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Dining Al Fresco: Houston’s Top Patios

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Spring in Houston is a sacred time because everyone is embracing moments outside before the temperatures creep into the 90s. The best way to spend time outside, besides exercising of course, is enjoying a meal and cocktails al fresco. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots for you to savor this spring! 

The Armadillo Palace

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Kick back and relax on the spacious Armadillo Palace patio, and enjoy a selection of craft beers, savory bites (think Pork & Green Chile Empanadas, Fried Pork Skins, Guacamole, and Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters), and live music. The massive backyard space boasts an outdoor stage, communal dining tables, and plenty of decorative Texas memorabilia. 

Eight Row Flint

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Eight Row Flint is the perfect modern ice house, but where beer is replaced by over 200 whiskeys and the best frozen gin & tonics. The renovated gas station offers visitors with the ideal indoor/outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. All day happy hour happens on Wednesdays and includes $3 select beers and $6 Old Fashioned cocktails, Margaritas (rocks and frozen), and the Eight Row Mule! 

B&B Butchers

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A little unexpected for one of the city’s top steak houses to also be a patio destination, but they pulled it off. This juxtaposition is at the core of B&B Butchers, a place where all steak lovers are welcome and an urban space meets classic white tablecloth service. Thanks to their second-floor patio you can enjoy both a glass of wine and Wagyu Carpaccio, Steak à La Berg and a shellfish tower, just to name a few while taking in the Houston skyline.  

Backstreet Café

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Hugo Ortega’s homestyle American restaurant is the go-to for elegant outdoor dining. While there you may feel like you are in your own backyard, which is a fair description since the restaurant is a converted cottage in the heart of River Oaks. It has been a Houston dining tradition for 35 years and continues to reflect on Houston’s diversity with Southern, Cajun, Creole, Hispanic and Asian culinary influences.  


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Postino, the sensation that swept into Houston with $5 glasses of wine before 5 pm and an array of bruschetta boards and paninis, features a large patio ideally situated to enjoy the extensive list of wines and beers with friends and family. Mondays and Tuesdays after 8 pm, boards of bruschetta with a bottle of wine are just $20.  

Tiny Boxwoods

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Tiny Boxwoods patio is unlike any other. A little slice of greenery heaven as the patio flows into the Thompson & Hanson nursery, allowing you to escape the hustle & bustle of the city and while opening your imagination to your next life as a master gardener. This quaint oasis offers delectable white wine mojitos, grand cheeseboards, and self-indulgent French fries. You’ll leave feeling full and truly inspired.

Feature Image Courtesy of Goode Company Armadillo Palace 

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