Fall weather is great for patio dining in a pandemic
Fall is here! And a perfect place to enjoy it is on one of Frisco’s many gorgeous restaurant patios.
Many patrons enjoy the scenery of dining alfresco during typical times. And even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is less risk dining in the open air than an enclosed area as the spacing between diners and staff tends to be easier to achieve, and the airborne virus has a much greater chance to dissipate.
Restaurants and their workers have endured tough times. Residents have kept their spirits up during a time when the quarantine limited indoor options and the heat made patio dining less than enjoyable.
Now’s the time to release some COVID stress while soaking up the sun, cool breezes, and scrumptious fare. Here are some of Frisco’s best offerings to get back out there, support Frisco food workers, and safely enjoy delicious outdoor dining.
Best Patio Dining Spots in Frisco
Have you been here yet? Formerly Bonnie Ruth’s, this restaurant is one of our new favorites. The redesigned interior is beautiful, and the menu features delicious local fresh cuisine and hand-juiced cocktails from the craft bar. Ready for dessert? Select from scratch-baked goods from the in-house bakery such as the red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. Y-U-M! Best of all, the patio at J. Theodore provides a spectacular environment with the open-hearth fireplace, twinkling string lights, and beautiful oak tree providing just the right amount of shade. Pssst – ask your server about the secret speakeasy.
Brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner. Mash’D is posed to please for any time of day. A scratch kitchen centered on moonshine mixology is sure to pique diners’ curiosity. The staff and management here have quickly gained a reputation for going above and beyond to make sure guests leave happy and full. Their happy hour is from 3 – 6 on weekdays and has no limitation on drink choices, everything is half off. As for food to try, you can’t go wrong with the Chicken Fried Pepperoni, Avocado Bomb, Chicken & Biscuits, Mash’D Meatloaf, and Avocado “Toast” Pizza.
Have you ever gone food truck hunting and came up empty? Open every day except Monday, Frisco Rail Yard hosts a collection of delicious food trucks and musicians in an industrious, close-to-everything locale. The outdoor area here is likely the largest of any establishment mentioned in this article. There are games for the kids (plus they’ll spy trains passing by every now and then!), drinks for the adults, and a killer vibe when the string lights start twinkling come dusk.
The friendly bartenders are helpful in navigating the food trucks and events of the week. And speaking of events, the Frisco Rail Yard features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night – and a great dancefloor to show your stuff in the open air. It’s a great concept with even better execution.
A hidden gem in the heart of Frisco. It’s difficult to recommend a dish here because everyone loves everything. But here’s a few: Hummus, Saganaki (Greek cheese brought to a flame on your table – yes please), Aegean Stuffed Pepper, Lamb or Chicken Souvlaki, The Mana Mou, and of course Gyros. Platia is BYOB so bring your own beer or wine for a $2.95 fee and merrily drink on the patio.
A little bit Salvadorian, a little bit Tex-Mex – Gloria’s makes you feel like family as you munch on their ample dishes in a casual, yet chic setting. Owners Gloria and Jose Fuentes ensure both staff and patrons stay safe throughout this time and commit to Texas health guidelines. It’s hard not to salivate over their array of margaritas…to name a few: spicy mango, spicy pineapple, and the signature sangria/margarita swirl. Try the skirt steak fajitas, banana leaf-wrapped chicken tamales, and the pupusas appetizer.
The Star in Frisco Restaurants
There are so many great restaurants in The Star, and so many patios to sample! Some of our favorites include:
They boast the very best tri-tip on the planet and feedback confirms. The tri-tip is a triangle-shaped beef roast that comes from the lower part of the sirloin and is flavorful, tender, and juicy. But the juices don’t stop flowing there, even the BBQ Chicken is moist. Be sure to get the Roadhouse Onions on the side. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re touring The Star, but you can also find their food truck regularly out and about.
A uniquely upscale Tex-Mex restaurant featuring the famous ‘Mambo Taxi’ frozen margarita, a lively atmosphere, and innovative Tex-Mex menu items. Mi Cocina’s has two different patios, a smaller one on the West side of the restaurant, and a larger patio on the Southside that showcases large screen TVs, beautiful décor, and plenty of ‘cool’ people.
A great hangout for sports fans, families, and dates – City Works features a beautiful outdoor patio upstairs with lots of room to mix and mingle. There’s also plenty of gigantic HDTVs and a list of 90 plus local craft beers to accompany the tasty menu items.
Are you hungry yet? I know I’m ready to leave the office and sip on some bubbly while eating the best Frisco cuisine against the backdrop of a beautiful Texas evening. What are your favorites? Join us on Facebook and share #BestFriscoPatios
About the Judi Wright Team
Judi Wright/The Judi Wright Team is a real estate group specializing in the suburbs of Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas. Named the “Best Realtor in Dallas,” by D Magazine fourteen times and a Five Star Realtor with Texas Monthly nine times. Judi is also a Company-Wide Top Performer with Ebby Halliday, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.