.95 for weekday breakfast or $7.95 for weekend brunch).

Amid shopping at the high-end designer names for fashion and jewelry like Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany’s, why not have donuts in similarly flamboyant fashion: flambéed!  Indique Heights offers the ever-popular Indian-style donut, Gulab Jamun, flambéed and served with Burnt Orange Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream for $6.

If you want donuts after Black Friday, roll over to 2Amys for tasty Citrus Donuts and Donut Holes (one donut and one hole for $1.50) during weekend brunch.

When a plain donut is not indulgent enough, try Zeppoles—Italian donuts filled with ricotta and crème anglaise shaken with powdered sugar—at Policy for $7.

For South-of-the-Border-style donuts, head over to Casa Oaxaca for Churros with Mexican Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream for $6.

Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery is Chef David Guas’ (former Pastry Chef of Ceiba Restaurant) new Cajun restaurant that just opened last week.  You can enjoy two kinds of donuts—Beignets and Fried Pies (single-serving fruit-filled sweets)—along with Chicory Coffee.

Last but certainly not the least is a FANCY, FREE event.  The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner will offer complementary mulled Apple Cider, Roasted Chestnuts, Pastries, and Hot Cocoa from 5-7pm on Black Friday as part of their Gingerbread Village display at the Main Lobby.

Happy Sweet Thanksgiving Weekend!