Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Get Out

Before the warm weather days and nights of this season are just a memory, I decided to make time for some serious patio pleasure. I’ve been cruising outdoor dining and drinking spots and have a few off the beaten path recommendations that may not be on everyone’s where-to go list.
-Visible Voice Books in Tremont started pouring wine this summer and opened a little garden courtyard where patrons can enjoy it. The narrow brick-paved spot, set back from the street, is outfitted with tables and chairs, pots of flowers and tiki torches. Get your Merlot, Chardonnay and Prosecco by the glass or the bottle. I lingered until 10 pm closing on a Friday night.
- The food’s nothing out of the ordinary but you can’t beat the fabulous lake view from the terrace of the Boardwalk Café at Quay 55 on North Marginal Road. It’s a beautiful way to get some fine scenery, fresh air and sun along with lunch or a cup of coffee.
-Le Petit Triangle Café on Fulton has tables right on the sidewalk out front. The view is urban and the European streetside charm a good fit with the menu of crepes, quiche, and the traditional ham sandwich known as a croque monsieur.
-Henry’s at the Barn is an Eden-like hideaway in Avon. A gas fed fire-pit and big stack of blankets means we can continue hanging out here even when cool temperatures take over. The food’s amazing and I highly recommend a glass of Swamp Tea to go with his South Carolina Low Country cooking.

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