Where to eat if you're going out on Labor Day

Tell your family to go jump in a lake. The view from 6Smtih is nicer than the cabin anyway.

Tell your family to go jump in a lake. The view from 6Smtih is nicer than the cabin anyway.

It's the one day acknowledging your otherwise annual toil — an entire Monday devoted to R&R. Today, let someone else do the work, but if you do, don't forget to try not to be a jerk. You might be enjoying the good life, but as always, behind every repose, there's an entire structure of reinforcements to make it comfy. Happy Labor Day weekend, and happy day to the restaurant workers of America. May you enjoy an extra shift beverage this evening (and enjoy copious gratuities so that you, in turn, may tip your bartenders). See how this works?

Fogo de Chao likes to commemorate holidays, and they like to commemorate them with meat, and they invite you to do the same. And since this will be the kids' last big hurrah before the iron curtain of the school season drops before them for the next nine months, why not get them some free meats? From Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, Fogo is offering a free lunch or dinner for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult full-priced churrasco lunch, dinner, Market Table, or entrée*. And, they're open on Labor Day. 

On Monday, Marin Restaurant & Bar is rolling out the merriment onto their patio, for a special Labor Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There, enjoy $10 bottomless mimosas, turntable stylings by DJ Sheik, and a full brunch menu including lobster baked eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes, coconut porridge, and much more. 

Monello in the Ivy hotel will be open for all three services — breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for fine dining feasting on crudo, handmade pastas, a lunchtime pocrhetta sandwich, and sourdough pancakes at breakfast. 

Both Masu locations are open on Labor Day, the MOA location 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and in Northeast from 11 a.m. to midnight, if you've got your fill of BBQ and the clean simplicity of raw fish and Japanese noodles sounds just right. 

There's really no other way to do Labor Day than on water, so if you haven't landed that jaw-dropping lakefront property yet, make like you have at 6Smith. They've got the only rooftop patio overlooking Lake Minnetonka, you can putter over on your yacht if you've got it like that, and perhaps most importantly, the house-cured bacon with a shot of bourbon is a fine way to flip autumn the bird. It ain't over 'til it's over. 

Get a load of the new, New Orleans-influenced menu at Coup d'Etat by chef Tommy Begnaud. Crab with romesco, a ramen-style gumbo with shrimp and andoullie, and chicken with dirty rice have edged out the heavy Italian influence the place was formerly known for. Open 4 p.m. to close on Labor Day.