Food & Drink

Dallas' 8 Essential Patio Drinks (and Where to Drink Them)

Published On 04/23/2015 Published On 04/23/2015
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Manny’s Uptown
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The Rustic
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1. Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurant 3521 Oak Grove Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Located in an old house on the corner of Lemmon and Oak Grove sits Manny’s Uptown. Manny’s is known for its fajitas, brisket tacos, and spicy pica-pica sauce, but mostly for its swirl margaritas. Be sure to have plenty of tacos in your belly before you attempt to drink more than one.

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2. Knife Modern Steak 5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

From James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar, Knife Modern Steakhouse is a sleek, elegant update on the classic steakhouse. Dedicated to using only the highest-quality ingredients with local Texas roots, Knife sources its meat from the nearby 44 Farms in Carmen, Texas. Classic cuts like a bone-in rib eye or filet mignon are what you can expect to see on the restaurant's "Old School" menu, and more adventurous selections, like Waygu, Akaushi and Tri-Tip steaks, wood-fired over an open flame, are decidedly "New School."

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3. The Rustic 3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Pat Green's Uptown live music spot cum restaurant and bar, The Rustic, is all set to serve you some locally sourced food and drink while you listen to some awesome locally sourced tunes in Pat's Backyard.

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4. Si Tapas & Spanish Cuisine 2207 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

From Cafe Madrid's co-founder, this spot has "I'm so relaxed, I might never return from lunch" Iberian earth tones.

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5. The Grapevine Bar 3902 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

The Grapevine is a quintessential dive bar filled with mismatched furniture and good times. Take a seat on the rooftop patio and order a frozen Bellini (be warned: they're made with Everclear here). Also be warned... all-day happy hour on Sundays will lead to way much fun playing basketball on a Bellini buzz, and then probably some regrets.