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The Best Labor Day Food and Drink Deals in Dallas

To-go deals for your home cookout, plus a few Labor Day parties around town.

Takeout Dining Deals 

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que is slinging its “No” Labor Day Pack (just under $130) so that you don’t have to lift a finger to make a meal this holiday weekend. All you have to do: heat and serve. The pack includes two pounds of brisket, a slab of pork ribs, one whole smoked chicken, two large sides, plus dinner rolls, sauce, and a gallon of tea or lemonade. Order by Friday, September 4 at 3 p.m. and pick up on Saturday, September 5.

For something lighter, try the grill-at-home taco box from TJ’s Seafood Market. For $65, the kit feeds four to six and comes with a tomato, cucumber, jicama salad, TJ’s sriracha slaw, garlic lime corn on the cob, taco meat (choice of marinated jumbo shrimp, tenderloin, or mahi mahi), corn and flour tortillas, and a variety of taco fixings. You can (and you’ll want to) add the margarita booze bundle for $35. Available Saturday through Monday; order by 5 p.m. the day prior to preferred pickup date.

For big families and big appetites, One90 Smoked Meats is offering special deals on Whole Briskets and Bone-In Pork Shoulders on Sunday, September 6. The brisket is $120 (normally $165) and the pork shoulder is $69 (normally $100). The smokehouse is also offering a special, limited edition Roasted Hatch Chili and Cheddar Sausage. You can get these items a la carte, or opt for the $60 Sunday Special, which includes brisket, sausage, mac and cheese, potato salad, and all the BBQ fixins’. 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is offering 10 percent off catering orders of $100 or more through Labor Day with the code 10OFFCATERING. You can use it for your online order or over the phone. 

If you’re looking for more healthy (and vegetarian-friendly) options for the cookout, True Food Kitchen offers a fresh alternative to barbecue with its Labor Day Takeout Box. The meal costs $70 and feeds five people. It includes a heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, your choice of grilled chicken avocado wraps or jackfruit lettuce wraps, and dark chocolate quinoa brownies. Add a bottle of wine for $15 and call it a day. The restaurant is accepting orders online

One of Dallas’ newest Filipino pop-ups, Bahay, has a mouth-watering grill kit perfect for Labor Day. It includes: six build-your-own longanisa sausage sliders with house-made pandesal buns, atchara (pickled slaw), and sriracha kewpie, plus potato salad with salted egg, Filipino-style baked mac with Spam, vegan “bistek” King Oyster mushroom “steaks,” ube brownies, and a refreshing, citrusy calamansi cooler. Preorder online ($70) and pickup at either The Weed Spot or Marie’s Kitchen.

Labor Day Events 

The Free Man in Deep Ellum is celebrating Labor Day with live music all weekend long. Friday night there will be performances from LockJohnson and Friends, Verb Kulture’s Revolution, Funk Project, and Peter Rioux Group. Saturday starts off with the All Tea, No Shade drag brunch from 12-3 p.m. That evening, Shelley Carrol Electrik Band, Dos Negro, and The Free Loaders will perform. The weekend wraps up on Sunday with BeatStreet Poetry Live from 5-8 p.m. and a performance by Sputacular at 10 p.m. 

Sneaky Pete’s Texas invites you to celebrate Labor Day on Lake Lewisville. The lakefront patio restaurant has live music Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. There’s also a pool on the patio, which will be open for swimming. 

The Rustic  is observing the holiday by offering $5 frozen cocktails through the weekend. There will also be live music, as per usual. There’s no cover.

Canvas Dallas has a Labor Day Pool Party on Monday from 2-6 p.m. The rooftop pool bar will have music by DJ M*Knight plus bites and craft cocktails. Tickets are $25 per person.

Mutt’s Canine Cantina has a Hair of the Dog Labor Day Brunch on Monday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The restaurant is offering $3 Bloody Mary and mimosas for the holiday. The full menu will be available. 

Wear your masks.

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