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The glorious outdoor area at Chicken Scratch/The Foundry.
The glorious outdoor area at Chicken Scratch/The Foundry.
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13 Patios to Enjoy Before it Gets Hotter Than Hell

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The glorious outdoor area at Chicken Scratch/The Foundry.
| Photo: Sara Kerens/EDFW

The bizarre late cold spells are finally over, and gorgeous sunny weather is here — but this being Texas, it won't be long before it's unpleasantly sweltering. With that in mind, here's a map of 13 of the city's hottest patios where you should be drinking and dining right now, from trendy see-and-be-scenes to laid-back picnic tables.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Belly & Trumpet

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3407 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 855-5551
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This patio (really more of a porch) overlooks always-buzzing McKinney Avenue and is a lovely little spot from which to sip wine and enjoy fancy small plates.

2. Cane Rosso White Rock

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7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
The patio at this Neapolitan pizza sensation's new location is even bigger and better than the OG Deep Ellum spot. A pitcher of sangria is a must. [Photo: Cane Rosso/Facebook]

3. Chicken Scratch/The Foundry

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2303 Pittman St, Dallas, TX 75208
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 749-1112
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Arguably the finest contribution to the Dallas patio scene in the past couple years, the outdoor area shared by The Foundry and Chicken Scratch is really more of a compound, complete with a stage, hopscotch, and a mini garden.

4. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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1154 Peavy Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 324-3335
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Clearly we can't have a list of hot patios without Goodfriend. This East Dallas burger and beer destination has been packing the house since it opened. It can be difficult to snag a patio table on the weekend, but your patience will be rewarded with a laid-back atmosphere (and a damn good burger).

5. Katy Trail Ice House

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3136 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 468-0600
If you're in search of a more, er, raucuous patio experience, look no further than Katy Trail Ice House, which at times can feel like a more mature frat party. Bonus: Given its location, no one will bat an eye at your yoga pants.

6. Meso Maya/La Ventana

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3115 McKinney
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 484-6555
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Meso Maya and its companion taco joint share a big, gorgeous courtyard that makes a fantastic setting for a quick, casual lunch or a date night.

7. Outpost American Tavern

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1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 946-1308
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The patio at Outpost is big, rustic, and beautiful, with both picnic-style benches and umbrella-covered tables and a pleasantly peaceful O.C. atmosphere. Bonus: Dog-friendly

8. Saint Ann

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2501 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 782-9807
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The patio at Saint Ann has a tendency to get packed with the city's beautiful people, at which point it feels like a ritzy garden party with plenty of booze. [Photo: Saint Ann/Facebook]

9. Stackhouse Burgers

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2917 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 828-1330
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Fantastic skyline views (and towering, juicy burgers) await at this burger joint on the outskirts of Deep Ellum. Grab a bucket o' beers and enjoy an evening under the stars. [Photo: Stackhouse/Facebook]

10. Taco Diner

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3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 521-3669
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The patio at Taco Diner is almost always packed -- a perfect locale from which to spy on all the beautiful people dropping cash in the West Village (and see who's driving all those stupid-expensive cars in the valet lot). [Photo: Taco Diner West Village/Facebook]

11. The Greek

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1723 Routh
Dallas, TX 75201
The restaurants in One Arts Plaza have seen their fare share of turnover, but it seems that the current tenants are here to stay. Soak up the Arts District culture before (or after) a show at one of The Greek's patio tables inside the plaza.

12. The Lot

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7530 E Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 321-1990
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The Lot's patio is massive, with plenty of entertainment for adults (beer and cocktails!) and kids alike (a spacious play area).

13. Woodshed Smokehouse

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3201 Riverfront Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 740-8835
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Tim Love's ode to smoked everything has amazing views of the Trinity and trails and plenty of picnic benches; best get out there and soak up some rays before the weather turns ungodly hot. [Photo: Woodshed Smokehouse]

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1. Belly & Trumpet

3407 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
This patio (really more of a porch) overlooks always-buzzing McKinney Avenue and is a lovely little spot from which to sip wine and enjoy fancy small plates.
3407 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Cane Rosso White Rock

7328 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
The patio at this Neapolitan pizza sensation's new location is even bigger and better than the OG Deep Ellum spot. A pitcher of sangria is a must. [Photo: Cane Rosso/Facebook]
7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

3. Chicken Scratch/The Foundry

2303 Pittman St, Dallas, TX 75208, Dallas, TX 75208
Arguably the finest contribution to the Dallas patio scene in the past couple years, the outdoor area shared by The Foundry and Chicken Scratch is really more of a compound, complete with a stage, hopscotch, and a mini garden.
2303 Pittman St, Dallas, TX 75208
Dallas, TX 75208

4. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Rd., Dallas, TX 75218
Clearly we can't have a list of hot patios without Goodfriend. This East Dallas burger and beer destination has been packing the house since it opened. It can be difficult to snag a patio table on the weekend, but your patience will be rewarded with a laid-back atmosphere (and a damn good burger).
1154 Peavy Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218

5. Katy Trail Ice House

3136 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
If you're in search of a more, er, raucuous patio experience, look no further than Katy Trail Ice House, which at times can feel like a more mature frat party. Bonus: Given its location, no one will bat an eye at your yoga pants.
3136 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201

6. Meso Maya/La Ventana

3115 McKinney, Dallas, TX 75201
Meso Maya and its companion taco joint share a big, gorgeous courtyard that makes a fantastic setting for a quick, casual lunch or a date night.
3115 McKinney
Dallas, TX 75201

7. Outpost American Tavern

1115 North Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75203
The patio at Outpost is big, rustic, and beautiful, with both picnic-style benches and umbrella-covered tables and a pleasantly peaceful O.C. atmosphere. Bonus: Dog-friendly
1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203

8. Saint Ann

2501 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
The patio at Saint Ann has a tendency to get packed with the city's beautiful people, at which point it feels like a ritzy garden party with plenty of booze. [Photo: Saint Ann/Facebook]
2501 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Stackhouse Burgers

2917 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
Fantastic skyline views (and towering, juicy burgers) await at this burger joint on the outskirts of Deep Ellum. Grab a bucket o' beers and enjoy an evening under the stars. [Photo: Stackhouse/Facebook]
2917 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Taco Diner

3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
The patio at Taco Diner is almost always packed -- a perfect locale from which to spy on all the beautiful people dropping cash in the West Village (and see who's driving all those stupid-expensive cars in the valet lot). [Photo: Taco Diner West Village/Facebook]
3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

11. The Greek

1723 Routh, Dallas, TX 75201
The restaurants in One Arts Plaza have seen their fare share of turnover, but it seems that the current tenants are here to stay. Soak up the Arts District culture before (or after) a show at one of The Greek's patio tables inside the plaza.
1723 Routh
Dallas, TX 75201

12. The Lot

7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
The Lot's patio is massive, with plenty of entertainment for adults (beer and cocktails!) and kids alike (a spacious play area).
7530 E Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

13. Woodshed Smokehouse

3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Tim Love's ode to smoked everything has amazing views of the Trinity and trails and plenty of picnic benches; best get out there and soak up some rays before the weather turns ungodly hot. [Photo: Woodshed Smokehouse]
3201 Riverfront Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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