It’s already September and the unofficial end of summer is almost here with the approach of Labor Day weekend. Since social gatherings are still banned in the city, several Austin restaurants are offering takeout and delivery holiday specials and meals for those backyard picnics and socially distanced park visits, from Salt & Time’s butcher burgers to Dai Due’s venison hot dogs to Easy Tiger’s apple pies to Le Cowboy’s lasagnas.
Labor Day weekend takes place from Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7. When ordering, be sure to tip well and wear a mask when picking up or accepting delivery orders.
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Dai Due: The Cherrywood butcher shop is offering a bunch of meats, breads, and pies to-go for the holiday weekend. This means wagyu burger patties, achiote-marinated half-chickens, venison hot dogs, and buttermilk pies. Place preorders over the phone at (512) 524-0688 from noon to 8 p.m. for pickups on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The patio is reopening for dine-in services on Wednesday, September 2. (2406 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
Easy Tiger: The beer garden and bakery is offering several items for Labor Day weekend shindigs, from sausage grill packs; a grazing box with cheese, cured meats, and jams; a giant 20-inch pretzel with beer cheese, to apple and lemon chess pies. Preorders must be placed online, with curbside pickups and deliveries available from Friday, September 4 through Tuesday, September 9. The Linc location has reopened its beer garden for dine-in services. (6406 North I-35 Frontage Road, Linc)
El Camaron: The taco delivery service is focusing on ready-to-be-grilled meal packages for Labor Day weekend, the achiote pear-glazed chicken and the al pastor (with a miniature pastor spit). Additional items include achiote shrimp and corn. Orders must be placed online for weekend deliveries.
Kome, Uroko, and Sa-Ten: The Japanese restaurants are offering discounts for Labor Day weekend. Sushi spot Kome is offering ten percent discounts for its catering sushi trays from Friday to Monday, September 4 to 7 on orders placed online with the promotional code “toohot.” Casual hand roll spot Uroko will offer $10 off its group temaki sets for deliveries placed online for Monday, September 7. Casual Japanese cafe Sa-Ten is offering 15 percent off its family meal (chicken katsu, fried tofu, grilled vegetables, rice, etc.) for pickup orders placed online for Monday, September 7 made using the promotional code “laborday15.”
Launderette: The New American Holly restaurant is selling family-style picnic meals for the holiday weekend. There’s the fried chicken option or the barbecue pork ribs one. Then there are two optional pies, the blueberry and the chocolate cream pie. Orders have to be placed online for curbside pickups from Saturday to Sunday, September 5 through 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (2115 Holly Street, Holly)
Le Cowboy: The new Italian restaurant is offering take-and-bake lasagna for the holiday weekend, one bolognese, and the other Neapolitan. Preorders have to be placed online for pickups on Friday, September 4. The restaurant is open for patio dine-in service too. (2113 Manor Road, Blackland)
Parkside Projects: The restaurant group’s event branch 7co is offering a Labor Day picnic tote. There are two options available: the light Grazer with a cheese and charcuterie board, Easy Tiger beard, vegetables pickled, marinated or roasted, and chocolate-hazelnut budinos; and the heartier Al Fresco one with deviled eggs, lox, herb-roasted chicken breasts, and pecan tarts. There are beverage add-ons too, from lemonade to soda, to wine to beer. Orders must be placed online for timed pickups on Saturday, September 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. (1501 East Seventh Street, East Austin)
Salt & Time: The East Austin butcher shop is offering a whole bunch of at-home cooking/grilling meats for Labor Day weekend, from burgers to rib-eyes to beer can chickens, as well as sides, beers, and wines. Preorders have to be placed online through Friday, September 4 by 3 p.m. with pickups available on Saturday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (1912 East Seventh Street, Blackshear-Prospect Hill)
A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each blurb. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Update, September 3: This article, originally published on September 1, has been updated to include additional Labor Day weekend specials.