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Whether we like it or not, summer is here, y’all. And although the temperatures haven’t been too wild just yet, it’s just a matter of time before the hottest time of the year is here.

After months of being stuck indoors due to the pandemic, it’s clear that pretty much everyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is itching to get outside and hang out with friends, share some snacks, and soak up the sun. And considering the year we’ve just had, you could damn near call heading out to your favorite patio for a cocktail and catching up therapeutic.

Without further ado, dive into Eater’s ultimate guide to summer dining in Dallas. Here, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about where to find the best frozen cocktails, chilly treats to cool down with, and of course, excellent patios for catching a few rays. We’ve also included a few options for food-focused road trips, including game-meat burgers worth the drive an hour away in Canton and super-funky slushy beers at Sherman’s 903 Brewing.

Go forth, and get ready to have the most delicious summer of your life.