Halleluiah, the summer heat is over in Dallas and it’s high time to step back out into the fresh air. But don’t think you have to step back indoors to enjoy a fine meal. Check out some of these excellent patio dining spots in the Dallas area.
Katy Trail Ice House
On the Katy Trail, haven to runners, walkers, and cyclists from Downtown to North Dallas, is the Ice House, an Uptown hotspot whose back deck offers beautiful year-round views of the trail and its tree-lined splendor. With a massive selection of beers on tap (they have more than 50 taps) and a huge outdoor seating area, the Ice House is tailor-made for good times, groups, and a relaxed party vibe. It’s also dog-friendly and, by the way, has dynamite food.
Belly & Trumpet
On McKinney Avenue, one block from West Village, this wraparound patio restaurant is always a good time. Less a party space than the Ice House, B&T is finely suited to a great glass of wine to go with delicious, sharable small plates that always seem just right.
Boxwood Tap + Grill
The Boxwood, on Thomas Avenue, took over the old TABC space and kept the latter’s famous and beloved patio. And that’s a yay if ever there was. The tree is still in the middle of the patio, the selection of craft beers on tap is still great (if limited to 10) and the food is still excellent.
Cane Rosso White Rock
Dallas may not be the world’s first choice for Pizza shops, but where it’s good it’s really good, and at Cane Rosso’s second location, in White Rock, it’s really good with a great outdoor vibe. Family-friendly, comfortable, and spacious, the patio features an awesome fire-and-water display amid the arbors of White Rock. It’s also a great spot for unique and tasty wine cocktails.
Extra points if you can pronounce the name, this little French sidewalk spot has the rare (for Dallas) street-patio eatery feel of Western Europe. Located in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood, Le Bilboquet reprises the roast chicken and other dishes from the original Le Bilboquet in New York, with real French owners making sure the food and wine are as authentic as you can get.