Although some restaurants close on July Fourth, it's more or less business as usual at most of them.
There are places, such as Einsten Bros. Bagels, that do something special (in this case, offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal from its Flavors Across America menu, featuring bagles inspired by cuisines of the Southwest, Midwest and South).
But then there are a few that let their creative flag fly, and that flag waves red, white and blue in food and drink. Mostly drink, but there is an instance of food that's red, white and blue, and it's also an American classic.
What we've found so far:
Blue Mesa Grill
The southwestern-inspired restaurant will offer a red, white and blue frozen margarita, made with strawberry puree and blue Curacao, through July 7, and it's a pretty good deal: a 14-ounce drink for four bucks. Also, during July, all proceeds from sales of the "Good Karma" tableside guacamole will go to Operation Homefront, a Texas-based charity that provides short-term and critical financial assistance to military families in need.
Chef Point Cafe
The "gourmet restaurant in a gas station" will have a Bomb Pop margarita special June 29 through July 4. Yes, a margarita with all the colors (um, red, white and blue) of a Bomb Pop, garnished with ... a Bomb Pop. The restaurant will also be open for a special July 4 brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Independence Day.
Melt Ice Creams
The Magnolia Avenue shop is doing a red-white-and-blue ice-cream sandwich through the holiday: strawberry ice cream between two housemade blueberry cookies, partially dipped in white chocolate and topped with red-white-and-blue sprinkles. But they had us at "housemade blueberry cookies."
Mi Dia From Scratch
The Mexican/New Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant will offer a $5 American-flag frozen margarita all day (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) on July 4. It will feature a frozen sangria swirl topped with frozen blue Curacao and garnished with a miniature American flag.
The chain will offer a free funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar and topped with fresh strawberry slices, blueberries and whipped cream. All you have to do is say "free funnel cake" — and order an adult entree first. Begins at 11 a.m. July 4, dine-in only, while supplies last, one per guest.
Pinstack Bowl & Bite
From June 29 through July 8, the bowling/entertainment center will offer "The Berry American," a cocktail made with Cruzan Raspberry Rum, Sprite, strawberry puree and fresh strawberries and blueberries, and topped with UV Blue Vodka.
Another patriotic drink: Patriotic Punch, a red-white-and-blue concoction that starts with RA's Emperor's margarita (top shelf Patron Silver, Combier Liqueur d'Orange, lime juice, Japanese yuzu and agave nectar) and adds Curacao liqueur and strawberry puree. Available July 4 only; $6 for a glass, $22 for a punch bowl. Both come with American flags.