Slide Rock State Park has one of the best-kept secrets in Arizona
Long dreamed of by a local father & son, Anvil began its countdown to reality when both men were let go by their respective employers. They've decked the ex-Mehdi's with lacquered floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and brick space dividers, and serve up a mean Bloody Mary.
Hidden in the middle of the Highland Park Village, this Mediterranean-tiled, triple-barred retreat situated directly above Bistro 31 is comprised of a patio flanked by two small lounges, and offers noshes from parm-thyme popcorn, to lobster sliders w/ house-cured bacon, to Alverta President white sturgeon caviar that costs an early-1990s month's rent in The Village ($205). That's cool though, because you'll mainly be drinking Latin affairs like the rum/Cointreau/orange bitters Havana Sunset, and the spicy-salt-rimmed, tequila/blood-orange liqueur/agave Tulumtini.
Helmed by Chef/Owner Brian Luscher (of Luscher's Red Hots fame), The Grape was originally opened in 1972 and has served approachable, European influenced fare at affordable prices ever since. The menu changes monthly, though, so the Grape never feels stodgy or old-guard. The charming, bistro-like interior and homestyle fare (blueberry pancakes, shrimp and grits) make The Grape a great brunch option
Smoke, as you might have guessed, is a restaurant that takes its barbecue very seriously. Locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes are part of what has won Smoke the various awards it's garnered in the past, so why not stop by and see for yourself?
This Watauga restaurant offers a double order of spicy bloody Mary, your choice of a 16oz domestic beer, their famous “better than sex” chicken, a Nolan Ryan slider, waffle fries, and massive amounts of other garnishes for only $25. Yes, only. The amount of food and drink will more than satisfy your thirst quench and your belly which is perfect considering the drive back home.
Just across 75 from the SMU Campus lies the best place to drink outside in the Dallas heat at risk of a bad hair day or sweat-soaked shirt. The green, light-bulb-lined patio out back is first choice for the dinner crowd, who chow down on endless shared platter of chicken fingers, burgers, and tacos once the sun's retired for the day and things start to cool down. And it wouldn't be an outdoor outing without a round of icy margaritas and frosty domestic drafts, either.