On Independence Day, we get to celebrate a host of historical figures who wore funny little powdered wigs, incredibly debonair tricorne hats, and silk stockings slicker than the ice on the Delaware River on a particularly cold winter night in 1776—as well as other great Americans with hair noticeably less powdered like Cesar Chavez, Susan B Anthony, Harvey Milk, and Rosa Parks. It’s also a day for gorging yourself Boss Tweed–style on as much food as you can plunder from your family’s celebratory food spread as you whoop it up in honor of all things American: apple pie, pickup trucks, bald eagles, pizza pockets, F-16s, and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
H-Town is full of food specials this Fourth of July weekend, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites so you can spend your weekend celebrating instead of toiling away at the grill or in the kitchen over the scraps of what was supposed to be a pie. Read below for a melting pot of Houston’s best Independence Day food deals.
Monday brunch is usually unheard of, but at B.B. Lemon this Independence Day, they’ll be serving up their weekend brunch and cocktail menu with a side of DJ Mohawk Steve, who will be spinning tunes on the patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Or skip the last-minute grocery lines for more buns and burgers, and dine out at this Washington Corridor neighborhood favorite. Try their lobster roll and refreshing watermelon salad. If you’re going for dinner, you may catch a view of Downtown Houston’s fireworks from the parking lot.
Big Horn BBQ
If you want some ’cue on Independence Day but don’t consider yourself a pitmaster, try ordering some smoky fare from Big Horn BBQ, which will be offering its Big Horn BBQ Party Pack ahead of the holiday. Choose from six options, including Party Pack 2 ($139.99), which serves 8 to 10 people with four pounds of meat—turkey breast, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, jalapeño sausage, ham, pork ribs, or chicken—and five pints of finger-licking-good sides. If you snag yourself one, please make sure we’re on the invite list!
Cafe Louie, the East End’s delicious new neighborhood bistro, will be baking special Fourth of July personal pies in celebration of the nation’s birthday this year. The vanilla Bavarian cream pies, which come with local blueberries from Hersch Farms and are topped with seasonal flowers, are $8 each and will be available for pickup on Sunday, July 3, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preorders will be accepted for the pies leading up to that date.
If you haven’t made it to the grocery store for your day of freedom yet, there’s a solid chance all the good steaks were taken by your neighbors already. At Doris Metropolitan, you can come empty-handed and leave with a full belly, all while getting to grill your own steak. Simply walk in and hand-select a premium cut of meat to pop on their grills, and ask any of the chefs for grilling tips. If you get home and you still feel the itch to fire up the barbie, don’t forget to grab one of their to-go steaks, which are packaged raw for guests to cook at their leisure.
If there’s an American flag on your table, it might as well be made of alcohol. Hungry’s (both Memorial Drive and Rice Village locations) will have brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July Fourth and will have special red, white, and blue mimosa flights for $16. The color comes from mixing your champagne with strawberry, lemon, and blueberry flavors. Nothing says brunch like ordering a side of food with your mimosas: try the eggs Benedict with Canadian ham, or get it vegetarian-style with a black bean and beet patty.
La Calle Tacos & Tortas
Unlike most voting district maps, Mexican street food masters La Calle Tacos & Tortas are known for keeping things simple. For Independence Day this year, La Calle will be offering ice-cold frozen margaritas and piña coladas for $4.99 a pop from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s a special so good, you’ll want to write a letter about it to your congressperson.
If you plan on drinking all day, do it in style at Monkey’s Tail. Celebrate their third anniversary by leaving the cocktails up to the professionals and ordering an impressively made margarita or Bloody Mary. For their golden birthday (and July 4th), they’ll be staying open all day to make room for a dog fashion show and costume contest happening at noon. For the evening, you can look forward to a churro stand, playing Loteri, and the best part—mariachis!
Pizaro’s Pizza is kicking off Fourth of July weekend with a new pizza of the day so cheesy you’ll want to pledge allegiance to it. The Star Spangled Pizza features star-shaped mozzarella, chorizo, jalapeños, fresh ricotta stars, and Pop Rocks—a slightly unconventional choice, but fitting when you consider the American affinity for things that explode. The special pizza can be ordered in a variety of styles and sizes: $21 for Napoletana, $21 for small Detroit and $30 for large, or $30 for New York style.
The Original Ninfa’s
There’s a lot to drink to in America this year, or at least a lot going on that may drive you to drink, so why not ring in America’s biggest day through a Strawberry Tequila Spritz at the Original Ninfa’s? The bubbly brew is made from a mix of silver tequila, St. Germain, lime juice, strawberry liqueur, strawberry compote, and a splash of Topo Chico. The special drink is priced at $15 and will be available all holiday weekend.
Nothing says Independence Day quite like cobbler, and if you’re looking for one that will make you do a full-hand salute, look no further than Treebeards. The restaurant will be offering a peach and blueberry cobbler from now through the end of July at all locations. One piece will set you back $4, while a whole pan will set you back $30. Treebeards will also be offering apple pies with crumb toppings through the rest of the month, with whole pies priced at $24 each. Although all Treebeards locations will be closed on Monday, July 4, pies and cobblers can be ordered, with a 24-hour notice, in advance of the holiday.
Willie’s Grill & Icehouse
There are few things more American than mega-size portions, and you can find margaritas in that category at Willie’s Grill & Icehouse over Fourth of July weekend. The Yard-O-Rita, priced at $6 each, comes long, tall, and full of enough booze to help keep you coasting through the rest of the day. Willie’s is also offering margaritas to go by the half-gallon or the gallon, a perfect treat for any backyard celebration.