Downtown Patio Dine-Arounds

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Thanks to cooling misters and breezy fans, these Old Town restaurant patios are perfect for an evening dine-around any time of year.

 


APPETIZERS


Brat Haüs

Max. Patio Capacity: 200
Brat Haüs’ roomy patio is the perfect backdrop for spicy Southwestern Poutine, Chicharron Nachos, and giant soft pretzels, served piping hot with beer cheese fondue.


Barrio Queen

Max Patio Capacity: 30
The Queen’s signature tableside guacamole and Barrio Papas (seasoned fries with pork green chili, fresh corn and cotija cheese) are the can’t-miss apps here.


Famous 48

Max Patio Capacity: 20
Favorites at Famous 48 include the Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs, Fried Pickles with aioli dipping sauce, and Short Rib Sliders slathered in caramelized onions and topped with jalapeños and provolone.

 

Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers

Max Patio Capacity: 65
Two words: Tot Chos. Yes, tater-tots get a tasty upgrade here. Choose from Original, with beef chili and roasted pepper cheese sauce, or Buffalo Chicken with bleu cheese crumbles and ranch.

 


Main Course


Craft 64

Max Patio Capacity: 40
You can’t go wrong with Craft 64’s stellar menu of 36 local craft beers, fine wines and wood-fired pizzas. Try the Aji pizza (three cheese, fennel sausage, onions and jalapeño sauce) paired with the house-brewed Crafty Blonde ale.

 

The House Brasserie

Max Patio Capacity: 110
Set in a historic downtown home with a spacious, tree-lined patio, The House offers a rotating menu of contemporary classic specialties like Citrus-Brined Jidori Chicken and Creekstone Filet with shishito peppers.

 

Old Town Tortilla Factory

Max Patio Capacity: 200
Dine in the shade of 100-year-old pecan trees at this downtown landmark. Favorite dishes here include the Red Chile Pork Chop and Margarita Chicken.

 

Marcellino Ristorante

Max Patio Capacity: 38
Seasonal ingredients and handmade pastas are the foundation of favorites like the Gnocchi Sorrentina in creamy gorgonzola sauce and Scialatielli alle Vongole with Manila clams and garlic.

 


Sweet Endings


The Mission

Max Patio Capacity: 55
The star of The Mission’s small-but-mighty dessert menu is the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with rich-and-creamy Scotch sauce, crunchy pepitas and tangy pomegranate seeds.
 

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Max Patio Capacity: 100
Under the heading “go big or go home” is ZuZu’s Show Stopper Shake. Part milkshake, part artwork, and 100 percent deliciously decadent, this Insta-worthy dessert is a local legend. #zuzushowstoppershake

 

Farm & Craft

Max Patio Capacity: 45
Put a healthy spin on dessert with Farm & Craft’s Matcha Cheesecake (dairy-free, green tea cheesecake with clementine marmalade) and Chocolate Chia Tiramisu topped with sweetened mascarpone, strawberries and Nutella.


Sugar Bowl

Max Indoor Capacity: 40
Although they don’t have a patio, we’d be remiss not to include the Sugar Bowl, an Old Town favorite for nearly 60 years. Specialty sweets include the Dusty Road Sundae and Gosh-Awful-Gooey Banana Split.
 


Late-Night Sips & Bites


Second Story Liquor Bar

Max Patio Capacity 15
Best for small groups, Second Story is an intimate, upscale lounge with an ever-changing menu of creative cocktails. Small bites and infinitely memorable cocktails are available until 1 a.m. on weekends.

 

Bottled Blonde

Max Patio Capacity: 30
Located in the heart of the Old Town Entertainment District, Bottled Blonde is known for local craft brews, “loaded” beers, classic small plates and pizzas, and an open-air ambiance.


Blue Clover Distillery               

Max Patio Capacity: 70
Discover premium small-batch spirits created in the heart of Old Town. Stop in for a tasting of Blue Clover vodka, gin, rum and tequila, or try some of their creative cocktails and small plates.


Old Town Gringos

Max Patio Capacity: 700
This 9,000-square-foot patio bar boasts two levels of indoor/outdoor seating for up to 700 guests. It’s the perfect laid-back party bar for casual events and celebrations. The full menu of tacos, sliders, wings, burgers (and more!) is served until 2 a.m.