Palestine Magazine May 2019 - Page 31

DINING ALFRESCO Alfresco in Palestine S pring is here and everyone wants to be outside, even when it’s time to eat. Al fresco dining is a favorite for many this time of year. After months in the stuffy indoors, there’s no better way to take advantage of great weather than to dine al fresco, enjoying your meal und the sun, a colorful sunset, or a sky full of stars. Al fresco dining can be causal, yet has a party-like atmosphere. While there are a few downsides to al fresco dining, like bugs and dust, the pros outweigh the cons. Thankfully, Palestine has a number of restaurants that offer fancy patios, well-designed outdoor seating, and simple porches with tables and chairs. ► Switch-Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar On a wooded lot surrounded by beautiful old oak trees, Switch has indoor and outdoor seating,. A private wine room that seats up to 12 and is available on a reservation-basis. Switch features a beautiful patio that overlooks the loop and beyond. 1615 South Royall Street in Palestine Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. ; Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. ► Sabor a Pasion Estate & Vineyard Chef and Owner Simon Webster prepares dishes inspired by sustainable, locally- grown ingredients. Enjoy herbs and vegetables from the chef’s garden, fruit from area farmers, handmade East Texas cheese, farm-raised lamb, beef and eggs, and fresh fish. Dine al fresco at the Tuscan Table with a view of the vineyard, or relax in the rustic elegance of the Restaurant Aubergine dining room. 110 ACR 406 in Palestine Reservations required ► Hambones At this cajun grill, enjoy boiled crawfish, shrimp, crab, and other tasty sides. Dine in or enjoy your meal on the back-porch picnic tables. 213 East Crawford Street in Palestine Open during crawfish season ► Old Magnolia Mercantile When you’re looking to sink your teeth into a delicious, mouthwatering sandwich, there is no better place than Old Magnolia. In the heart of Palestine, it’s the region’s go-to sandwich, desert, and coffee shop. Sidewalk dining on request. 120 West Oak Street in Palestine Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ► Oxbow Bakery Oxbow Bakery is a sweet spot in the Piney Woods of East Texas, where mile-high meringue and Southern heritage collide for the ultimate dessert. The Oxbow has been serving America’s favorite dessert since 2009 in Old Town Palestine. Voted one of the best places in Texas for pie by Texas Highways. With a covered porch and tables, enjoy your pie in the sun. 215 East Crawford Street in Palestine Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ► Pint & Barrel Pint and Barrel Drafthouse, in Old Town Palestine, is a quiet place to hang out, have great pub food, and awesome craft beer on draft. You can enjoy them both in outdoor dining areas with picnic tables for all sizes of families and crowds. 302 E. Crawford Street in Palestine Opens at 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. ► Applebee’s Applebee’s is a casual dining multi-cuisine restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, and drinks. It has a nice outdoor patio for those seeking fresh air or sunshine. 2225 South Loop 256 Palestine Monday -Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Jocelyn’s great burgers. Enjoy a lovely open porch for outdoor dining. 2703 West Oak Street in Palestine Monday – Saturday, 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. ► Cream & Coffee This coffee shop offers a full line of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as smoothies, chai teas, hot chocolates, creamsicles, Italian sodas and gelato. Relax inside in one of the shop’s comfy seating areas, or enjoy a table outdoors under a covered porch. 305 East Crawford Street in Palestine Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ► Sweet Frogs Build your own frozen yogurt treat from a variety of frozen yogurts and toppings. Dine in or enjoy your treat on the front porch. 1625 Loop 256 Ste F in Palestine Monday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ► Chop Stix Chinese food served in cafeteria style. The restaurant has a nice covered awning for outdoor dining. 1907 West Oak Street in Palestine Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ► Jocelyn’s Donuts Serves an array of donuts and breakfast items, including flavored and iced coffee. For lunch, try one of APRIL 2019 31