Bi-Polar Vortex: Survive Dallas' Hot-Cold Winter

By Farah Fleurima  |  February 10, 2014

This winter, Mother Nature is pulling some funky shenanigans on weather here in North Texas. One day it’s a lovely 73 degrees, and the next it’s a high of 37. Week after week, rinse and repeat. No doubt it’s been doing a number on everyone’s dining and social life - one night it’s drinks on a patio for happy hour, the next night it could be dinner by a bistro fireplace. Well, fret no more. Here are six spots that can accommodate you, no matter the weather.

  • Warm and Cold Cocktails at The Standard Pour

    The McKinney Avenue’s hot bourbon apple cider beckons when it feels like winter has socked Dallas in the buns, but it also whips up a thoughtful selection of on-ice drinks including the popular Moscow mule for when the patio screens are rolled up.

    2900 McKinney Ave.; 214-935-1370

  • Warm and Cold Cocktails at Victor Tango’s

    And since you can’t have too many cocktail joints in your arsenal, keep the Henderson Avenue lounge in mind for warming drinks like the Cider House Rules and cooling beverages like the rhubarb and thyme-flavored Molly Ringwald.

    3001 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-252-8595

  • Fireplaces and Patios at 303 Bar and Grill

    The Oak Cliff hangout sports both an old-fashioned fireplace for chilly, Icepocalypse-level times, and an expansive, bustling patio for those intermittent balmy winter days.

    303 W. Davis St.; 214-942-3030

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    Rich Comfort Foods and Light, Healthy Foods at Battuto

    The North Dallas eatery boasts a menu of Italian favorites like stick-to-your-ribs pasta and pizza but also features salads like the insalata mista that goes nicely with the velvety cauliflower soup.

    18101 Preston Rd.; 972-930-0558

  • Cold Brews and Hot Coffee at Mudsmith

    When the temps are down, there’s nothing like a creamy cup of mocha, a heady latte or a cup of Four Barrel coffee to warm you up and put some pep in your step. If temps permit, however, you can't beat sitting on this Lower Greenville patio with a pint of ice-cold beer.

    2114 Greenville Ave.; 214-370-9535

  • Warm Desserts and Cold Desserts at Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen

    You can usually find both types of dessert on one plate, such as with the warm bread pudding topped with luscious ice cream at the Park Cities home cooking restaurant. That kind of sweet ending is perfect pretty much any time of year.

    6130 Luther Ln.; 214-890-1103