Patio dining in Houston in the summer can be brutally hot, however, I have found that if you choose your time frame wisely and dress for the weather, it is possible to stay reasonably cool. Though I have dined inside at a few places during the Covid-19 pandemic, I still feel safest outside on the patio during these uncertain times. If you are looking to beat the heat while enjoying al fresco dining at responsible and delicious places, stay tuned! I will be posting on more of the restaurants that I enjoy most.
Eunice at 11:00 am on Tuesday:
Upon arrival to this Upper Kirby area restaurant, I could see about seven well-spaced seated tables inside and no one opting for a patio table outside. This remained true for the duration that my daughter and I were there. I've eaten at this restaurant numerous times but I had never eaten outside before. What we discovered was that the large oak trees that line Buffalo Speedway kept us well-shaded throughout our meal. We sat along the greenery rather than along the restaurant wall and enjoyed a steady breeze.
According to our server, it can actually get rather windy as the neighboring buildings create a bit of a wind tunnel but that was not an issue for us on this day. We shared raw oysters (not pictured), yellowfin tuna crudo, chilled Peruvian scallops, crispy brussel sprouts with hazelnuts, and shrimp and grits with a well-chilled bottle of Provence rosé. It was a flavorful ladies lunch feast.
I put on my mask to venture to the ladies room when we finished and found hand sanitizer located near the door and a trash can strategically placed outside of the bathrooms to discard paper towels if using one to open the door.
With Eunice's high ceiling, airy interior, careful table spacing, and visible safety protocol, I am now considering going inside to eat as well.