Boca 31 photo courtesy of Andres Meraz/Boca 31 ; Denton Community Market photos courtesy of Darya Servatyuk
Dine on a Patio Some days, it’s just too nice to stay inside. Here are three of our favorite spots to enjoy al fresco dining. When you’re in Denton, a visit to Boca 31 (207 S. Bell Avenue) is a must. This Latin American restaurant’s creative take on tacos, empanadas and more is a refreshing change from the ubiquitous Tex-Mex fare found across the Lone Star State. Even better, the restaurant’s outdoor seating is the perfect spot for enjoying an extra serving of sunshine with your meal. A nice cold cerveza or homemade sangria pairs pretty well with the great outdoors too. Roanoke is home to many outdoor dining options, but you can’t go wrong with a visit to The Classic Café at Roanoke (504 Oak St.), where you can enjoy New American fare in a quaint cottage setting. Shun the indoor seating and hang out on the patio under the shade of the pecan trees. To spend a little more time with nature, enjoy the on-site garden, which they call the Chef’s Pantry, and see where your food is grown. If you’re in Flower Mound, take a seat at The Table (3701 Justin Road, #150) for great outdoor dining. This eatery serves up seasonal American food with European flair and a great selection of beer and cocktails. While the modern rustic dining room has a great vibe, the outdoor patio is a great alternative for summer dining.
Shop the Denton Community Market About 6,000 visitors from across the metroplex visit the Denton Community Market every week to shop more than 160 carefully selected vendors, listen to live music and enjoy a sense of community. But it hasn’t always been this way. “We literally had nothing when we started and we’ve grown into this big weekly event eight months of the year,” says Executive Director Vicki Oppenheim, who has been with the market since it started 10 years ago. “I’m very pleased with all the positive things we do in terms of economic development and supporting local farmers, arts and musicians.” Throughout the season, the market will host a special booth to commemorate this milestone. Every month, the booth will feature a new theme and artifacts celebrating the market’s history. One of the things that has helped DCM survive (and thrive!) for a decade is its selective process for vendors. “We are a producer-only market,” says Oppenheim, who explains that all goods and produce offered are made or grown within a 100-mile radius of Denton. “We are probably the strictest in DFW in terms of our standards — certainly our agricultural standards. That helps distinguish us from other markets. Many farmers like the fact that we have these high standards. The visitors certainly do too.” The 501c3 nonprofit market has SNAP and WIC programs so that community members from all income levels can enjoy the weekly market. Visit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or 8 a.m. to noon during the Early Bird Summer Hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day) to browse locally produced veggies, fruits, crafts, relish, honey, coffee, cheese, jewelry, art and much more. Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton, dentoncommunitymarket.com
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