Backyard Barbecue Essentials

Food on a picnic table


Grilling season is upon us! As summer approaches and vacations begin, so does the peak time for entertaining outside.


Whether you’re enjoying a casual get together with family or an extraordinary backyard soiree, here are a few must-haves for hosting an amazing barbecue.


1_west elm table

Portside Expandable Dining Table + Chair Set | $2,673


2_ws grill

Caliber Thermashell Charcoal Grill | $2,475


3_room and board umbrella

Pacifica Square Patio Umbrella | $2,399


4_RH bocce

MVP Leather Bocce Ball Set | $415


5_yeti cooler

Yeti Tank 85 | $249.99


6_frontgate lanterns

Solano Lanterns | $229 to $329


7_pottery barn dispenser

Bleecker Bar Drink Dispenser | $149


8_cb2 tiki 2

Brass Tiki Torch | $49.95


9_home depot grill set

Mr. Bar-B-Q 18-Piece Grilling Set | $49.66


10_amazon eco ware

Eco-Friendly Compostable Palm Leaf and Wood Dinnerware Set | $47.99


11_crate and barrel lights

Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights | $44.95


12_slt garlic roaster

Cast-Iron Garlic Roaster | $24.95

10 Best Patios & Outdoor Spots in Dallas

Yesterday we told you about a new restaurant trend we’d spotted, highly specialized restaurants popping up all over D-FW. Well, it turns out CultureMap Dallas has spotted a trend of their own and it’s come just in time for spring and warmer weather. They published an article yesterday titled “The 10 best patios in Dallas to Drink and Dine outdoors.” Even though it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, this week was filled with the kind of gorgeous weather that’s perfect for taking advantage of spots just like these. Here’s the breakdown of their 10 favorite spots. Click here to see the full article.


Belly & Trumpet: Located on McKinney Ave. in Uptown, just a block from West Village, they have a wraparound patio and serve an assortment of small plates and wine. The environment is perfect for couples and “grown-ups” looking for a relaxing spot and great food.


Boxwood Tap + Grill: Located in the old TABC in State Thomas, the patio features a wall of green boxwood sprigs, a great drink selection, and plenty of picnic-style tables for mingling.


Canne Rosso White Rock: This family-freidnly spot near the lake offers fabulous pizza and a sprawling, spacious patio perfect for taking in the spring sun.


Le Bilboquet: With a patio described as a place to see-and-be-seen, this Knox-Henderson restaurant’s menu takes hints from it’s original New York location that has a hint of French elegance.


The Lot: Located near White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, The Lot is perfect for a cold beer after a day at either landmark. It even has a sandbox so parents can take a break to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere.


Mutts Cantina: If you have a dog or you live in the Uptown area, there’s no doubt you’ve seen Mutts. Studded with picnic tables, hot dogs, and cold beer, you can take in the outdoors while watching your favorite four-legged friend play with the neighborhood dogs.


Nora Restaurant and Bar: The brand new rooftop is the main attraction here. You’ll get a great view of Greenville Ave. and you can cool off under Miami-style shades or warm up on a cool night by the fire pit.


The Rustic: Picnic tables, fire pits, a grassy hill, and live music have made The Rustic a hot-spot for all ages in Uptown. It has a great stage for any day, because it opens to guests both outside and inside, and having Pat Green as a co-founder only helps make this place a great one for sunny Saturdays.


Truck Yard: Back on Greenville Ave., just around the corner from Nora, Truck Yard has become a hit largely because of it’s rotating food trucks, eclectic decor, and beer selection. It has a patio, picnic tables, and you can even grab a seat in a refurbished truck bed.


Savor: Savor has become a fixture of Klyde Warren Park with it’s glass walls and inviting ambiance. The patio is great for taking in the activities of the park and has a great view of downtown- and the tasty food doesn’t hurt.


Photo via Mutts Cantina