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Carb-loading isn’t just for marathons and being dumped by text. It’s for some serious Black Friday action. Hey, those people at Walmart aren’t going to trample themselves, you know. The hardier shoppers among us come armed with tents and thermoses. I don’t even want to think about what we’re doing for a bathroom. All we know is, once we’ve wrapped the last drumstick in tinfoil (and maybe snuck in a bite of leftover stuffing around midnight. OK, not a bite — the whole Tupperware container), game on. You’re going to need energy. Serious, carb-laden fuel. Because if you don’t score that discount iPad or $200 flat-screen TV, I don’t think you’ll even be allowed back in the door at home. Let’s get to prepping.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1805 21st Ave. S.
To cram an entire month’s worth of shopping into one day, it only makes sense to cram an entire holiday’s worth of food into one meal. Especially if three entire birds are being crammed into a single patty for your mouth-stuffing convenience. The Thanksgiving Turducken Burger is only for those who are so driven that they get their Black Friday shopping done on Buffalo Plaid Wednesday, because the turducken patty topped with fried green beans, onions and cranberry sauce sandwiched between a house-made stuffing bun and served with a side of turkey gravy is only available through Nov. 22.
8400 Hwy. 100
Loveless has what you want. They’ve got what you need. They’ve. Got. Biscuits. And let’s face it, if you’re living in this town and biscuits are not top of mind whenever you think about favorite carbs, then you should probably pack up and go. And take the traffic with you. For the uninitiated, you should probably be aware that there are tons of menu options (like hash brown casserole!) and a number of platters you can order (like the ones that include hash brown casserole!), but you have to have the biscuits. Loveless is a bit off the beaten path, but if it helps, there’s shopping on-site while you wait. Go on, git.
Fox’s Donut Den
3900 Hillsboro Pike
There is no wrong way to eat an apple fritter. It seems like a homely little pastry as these things go — there’s no edible glitter or bespoke violet blossom tucked into lavender frosting on one side — but OMG, once you bite into it. We’re talking fireworks, earthquakes, afternoon delight. There’s no discernible front or back, but your mouth won’t care. Caramelized nooks and crannies enrobed in sweet glaze and entrenched in cinnamon, with bits of juicy apple and custardy little pockets everywhere. It will make up for the Green Hills traffic on a regular day, so for Black Friday, you better get two. Or a whole boxful. Just sayin’.
1900 Eastland Ave.
I haven’t yet convinced my editor to let me write an entire section in emojis, but even if I could, what would be the point? I have yet to see a drooling face emoji, which is all I can think of to express the way I feel about this joint. Their take on the cronut, the hundred-layer doughnut, comes in various flavors and seasonal varieties. They have a Quinn, a version of World’s Greatest Pastry the Kouign-amann. They’ve even got vegan and paleo option — or is that pagan and Veleo? Either way, you’re covered. And hopefully slathered and sated, because these donuts are so goooooood, said everyone ever.
Nashville Farmers Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Chicken for the protein, waffles for the win. I’m not really sure who first invented chicken and waffles, but it feels more like an important scientific discovery. Maybe ol’ Ben Franklin tied an earthenware crock of waffles and maple syrup to his kite in a thunderstorm, whilst eating a chicken leg. Lightning struck, and voila! Another bit of genius discovered. Or possibly George Washington Carver did a whole waffle thing before his whole peanut thing, and discovered that waffles and fried chicken were totally baes. Whoever you were, culinary genius, we thank you.
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