The long days and warm nights of summer provide limitless opportunities for fun and adventure, whether it's by the pool, in a park or on a tropical beach far, far away. To get you in the summer state of mind, here are 16 things to eat and drink that'll take your taste buds on a vacation of their very own.
Brisket at One90 Smoked Meats
At this Lake Highlands area spot for small-batch craft meats, there are many incredible choices ranging from salmon to duck. But start with the tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth brisket to truly appreciate the barbecue mastery. It's perfect for picnics.
10240 Northwest Hwy.; 214-346-3287
Milagro sangria at Mi Cocina
All of the many Metroplex locations of this Tex-Mex staple are offering this new tequila-infused sangria served in glassware designed exclusively for this seasonal drink. Adorned with paintings by Mexican artist Luis Sottil, the vessels are as vibrant as the red wine and fruit juices blended inside.
Daily cobbler at Woodshed Smokehouse
Every day at chef Tim Love's Fort Worth smokehouse restaurant you'll find a delectable cobbler with flavors including pineapple rosemary, cinnamon peach or apple rosé (pictured above), made with Love's newly debuted Love & Hope rosé, a collaboration with winemaker Austin Hope of Hope Family Wines.
3201 Riverfront Dr., Fort Worth; 817-877-4545
The Wild Flower at Bolsa
This gorgeous cocktail is featured on the summer drink menu at this Bishop Arts area New American favorite. It's made with VeeV açai spirit, crème de peche, local honey, lemon, grapefruit bitters and Texas bee pollen.
614 West Davis St.; 214-367-9367
Crab and avocado flatbread at Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit
In Preston Hollow Village, grab a seat on the patio at this New American import from Washington, DC. Build your own bites with crispy, cracker-thin flatbread, chunky avocado and lump crab meat. It's guacamole, only way better.
7859 Walnut Hill Ln.; 844-712-2369
Raspberry sour at Bowen House
Find a nook inside this historic Uptown home-turned-bar or find a spot on the front porch for a refreshing cocktail made with Pisco Porton, lemon, rhubarb bitters, egg white, raspberries and strawberries.
2614 Boll St.; 214-484-1385
Akaushi beef tartare deviled eggs at SĒR Steak + Spirits
Chef Kevin Spencer has turned beef tartare inside out at this steakhouse on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole. Many versions of this popular dish have a fresh egg on top, but he's taken Akaushi beef and egg yolk and layered it inside a boiled egg white for a new twist on two appetizer favorites in one dish.
2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.; 214-761-7470
The 9 Iron at Houndstooth Coffee
Arnold Palmers are always a popular summertime sipper, but this Austin-based coffee shop has a version for the coffee lover (pictured above right next to its popular coffee julep). For this interpretation, cold brew is enhanced with fresh lemonade sweetened with turbinado simple syrup.
1900 North Henderson Ave.; 972-863-9080
Vegetable summer roll at Paul Martin's American Grill
At this popular Turtle Creek restaurant, the fresh flavors of summer can be found in every bite of this light, healthy appetizer made with a variety of crunchy veggies, avocado, mint and sweet chile sauce on the side for dipping.
3848 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-521-0116
Verde Fresh at Bird Cafe
If ever there was a cocktail that crossed the line into healthy territory, it's this one at this Fort Worth gastropub. This tequila-based drink gets its vivid green color from a blend of spinach, kale, cilantro, parsley and cucumber. Enhanced with guava syrup, celery bitters, rosewater, smoky honey syrup, lemon juice and rhubarb tea, it's a garden in a glass. With a kick.
155 East 4th St., Fort Worth; 817-332-2473
Pizza cruffin at Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie
Chef-owner Andrea Meyer has added a savory cruffin to the summer menu at this West Village bakery. The croissant-muffin hybrid is stuffed with Luscher’s Italian Sausage, mozzarella, provolone and pepperoni then topped with quattro formaggi and served with a side of marinara.
3700 McKinney Ave.; 214-613-3570
Scottish Smash at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
At either the Dallas or Fort Worth locations of this high-end steakhouse, there's a whiskey drink that's wonderfully refreshing for summer. The Scottish Smash is made with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, fresh lemon sour, angostura bitters and orange marmalade.
R&D pizza at Taverna Rossa
This seasonal pizza at this popular joint for craft pies is bursting with flavor, both spicy and sweet thanks to a jalapeño/mango chutney base, house-pickled jalapeños, pineapple, 33 Herradura Tequila braised pulled pork, fontina and a tangy Texas slaw.
Tex-Mex chicken sandwich at CBD Provisions
At this Downtown American brasserie you'll find a fresh Tex-Mex take on the fried chicken sandwich. A crispy breast is layered with refried beans, avocado, spicy mayo and iceberg lettuce on a soft bakery-fresh bun.
1530 Main St.; 214-261-4500
Psycho Killer at Capitol Pub
At this Henderson Avenue pub, the summer cocktail menu is '80s themed. This one features cucumber-infused Fords gin, lime juice and a ginger beer topper. Best of all, every Thursday this drink and all specialty cocktails are $6 after 7 PM.
2401 North Henderson Ave.; 214-887-9330
Foie gras mousse at The Grape Restaurant
For a decadent start to a meal at this Lower Greenville staple, try the creamy foie gras mousse, served with fresh strawberries, shaved fennel, arugula, walnut vinaigrette and a charred baguette.
2808 Greenville Ave.; 214-828-1981
Mango popsicle at Steel City Pops
Few things are as summerlicious as an icy cold, tart-and-tangy popsicle. The mango pop at this chain of frozen treat shops is tropically inspired and utterly refreshing. The only ingredients are mango, lime, organic cane sugar and water.
Sausage on a stick at Blatt Beer & Table
Hot dogs and summer are a match made in heaven, but if you’re looking for a more gourmet take on the ubiquitous frank, head to Preston Hollow Village. At this Omaha import you’ll find housemate beer-braised bratwurst, smoked kielbasa and jalapeño polish sausage all on a stick, surrounded by potato salad, braised kraut and German rosemary mustard.
7859 Walnut Hill Ln #170; 469-372-2080