Just because everybody wants his or her favorite dishes for Labor Day doesn't mean you have to cook them. In fact, if Galileo's Roberto Donna is grilling sausages and pork shoulder, why would you? Here are some places that make standbys into standouts: You could carry out and assemble the perfect party (shutting up that show-off neighbor with his $4,000 grill) or just dine out and take all the labor out of the day.
BOURBON -- 2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-625-7770. Old Crow bourbon-baked beans with molasses, dark brown sugar and barbecue sauce, $4.
GALILEO -- 1120 21st St. NW; 202-293-7191. Rosemary- and garlic-marinated pork shoulder on ciabatta, $5.
GEORGIA BROWN'S -- 950 15th St. NW; 202-393-4499. Crab cole slaw with napa cabbage, watercress, onions, Creole remoulade, crab meat and crab roe, $2.50.
INTERNATIONAL BAR -- 10 Thomas Cir. NW in the Washington Plaza Hotel; 202-842-1300. Half-pound Black Angus burger with foie gras, chanterelles, caramelized onions and Gruyere, $16.
POTOMACK LANDING -- 1 Marina Dr., Alexandria; 703-548-0001. Seafood succotash with lobster, shrimp, bay scallops, lima beans, corn, bell peppers and roasted fingerling potatoes, $15 lunch, $20 dinner.
SIGNATURES -- 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-628-5900. Barbecued Kobe beef short rib, grilled and braised in red wine, $8.95.
VIDALIA -- 1990 M St. NW; 202-659-1990. Macaroni and goat cheese with black truffles, $6.
-- Eve Zibart