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The Best Picnic Baskets in Town

Eating on the ground. That’s a summery thing to do. But it’s not just blankets, shade and potato salad. No, sometimes it’s all those things plus crab Louie and dry rieslings. It’s an important distinction, and here’s how to do it right.

The Grill on the Alley
FOR OUTDOOR DATES

The Grill on the Alley

The basket: You’ve got choices here. Good ones, too, like crab Louie, cold poached salmon and filet mignon. Plus wine and some alfresco eating essentials like a tablecloth, plates and cutlery.
The rendezvous point: Anywhere you damn well please... that has a table... with a sturdy base for cutting steaks.

Available now, reserve 24 hours in advance, $32.95 and up, The Grill on the Alley, 13270 Dallas Pkwy, 214-459-1601

Norma’s Cafe
FOR INDUCING A SIESTA

Norma’s Cafe

The basket: A hearty spread of brisket sliders, fried chicken, coleslaw and a whole pie. Also some silverware and plates and stuff. But seriously: whole pie.
The rendezvous point: Lake Cliff Park, under a tree, away from prying eyes.

Available now, $49.95, Norma’s Cafe, 1123 W Davis St, 214-946-4711, and other area locations

Scardello Artisan Cheese
FOR SUBSISTING ON WINE AND CHEESE

Scardello Artisan Cheese

The basket: Cheeses, baguettes, chutneys... it’s all there. You can also add a bottle of wine, some beer and salami. Go ahead, live a little.
The rendezvous point: Find a spot along the water at nearby Lee Park. Have some cheese, feed a duck, really make a day of it.

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery
FOR CLASSIC PICNIC FARE

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery

The basket: Fill one of their black tote bags with pastrami sandwiches, fresh salads and a few cold beers. Classic, tried-and-true picnic stuff.
The rendezvous point: Head east toward White Rock Lake, perch yourself on a dock and flout the open container law. Better not tell them we sent you.

Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern
FOR NOT LIGHT LUNCHES

Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern

The basket: It’s actually a box. Of pizza, though, so you’ll let it slide. And in this case, it’s the delightfully named Mother Effer from Zoli’s, a smorgasbord of slices, garlic knots and zucchini fries.
The rendezvous point: A curb, a tailgate, your backyard. Now’s no time to get picky.

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