Whether you venture out on Black Friday or wait till the weekend to hit the streets, it’s a sure bet all that holiday shopping will help you work up an appetite.  Rather than falling into the convenient trap of the food court at the mall, consider supporting your local restaurants while you’re out!

Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday, a holiday started by American Express in 2010 to encourage shoppers to support small businesses in their communities during the holidays.  Restaurant.com shares that commitment, and wants to encourage you to dine at local restaurants this Saturday to show your support!

Many of the 18,000 restaurants available on Restaurant.com are independently-owned businesses that depend on patrons from their community to succeed.  Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity for you to stop in and give your dining dollars to one of these local spots.  If that’s not enough to get you out of the drive-thru, check out our top 5 reasons dining local is delicious here.

Bonus: If you live in the New York, Chicago or Las Vegas areas, be sure to check out our new Double Deals program, created to help you get great deals (and great meals!) while supporting small businesses.