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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: $5 Burgers & Free Pizza

Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

National Burger Month @ Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers
Friday – Monday
3501 West Holcombe; 1335 Lake Woodlands

These homegrown burger shops will be celebrating National Hamburger Month with happy hour specials all day long during Memorial Day weekend. Take down $5 burgers, sip half-price beer and wine, and build your own ice cream cookie sandwiches.

Pop Up Happy Hour @ The Dunlavy
Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.
3422 Allen

Today marks the introduction of a new pop-up happy hour series from this chandelier-lit eatery, event space and glass treehouse on the bayou. Sip a glass of rosé on the patio or enjoy a craft cocktail while looking over Buffalo Bayou Park and Lost Lake. Happy hours will be held on weekdays that The Dunlavy is not booked for private events, with the specials and dates released via social media a week in advance. Guests can stay in the know by following @dunlavyhouston #TheDunlavyHappiestHours and visting their website at thedunlavy.com.  

Pizza Box Art Show & Guerilla Pizza Pop UP @ Cutthroat Eastside
Sunday, 4 p.m.
1318 Telephone

As part of the barbershop Cutthroat’s one-year anniversary celebration, they’ll be championing all things pizza with a pizza box art show and guerilla pizza pop up, featuring Anthony Calleo of Pi Pizza. Local artists will have their boxes up for display and purchase and Calleo will be building an oven and making free pizzas for everyone. Deep Eddy Vodka is providing free drinks and Roy Mata is on 1's and 2's to keep your toes tapping.

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“Fear and Loathing in Las Mongoose” 4th Anniversary Party @ Mongoose versus Cobra
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
1011 McGowen

Celebrate your favorite ivy-covered bar’s fourth birthday with local breweries and a flight of local goodness in the parking lot (2 to 7 p.m.). Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, 8th Wonder Brewery, Karbach Brewing Co., and Saint Arnold Brewing Company will be holding court outside, with two of their finest brews each. Sampling tickets will be sold inside ($20), to allow you to take a pour of each beer or mix and match as you see fit. Inside, the bar's usually epic beer wall will be even more epic, with carefully curated beers, aged, new and rare. Later that night, hit the annual Mongoose Prom (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.), this year with a Gonzo punch and a very Hunter S. Thompson theme. You can also expect food trucks, a vintage VW bus photo booth and plenty of other fun. The all-day event is free and open to the public.

Memorial Day Lunch @ Saint Arnold Brewery
Monday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2000 Lyons

Is there a better way to spend an extra day off than at Houston’s oldest brewery? We think not. The $20 reservations can be made online and will get you a lunch buffet – featuring roasted chicken, chopped brisket, brats, sides and dessert – plus beer until 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., a limited à la carte food menu will be served.  

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