DART to Patio Dinning

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Patio season is in full swing, and some of the best ones in the area are “DARTable” – meaning they’re mere footsteps away from a transit stop. DART. Don your shades and sandals, and relax with some great food and beverage.

Whether you’re meeting friends after work or spending a Sunday afternoon chilling, here are some great al fresco options.

Ginger Man. This Uptown stalwart has more than 70 beers on tap and a great menu. But the best part is the patio, where a huge pecan tree creates a canopy over the picnic tables. It’s a great place to settle in for an afternoon. Located near the M-Line Trolley at 2718 Boll St.

Vetted Well. Not only does this recent arrival to the Cedars neighborhood have scratch-made food and 32 beers – it’s got a rooftop bar featuring one of the most stunning downtown views in the city. It’s a couple of blocks from Convention Center Station at 1005 S. Lamar St.

Ten Bells Tavern. Ten Bells is the perfect place to have a brew and hang out. There’s a great beer selection, way-better-than-it-has-to-be bar fare, and plenty of picnic tables in a backyard-style setting. Located near the Bishop Arts District stop of the Dallas Streetcar, at 232 W. Seventh St.

Italian Café. This family-friendly Irving favorite, famous for its homemade sandwiches, pasta and seafood, has a terrific patio It’s only a short walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station on the Orange Line, at 387 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 120.

Aparicio’s Restaurante Mexicano & Tequila Bar. Things are always hoppin’ here, with a great happy hour, a DJ on Friday nights, and weekend brunch. From reliable Mexican standbys to more adventurous entrees, the food here satisfies, and the patio is awesome, as well. It’s a short walk from Downtown Plano Station at 1001 18th St.

Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery. Garland’s excellent answer to the brewpub craze is within easy walking distance of Downtown Garland Station. Intrinsic has dozens of seasonally selected beers on tap, exposed brick walls, and a super-cool industrial-chic rooftop patio, as well. Located at 509 W. State St.

Discover other DARTable destinations at DART.org/DARTable.

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