I’ve been calling Dallas home for a little over two years now, and it surprises most people to discover that I enjoy living in Texas. I’ve made some great friends, I found a sweet job with an admired, rapidly growing restaurant group, and I’ve accomplished some big life goals (read: Sommelier certification!!!)
I realized once I moved here that I cannot live in another place that goes for months without sunshine. Dallas is still a city that feels familiar, yet foreign to me at the same time. It’s changed significantly in the two years we’ve been here; neighborhoods have gentrified at a record pace, cool bars and restaurants have opened up in just about every neighborhood, and buying our first home and expanding our family is on the horizon.
One of my favorite patios in town to soak up sunshine while downing a cold beer is at The Rustic in Uptown. It’s so Texas.
Living the restaurant life usually means weekdays off, and on a sunny day you can find their amazing patio full of picnic tables and not very many people. It’s a little slice of outdoor urban bliss. That, matched with a heavy draft list of local beer, an outdoor stage for concerts, and menu items like cactus fritters and calf fries, it’s difficult not to love this place.
The interior showcases warm woods, black leather seats, and an awesome American Flag design made out of beer cans.
It’s a fun place to sit around a fire pit and chat with friends, catch a live show, or celebrate happy hour. It’s one of my favorite spots in town, and I want to thank EventBrite for encouraging me to share a favorite place in the city I now call home.
Images courtesy of The Rustic and D Magazine (and my smart phone).