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Best restaurants to visit on Black Friday

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Today families in the Fort Smith region will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. However many of those family members are bracing themselves for the following day: Black Friday. This day of super sales has evolved over the years from a one day event to a multi-day blitz of sales on toys, electronics and other goods. While people are making their lists and planning what to get their loved ones, the one thing that they probably have not planned on is where to eat while they are out. While Central Mall has a food court and several of the local Wal-Marts have a fast food restaurant located inside the store, many of those places will be as packed as the stores that they are housed in. So where should these shoppers running in fast forward go to grab a bite to eat while they are out? Below is a list of some of the area's best restaurants that also happen to be located in the same shopping center as the big box store of choice or located only a few blocks away from that store.

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Golden Wok Chinese Buffet
Golden Wok Chinese Buffet Marc Hayot

Golden Wok Chinese Buffet

In Van Buren, there is only one place to go for those great Black Friday deals: Wal-Mart.  After fighting the crowds for those all important Christmas gifts, many will be wanting to grab a bite to eat.  This particular Wal-Mart is surrounded by several different fast food restaurants.  For those who would like something a little more filling then a burger, Golden Wok might just be the solution.  This restaurant, located a block away from Wal-Mart, offers delicious and reasonably priced menu items.  Craving more than just one dish?  Golden Wok has you covered, with a buffet that features fifty plus items.  So if you are heading to Van Buren to do your holiday shopping consider stopping at Golden Wok for a hearty lunch. 

Golden Wok is located at 2308 Fayetteville Road Van Buren, AR 72956.

Zaxby's
Zaxby's Marc Hayot

Zaxby's

As shoppers crowd through the Wal-Mart in Van Buren, many are thinking about that all important purchase: lunch. This particular Wal-Mart is located near several fast food restaurants, however the one that will offer the most satisfying experience is Zaxby's. While this examiner frowns on sending people to a fast food restaurant for their Black Friday meal, he is making an exception for Zaxby's. So what makes Zaxby's so different? For one, Zaxby's offers zesty chicken that has been putting other franchises to shame for over twenty years. Zaxby's delicious products offer a hint of spicy flavor that makes the taste buds of their customers sizzle. The other thing that sets Zaxby's apart from other area fast food restaurants is that, like Winnie the Pooh's beloved friend Tigger, they are the only ones here. That's right, the Zaxby's in Van Buren is the only location in the Fort Smith area. So this Black Friday come down and experience the most unique fast food restaurant in the River Valley: Zaxby's.

Zaxby's is located at 2221 Fayetteville Road Van Buren, AR 72956.

Chili's
Chili's Marc Hayot

Chili's

As this examiner concludes his list of the best restaurants near the Van Buren Wal-Mart, he has saved the best for last: Chili's So why Chili’s? The reason is because Chili’s offers some of the best and most diverse dishes around, like their bottomless lunch which consists of unlimited salad, soup and chips and salsa. This lunch usually retails for $6.29 and is the perfect lunch for busy shoppers on the go. Chili's is also one of the few restaurants in Crawford County that serves alcohol. The reason for this is because Chili's has a private club license that allows its members to drink. So if you have endured a long day of shopping in Wal-Mart, stop by Chili's for their bottomless lunch and a cold drink to wind down from the day.

Chili's is located at 2024 Fayetteville Road Van Buren, AR 72956.

CiCi's Pizza
CiCi's Pizza Marc Hayot

CiCi's Pizza

For those who live in the River Valley, the only place to find those great Black Friday deals is in Fort Smith. The city contains several Wal-Marts where customers can find their Black Friday specials. One of the best ones to shop at is the Wal-Mart on Rogers Avenue. This particular Wal-Mart is unique in that it does not have a single restaurant housed inside the store. That is okay, because just a few doors down is CiCi's Pizza.

 

CiCi's is Fort Smith's only pizza buffet. This buffet offers several different pizzas that will thrill those who come in. Don't see the pie that you want? Simply place an order for a specialty pizza, and the staff will make it fresh and hot for you. Along with a great buffet, CiCi's also has a small game room for the kids to have some fun while parents get to enjoy a delicious meal. So after that long day of shopping at the Rogers Avenue Wal-Mart, stop by CiCi's for some great pizza and a chance to let kids be kids.

CiCi's Pizza is located at 8323 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Asian Buffet
Asian Buffet Marc Hayot

Asian Buffet

Those shopping at the Wal-Mart on Rogers Avenue may not be able to find a restaurant in the store, but they will find two restaurants in the same shopping center. One is CiCi's and the other is Asian Buffet. Asian Buffet offers quality menu items, as well as a buffet. The restaurant also contains the only Mongolian BBQ grill in Fort Smith. Pick from several delicious items and watch a master chef cook those items in front of you. The Mongolian BBQ is included with the buffet for the same price, so come down and enjoy Fort Smith's best Asian restaurant.

Asian Buffet is located at 8345 Roger Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Lewis' Family Restaurant
Lewis' Family Restaurant Marc Hayot

Lewis' Family Restaurant

Anyone out shopping for those Black Friday deals will more then likely visit the Wal-Mart super center on Zero Street. As the largest Wal-Mart in Fort Smith, the Zero Street super center will contain all of those must have items that shoppers will want. Unfortunately this particular super center does not have a lot of dining opportunities. However there is one restaurant that is a block away from this Wal-Mart: Lewis'. Lewis' is one of Fort Smith's oldest restaurants. It offers delicious comfort foods like burgers and chicken fried steak, as well as some of the best breakfasts around. Black Friday shoppers do need to visit Lewis' early since they are only open for breakfast and lunch.

Lewis' Family Restaurant is located at 5901 U.S. 71 Business Fort Smith, AR 72908.

Bob Evans
Bob Evans Marc Hayot

Bob Evans

While Wal-Mart will undoubtedly have the best deals for Black Friday, it is not the only big box store to offer great deals. The Fort Smith Pavilion offers great shopping opportunities for all. Among the stores that are in the Pavilion are Target, Best Buy, and Books A Million. If this list of stores sounds impressive, then the restaurant listing should be equally impressive. It includes, Cheddar’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Bob Evans. The best restaurant of the bunch is Bob Evans. Bob Evans offers quality comfort food for all ages, and even took part in the Kids Live Well program earlier this year. So for those shoppers looking for a restaurant that serves superior dishes, they need look no further then Bob Evans.

Bob Evans is located at 4201 Phoenix Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903.

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