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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 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...

PorkChop & Bubba's BBQ | Bakersfield

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Two months ago I stopped for lunch in Bakersfield on my way to Palm Springs. I was interested in checking out PorkChop and Bubba's BBQ, as the owners are experienced competitors on the KCBS contest...

Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen | Marin

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 20 days ago

Following a tasting appointment at Merry Edwards in Sebastopol, I suggested that our group take advantage of this summer evening and head to the coast for dinner. From Merry's we zipped down to the...

Kong's Burger & Cafe | Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 28 days ago

Who remembers the neighborhood convenience store, Kong's Market in Pleasure Point, famous for its egg rolls? I tried them during our stay at a beach house in October 2011. https://www.chowhound.co...

Summer Solstice Pig Roast @ Alta Bakery | Monterey

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 28 days ago

My intro to the long-awaited Alta Bakery was the summer solstice pig roast it hosted along with Cult Tacos in June. This was a nice way to see how the inner court and gardens of the Cooper Molera A...

Nyum Bai | Fruitvale - Oakland

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 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...

Ginochio's Kitchen | Bodega Bay - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Last year during Christmas week, I headed to the Sonoma Coast for bivalves. I was also interested in trying the crab sandwich at Gourmet Au Bay. But it was not available and I stepped over to its ...

Ruddell's Smokehouse | Cayucos - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Last month as I prepared to drive home from Southern California, a craving for one of Ruddell's smoked seafood tacos hit me. Nearly seven years had passed since my previous time at this oceanfront ...

Voyager Craft Coffee | Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Usually my reports about coffeehouses lead with a photo of the coffee product. But for Voyager Craft Coffee, the staff add such an extra special dimension to the experience. So welcoming and joyful...

Poor Red's | El Dorado

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Liquid lunch! In May, I swung by Poor Red's at the end of my visit to Placerville before leaving the area. This saloon invented the Gold Cadillac cocktail and 3% of the WORLD’s supply of Galliano f...

The Love Apple | Taos, New Mexico

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

From lunch at Zuly's Cafe, https://www.chowhound.com/post/zulys-cafe-dixon-nm-1087580 , I pushed on to my overnight in Taos. I recommend highly choosing the low road route when driving north into...

Khachapuri @ Old Sasoon Bakery | Pasadena

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

A year ago, fate landed me in the middle of Pasadena's Armenian neighborhood. For breakfast, I indulged in a Georgian-Armenian khachapuri enjoyed outside at a sidewalk cafe table on a blue sky day....

Rancho de Chimayo | Chimayó, New Mexico

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Enjoying the wine experience at Gruet's tasting room so much, https://www.chowhound.com/post/gruet-winery-tasting-room-hotel-st-francis-santa-fe-1086207 I was a little late to meet my friend at her...

La Central Valle | Valle de Guadalupe - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months 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 4 months 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 7 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 8 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 5 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...