Usually summer in Dallas is ushered in with 100-degree-days, slicks of perspiration and a general sense of suffering experienced whenever you walk outdoors. As this Memorial Day weekend approaches, though, it is surprisingly gorgeous out. Who knew such things were possible?
Maybe summer in Dallas doesn't have to suck -- at least for now. So, before those temperatures climb into the stratosphere, grab a blanket and pack yourself a picnic. Here are a few great places to fill your basket.
Scardello (Pictured above) Scardello has been king of the picnic basket for years now. Once I was at the Dallas Arboretum with friends and a wasp flew into my boot just as a couple had gotten engaged while fawning over a basket of Scardello's wine and cheese. I screamed and kicked my boot off through the air creating a terrible scene, but their perfect moment was not ruined. You know why? High quality wine and cheese.
Carbone's For the ultimate working-class picnic, head to Carbones, get seven or so hoagies (Italian combos) and throw them in a cooler with some beer. Better yet, do it a day ahead so the bread gets a little soggy with Italian dressing, if you're into that sort of thing. If you're not into cold cuts there are meatball, eggplant parm and other hot sandwiches. Either way your picnic blanket will be the place to be.
Bolsa Mercado This Oak Cliff market that serves as a commissary for Bolsa is practically one big picnic store. Order your sandwiches and sides at the front, and then shop the shelves for beers, sodas and extras while your order is assembled.
Craft and Growler Who says a picnic has to be about sandwiches? Beer is bread and there's nothing wrong with drinking your picnic. The best place to get beer to go is undoubtedly Craft and Growler. Pick out a container from the wall, fill up and you'll have the best picnic beverages in the park.
Green Grocer This is where you come when you're looking for a picnic with a side of feel good. Greenville Avenue's all things local, organic and fresh market is a great spot to grab sandwiches, salads and other sides for your outdoor meal. Don't forget a wheat grass shot and a smoothie on the way out the door. It just feels good.