Eight Dallas Restaurants with Great Patios and Great Food: It's Rarer Than You Think
Well, fellow Texans, we've breezed past that lovely time of year when it's cool enough to wear long sleeves with flip flops, yet we're not quite to the miserable heat of summer in Texas. Right about now is when you want to get outside on a nice patio -- read: not on a curb or practically in the street -- with some delicious food (not a mediocre bar burger) before two-showers-a-day season starts.
Mesa's impressive patio
And remember: if you don't take a patio selfie, it never happened.
The best-kept secret on Jefferson is no longer a secret. Because Beyonce. And a certain redheaded celebrity. If you can still find a spot on Mesa's unique back patio constructed of reclaimed cedar planks, I strongly recommend you enjoy a horchata cocktail and the best mole in town (there, I said it). And the real best-kept secret about Mesa? It's the brunch. You're welcome.
HG Sply Co.
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We don't have beaches or mountains around these parts, but we do have that beautiful Texas sky with sunsets that can take your breath away, and a rooftop with a view of downtown surrounded by big, fluffy clouds is nothing to sneeze at. The sizeable rooftop patio at HG SPLY on Greenville Avenue is perfect for a drink while people-watching and dining on what crossfitters consider diet food. The rest of us just want to try something called The Burgerstack.
Sit outside with an avocado margarita and some guacamole...
It's not Tex-Mex, but if you're into that you'll certainly find a lot to like at Meso Maya's downtown location near the Perot Museum. Bustling at both lunch and dinner, Chef Nico Sanchez delivers Mexican and Mayan recipes that are familiar, yet unique. Strung with lights and surrounded by towering brick walls and rod iron balconies, the interior courtyard at Meso Maya feels like an escape from the city, even if it's just your lunch break.
Don't you just love how the sun hits those beers?
Get your gastropub on at Meddlesome Moth for brunch, lunch, dinner or late night eats. The patio at The Moth is a little oasis off Oak Lawn in the Design District, and if the cement walls don't make you forget about the traffic outside, perhaps a few of the 40 draught beers or 85 beers by the bottle will do the trick. Personally, I'm a fan of the burger, which chef Synatschk surrounds with inventive menu items that change with the seasons.
Oak's patio: climate controlled when necessary.
Across the street from The Moth is Oak, where Chef Richard Gras is turning out inventive, modern and seriously beautiful dishes befitting of Dallas' Design District. The side patio space was an addition to the original restaurant footprint, and it features one important thing: a bit of air conditioning. That, some intriguing cocktails and a deliciously classy happy hour makes Oak's outdoor space perfect for this list.