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Outdoor Seating

When it's warm, we want to eat outside. Fortunately Chowhounds know the best places with outdoor seating, from bars to restaurants to coffee shops. Weigh in on your favorite spots.

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La Central Valle | Valle de Guadalupe - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

This summer, star chefs Javier Plascencia of Baja and Alejandro Ruiz of Oaxaca collaborated to create a seasonal pop up restaurant in San Antonio de las Minas serving Oaxacan cuisine. It's last day...

Cafe Fina | Santa Fe, NM

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Lucky for me, Cafe Fina is the closest eatery to my hosts' home, a wonderful starting point for Day 2 of my May vacation. Though I was very tempted by migas for breakfast, I heeded the advice of mo...

Eating Al Fresco: Yes or No?

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by gutreactions 4 months ago

It's that time of the year. Restaurants are putting out their umbrella tables and chairs for dining al fresco. Are you a fan? Not talking about a backyard party at home. I usually like to eat indo...

Totem Coffee Roasters | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

My last mouthful in Hangtown was at Totem Coffee Roasters. Yes, Placerville has its own small batch, artisanal coffee roaster. While my cappuccino ($3.86) was well-made, the Guatemalan-Peru ble...

Shoestring Famous Chili Dogs | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

A sign for Chili Dogs pulls me in like a moth to the flame. On a gray and drizzly afternoon in May, I ducked into Shoestring in Placerville.

Hummus outdoors

thegforceny
by thegforceny 5 months ago

Been craving really good, creamy tahini-heavy hummus. Stayed in town for MDW. Thinking of satisfying the craving today. Now that it is less hot than yesterday, want to take the pooch with me. I ca...

Kantine | San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Back in May I enjoyed a solo breakfast at Kantine. At that point it had been open for almost a year. On a brisk and windy day, the outdoor seating was not an inviting option. Thought I’d laze her...

Pastrami Zombie @ Sammich | SE Portland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

For my first time at Sammich, I ordered the signature sandwich, Pastrami Zombie, made famous at its cart of the same name. I'd been unaware of the owner's Chicago roots, that became apparent with t...

Never Coffee Lab | SE Portland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

First stop on arrival in Portland was the tiny cafe of Never Coffee Lab for a cappuccino. Made with "Les Truves", a blend of beans from high elevation sites in Peru and Ethiopian, this was bright w...

Vietnamese restaurants in TO, 2016

prima
by prima 3 years ago

Where are your current favourite spots? I like Forget Me Not on Wilson. I'm looking forward to trying some other spots this summer. A friend mentioned Ro House in the Junction, which se...

Top Hatters Kitchen in San Leandro?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Opened in April . . . wondering what chowhounds think of this new neighborhood restaurant? Friends held a graduation dinner there last month and recommended it highly. Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar ...

Simply Vietnam Express | Santa Rosa - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Last fall I dropped by for a late lunch. I'd been a fan of the original Simply Vietnam that's now closed but had not tried the fast-casual offspring. Miraculously its building was untouched by the ...

Nyum Bai | Fruitvale - Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Nyum Bai, the tiny Cambodian restaurant opened last year in Fruitvale and has been earning accolades from the get-go. 'hounds have been following La Cocina alum, Nite Yun, from her early pop-up day...

Morning at Ottimo | Yountville - Napa Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

When I complained about the wretched coffee during my previous visit to Napa Valley, https://www.chowhound.com/post/napa-valley-coffee-roasting-company-st-helena-1062509 https://www.chowhound.com...

Pho Bel Air | San Jose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Two months ago I pulled off the 101 to stop at Pho Bel Air after 11pm to pick up a take-out order of pho ga (chicken rice noodle soup) on my way south. Packed carefully with noodles, herb garnishes...

Corzetti | Sabin - NE Portland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

After Pok Pok Noi https://www.chowhound.com/post/pok-pok-noi-sabin-ne-portland-1076020 , I walked a few steps to Corzetti for the third happy hour stop of the day. Opened three months ago by the te...

Ballast Coffee | West Portal - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

In need of a place to meet in the neighborhood, a couple friends and I picked Ballast Coffee to try. It's a modern cafe with some outdoor seating. Ballast roasts its own beans and has a special bea...

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roaster Land Park/Curtis Park Cafe, Sacramento

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Last summer this Kiwi roaster opened a third location in Land Park/Curtis Park. Near the AirBnB where I stayed in January, I checked it out before leaving town. A difference here is that the cafe o...

Petra Mediterranean Pizza & Grill | San Luis Obispo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Petra has been recommended several times for a good and inexpensive bite in SLO. https://www.chowhound.com/post/jaffa-petra-cafe-san-luis-obispo-589471 https://www.chowhound.com/post/cal-poly-sl...

Kaiyo Peruvian Nikkei | Cow Hollow - SF

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Unexpectedly on my own for a night in the City, I took a walk down Union Street and landed at the then three-month old Kaiyo. The specialty here is small plates and sushi drinking food in the style...