Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Patios
2. Backstreet Cafe
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt The shady, New Orleans-style patio at Backstreet Cafe
The inspiration behind Backstreet Cafe's patio was a verdant New Orleans garden, and within the confines of the vine-covered walls and beneath the tall trees, you can almost imagine that you're sitting pretty in the Big Easy. Even near the busy intersection of Shepard and Allen Parkway, the patio behind the 1930s-era bungalow provides a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city--and wonderful, carefully crafted food and cocktails to boot.
1. El Pueblito
Photo courtesy El Pueblito One drink in a cozy cabana at El Pueblito and you'll never want to leave.
The patio at El Pueblito is like an outdoor oasis in the Houston heat, all white awnings and white cabana curtains that billow in the wind. The atmosphere can make you believe--if only for a few hours--that you're not in the heart of Houston, but rather a tropical paradise filled with palm trees and margaritas. The whole effect is cooling, even in the heat of summer, and the combined effect of the great patio and great food and drinks will offer up a mini vacation of sorts, even if, unfortunately, you have to go back to work the next day.
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