Thursday, May 2, 2013
6 ways to prepare for the Jimmy Buffett concert in Frisco
Come Monday, it'll be alright. Until then: boat drinks.
DALLAS Fins up, parrotheads! Jimmy Buffett drops his anchor in Frisco on Saturday to get your grass skirts shakin' and your coconut bras shimmyin'. In advance of the show, I've got a few ways to be sure you're prepared for this island tiki party, whether you're going into the concert or just partying in the parking lot.
Runners, they stretch before a race. Parrotheads sip frozen margaritas and set their watches to 5 o'clock. Here's how you can ready yourself for Buffett weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth:
Where to get your cheeseburger in paradise:
Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House in East Dallas. This locally-owned burger joint serves up some inventive burgers that don't feel the least bit fussy. A personal favorite is The Loretta, a beef burger with onion-bacon jam and blue cheese. Now, the part about eating your cheeseburger in paradise: On a nice day, Goodfriend's patio is your neighborhood hangout. Nestled near a busy corner but far enough off to feel cozy, Goodfriend's patio is regularly packed with people who like good food and good drinks. Feel free to wear shorts and flip flops.
If you'd prefer to waste away in Margaritaville:
Wander over to Urban Taco on McKinney Avenue in Uptown for a solid list of fresh margaritas. The $8 Clasica has tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave. It's free of sour mix, and you'll notice the lime flavor without the unwanted pucker.
Out of towners, many Dallasites will send you a few blocks north to Mi Cocina for a Mambo Taxi -- a potent margarita mixed with sangria. If it were up to me, I'd tell you to stay at Urban Taco for one more round, but the Mambo Taxi is a bit of a Dallas tradition.
Looking for a beach bar?
Landlocked Dallas has just the place: Sandbar Cantina in Deep Ellum. Plopped in the middle of Dallas' most famous music neighborhood, Sandbar boasts volleyball courts, palm trees, and a view of the Dallas skyline. You can even wear your swim suit.
Best place to spend 5 o'clock somewhere:
Katy Trail Ice House. This backyard bar modeled after sprawling patios in Austin serves hundreds of thirsty patrons (and their dogs) on sunny weekdays and weekends. Nestled on the side of the Katy Trail in Uptown Dallas, you'll almost feel like you've escaped the hustle bustle of Dallas. Beware: It's popular with a pretty, young crowd -- though everyone's welcome.
If you're into acting like a pirate:
Ship's Lounge it is. A dive bar on Lower Greenville, arrive expecting nothing and you'll leave more than satisfied. Shoot some pool, shoot the breeze. Your best bet is to order a beerrrr, but if you only like cocktails, bring your own liquor and pay $3 for a mixerrrr. (The pirate thing, remember?) Yar.
Why don't we get drunk and ...
Go to The Loon in Uptown; it's a perfect place to end a rowdy night. Beer's served in a can and the bathroom is rarely clean. It's always crammed with people, and if you arrive late enough, you'll find plenty of single Northeast Texas Women looking to mingle.
Come Monday, it'll be alright. Visit us on Monday for photos and recaps of the Buffett tailgates and concert.Follow @sblaskovich