Summer in Dallas means plenty of cool treats.

Summer in Dallas means plenty of cool treats.

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Have you been dreading a scorcher of a summer? Well, don't sweat it: Even as temperatures rise, there are a jillion delicious ways to chill in Big D.

The straight-up burger at Off-Site Kitchen restaurant

The straight-up burger at Off-Site Kitchen restaurant

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Throw some burgers on the grill -- or head to a killer burger spot, like Off-site Kitchen.

Highballs at Remedy (left to right): The Better Lemon, Hystrix Rickey and Lansky 

Highballs at Remedy (left to right): The Better Lemon, Hystrix Rickey and Lansky 

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Sip a tall, ice-cold cocktail from a paper straw -- maybe one of Maté Hartai's dreamy highballs at Remedy

Just-picked peaches for sale at Ham Orchard

Just-picked peaches for sale at Ham Orchard

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Eat your fill of juicy Texas peaches, bursting with flavor. Head to Ham Orchard in Terrell, and you can make a delicious excursion of it!

Ten's hiyashi chuka (cold ramen)

Ten's hiyashi chuka (cold ramen)

Dive into a bowl of hiyashi chuka -- cold ramen noodles -- at Ten, Teiichi Sakurai's new place in Sylvan Thirty.

Ceviche at Mesero

Ceviche at Mesero

Rex C. Curry/Special Contributor

Fall in love with ceviche, like this shrimp-and-avocado number at Mesero in Inwood Village.  I haven't been to C'Viche Tequila Bar on Greenville yet, but our Mark Vamos found plenty to love about it.  El Bolero, the new Mexican place in the Design District, has a bunch on its menu, too. 

Gin and tonic at the Mitchell

Gin and tonic at the Mitchell

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Get lost in a gin and tonic. I'm partial to one starring the Botanist Gin and Fever-Tree tonic at the Mitchell downtown.

A raw root vegetable salad at Lark on the Park

A raw root vegetable salad at Lark on the Park

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Lunch lightly (it's bathing suit weather!)  -- maybe on a beautiful salad at Lark on the Park.

Fried chicken from Chicken Scratch

Fried chicken from Chicken Scratch

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Or go all in -- with fried chicken on the patio at Chicken Scratch.

Banana flower salad with chicken at Mot Hai Ba

Banana flower salad with chicken at Mot Hai Ba

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Feeling more exotic? Ask for the banana flower salad with chicken at Mot Hai Ba.

Rosé wines

Rosé wines

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Have a glass of rosé....

Cold country soba with duck broth Tei-An

Cold country soba with duck broth Tei-An

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...Or a basket of ice-cold hand-made soba at Tei-An.

Pecan Lodge's family-style platter, a.k.a. the Trough 

Pecan Lodge's family-style platter, a.k.a. the Trough 

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Grab a few friends and share the Trough on the patio at Pecan Lodge....

Fresh fruit paletas at La Original Michoacana

Fresh fruit paletas at La Original Michoacana

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....then head to Bishop Arts for paletas in fabulous fresh fruit flavors at La Original Michoacana.

Margaritas at Rafa's Mexican Cafe 

Margaritas at Rafa's Mexican Cafe 

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Have a margarita at Rafa's Mexican Cafe.

A Maine lobster cull special at Lefty's Lobster and Chowder House

A Maine lobster cull special at Lefty's Lobster and Chowder House

Rex C. Curry/Special Contributor

Go to a New England clam bake -- or the closest thing around, Lefty's Lobster and Chowder House in Addison.

Chocolate ice cream cone at Henry's of Plano

Chocolate ice cream cone at Henry's of Plano

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You can always treat yourself to an ice cream cone -- maybe at Henry's of Plano. You know you deserve it.

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