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Tokyo restaurant offers 12 months of all-you-can-drink Asahi

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A restaurant in Japan is tempting customers with unlimited beer for a year.

It does not take a lot of coaxing to convince people to enjoy a beer after work, but one Tokyo restaurant has figured out that offering all-you-can-drink beer for a year is a pretty good way to keep customers loyal.

According to Rocket News 24, Brasserie Beer Boulevard, near Tokyo’s Shinbashi Station, is located in a busy business district, and it has come up with a very clever way to get local office workers to stop by for a beer and keep coming back for the next 12 months.

The restaurant’s “One Year Passport” offer lets customers enjoy as many Asahi beers as they want for 12 months. There are no time limits or blackout days, but customers have to be willing to enjoy their beers in the bar’s standing space or sitting at the counter. The deal is just 29,800 yen for the year, or $282. That’s a fair bit of money, but according to Rocket News 24, a pint of Asahi in that neighborhood normally runs 500 yen, or $4.74, so after 60 beers the offer starts to pay for itself.

All-you-can drink offers are not uncommon in Japan, but they usually have a set timeframe of a couple hours. Brasserie Beer Boulevard’s version is basically guaranteed to turn its customers into regulars, at least for a year. And while the office workers are getting their unlimited drinks on, they’ll presumably be encouraged to try the restaurant’s sausages, pork chops, paella, mussels, and more. It sounds like a pretty good idea. Here’s hoping all-you-can-drink beer years become a trend that catches on everywhere.


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From waterfront to hot spots, our annual patio guide has it all

The patio at Nico’s Tacos on Como, 2260 Como Avenue, St. Paul, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

This year’s patio guide contains a dozen newly minted outdoor spaces we’ve visited this past year and can’t wait to tell you about.

Our annual guide also includes our perennial list of favorites in categories such as along-the-water haunts, neighborhood classics and current hotspots.

We also give you the lowdown on changed or improved patios, such as a backyard courtyard addition to Nico’s Tacos in St. Paul and new furnishings on the still-amazing patio at The Butcher’s Tale, in the former Butcher & The Boar space. (* = changed or improved patio).

Where you can get one, we recommend a reservation, especially this year when people are still more comfortable dining outside than in. And because of the pandemic, some restaurants require them.

We also want to encourage you to be patient as restaurants get their groove back, especially outdoors. In some cases, menus and hours might be limited, and there is a staffing shortage, so you might have to wait a little longer for food and drinks.

The second-floor patio at Omni Viking Lakes Hotel in Eagan is connected to the Ember & Ice Lounge with seating areas, firepits, its own bar and a great view overlooking the Vikings practice field, (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

EMBER & ICE, Omni Viking Lakes Hotel, 2611 Nordic Way, Eagan 651-689-9800 omnihotels.com/hotels/viking-lakes-minnesota: The contemporary Ember & Ice, the Omni Vikings Lakes Hotel second-floor patio connected to Ember & Ice lounge, boasts several seating areas, firepits, its own bar and a great view overlooking the Vikings practice field. All this while being able to enjoy a great cocktail and food list. The vibe in the lounge takes on Icelandic culture of the North, and that philosophy extends onto the patio. Note that patio season starts June 1 here.

ESTELLE, 1806 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul 651-330-9648 estellestp.com: The new hotspot serving excellent cocktails and Italian-, Spanish- and Portuguese-inspired dishes is ready for its first full-fledged patio season. In addition to sidewalk seating in front of the eatery, there’s a wood deck in the back. It’s decked out with wrought-iron furniture, vertical planters on the walls filled with herbs and string lights for just the right ambiance.

The new patio at the Handsome Hog on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, June 2020.(Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

HANDSOME HOG, 173 N. Western Ave., St. Paul 651.219.4013 handsomehog.com: It’s hard to believe that this new patio was once a pass-through with a few parking spots. Handsome Hog recently relocated from Lowertown to the former space of The Fitz on Cathedral Hill. The space has been transformed, including the addition of a 120-seat fenced-in patio decked out with a wrap-around bar, pergola, multiple seating areas, umbrellas, potted plants and flowers. And the food is great — you can’t go wrong with anything you order at this contemporary Southern restaurant.

THE GNOME CRAFT PUB, 498 Selby Ave., St. Paul thegnomepub.com: The Gnome, which replaced the Happy Gnome last year, has undergone a revamp, including an expansion of the patio that is now three times the size of the previous outdoor dining area. What’s more, the new 200-seat expansive wood deck dotted with tables and chairs takes advantage of shaded trees on the deck by adding hanging hammock swings — how fun is that? Enjoy pretty spring, summer and fall days here while dining on the menu of things such as cheese, charcuterie, relish trays, poutine, duck wings, hand-carved sandwiches and raclette, the Swiss dish with melted cheese. There’s even a “Milwaukee Pretzel,” a giant 30-ounce braided pretzel with shaved raclette. It’s go big or go home here.

HOPE BREAKFAST BAR, 1 S. Leech St. St. Paul hopebreakfast.com: Because of dining restrictions amid the coronavirus, cities have worked with restaurants to help drive up business. Creative alternatives have come from it, including St. Paul allowing a section of Leech Street to be closed so restaurants such as Hope Breakfast Bar, along with Cafe Astoria across the street, can spill their small patios onto the street, resulting in more seating on top of existing patios. Live music gives out a block party vibe. While here, consider Cafe Astoria across the street, which also has patio tables on Leech Street and where you can grab coffees, smoothie bowls, oatmeal bowls, crepes and salads.

The expanded patio at Iron Ranger has ornate fencing that blocks the parking lot from view. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

IRON RANGER, 1085 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-487-1913 ironrangermn.com: This neighborhood favorite expanded its patio to include an outdoor bar and ornate fencing. It’s already caught on, so if you’re looking for a seat, best to arrive early. And definitely order a porketta sandwich when you’re there.

Diners enjoy the patio at Luci Ancora in St. Paul, Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

LUCI ANCORA, 2060 Randolph Ave., St. Paul 651-698-6889 luciancora.com: During the pandemic, Luci Ancora was allowed to add tables last summer on the property along the concrete sidewalk right next to the building facing the parking lot. This year, they’re amping it up by repairing the parking lot and sidewalk that includes brick pavers, planters, colorful umbrellas and rechargeable lights illuminating each table. The result: a quaint, charming patio with a country European/Italian feel, a perfect complement to the menu.

MANCINI’S CHAR HOUSE, 531 W. Seventh St., St. Paul 651-224-7345 mancinis.com: Before, the patio area at this longtime institution was just an afterthought, functioning more as a smoking den than anything. That all changed during the pandemic when Mancini’s went all out and created a pretty, landscaped patio with brick flooring, tented areas for shade and flower beds.

NINA’S COFFEE CAFE, 165 Western Ave., St. Paul 651-292-9816 ninascoffeecafe.com: Nina’s may be a longtime institution on Cathedra Hill, but it seems this spot is always up to something new. And this year, that includes a new sidewalk patio. It’s all thanks to supporters stepping up during the pandemic, in which Nina’s received an up-to-$5,000 match from an anonymous customer. Some of the money raised goes toward creating a 30-seat patio with umbrellas, planters and more.

The new patio at Shamrock’s on West Seventh Street. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

SHAMROCK’S PUB AND GRILL, 995 W. Seventh St., St. Paul 651-228-9925 crshamrocks.com: A bright spot of the pandemic is that places that are usually so busy they barely have time to catch their breath have finally tackled their patio projects. Shamrock’s has added a sweet little space with pavers, built-in wooden booths, picnic tables and a new bar that opens to the outside, with a separate indoor lounge in case of inclement weather. There’s a flowering tree planted in the corner of the space, and overall, it’s one of our favorite 2021 additions.

WOODFIRED CANTINA, 928 W. Seventh St., St. Paul woodfiredcantina.com: This new fast-casual Mexican spot in Keg and Case West 7th Market has plum patio space along bustling West Seventh Street. Includes an outdoor bar, plenty of seating and towers of pour-your-own margaritas.

The patio at Yumi Japanese restaurant on Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, July 11, 2020. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

YUMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT + BAR, 400 Selby Ave., St. Paul 651-207-6810 yumisushibar.com: Pssst … this new patio is so cute and the food so delicious that we almost don’t want to tell you about one of St. Paul’s best-kept al fresco dining secrets. In addition to a sizable indoor dining room, this Cathedral Hill spot features a more-than-30-seat outdoor dining space with bamboo and teak accents. A private, fenced-in patio offers some privacy from Selby Avenue. The space is just the right backdrop for dining on sushi rolls, sashimi plates, noodle dishes and teriyaki and tempura platters. Opens at 4 p.m. daily.

IN THE WORKS

Gloria’s To Go, 131 S. Main St., Stillwater 651-351-3943 leosgrill.com: The renovated patio at Leo’s in downtown Stillwater is slated for a late-May debut. Following the renovation, look for a new outdoor food concept serving soft-serve ice cream and hot dogs to roll out in June. This will be in addition to Leo’s current offerings such as burgers and malts.

DeGidio’s Restaurant & Bar, 651-291-7105 degidios.com: The longtime St. Paul institution just opened a new 60-seat patio with pavers and patio decor and landscaping. Reservations are available Friday and Saturday for now.

Acqua in White Bear Lake. (Pioneer Press: Nancy Ngo)

ALONG THE WATER/SCENIC

6SMITH (Boat Works Building), 294 E. Grove Lane, Wayzata, 952-698-7900 6smith.com: Pull up to one of the patio seats off the main floor or head to the rooftop patio. Either way, this sleek, contemporary spot on Lake Minnetonka’s Wayzata Bay is a place to watch the waves and boats docking.

ACQUA, 4453 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake, 651-407-7317 acqua-restaurants.com: Nab a seat on one of the quaint patios on either floor of this duplex restaurant overlooking White Bear Lake, or cross the street and enjoy the restaurant’s more spacious lakeside patio. Italian fare served here is top notch.

ADMIRAL D’S WATERFRONT TAVERN, 4424 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake, 651-330-3101 admiraldswbl.com: The casual, come-one, come-all vibe makes this popular dockside patio a welcoming spot for enjoying views of White Bear Lake. Under new ownership, the menu of things like burgers has expanded to include seafood baskets and tacos.

BIRCH’S ON THE LAKE, 1310 W. Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake, 952-473-7373 birchsonthelake.com: Brew house and supper club with an expansive wood deck on a hill offers pristine views of Long Lake. Or, walk to the bottom of the hill where a fire pit surrounded by chairs sits right next to the lake. It’s also a place to grab a decent brew and gastro-pub fare.

BRICK & BOURBON, 215 Main St. S., Stillwater 651-342-0777 brickandbourbon.com: Bird’s-eye views of the St. Croix River and historic Lift Bridge make scoring a seat on this small rooftop deck worth your while. Craft drinks and spins on comfort food are the lay of the land.

CHARLIE’S RESTAURANT AND IRISH PUB/ PAPA’S ROOFTOP AT WATER STREET INN, 101 S. Water St., Stillwater, 651-439-6000 waterstreetinn.us: The riverside hotel and restaurant underwent a big expansion and, as part of it, created downtown Stillwater’s most expansive rooftop restaurant patio. The new 160-seat rooftop patio features six gas fire pits and bird’s-eye views of the St. Croix River Valley. The new rooftop restaurant also has its own bar and kitchen and a menu different from the first-floor pub and restaurant. The popular first-floor patio now can be enclosed or open, so it’s rain or shine. While each patio has a different vibe, they have one thing in common: spectacular vistas of the St. Croix River Valley and lift bridge.

The Nantucket-themed patio at Cov in Edina. (Courtesy of Cov)

COV, Cov Edina, 3155 Galleria, Edina 952-999-4011, covedina.com. Cov Wayzata, 700 E. Lake St., Wayzata 952-473-5253, covwayzata.com: The spot with a Nantucket feel extends to the gorgeous patio that immediately transports you. The menu of oysters and plenty of seafood adds to the coastal vibe. Cov’s location in downtown Wayzata also has lake views.

CURRENT, the Afton House Inn Hotel, 3291 St. Croix Trail S., Afton, 651-436-8883 currentrestaurant.com: Restaurant with a patio a few hundred yards from the St. Croix River offers views of the majestic waters and marina. The area’s charming small-town vibe makes you feel like you’re on a staycation.

DOCK CAFE, 425 Nelson St., Stillwater, 651-430-3770 dockcafe.com: Grown-up restaurant with a patio on the water’s edge offers direct views of the St. Croix River, Lift Bridge and river valley. The restaurant has been closed since the pandemic but there’s good news on the horizon. The restaurant is looking at a May reopening, according to a post on its Facebook page.

The patio action at Feller in downtown Stillwater, May 11, 2019. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

FELLER, Lora Hotel, 402 Main St. S., Stillwater 651-571-3501 fellerrestaurant.com: The patio at this gorgeous boutique hotel in downtown Stillwater is a way to take in the city’s historic charm, plus the bluffs, the St. Croix River, and the action on Main Street. Order from the hunter-and-gatherer menu or enjoy happy hour.

FREIGHT HOUSE, 305 Water St. S., Stillwater, 651-439-5718 thefreighthouse.com: One of downtown Stillwater’s most popular and sizable patios boasts seating on the main patio, gazebo with wrap-around bar or beer garden. Take in vistas of the St. Croix River and historic Lift Bridge. Challenge your dining mate to a game of bocce ball. And dine on burgers and local tap beer.

GIANNI’S STEAKHOUSE, 635 Lake St. E., Wayzata 952-404-1100 giannis-steakhouse.com: Take in views of Lake Minnetonka while dining in style at one of Gianni’s white-linen-covered tables with hand-woven bistro chairs. An overhang allows for a shaded area on the patio for those who don’t want to soak up the sun.

MALLORY’S RESTAURANT AND ROOFTOP BAR, 609 Second St. Hudson, Wis. 715-531-4101 mallorysrooftop.com: Sit at one of the high tops offering glimpses of the St. Croix River, head to a lounge area with fire pits or belly up to the long bar at this downtown restaurant with a rooftop patio and bar. Food is as casual or fancy as you want it to be, from burgers to knife-and-fork entrees.

Patrons enjoy the multi-level patio at Muddy Waters Bar and Grill in Prescott, Wis, May 17, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

MUDDY WATERS BAR & GRILL, 231 Broad St., Prescott, Wis., 715-262-5999 muddywatersbarandgrill.biz: Outdoor hot spot has become a destination for its expansive, multi-tiered patio. Its primo views of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers make it one of the prettiest riverfront restaurants around. The patio has an outdoor bar and a covered deck area to keep patrons dry when there’s rain.

PIER 500, 500 First St., Hudson, Wis., 715-386-5504 pierfivehundred.com: Contemporary dining spot, with great views of the pier and St. Croix River, offers one of the best decks in downtown Hudson.

PSYCHO SUZI’S, 1900 Marshall St. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-788-9069 psychosuzis.com: Tiki-themed deck and Polynesian cocktails at this spot overlooking the Mississippi River inspire rest and relaxation.

Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis on Aug. 7, 2020 (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

SANDCASTLE, 4955 Lake Nokomis Parkway W., Minneapolis, 612-722-5550 sandcastlempls.com: The outdoor dining action is in full swing at this bright-blue lakeside walk-up eatery. Bar stools face Lake Nokomis, and a picnic-bench area easily accommodates groups.

SEA SALT EATERY, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 612-721-8990 seasalteatery.com: Legions line up at this pavilion restaurant inside Minnehaha Park, and it’s easy to see why. The spot not only dishes up some of the best seafood around, but it also has a seating area to take in the picturesque parkland and nearby roaring waterfall.

Rooftop patio at B-52 Burgers and Brew in Inver Grove Heights. (Courtesy Progressive Architecture)

NEIGHBORHOOD

B-52 BURGERS AND BREW, 5639 Bishop Ave., Inver Grove Heights 651-451-3838 b52burgersandbrew.com: B-52’s patio has several seating options, such as a long marble-top bar and a lounge area. Fireplaces and television screens add to the vibe.

BARBETTE, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis 612-827-5710 barbette.com: Nabbing a seat on this bustling 46-seat Uptown patio and having a glass of rose and pommes frites — in our opinion, the best around town — is a favorite pastime.

BOCA CHICA, 11 Cesar Chavez St. St. Paul 651-222-8499 bocachicarestaurant.com: One of St. Paul’s staples for authentic Mexican fare boasts a stone terrace with a few umbrella-laden tables looking out onto Cesar Chavez Street.

BRIT’S PUB, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908 britspub.com: Multi-tiered expansive rooftop patio accommodates large groups that come to lawn bowl and eat fish and chips. Others can pull up to the sidewalk cafe in front and catch the Nicollet Mall street action.

BRUNSON’S PUB, 956 Payne Ave., St. Paul 651-447-2483 brunsonspub.com: The dozen or so tables with blue umbrellas on the two-tiered, landscaped deck fill fast. Probably because it’s a great place to soak in some sun. The reliable sandwiches, burgers and salads with Southern flair and down-to-earth prices don’t hurt either.

BURGER MOE’S, 242 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-3100 facebook.com/burgermoes: Thanks to the canopies and flower beds, this playful, casual spot is bursting with colorful decor. The vibe is casual and, as the name implies, burgers take center stage on the menu.

COZZIE’S TAVERN AND GRILL, 11154 60th St. N. Stillwater 651-342-0447 cozziestavern.com: Spacious roadside spot off Minnesota 36 sports a multifaceted backyard oasis. There’s a stone patio (designated nonsmoking), a wood deck, lawn area with bean-bag toss and even a small spot for volleyball during the warm-weather months and boot hockey during the chilly season. The mini-Coney dogs from the casual menu are not to be missed.

May 19, 2016 photo of Dark Horse Bar & Eatery in St. Paul’s Lowertown (Pioneer Press: Nancy Ngo)

DARK HORSE BAR & EATERY, 250 E. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-313-7960 darkhorsebarandeatery.com: Charming 110-seat patio offers a retreat from busy East Seventh Street. The patio here includes bar seating, barrel-top high-tables for large groups, low-tops, fire pits, strings of lights and colorful flower beds. Food and drink offerings include pizzas, dozens of beers on tap and a whiskey wall.

DAY BY DAY CAFE, 477 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-227-0654 daybyday.com: Breakfast and lunch spot offers a fenced-in, multi-tiered patio that makes for a serene retreat in the middle of the city. Landscaping touches such as potted flowers, fish pond and waterfall add to its restfulness.

DOCK & PADDLE, 1360 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul dockandpaddle.com: Formerly Spring Cafe, the space is under new ownership again and has a menu of salads, sandwiches, tacos and burgers. But one thing has stayed the same — its reputation as a prime spot for eating outside, thanks to a spacious pavilion and bench and lawn areas overlooking Lake Como.

EL BURRITO MERCADO, 175 Concord St., St. Paul 651-227-2192 elburritomercado.com: This beloved Mexican spot now offers a 36-seat, festive patio that even comes with weekend entertainment.

FRENCH MEADOW BAKERY & CAFE, 1662 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-789-8870 frenchmeadowcafe.com: Nab a sidewalk table in front of the restaurant. Or, head to the back of the restaurant, where a fenced-in patio with wood benches, wrought-iron tables, draped lights and colorful flower beds offers an escape from the city hustle and bustle. Enjoy the health-conscious eating options while there.

Guests enjoy a beautiful moonlit evening on the Grand Catch patio on Grand Avenue in St. Paul on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

GRAND CATCH, 1672 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-348-8541 grandcatchmn.com: This Cajun seafood boil spot offers two patios: a colorful, sidewalk seating area out front as well as a back seating area with wooden benches. Both are perfect for peeling jumbo shrimp or cracking into that lobster tail.

HAI HAI, 2121 University Ave. N.E., Minneapolis 612-223-8640 haihaimpls.com: The spot serves up Southeast Asian street food and has a colorful, 80-seat patio that transports you to another place. Colorful stools and floral cloths bring tropical notes to the decor. If full sun is not your thing, half of the patio is covered and can be enclosed for those wanting shade or protection against bad weather. There’s even a service window for ordering drinks.

HERBIE’S ON THE PARK, 317 Washington St. St. Paul 651-726-1700 herbiesonthepark.com: The 60-seat downtown patio near the Ordway on Washington Street is a bit hidden from the street. And if you nab the right seat, you can catch the sidewalk action and views of Rice Park while dining on tavern fare cranked up a notch.

HOLMAN’S TABLE, Holman Field, 644 Bayfield St., St. Paul, 612-800-5298, holmanstable.com: You’re practically on the tarmac when sitting on the patio at this St. Paul Downtown Airport (also known as Holman Field) eatery. Sink into one of the dark, wicker chairs on the 36-seat, elevated patio and, if your timing is right, watch planes fly in and out of the reliever airport.

JAX CAFE, 1928 University Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-789-7297 jaxcafe.com: Classic steakhouse with a zen-like garden and koi pond in the back is a place to get your “om” and filet mignon on.

KENDALL’S TAVERN & CHOPHOUSE, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road N.W., Coon Rapids, 763-755-1234 kendallstc.com: Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Club includes a sizable deck looking out onto sprawling greenery.

LA GROLLA, 452 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-221-1061 lagrollastpaul.com: Friendly neighborhood Cathedral Hill spot is a place to eat pasta while sitting on a patio lined with flower beds. Flowering trees add to the vibrant colors.

MERITAGE, 410 St. Peter St., St. Paul 651-222-5670 meritage-stpaul.com: Bustling sidewalk terrace with brasserie charm aims to whisk you away. French dishes and wine list at this spot in the heart of downtown are also buzzworthy.

MOSCOW ON THE HILL, 371 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-291-1236 moscowonthehill.com: Neighborhood spot with wood deck with tents, string lights and colorful cushions attracts regulars from Cathedral Hill and beyond. Russian fare such as perogies and house-infused vodkas are also a draw.

The patio at Nico’s Tacos on Como, 2260 Como Avenue, St. Paul, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

* NICO’S TACOS ON COMO, 2260 Como Ave., St. Paul 651-450-8848 nicostacobar.com: This Mexican restaurant in St. Anthony Park continues the reputation of its predecessor, Muffuletta, in having a front patio that quickly attracts a crowd on warm weather days. After all, the open-air patio is still a great place to catch some rays, and greenery still fills the landscape — this time tropical-themed accents such as banana leaf, birds of paradise and agave plants . And bonus: did you know that, in addition to the popular patio in the front, there’s also a quaint backyard courtyard that you can now dine on? It’s a hidden gem and a best-kept patio secret — until now. It’s safe to say the charming courtyard in Milton Square transports you to Europe.

OSTERIA I NONNI, 981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Lilydale 651-905-1081 osteriainonni.com: Spacious back patio with luscious planters and stylish furnishings overlooks a pretty pond, and the recent addition of heaters makes it more accessible on chilly evenings. Great wine list and happy hour, too.

PATRICK McGOVERN’S, 225 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821 patmcgoverns.com: A retractable roof is part of this pretty, three-tiered, landscaped patio, making the casual hangout a place to come rain or shine.

“I love when people bring their dogs,” said host Shiloh Edwardh, center, who brings out a bowl of water for Nel, a Standard Poodle, and Lux, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, at the Red Rabbit patio on Grand Avenue in St. Paul Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The owners Bob and Anne Herman recently arrived from Chicago and love this patio. “Chicago is not as dog friendly,” said Anne. “There aren’t nearly as many places you take your dog.”The restaurant is in the former Wild Onion. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

RED RABBIT, two locations, 788 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-444-5995 and 201 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 612-767-8855 redrabbitmn.com: The centrally located Red Rabbit in St. Paul sports a quaint patio with a fireplace where you can take in the action along Grand Avenue while sipping on Aperol spritzes and negronis and dining on menu items ranging from oysters to rustic Italian fare in the form of pizzas, pastas and more. The original Red Rabbit, in Minneapolis’ North Loop, is also a hot spot for dining al fresco with its spacious patio with plenty of tables and lounge areas with, of course, red cushions.

REVIVAL, 525 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-340-2355 revivalfriedchicken.com: A fenced-in patio out back with umbrellas, flower beds and lamppost lighting provides plenty of charm. It’s just the ticket for gathering on a nice weather day and enjoying Revival’s famous fried chicken and more.

POTLUCK FOOD HALL, Rosedale Center, 1595 Minnesota 36, Roseville 651-330-3064 potluckmn.com: Rosedale Center’s food hall includes a 60-seat patio. That way, you can order from one of the eight food and beverage concepts inside, and then take it outside.

RUDY’S REDEYE GRILL, 4940 U.S. 61 N., White Bear Lake, 651-653-6718 rudysredeye.com: Rooftop terrace with colorful tents, comfy wicker chairs and banana-leaf palm trees make snowbirds feel like they never left Florida. On top of that, the menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, fish, steaks and chops should have something for everyone.

SMACK SHACK, 603 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 612-259-7288 smack-shack.com/minneapolis: Grab a seat on the long, 150-seat patio at this popular North Loop seafood spot and make sure oysters and lobster rolls are part of your group’s order. Retractable coverings can be adjusted according to whether you want sun or shade. Water-tight overhangs also make the patio a reliable option for dining al fresco even if it starts to drizzle.

St. Paul Tap’s patio. (Courtesy of St. Paul Tap)

ST. PAUL TAP, 825 Jefferson Ave., St. Paul 651-227-6315 stpaultapmn.com: The 2,000-square-foot patio includes a full-service bar along with booth-and-table seating that accommodates shaded or sunny areas. Catch a Twins game under the stars on one of the many televisions.

THE ‘WICK PUB & GRILL, 9555 Wedgewood Drive, Woodbury, 651-294-3160 thewickpubgrill.com: Prestwick Golf Club restaurant spotlights from-scratch pub fare. The stone deck with its signature orange umbrellas and views of the golf course greenery are as popular as ever. Potted plants, flower beds and a stream also make for a picturesque setting.

THE HOWE, 3675 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-3663 howempls.com: Two patios — a sidewalk and back deck — offer plenty of choices for enjoying nice weather. The spot is also a draw as a dog-friendly patio, complete with yoga mats for your furry friend to lounge on and a dog menu to order from.

THE TAVERN GRILL, several metro locations, including 772 Bielenberg Drive, Woodbury, 651-578-3000 10950 Club West Parkway, Blaine, 763-398-8100 3561 Lexington Ave., Arden Hills, 651-478-4450 and 15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley,952-683-1222 thetaverngrill.com: Tavern Grill draws regulars not only for its wide-ranging menu — casual burgers and pizzas as well as fancy steak and seafood — but also for its elaborate, landscaped patios. Fireplaces, lounge areas, waterfalls and wrap-around bars are part of dining al fresco at Tavern Grill, depending on the restaurant location.

The Tilted Tiki in downtown Stillwater. (Courtesy The Tilted Tiki)

THE TILTED TIKI, 324 Main St. S., Stillwater, 651-342-2545 thetiltedtiki.com: Tiki-themed spot in the Grand Garage Building includes a patio with palm trees and thatched decor, with Polynesian cocktails and food to match. The spot along downtown’s Main Street lets you take in sidewalk and street action.

TINY DINER, 1024 38th St. E., Minneapolis, 612-767-3322 tinydiner.com: A charming little patio inspires in big ways. Its solar roof, edible gardens and rainwater-catch system are a show-and-tell of sustainable and urban farming practices. And then there are the pretty plates emphasizing local ingredients. Currently serving breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m.

TRIA, 5959 Centerville Road, North Oaks, 651-426-9222 triarestaurant.com: Take in nature at this popular dinner and Sunday-brunch spot on the former farm of railroad mogul James J. Hill. The menu changes seasonally. The addition of Edison bulbs strung across the entire patio means it is no longer pitch black when the sun sets, so patrons will get some extra patio time each night.

WASHINGTON SQUARE BAR AND GRILL, 4736 Washington Ave., White Bear Lake 651-407-7162 washingtonsquareonline.net: This patio regularly makes the list in our annual readers’ patio picks and it’s easy to see why. This spacious deck in the heart of downtown White Bear Lake sports a fun vibe and a delicious menu of American- and Mexican-influenced fare at affordable prices.

Betty Danger’s Country Club in Northeast Minneapolis, on Jan. 7, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

SEE AND BE SEEN/HOTSPOTS

BAR LURCAT, 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-486-5500 cafelurcat.com: The elegant establishment features a patio with gorgeous views of Loring Park. For something more quiet and private, we’ll let you in on a secret: Lurcat also has a few outdoor seats in the back.

* BETTY DANGER’S ANIMAL FARM, 2501 Marshall St. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-315-4997 bettydangers.com: The former Betty Danger’s Country Club has been revamped, with a new name that comes with those changes. But some things remain the same, including its whimsical nature and being a destination for outdoor hangs. Take a ride on the big Ferris wheel. Then grab one of the outdoor seats, sit back and relax.

BOROUGH RESTAURANT AND PARLOUR BAR, 730 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 612-354-3135 boroughmpls.com: Be a part of the North Loop action at this contemporary restaurant with a spacious dockside patio with a bar. Or, grab one of the sidewalk seats out front.

A Manhattan on the Butcher’s Tale patio, photographed in May 2021. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

* BUTCHER’S TALE, 1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 612-236-4075 butcherstale.com: The home of downtown Minneapolis’ most magical outdoor space has reopened with a new owner and new name, but the original butcher (chef Peter Botcher) from Butcher & The Boar is back, this time helming the kitchen. The meat-centric menu is as good as ever, and the stunning, sprawling patio has new furnishings that more easily accommodate socially distant seating.

COLITA, 5400 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-886-1606 colitampls.com: Colita serves some of the best contemporary Mexican fare and cocktails around, and the hot spot comes with two patios. A few tables on the sidewalk are available, but the majority of the restaurant’s 46 patio seats can be found in an enclosed space on the east side of the building. Plants, wood accents and a pergola for shade add to the charm. Garage doors adjoin the indoor and outdoor dining areas.

HEWING HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR AND LOUNGE, 300 Washington Ave. N. Minneapolis 651-468-0400 hewinghotel.com: Contemporary rooftop bar and lounge at the Hewing Hotel has a spectacular view of the city. And the food and drinks are always reliable.

The Lexington’s rooftop patio. (Ginger Pinson / Pioneer Press)

THE LEXINGTON, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-289-4990 thelexmn.com: The 80-seat rooftop retreat offers plenty of choices for sun or shade. A bar and kitchen guarantee that drinks and food come out at just the right pace. A second-floor private event space seating up to 120 people is also available. Current hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to close.

LOUIS RISTORANTE & BAR, 211 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476 cossettas.com: Located off the third-floor sit-down Italian restaurant, the large terrace has its own bar, pretty Italian villa accents and flower beds. And then there’s the gorgeous view of the Cathedral of St. Paul. For something more low-key, the second-floor wrap-around patio is part of the more casual Cossetta restaurant.

MONELLO CUCINA, 115 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-353-6207 monellompls.com: Escape from the urban hustle and bustle at this quaint patio with plenty of Italian villa-esque charm at this fine restaurant establishment in Hotel Ivy. Order a drink at the outdoor bar and order from the more casual patio menu to further wind down from your day.

The patio at Salut Bar Americain, 917 Grand Ave., St. Paul, photo on May 18, 2010. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

SALUT BAR AMERICAIN, 917 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-917-2345 salutbaramericain.com: French-American brasserie boasts one of the largest patios along Grand Avenue, making it a primo spot for people-watching on a warm day.

SEVEN STEAKHOUSE SUSHI AND ROOFTOP, 700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-238-7770 7mpls.com: Expansive rooftop patio, luxurious and mod decor, fancy dining menu and one of the best skyline views in downtown.

STELLA’S FISH CAFE, 1400 Lake St. W., Minneapolis, 612-824-8862 stellasfishcafe.com: The unique rooftop patio with built-in bar at this seafood spot continues to be trendy. It’s the only two-tiered rooftop restaurant deck in Uptown.

UNION RESTAURANT & BAR, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-455-6690 unionmpls.com: Thanks to a retractable roof, it’s patio season year-round at this trendy downtown dining spot. Suit up, because this is the place where the pretty people like to come dressed to impress.

W.A. FROST, 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715 wafrost.com: This perennial favorite on Cathedral Hill has long been a crowd-pleaser for its classy vibe, fancy stonework and abundant gardens. The spot is even more breathtaking when lit up at night, making it one of the most romantic spots around.

July 19, 2016 photo of the whimsical patio at Bauhaus Brew Labs. (Pioneer Press: Jessica Fleming)

BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES AND WINERIES

ALEXIS BAILLY VINEYARD, 18200 Kirby Ave. S., Hastings, 651-437-1413 abvwines.com: Wine connoisseurs, picnic lovers and those looking for a place to chill amid a sprawling estate will find a trip to this vineyard right up their alley. Create your own picnic basket with local artisan cheeses, grab a bottle of Alexis Bailly vino from the on-site shop and find a place to sit on the lawn or patio. Stroll the sculpture garden or play a game of bocce ball while you’re at it. In July and August, live jazz is featured on Sunday afternoons.

BAD WEATHER BREWING, 414 W. Seventh St., St. Paul 651-207-6627 badweatherbrewery.com: Newly spruced-up patio includes pergola, planters and a fire table for chilly days. A food truck can usually be found on the premises, too.

BAUHAUS BREW LABS, 1315 Tyler St. N.E., Minneapolis bauhausbrewlabs.com: Large outdoor area includes plenty of picnic tables to enjoy a Bauhaus brew. Look for artsy murals and poppy colors on everything from the building to the furniture and you’ll know you’ve arrived at this brewery just steps away from the Northeast Minneapolis arts district.

BELLE VINEZ WINERY, W10829 875th Ave., River Falls, Wis. 715-426-9463 bellevinez.com: Sprawling winery with plenty of greenery offers a retreat for those wanting some rest and relaxation while sipping on the house wine and dining from the menu of charcuterie plates, brick-oven pizzas and more.

DAY BLOCK BREWING COMPANY, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis 612-617-7793 dayblockbrewing.com: The spacious patio within walking distance of U.S. Bank Stadium makes it an ideal spot to pre- and post-game or just gather on nice days.

LAKE MONSTER BREWING, 550 S. Vandalia St., No. 160, St. Paul, 612-964-6288 lakemonsterbrewing.com: This sizable brewery off the Cretin-Vandalia exit on Interstate 94 seems to be always hopping, and the patio is no exception. The expansive sidewalk patio in front of the brewery has plenty of seating and includes fire pits for cold days. Patrons can sip a beer and dine from the featured food truck parked outside.

An area of the patio at St. Paul Brewing. (Courtesy of St. Paul Brewing)

* ST. PAUL BREWING, 688 Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-1945 stpaulbrewing.com: Best described as an art park with tables that happens to serve really good beer and wood-fired pizzas, made in an oven that’s planted in the bed of a sunny yellow actual running 1976 Ford F250 (which actually runs). Themed seating areas and copious greenery, surrounded by historic walls of the former Hamm’s brewery add to the charm.

SURLY BREWING COMPANY, 520 Malcolm Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, 763-999-4040 surlybrewing.com: Beer drinkers and foodies have a giant campus near the University of Minnesota to do their thing. The 1½-acre beer garden with views of the Witch’s Hat Water Tower offers a sizable outdoor space for hanging out. Grab one of the bench seats or a spot around one of the fire pits. Reopening June 1.

Patio at Tattersall Distilling in Northeast Minneapolis. (Courtesy of The Restaurant Project)


16 Restaurants That Define Dallas Dining

For years, Dallas’s top-notch dining scene was something of a well-kept secret, but in the last decade the buzz has increased in volume. Dallas celebrity chefs keep cropping up, restaurants keep hitting national and international best-of lists, and once Bon Appetit magazine recognized Dallas as the 2019 restaurant city of the year, the hidden treasure had officially revealed its sparkle to the world.

What people outside of Dallas might not understand is that Dallas’s culture largely hangs on going out to eat. Therefore, it’s hard to find a bad restaurant. So it wasn’t easy making a best of Dallas list, because so many Dallas restaurants qualify as the best. There’s standout Tex-Mex, of course, and stellar barbecue, but everything from the seafood to the steakhouses is fabulous. The restaurants on this list offer something for everyone — the fine diners, the barbecue lovers, and those who are all about ambiance. These are Dallas’s greatest restaurants.

Cane Rosso (Deep Ellum)

When Jay Jerrier opened this Italian spot in Deep Ellum in 2011, pizza lovers lost their minds. Real Neapolitan pizza was hard to come by in Dallas back then (it’s still a commodity), and here Jerrier was with a wood-burning brick oven he built himself, authentic training in the Neapolitan pizza preparation style, and fresh dough made daily in-house with flour he imports from Italy. D Magazine named Cane Rosso Dallas’s best pizza five years in a row, and Jerrier opened four more spots around the city. When the chain expanded out of Dallas, the Houston Chronicle promptly awarded it best pizza In Houston. Dallasites know: If anyone asks, “Where should I go for good pizza?” the answer is Cane Rosso.

Dining at the restaurant: The restaurants are open for both indoor and outdoor dining.

Takeout: Cane Rosso’s website offers online ordering for both pickup and delivery.

Jose (Park Cities)

In the land of Tex-Mex, Jose, founded by local entertainment and development firm Woodhouse, specializes in just the “Mex” part — specifically beautifully plate regional recipes from the Mexican state of Jalisco: aguachiles and ceviches in the style of Puerto Vallarta, elotes from Guadalajara, carne asada, tacos (of course), and oceans of tequila. No matter what’s on offer, Dallas diners know it will be good executive chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman was Eater Dallas’s 2018 chef of the year. The restaurant’s décor is heavy on beautiful ceramics, and there’s a wall-sized, hand-painted black and white tile mural that captivates.

Dining at the restaurant: Even before the pandemic, everyone loved sitting on the patio, where string lights and heat lamps (on cool nights) light the romantic space. Jose also offers indoor dining and the service is top of the line.

Takeout: Jose offers curbside pickup.

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill (North Dallas)

From the burger with brie fondue to the trout in lemon butter to the filet mignon, this Dallas classic with its hickory wood-burning grill has been making magic since it opened in a strip mall on Beltline in 2005. Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill is part of chef Kenny Bowers’s small but mighty dining empire. A native New Englander, Bowers has been opening restaurants in Dallas since 1992, and diners always feel the warm welcome in his laidback atmospheres and delicious, unpretentious food. Kenny’s Restaurant Group currently helms four other popular spots: Kenny’s Burger Joints in Plano & Frisco, Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, and Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.

Dining at the restaurant: Diners can make reservations through OpenTable seatings are currently limited to 90 minutes. The warm lighting and exposed-brick walls make for a cozy atmosphere.

Takeout: Curbside pickup is available and some menu items, such as the “adult” mac and cheese, are perfect for a relaxing night at home.

Reata (Fort Worth)

This sprawling four-story restaurant that has been a Fort Worth destination since 1996 is all Texas all the time — hunting trophies mounted on the walls, cowboy paintings, cactus glass art, lonestar bar stools. The menu, too, from the jalapeño and cheese elk sausage to the tenderloin tamales with pecan mash, pays homage to the state. Tourists know that Reata is a must, but locals love it, too, because the food is excellent, and from the rooftop, the view of Fort Worth is the best in the city.

Dining at the restaurant: The rooftop bar is the perfect place to sip a Cowboy Cosmo (orange vodka with Cointreau, lime, and cranberry).

Takeout: Reata offers both pickup and delivery.

Al Biernat’s (Oak Lawn)

Dallas diners’ go-to special occasion restaurant Al Biernat’s (named for its owner) opened in Oak Lawn in 1998 to rave reviews. Through the years, it remained so popular — collecting accolades including “Best Steakhouse” from D Magazine — that Biernat eventually opened a second location in North Dallas. Not only are the steaks flawlessly prepared, the white table cloths and dim lighting the picture of elegance, and the wine program (close to 700 bottles) among the city’s most impressive, but on Dallas’s dining scene, this is also the place where diners are most likely to have the LA or New York experience of celebrity-spotting: Anyone who’s anyone winds up at Al Biernat’s. The bar is a work of art belly up and check out the painting on the concave ceiling: spherical shapes that complement the drop lights and the curved shape of the bar itself.

Dining at the restaurant: Both the dining room (elegant casual attire) and the patio (dressy casual attire) are open.

Takeout: Diners can order both pickup and delivery through the restaurant’s website.

Whiskey Cake (Plano)

Diners at Whiskey Cake know they’re getting the freshest ingredients possible, considering the charming cafe’s concept centers on it. Here, locally sourced ingredients include honey, oranges, lemons, salad greens, radishes, and herbs from all over Texas that go into a range of American dishes such as roasted butternut squash turmeric hummus, pork brisket steak with pickled green tomatoes, burgers, and salads. Helmed by Front Burner Group Dining, the rustic-hip Plano location — rustic thanks to warm wood, exposed brick, and farm-to-table recipes hip because, for example, it’s the first full-service restaurant in Texas to install commercial electric vehicle charging stations — opened in 2011 and garnered an OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award because the food is always tasty, especially the whiskey cake: toffee torte, bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans, and whipped cream.

Dining at the restaurant: Diners can make reservations through OpenTable and choose between indoor and outdoor seating.

Takeout: Delivery is available through third-party apps. Whiskey Cake offers curbside pickup.

Nick & Sam’s (Uptown)

Founded in 1999 by restaurateur Phil Romano, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse is named for Romano’s son Sam (and a friend’s son, Nick) and has since its opening proven to be the best of Dallas’s fine dining. The starters fuse international flavors — mussels with Vietnamese pho, fried dumplings, Spanish octopus with chorizo, sushi salad — and the steaks and toppers menu lets diners mix and match their favorite cuts with garnishes ranging from bone marrow gravy to tiger prawns to foie gras hollandaise. Because it’s a favorite special occasion stop, Nick & Sam’s offers a lavish cake menu with selections so famously decadent, celebrants don’t hesitate to drop $165 on a rainbow cake.

Dining at the restaurant: Steakhouse dining is, of course, as much about getting dressed up and enjoying the swanky atmosphere as it is about the sirloin. Diners can make reservations on OpenTable.

Takeout: The restaurant offers curbside pickup. It’s worth trying the Japanese beef menu for special evenings in — offerings come from all over Japan, including a rotating selection of wagyu.

Shinsei (Park Cities)

In 2006, Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing turned their longtime dream of opening a “little taco stand” into a reality — only it’s a far cry from a little taco stand. Their pan-Asian restaurant Shinsei is nothing short of an institution on the Dallas dining scene with its stylish décor, enticing flavor pairings (braised pork steam buns, crispy Brussels sprouts, hoisin baby back ribs), fresh sushi, and Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Toki highball (Japanese whisky, lemon, cucumber, mint, and a big ice ball). Rathbun and Fearing have since opened a second location in DFW Airport, as well as a popular seafood restaurant called Lovers Seafood.

Dining at the restaurant: Shinsei is open for reservations through OpenTable, and it’s always fun to make a stop for an after-dinner drink in the sophisticated upstairs lounge.

Takeout: Shinsei offers pickup through the restaurant and delivery through third-party apps.

Joe T. Garcia’s (Fort Worth)

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence, Joe T. Garcia’s has been a staple in Fort Worth since 1935. A casual, family-run Tex-Mex restaurant with a beautiful, sprawling outdoor garden patio, Joe T. Garcia’s serves old family recipes to a loyal local fan base. Fort Worth diners love the fajitas, flautas, and chimichanga and go for weekend brunch to indulge in the migas or huevos rancheros. Al fresco diners sit among fountains, arches, and greenery in a setting that looks so much like Mexico, it’s easy to forget they’re north of the border.

Dining at the restaurant: With a seating capacity of over 1,000, Joe T. Garcia’s is always a party. The restaurant is open for both indoor and outdoor dining. Outside, waiters bring diners personal heaters on cool evenings.

Takeout: Joe T. Garcia’s offers curbside pickup. The tortilla soup is a tasty and comforting choice for at-home dining

Uchi (Arts District)

In 2015, James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole graced Dallas with his beloved Uchi, Austin’s favorite sushi spot since 2003. Inside the renovated two-story bank from the 1970s, tasteful lighting warms walnut and red cedar wood, creating a chic but homey ambiance (“uchi” is Japanese for “house”). Though diners can choose the classics they might find on any Japanese restaurant menu in the city (edamame, yellowtail sashimi), they can also enjoy wholly innovative recipes, including “walu walu” — oak-grilled escolar (a kind of snake mackerel) with candied citrus, ponzu, and Japanese ginger — and a one-ounce jar of caviar prepared with yuzu (an Japanese citrus fruit), cured egg yolk, chives, and sesame rice chips.

Dining at the restaurant: Book through OpenTable as the dining room is currently reservation-only with limited seating.

Takeout: Uchi offers both curbside pickup and delivery.

Pecan Lodge (Deep Ellum)

In Dallas, everyone has an opinion on where to get the best barbecue — and a lot of people’s opinion is Pecan Lodge. Texas Monthly listed it among the top four barbecue joints in the world. Named for co-owner Justin Fourton’s grandfather’s ranch in Abilene, Pecan Lodge started as a little husband-wife stand at the farmer’s market and is, as of 2014, one of Deep Ellum’s hottest restaurants. (Guy Fieri’s approval might have helped.) Justin and Diane Fourton make everything from scratch, down to grinding and stuffing their own sausage. Expect to stand in line in this sleek but casual order-at-the-counter spot, but also expect perfect brisket, a roll of paper towels on your table, cold beer on draft, an adorable back patio, and smoking techniques so precise, you could prove them with the scientific method.

Dining at the restaurant: Pecan Lodge offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Takeout: Pecan Lodge offers drive-through pickup, as well as delivery through third-party apps.

Fearing’s (Uptown)

Since 2007, Dallas celebrity chef Dean Fearing has dished up nothing short of opulence in the restaurant that Zagat named number-one in hotel dining in the U.S. and Esquire magazine awarded restaurant of the year —in short, Fearing’s is the crown jewel of Dallas fine dining. Fearing himself was already a television personality, cookbook author, and James Beard Award winner when he opened his eponymous restaurant inside the Ritz-Carlton, but he never rested on his accolades or choice location, meaning regulars return to Fearing’s for the food. The Southwestern recipes are both simple and elevated, such as the prime beef filet with chicken-fried Maine lobster, served alongside loaded whipped potatoes and a spinach taco with smoked tomato gravy.

Dining at the restaurant: Fearing’s is open for both indoor and outdoor seating and has seven spaces to choose from, including the Rattlesnake Bar with its rich wood paneling and sophisticated cocktail menu.

Takeout: Fearing’s offers pickup for those who prefer to enjoy a Texas Akaushi ribeye and crispy duck fat tater tots at home.

Javier’s (Highland Park)

Javier Gutierrez’s fine dining destination opened in 1977 and pays homage to the cuisine of one of the most beloved foodie destinations in Latin America, Mexico City. In 2013, Travel + Leisure named Javier’s among the best Mexican restaurants in the U.S., and many Dallasites agree: From the caldo xochitl (spicy chicken consomme with serrano peppers, onions, cilantro, and chicken) to the carne asada to the flan (Gutierrez’s mother’s recipe), at Javier’s, the flavors of Mexico’s capital mingle with the atmospheric space — dim lighting, folk art masks on the walls, and an old-timey bar centered on a grand mirror in an ornate wooden frame.

Dining at the restaurant: Reserve a table by calling the restaurant. Some diners like to finish off the evening in the adjacent cigar lounge, choosing from a wide selection of cigars and sipping (what else?) a nice tequila.

Takeout: Javier’s offers curbside pickup.

Off The Bone (South Dallas)

Pitmaster Dwight Harvey, with his wood-fired rotisserie smoker, makes some of the most delicious barbecue in the city — especially for someone who started his career as an accountant. In this unassuming order-at-the-counter venue, off the beaten path from most foodie destinations in Dallas, Harvey and his family give the people what they want: baby back ribs so tender they fall “off the bone,” chopped brisket, and sometimes a whole chicken. The deep-fried corn has garnered a fan base since the restaurant opened in 2008, with its cajun seasoning and wedge of lime.

Dining at the restaurant: Off The Bone is open for indoor and patio dining.

Takeout: Harvey started as a caterer, and bulk orders remain a big part of his business Off The Bone is a great choice for a backyard party. The restaurant also offers curbside pickup and delivery.

Town Hearth (Design District)

Named for the spectacular fire pit in this extravagant 6,000-square-foot space, Town Hearth is the 2017 addition to Restaurant Group Flavorhook’s collection of successful Dallas restaurants. Chef Nick Badovinus is known and adored for the wild, crackling energy he brings to his work: One of his restaurants has a bunch of cars parked inside his list of pandemic-era pop-ups (or “side hustles,” as they’re called on Flavorhook’s website) is impossible to keep up with and Town Hearth’s dining room boasts 64 crystal chandeliers and a giant glass-encased yellow submarine. As the name and fire pit suggest, Town Hearth serves up steak and seafood cooked over open flame. Go for the perfect filet mignon and oysters. Stay for the random motorcycle on display in the center of a fancy steak house.

Dining at the restaurant: Diners can call the restaurant to reserve a table. It’s worth dining in for the hearth and the artistic plating.

Takeout: Through Town Hearth’s website, diners can order carry-out or delivery.

Mi Cocina (Multiple locations)

The ultimate family-friendly comfort-food haven, Mi Cocina has been dishing up Tex-Mex since 1991, starting with a humble 12-table space and nine employees in a Preston Forest strip mall. Now an empire with dozens of locations around Dallas, Fort Worth, and even Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mi Cocina, helmed by M Restaurant Group, offers diners all the familiar, cozy Tex-Mex joys — bottomless chips and salsa, potent margaritas to cool the spice on the tongue, and heaping plates of enchiladas, tacos, and sizzling fajitas, accompanied by piles of piping-hot rice and refried beans.

Dining at the restaurant: All locations are open for dining in, and there’s nothing more comforting than those big, cushiony booths.

Takeout: Mi Cocina offers pickup. Catering deliveries are available, but regular delivery is not.

Diana Spechler is a novelist and essayist whose work appears in The New York Times , The Guardian , Washington Post , Harper’s , and elsewhere.


18 Japanese Buffets In Singapore From $18.90++ For Unlimited Sashimi And Wagyu

If someone told me I could pick only one cuisine to stick to for the rest of my life, I’d go with Japanese cuisine in a heartbeat. I love how their dishes seem so simple, but are so delicious. The variety offered also means I’ll never get sick of it. Even sushi itself comes in a wide variety, with maki, nigiri and uramaki being the most commonly known. Because of my love for Japanese fare and especially sushi, I’ve come up with a list of Japanese buffets that serve up a stellar assortment of sushi and more Japanese dishes.

1. Yakiniku Ohji


On days you just feel like pigging out, head over to Yakiniku Ohji – a restaurant that offers a yakiniku charcoal barbecue and salmon-inspired menu to quell that growling stomach. There are four tiers of yakiniku Japanese buffets to choose from, with the cheapest being the first-tier ($19.80+) . This alone comes with more than 35 items, including marinated chicken, pork, and veggies. The other tiers come with premium ingredients such as Angus beef and harami skirt steak.

Check out our full review of Yakiniku Ohji !

Address: 321 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-01, Singapore 129905
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6258 2849
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2. Irodori Japanese Restaurant

It is no surprise why Irodori Japanese Restaurant often sports a queue for their a la carte buffet ($38.80++) . Dig into their wide variety of agemono, or deep-fried dishes, and free-flow slices of fresh sashimi that don’t skimp on thickness. Do not leave without having tried their signature Irodori Maki , which comprises a maki roll stuffed with a creamy lobster filling and rolled in tobiko.

Address: 382 Havelock Road, #03-00, Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Singapore 169629
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6737 2002
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3. Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant

Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant is my go-to restaurant whenever the Japan feels hit me hard, and I’ll treat myself to their A La Carte Buffet ($53.90++) . Be sure to order Ebi Tempura in excess to save yourself from having to get more later, for its crispy batter and the succulent, meaty prawns are bound to make you want seconds. The restaurant also serves up a variety of grilled chicken innards such as Grilled Chicken Liver with Sweet Soy Sauce and Grilled Chicken Gizzard with Salt . Plus, their fuss-free ordering system via a tablet makes it incredibly easy and quick to order more food.

Address: 81 Clemenceau Avenue, #03-15/16, UE Square, Singapore 239917
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:15pm to 10:15pm, Sun 12:15pm to 2:45pm, 6:15pm to 10:15pm
Tel: 6733 2272
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4. Kiseki


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One of the more popular Japanese buffet restaurants in town is Kiseki . Lunch costs $22.80++ on weekdays , and $29.80++ on weekends . If you want a wider variety of dishes, including rotational items such as robatayaki crayfish and saba shioyaki , check out this restaurant during dinner. It’s priced at $33.80++ every Monday to Thursday , and $39.80++ every Friday to Sunday .

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #08-01/02/03, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6736 1216
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5. Shin Yuu Japanese Restaurant


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Shin Yuu Japanese Restaurant might be a little inaccessible by public transport, but their A La Carte Buffet ($39.90++ for lunch, $52.90++ for dinner) is worth the trip down. Specialising in maki rolls and sushi, this is where sushi lovers should head to. Be sure to have your fill of their signature Shin Yuu Special Aburi Sush i – torched salmon topped with a dollop of creamy mentaiko sauce. Tip: head down for dinner to enjoy Toro Sashimi , Taraba Kani , Zuwa Kani Tempura and ice-cream !

Address: 16 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Road, Singapore 289209
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 5:45pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 9688 2996
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6. Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant


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Located at M Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant prides themselves in dishing out both classic and contemporary Japanese dishes. Prices start at $40++ for lunch , while the dinner buffet is priced at $47++ every Monday to Thursday , and $51++ every Friday to Sunday , on public holidays and the eve of public holidays. Some crowd-favourite sushi items are Garlic Miso Aburi Salmon and Mentai Aburi Ebi .

Address: 81 Anson Road, M Hotel Singapore, Level 9, Singapore 079908
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 2pm, 6pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6221 3075 / 8180 5131
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7. Mitsuba

The A La Carte Buffet at Mitsuba boasts over 150 dishes, including sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and agemono. For starters, go for one of their chef’s picks – California Maki – before diving into their hot dishes. Katsu Don and Mentaiko Spaghetti are but a few popular choices. Priced at $45.90++ daily, for both lunch and dinner, this buffet gives big eaters a bang for your buck!

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-88, The Central, Singapore 059817
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11:30am to 1:45pm, 6pm to 9:20pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am to 1:45pm, 5:30pm to 7:20pm, 8pm to 9:50pm
Tel: 6227 0388
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8. Himawari Japanese Restaurant


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Himawari Japanese Restaurant serves up a solid variety of sashimi including salmon, swordfish and yellowtail. Their a la carte buffet will set you back $48.80++ for a weekday lunch and $52.80.80++ for a weekday dinner , while lunch and dinner on weekends go at an additional $4 on top of their weekday prices. Himawari also offers a sukiyaki hotpot for each table, along with your choice of soup, thinly sliced marbled beef and other meats.

Address: 991B Alexandra Road, #01-08/09, Singapore 119970
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6272 1110
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9. Ikoi


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Tucked deep inside Hotel Miramar, Ikoi is a hidden gem in the central part of Singapore. Their a la carte buffet ($38++) draws in both the lunch and dinner crowds, and has remained a constant favourite for its value-for-money grub over the years. The extensive menu features sashimi, sushi, handrolls, grilled dishes, deep-fried dishes, noodles, and rice options. I’m a fan of their sashimi, which is freshly prepared upon order and sliced in thick succulent pieces.

Address: 401 Havelock Road, #01-01, Hotel Miramar, Singapore 169631
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 6887 3788

10. Tajimaya Yakiniku

Tajimaya Yakiniku serves up a tantalising yakiniku wagyu feast that ought to satisfy any meat lover. Their lunch buffet is going for $49.90++, while dinner buffet costs $59.90, and includes a mouth-watering selection of well-marbled wagyu slices that you can cook to your preferred doneness. Also keep an eye out for their other Japanese side dishes such as chawanmushi, garlic fried rice, and sashimi. Take note that there’s a maximum time limit of 100 minutes for both lunch and dinner.

Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-102/103, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Buffet hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6377 0070
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11. Rocku Yakiniku

Rocku Yakiniku offers a relatively affordable free-flow yakiniku experience, at $27.90++ for their lunch buffet, and $29.90++ for their dinner buffet, from Monday to Thursday . One of the few meat-heavy Japanese buffets in Singapore, the restaurant has over 50 dishes to choose from, including options such as the beef striploin, beef short plate, and pork belly. Seafood options also include green mussels and baby octopus, and you can dip them in a wide range of exciting sauces such as sweet miso, spicy miso, and ponzu. Add $3 if you’re dining there on a weekend, public holiday, or eve of a public holiday.

Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-06, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6634 3313
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12. SUKI-YA

A popular choice among hotpot lovers, SUKI-YA is one of the few Japanese buffets that specialise in Japanese-inspired sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. There’s no need to be afraid of spending a bomb here as their lunch buffets are going at $18.90++ every Monday to Thursday . This meaty feast gives access to both beef and pork slices, and you get five different soups to choose from.

Address: 68 Orchard Road, #04-62, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6835 9406
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Full list of outlets

13. Kushi


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Serving up an impressive repertoire of Japanese fare, Kushi Japanese Dining has something for everyone. There are over six types of sashimi to choose from at their Classic Buffet ($41.80++ for lunch, $45.80++ for dinner) , including snapper, tuna, salmon, white tuna, swordfish, and yellowtail. There’s also a wide selection of cooked dishes that are specially made to order. We’re particular fans of their broiled squid, which was fresh and charred nicely.

Address: 263 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574390
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6732 7522
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14. Tenkaichi

The prices at Tenkaichi might be slightly higher, but expect to be greeted with a smorgasbord of wagyu beef that is hand-sliced upon order. There are quite a few beef cuts to choose from at their Dinner Premium Buffet ($74.90++) , and it’s great fun sampling the different parts. The Wagyu Beef Short Rib and Rib Eye Cap were our favourites, with both cuts of beef streaked with buttery layers of fat that gave a beautiful melt-in-the-mouth texture. Make sure to leave room in your tummy for a bounty of seafood items such as scallops, Hokkaido oysters, and sashimi.

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-129, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am, to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10pm
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Full list of outlets

15. Yakiniku Heijoen

Housed in 100AM, Yakiniku Heijoen offers all-you-can-eat grilled meats for two of its buffet menus. The first is their Rich Buffet Course, priced at $55++. This gives you access to 49 items, including a slew of delicious beef cuts like short rib, striploin steak, and harami steak, as well as side dishes, for 90 minutes. For those keen to splurge, try their Premium Wagyu Buffet Course, where 61 items on the menu include A5 Wagyu Kalbi and black pork belly for $70++ a person, for 90 minutes too.

Address: 100 Tras Street, #03-11, 100AM, Singapore 079027
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6538 2981
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16. Shabu Sai

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Expect unlimited shabu shabu goodness at Shabu Sai’s nine outlets around Singapore. Their lunch buffet prices start at just $14.99++ from Monday to Friday, and $19.99++ on weekends, while dinner buffet prices start at $22.99++ from Monday to Thursday, and $24.99++ from Friday to Sunday. All-you-can-eat meat and vegetables accompany their menu of seven different broths, and every month, a new seasonal special soup debuts for you to try.

17. En Dining

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As one of the more popular Japanese buffets in Singapore, En Dining is finally back after its hiatus. Now located in Capital Tower, the all-you-can-eat Japanese-themed buffet spans free-flow sashimi, agemono, hotpot fare, sushi, shabu shabu, and more. What differentiates En Dining from the pack is that its buffet selection has an Okinawa menu, featuring culinary gems from the region that rarely gets as much attention as other Japanese dishes. These include champuru, a type of Okinawan stir-fry, and Okinawa-style Braised Cha Shu, featuring tender pork slices that melt in the mouth. Prices start at $58++ for dinner from Monday to Saturday between 5:30pm to 10pm, and lunch only on Saturday, between 11am to 3pm.

Address: 168 Robinson Road, #01-10, Capital Tower, Singapore 068912
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6423 0110
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18. Wagyu More

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One of the more recent Japanese all-you-can-eat restaurants to arrive in Singapore is Wagyu More, which hails from Hong Kong. The shabu shabu buffet destination opened in Bugis, and has a Standard Buffet price of just $23.90++. If you want to get really decadent, then opt for the free-flow Wagyu Buffet option, which costs $46.90++ a person.

Check out the news on the Wagyu More opening.

Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-47/48, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 8029 2868
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It&aposs been 10 years since the Heineken Group acquired the beer operations of Mexico&aposs Fomento Económico Mexicano (FEMSA) in a multi-billion dollar deal that gave the Dutch company control of FEMSA&aposs massive Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma brewer, and turned FEMSA into one of the biggest shareholders of Heineken N.V. It also put Heineken in charge of some of FEMSA&aposs Mexican beer brands, including Dos Equis, Sol, and Tecate.

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Although Heineken has had control of Tecate for a decade, that news must&aposve been slow to reach New York City, where a man has filed a lawsuit alleging that Heineken has misled customers into thinking that the beer isn&apost really Mexican.

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Although Schelmetty&aposs lawsuit is the first to call out Tecate, it&aposs far from the first to go after Big Beer for misguided origin stories. Five years ago, Red Stripe was sued for failing to properly disclose that its Jamaican-style lager was brewed in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which followed similar (and mildly successful) lawsuits against Anheuser-Busch for its not-totally-German Beck&aposs beer, and its not-really-Japanese Kirin brews. 

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