All I’ve heard anyone talk about for days has been the weather — but I can’t really blame them, given how gorgeous it’s been. Except perhaps for my neighbor, who’s been harrumphing about how this mild winter probably means we’re going to have another scorching summer. Yep, maybe we are. Who cares? All the more reason to get out and enjoy the sun while it’s still set on “reheat” rather than “burn to crisp.”
That being said, I’m not a big fan of patio dining. I prefer bug-proof barriers, predictable heating and cooling, and a wind factor of zero. But I had friends in town from the Frozen North recently, for whom our current weather is a thing of beauty and wonder. Who was I to burst their bubble by telling them that in March, the weather here could just as easily have included snow, 90-degree heat, or tornados? To the patios we went.
The first was at Joe T. Garcia’s (2201 N. Commerce St.) because, really, can you name a more beautiful place to dine al fresco in this town? Notice I didn’t say “place to get better Mexican food.” But hey, the out-of-towners probably wouldn’t know the difference. [pullquote_left]Conclusion: Eat elsewhere, then go to Joe T’s for the margaritas.[/pullquote_left]