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Monday, May 05, 2008

The Great Outdoors

I love to eat outdoors. I don't even mind heat and bugs, but for sure, this time of year is prime, before you have to deal with those summer hassles.

I had lunch at Nada today. It turned out to be the inauguration of their patio. Most pleasant: far enough from the street to not be exhausty, with two young trees big enough to give shade, a barrier that turns it into an outdoor room. There's even a lounge with couches and chairs out there. Lucky if you grab that for drinking margaritas.

Fountain Square was packed with people as I walked over there, and Rockbottom's outdoor area was open, too, planted nicely and looking very attractive. They must be glad the Fountain Square project is done.

Those are just two of a lot of nice outdoor patios in town: I like The Blind Lemon (well, just for drinking) Gajah Wong, York St., Molly Malone's in Pleasant Ridge, among many others. Click here to tell us your favorite? Here are some of the favorites so far.


at 3:46 PM Anonymous vudutu said...

Favorite, anything outdoors, Aoi is my new fave.

at 5:24 PM Blogger valereee said...

I like to sit outside whenever possible. Cactus Pear in Blue Ash, Daveed's and Teak Thai up on Mt Adams, Vineyard in Hyde Park, Arnold's downtown, Allure in Montgomery, Dewey's in Symmes Township.

at 5:29 PM Blogger grillage said...

Nada got their patio open today too.

at 7:00 PM Blogger grillage said...

Wow. I didn't read what Polly wrote before posting. I clearly do not have a master's degree.

at 7:20 AM Anonymous Chris said...

Another vote for Teak. Also, Teller's rooftop patio.

at 9:11 AM Anonymous vudutu said...

I love eating outside, I would live outside if I could. Greenup Cafe, York Street, Chalk, Pompilios, DaVeeds, CheNoras, Mecklenburg Gardens all come to mind.

at 9:37 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

We love the same ones. Greenup Cafe is perfect,becaue it's so little and jewel-like and I do love Arnold's--it's so old-world. I haven't been outside at Allure, but come to think of it, that would be nice, because it's separated from the parking lot. And of course, Chez Nora. The space at Apsara is fabulous, though I don't know what they're doing with it exactly. Not sure about Aoi--I guess it overlooks the Levee fountain, and has that cool rock-topped wall around it. . . .I know Lavomatic said they were going to do a rooftop--I think I'll call them right now and find out when.
I've never been outside at Teak. Or at Daveed's, though I've seen it. I need to go do some more outdoor eating. Though my own back yard beats them all. . ..

at 10:53 AM Blogger liberal foodie said...

I enjoy Arthur's in Hyde Park. It's semi-covered so makes for a comfy lunch or dinner outside.

Myra's Dionysus has a great covered patio as well.

at 11:02 AM Blogger valereee said...

Oh, I forgot about Myra's! I like the patio at Myra's -- there's always a cat or two asleep somewhere on the patio in a pool of sun.

at 1:40 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I just remembered the Art Museum Cafe and the Taft Art Museum Cafe. Perfect, both of them.

at 2:46 PM Anonymous JGU said...

Oh Gosh, don't forget the 2nd floor outdoor patio at Via Vite, for great Fountain Square watching. Great furniture.

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