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The Biggest Patio in Preston Hollow Will Open This Winter Serving Tex-Mex

Plus brunch all day in Plano, a new brewpub in the Cedars, and Lakewood Brewing gets a makeover in your AM dining intel

Two plates of Mexican food, with tacos and rice and beans, are pictured. On top of them the words “Coming Attractions” cascade down the image in white.
Tex-Mex is coming to Preston Hollow in the biggest way.
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

Jon Alexis, the owner of TJ’s Seafood Market, is bringing a Tex-Mex patio to Dallas. Okay, so it’s far from the first Tex-Mex place in the city but when the person behind one Dallas’s best seafood spots opens something new, everyone’s interest is immediately piqued.

Escondido Tex-Mex Patio is coming to Preston Royal in winter of 2022. According to a press release, it will have a resort-style indoor/outdoor bar on the largest patio in Preston Hollow, with seating for 75 and dramatic styling evocative of Mexican culture. It will also feature a to-go window, making pick-up orders swift and easy.

As for the menu, Alexis promises old school favorites. “We’re not re-writing the Tex-Mex playbook. This is the food I crave the most,” he said in a press release. “It’s all about the details: sizzling fajitas, warm chips that are thin but don’t crack, and fresh lime juice in the drinks.”

A drawing of a coming Tex-Mex restaurant with a white second floor building exterior and orange curtains around the first floor patio.
A rendering of the future facade of Escondido Tex-Mex Patio.
Escondido Tex-Mex Patio

Autonomous Society Brewpub will open its doors in the Cedars on Saturday, August 13 starting at 11 a.m. Brewmaster and owner Dean Weaver is serving up several housebrewed beers from his “Deanitude” brand, which a spokesperson tells Eater Dallas includes “a wide variety of styles, from blonde ales, to pilsners, IPAs, ambers and stouts.”

“I want this to be a staple for the locals to call home, as well as being a destination spot for those that live in the surrounding areas,” Weaver said in a press release.

Autonomous Society will seat 10 at the bar, and offer window bars and tables plus an outdoor patio area and board games and dominos for patrons. And, as you can see below, plenty of places to watch the game with your sips.

Coming soon to the menu: pizzas, paninis and pretzel bites.

A bar interior with dark wood chairs and finishes and light brown tabletops, bar tops, and floors. An exposed brick wall with mounted TVs sit in the back of the room.
A peek inside Autonomous Society Brewpub in the Cedars.
Joey Stewart

Brunch Club pops up at Legacy Hall: satisfy your brunch cravings with Southern comfort food including some mouth-watering dishes. Especially intriguing are the Crab Cake Benedict made from lump crab cakes, poached eggs, creole hollandaise, and spinach served with gouda grits or country potatoes. But who isn’t down to also order up a plate of buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs, shrimp and grits (especially if they’re those gouda grits), beignets, or fried green tomatoes?

It serves brunch all day long until closing time, except Sundays when its open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, according to a press release. The concept is headed up by Dock Local’s Chef Brett Curtis.

A pink neon sign on a concrete post reads: “Brunch Club!” with an image of a stack of pancakes under it. In multi-colored neon, it also says, “Elevated brunch and bites. Now open, third floor.”
Brunch Club is open at Legacy Hall.
Brunch Club

For its 10th anniversary, Lakewood Brewing makes an addition: a kitchen. This neighborhood brewery has expanded with new indoor and outdoor event spaces as well.

The team incorporated their brewery’s flavors into the new menu items. According to a press release, that includes “jalapeno queso made with Lakewood Lager, the Bavarian Pretzel served with Tangerine Queen pub cheese and Temptress mustard, flavors of the smoked brisket brought out with Lakewood Lager barbecue sauce and beer pickles, and Prosciutto flatbread topped with a Temptress reduction.”

The former outdoor beer-garden is now a play area — and has the much-welcomed addition of shade-creating features — for kids and adults to hang out in with Jenga, foosball, cornhole, dart boards, and firepits.

If that weren’t enough, there is also a new speakeasy-esque space they’re calling the Lakewood Loft. It’s for private events and overlooks the tanks. The entire interior has been refreshed with new booths, tables, and additional seating, and new murals are all over the place. Time to go back if you haven’t visited in awhile.

Nine people hold up a green ribbon at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Behind them, a mural reads: “Lakewood Brewing.”
The ribbon cutting on the new Lakewood Brewing.
Lakewood Brewing

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