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What’s the food and drink of choice for Labor Day?

Barbecuing wins most popular plan in Budweiser’s “Labor Day USA” survey about the most popular drink and food choices among Americans ages 21 and older for Labor Day weekend.
Barbecuing wins most popular plan in Budweiser’s “Labor Day USA” survey about the most popular drink and food choices among Americans ages 21 and older for Labor Day weekend. Courtesy photo

You might have one more day at the office in between you and a labor-free Labor Day weekend, but hopefully you’re getting ready to crack some brews, fire up the grill and chill out with your buddies.

To amuse ourselves as we wait for the clock to strike 5 p.m. Friday, here’s a look at some findings from Budweiser’s Labor Day USA survey.

A news release about the survey sarcastically describes itself as “a new national study that dares to ask the toughest questions about America’s most flag-waving, beer-drinking, and charcoal-grilling end-of-summer holiday.”

For a moment of seriousness about its methodology, Budweiser says Learndipity Data Insights conducted the online survey Aug. 1-12 with 2,000 Americans ages 21 and older. The survey asked respondents about their eating, drinking and leisure plans for Labor Day this year.

Here’s a look at the predictable, but nonetheless amusing, findings, each in order of popularity:

Top five side dishes for Labor Day

1. Potato salad

2. Potato chips

3. Corn on the cob

4. Watermelon

5. Baked beans

Top eight hamburger toppings

1. Cheese

2. Lettuce

3. Tomatoes

4. Onions

5. Pickles

6. Bacon

7. Avocado

8. Mushrooms

Top three hamburger cheeses

1. American

2. Cheddar

3. Swiss

Hamburgers topple hot dogs for barbecue foods

1. Hamburgers

2. Hot dogs

3. Barbecue chicken

4. Steak

5. Ribs

Domestic beers take the win

1. Domestic beer

2. Mixed drinks

3. Imported beer

3. Margaritas

4. Red wine

Barbecues prove most popular Labor Day activity

1. Barbecue with family and friends

2. Watch a movie

3. Enjoy quiet time

4. Outdoor activities

5. Attend a party

6. Chores

7. Shopping

8. Traveling or road trip

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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