Celebrate Labor Day 2022 at These Restaurants in Houston

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Make the most of your three-day weekend with food and drink specials throughout Houston. Many deals are specific to Labor Day  itself (September 5), but there are plenty of multi-day options, too. Ideas include a beer garden movie night, picnic party packs, exclusive cocktails, holiday menus and more.

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Pre-order cooler packs and fajita feats from Arnaldo Richards’ Picos for Labor Day weekend. Courtesy photo.

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby: Pick up dinner and drinks to go from this longstanding Houston restaurant popular for authentic Mexican dishes. For Labor Day weekend, guests can order the Picos Cooler Pack with a choice of a four- or six-pack of either 8-ounce or 16-ounce bottled and frozen top-shelf or house margaritas. Flavors include regular, strawberry or mango. There is also a Rocks Margarita Pouch option, and drinks are available in full or half-gallons to-go. To eat, there is a Fajita Feast Pack that comes with beef or chicken options plus rajas, fresh guacamole salad, pico de gallo, red and green salsas frescas, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, choice of corn or flour tortillas, housemade corn chips and choice of rice and beans. Place orders online.  

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Enjoy movie night, burgers and hotdogs on Labor Day at Axelrad. Photo by Goodspero.

Axelrad, 1517 Alabama: If you don’t have a backyard party to attend, have no fear because this fun beer garden offers plenty of tables, hammocks and chairs for optimum relaxation with friends and family. Watch a free, big-screen showing of “Office Space” on Labor Day while enjoying burgers and hotdogs from Umbrella Fellas. In addition, Axelrad is hosting its regular Punchline Mondays comedy night upstairs beginning at 8 p.m. Follow the events on social media for the most current details.

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The Half Frozen French cocktail at Betelgeuse Betelgeuse includes frozen gin, lemon and sparkling wine. Photo by Lindsey Cooper.

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse, 2101 Washington: Pizza and cocktails unite at this newcomer in Houston’s Historic Old Sixth Ward. Go for snacks that include three kinds of fries or hot pies with specialty toppings like Sausage-Feta with housemade sausage, confit onions and feta cheese, Make My Millennium with scorpion peppers, blueberries, whipped ricotta and oregano or the four-meat Hercules Hercules with pepperoni, sausage, pancetta and Genoa salami. There are craft cocktails, beer and wine too. The Half Frozen French is a popular favorite made with frozen gin, lemon and simple syrup finished with sparkling wine and candied lemon.

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The Houston Hot Chicken Sandwich is a popular brunch item at Dish Society. Photo by Kimberly Park.

Dish Society, multiple locations: This modern source for farm-fresh fare is offering brunch on Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at all four of its locations. Start with coffee or pressed juices and move on to morning-style entrées such as Nutella French Toast, tacos and pancakes or midday favorites like the Houston Hot Chicken Sandwich and Strawberry Watermelon Salad. There are morning cocktails, too, such as the Prickly Pear Frozen Margarita and mimosas alongside a selection of beer and mocktails. Dinner is available from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Dine-in or order online for curbside pickup.

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The 8th Wonder Distillery is an intimate destination for spirits, craft cocktails and food. Courtesy photo.

8th Wonder Distillery, 2201 Dallas: This spirits-focused-concept from 8th Wonder Brewery opened in 2018 and offers guests a quieter experience in an intimate tasting room setting. In celebration of Labor Day, it opens, earlier than usual, at 1 p.m. Guests can enjoy a special menu along with signature spirits and cocktails. Dishes include New Orleans Strip with housemade crawfish étouffée and Cajun elote, Cajun Hot Dog with a choice of smoked boudin, andouille, alligator, or hot sausage plus a selection of toppings such as bacon crawfish étouffée, pickles, onions, jalapeños and remoulade slaw, and chicken and sausage gumbo with Cajun Fried Rice.

Celebrate the return of pre-pandemic hours during a Labor Day party at Goode Co. Barbecue Highway 290. Courtesy photo.

Goode Co. Barbeque, 20102 Northwest Freeway: This suburban location of the popular barbecue chain is returning to its pre-pandemic schedule of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week beginning Monday, September 5. In honor of the return to normalcy, the restaurant is hosting a big shindig that includes its famous barbecue, complimentary beverages from Tequila Arette and Eureka Heights Brew Co., family-friendly outdoor games and live entertainment by Bo Brumble from 5 to 8 p.m. Dine onsite or call ahead for curbside pickup.

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Visit Goode Co. Taqueria for special breakfast hours on Labor Day. Courtesy photo.

Goode Co. Taqueria, 4902 Kirby: In honor of Labor Day, this Tex-Mex staple near Upper Kirby is opening early for breakfast and brunch from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stop in for simple favorites like breakfast tacos, or choose hearty options such as chilaquiles, La Guisada (two eggs any style served over pork-and-green chile stew and topped with queso fresco and crema) or pecan waffles. Drinks include morning cocktails, coffee, juices, aguas frescas and horchata, a Mexican drink made with sweetened rice milk and spices. The lunch and dinner menu is available until 8:30 p.m., and includes burgers, mesquite-grilled fajitas, seafood and more. All menus are available for take-out.

Order the Burger & Beer special at Heights & Co. over Labor Day weekend. Photo by Barrett Doke.

Heights & Co., 1343 Yale: Head to this inviting patio bar in the Heights for a Labor Day Burger & Beer special. It costs $14 and comes with either the Bordelaise Burger or Classic Burger and any canned or bottled beer. In addition, the weekend featured cocktail is a Jala-Pina Margarita made with tequila, pineapple-guava, agave and jalapeño, and there is also a Break-Even Bourbon special. Weller 12-Year is available at the bar’s cost while supplies last.

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The loaded Pambazo Torta at URBE. Courtesy photo.

H Town Restaurant Group, multiple locations: The restaurant group from chef Hugo Ortega and restaurateur Tracy Vaught is hosting Labor Day brunch at three of its locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Hugo’s in Montrose at 1600 Westheimer for an excellent and elevated Mexican brunch buffet including appetizers, main courses and a generous dessert spread. In River Oaks, diners at Backstreet Cafe at 1103 South Shepherd can enjoy regional fare and cocktails on a shaded patio. For those dining in the Uptown Park area, there is a menu of family friendly and casual Mexican dishes, fresh drinks and tasty treats at URBE at 1101 Uptown Park Boulevard. Visit the respective restaurants’ websites for more information.

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Sip concoctions like Dream Walker and Phuket cocktails at Kin Dee. Photo by Alex Montoya.

Kin Dee, 1533 North Shepherd: Everyone who visits this Thai cafe can enjoy live music on Labor Day, but service industry staff get an extra bonus: 20-percent off their orders on September 5. Dine on dishes reflective of four regions in Thailand, such as panang curry, Thai Flower Dumplings, drunken noodles, housemade ice cream and craft cocktails.

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Piña coladas are just $5.99 each all Labor Day weekend at La Calle Tacos & Tortas. Photo by Lindsey Cooper.

La Calle Tacos & Tortas, Multiple locations: Chill down all weekend with three frozen cocktails for just $5.99 each. Choose from frozen margaritas that are prepared daily using fresh lime juice and el Jimador 100% blue agave tequila, and two made-to-order concoctions: the piña colada that combines Blue Chair premium rum, Irish cream and a special house ingredient or frozen mojitos, made with fresh-squeezed fruit and Blue Chair rum. Soak up your drinks with menu mainstays such as two styles of tacos, a variety of tostadas and tortas, and snacks like elote, chicharrones and chips.

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Costillas de puerco is a baby back rib special available over Labor Day weekend at Maize. Photo by Lindsey Cooper.

Maize,14795 Memorial: Enjoy Labor Day specials both Sunday and Monday at this contemporary restaurant for modern Mexican fare. Visit for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to order costillas de puerco, baby pork ribs with barbecue sauce and slaw, a Mexican Burger with fresh avocado, onion, tomato and crispy bacon or Crema de Maize, a roasted corn chowder spiked with apple smoke bacon, potato, thyme and cream. For dessert, there is Corn Tres Leches with strawberry-infused milks.

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Pre-order a fajita pack from Molina’s Cantina to enjoy on Labor Day. Photo by Jenn Duncan.

Molina’s Cantina, multiple locations: This year, skip the grilling and let Molina’s do the heavy lifting with loaded, create-your-own Fajita Fiesta Packs. Choose from chicken or beef; each come with sides to complete your feast. Recommended add-ons include creamy, cheesy Jose’s Dip, Nancy Ames Nachos, taquitos and ready-to-drink margaritas available by the gallon or half gallon. Place orders online with a minimum of 24-hours notice for curbside pickup.

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The Carpaccio de Sandia is a holiday special at The Original Ninfa’s. Photo by Lindsey Cooper.

The Original Ninfa’s,1700 Post Oak and 2704 Navigation: Although these locations are popular for decadent Tex-Mex such as enchiladas, queso, fajitas and tacos, there are lighter options, too. This holiday, there are two fresh selections that celebrate seasonal ingredients. Try carpaccio de sandia made with chilled and thin-sliced watermelon, queso panela, melon vinaigrette and toasted pecans or the crudo de red snapper with Gulf snapper, cucumber, salsa amarillo and red onions.

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There are drink specials, tons of TVs and yard games at Patterson Park. Photo by Alex Montoya.

Patterson Park, 2205 Patterson: For many folks, Labor Day weekend signals the start of college football season, and this cool patio bar is ready to usher in the action. There are more than 40 TVs for watching essential national and regional kickoffs on Saturday, and an assortment of cool drinks to sustain energetic cheering. Selections include beer buckets plus $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas on Saturday and Sunday until 5 p.m. Order the Labor Day special cocktail, Treehouse Touchdown made with spicy and smoky mezcal, lime and cucumber, available exclusively for the holiday weekend. Take a break from game-watching to play the hole-in-one putting green game on the patio, along with other yard games. 

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Get the Pier 6 Cheeseburger during Labor Day celebrations at Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House. Photo by Kimberly Park.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th Street, San Leon: Catch a coastal vibe over the holiday weekend with a trip to this chic kitchen for fresh seafood. The all-day, family-friendly celebration includes $6 Ocean Water and Piña Colada cocktails made with Blue Chair Bay Rum and the fan favorite Pier 6 Cheeseburger that is normally only available on weekends and comes with two Akaushi patties, American cheese, pickles, sriracha mayo and French fries. Of course, there are plenty of oysters and other seafood, too. To entertain the kids, there is a bouncy castle, popcorn and cotton candy, plus live music and face painting from 1 to 4 p.m.

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The monthly Chicken Fried Steak special is just $15 on Sunday, September 4 at Rainbow Lodge. Courtesy photo.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: This iconic destination for elegant wild game and Gulf Coast fare is closed on Mondays, but Sundays are a great time to relax over the holiday weekend. Visit for $2 mimosas during brunch, or stop by for dinner for the Sunday Special. The first Sunday of each month (this month, it’s September 4) features a luxurious chicken fried steak dinner that costs just $15. Elevate your meal with a craft cocktail or glass of wine from beverage director Marc Borel‘s curated and extensive list. 

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The South Texas BBQ Picnic Pack is a Labor Day special at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. Photo by Daniel Ruiz Mares.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway and 1140 Eldridge: Maximize down time over the holiday weekend by picking up lunch or dinner with all the fixings from this mainstay for Mexican fare. The South Texas Picnic Labor Day Pack feeds four (with leftovers to spare) and costs just $60 plus tax and gratuity. It comes with a mesquite-grilled chicken, mesquite-grilled baby back ribs, Sylvia’s famous potato salad, Mexican rice, charro beans, guacamole, corn tortillas, sopapillas and chips with salsa. To order, call the location of your choice with at least one-hour notice for pickup. Early orders are encouraged and can be placed beginning Friday, September 2 for pickup on Monday, September 5.

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Tobiuo Sushi & Bar in Katy is offering special discounts on yakitori and sake for Labor Day. Photo by Ashley Castro.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar, 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard: Dig into Japanese fare this Labor Day with special discounts at this Katy hotspot for sushi and sake. On September 5, yakitori are half-off (excluding the A5 skewer), which includes robata-grilled or panko-fried chicken thighs and heritage pork belly that are all $3.50 per order of two, and the hamachi kama that is $8.50. Bottles of cold sake are half-off, too, and available for dine-in and to-go. Enjoy the specials onsite and take advantage of $2 pours of hot sake.

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A selection of specialty cocktails and bites at Treebeards. Photo by Becca Wright.

Treebeards, multiple locations: Pair signature Southern and coastal dishes with a weekend-long happy hour at all four locations of this family-friendly restaurant. Start with discounts on shareable bites such as Catfish Hushpuppies, Crab & Shrimp Queso or Fried (or Not) Deviled Eggs. Enjoy with happy hour specials served all day Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. These include select wines for $7, specialty cocktails for $8, beers starting at $4 and $2 off all other glasses of wine and cocktails.

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Choose from an assortment of frozen cocktails at Willie’s Grill & Icehouse. Photo by Becca Wright.

Willie’s Grill & Icehouse, multiple locations: This Texas chain has family-friendly fare that meshes well with holiday weekend vibes. Fan favorites include half-pound burgers in six topping variations, such as cheddar pepper and turkey mushroom, tacos filled with fish, shrimp or smoked brisket and a variety of entrées and seafood selections. Labor Day weekend specials include The Willie’s Triple Play: $3 Frozen Ritas, $3 Frozen Jack & Cokes, $3 Draft Beers and The Willie’s $6 Yard: choose a frozen house margarita or frozen Jack & Coke presented in a yard-long glass.

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Choose from an assortment of handcrafted bánh mì at Yelo. Photo by Kimberly Park.

Yelo, 23119 Colonial Parkway: This hip Vietnamese and fusion sandwich and snack shop is offering a cool deal for the weekend. Pick up a picnic pack that includes a choice of any two bánh mì, two specialty cafe sua da or tea drinks and a snack sampler of Yelo curry fries or curry fish balls. It feeds two for $28, and can be upgraded for $14 per additional person (up to four people in total). Pick up orders Saturday, September 3 or Sunday, September 4 as Yelo is closed on Mondays.

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