Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Labor Day Weekend

6.5 hours left until it’s officially Labor Day Weekend. Thank you, Matthew Maguire or Peter McGuire for proposing this holiday. I love you guys more than dark chocolate-covered pretzels, more than deep fried funnel cake fries, and more than hot soy milk in the mornings.

Friday

Consider this your last chance to dine out for KRLD’s Restaurant Week. Sixty restaurants are sticking to their prix fixe menus up until September 2. Look here to see which restaurants are still participating.

Today is the first day that Cedars Food Park is starting service on Fridays (6-10 p.m.). The Belgian Waffle Company, Ruthie’s, Slush Works, etc. will all be there for Alfresco Friday. Franconia is providing the beer, and The Sicklies are pounding out some mountain music.

Saturday

I swear I had a dream about The Loft Restaurant & Lounge at NYLO Plano last night, even though I’ve never been there. Maybe it’s because I was unconsciously reminding myself that the new weekend brunch starts this Saturday, and the menu is offering everything from migas to chicken and waffles. My brain likes to work overtime.

Dallas has a community of Ethiopians 35,000 people strong, and for the first time ever, we’re celebrating this with a Taste of Ethiopia. Start by participating in the coffee ceremony, then taste some food samples from Ethiopian restaurants like Ghion, Ibex, and Lalibela.  The festival lasts for two days (Sept 1 and 2, 11 a.m. to midnight) at the Plano Centre.

Sunday

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is hosting a Labor of Love party at 2823 St. Louis Street because the beer boys are proud of the work they’ve accomplished this year. And, no crap, these guys probably deserve more than anyone else with all the cool beers they’ve been brewing. For 15 bucks, get a souvenir glass, complimentary samples, and the opportunity to hear the Boys Named Sue play some tunes.