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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.

12 Photos to Inspire Your Patio Refresh in Time for Summer

Patio decor may not be the most pressing matter right now, but if you're lucky enough to have an outdoor space and the wherewithal to give it a spring makeover, now is a great time to freshen it up...
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Phase 2 & 3 reopening coming in Mid-Hudson...

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by gutreactions 1 day ago

According to Gov. Mario Cuomo, Phase 2 reopening in the Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Westchester, Hudson Valley and Rockland Counties in New York State, will begin on June 9th. If things go ac...

April Pantry in Petaluma: Grand Opening June 1 to 5

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by Melanie Wong 1 day ago

A new breakfast, lunch and catering spot, April Pantry, welcomes the public to its grand opening this week. It features local food grown on its own farm. Online or phone ordering is available for t...

Signs of restaurants reopening in Fairfield County, CT...

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by gutreactions 16 days ago

We crossed the Westchester line into Greenwich, CT. yesterday afternoon to observe the partial reopening of restaurants in Fairfield County. Outdoor seating is now allowed, with restrictions. Drove...

The Bistro at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford re-opens May 30

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by Melanie Wong 7 days ago

Napa County was approved to move into Stage 2 on the California roadmap for easing restrictions during Covid-19. Restaurants were allowed to resume dine-in services subject to operating guidelines ...

Op-Ed: The successful reopening of restaurants might lie in pedestrian-only streets

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by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

" . . . An innovative alternative is to temporarily close main streets to cars, and repurpose that space. That means instead of narrow sidewalks there will be plenty of room for pedestrian flow. An...

This restaurant in an empty field will serve 1 diner at a time

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by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

Opens May 10 and will continue till August. " . . . "Rasmus and I said to ourselves, 'We should make this available for everyone! Anti-social freaks, people in risk groups, anyone! It will be th...

Wolf House Brewing is open in Cloverdale

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by Melanie Wong 23 days ago

Last fall I mentioned that Wolf House Brewing had taken over the location of Ruth McGowan's Brewpub/Cloverdale Ale Company. https://www.chowhound.com/post/fish-chips-ruth-mcgowans-brewpub-cloverdal...

Pizza Squared: Detroit and Sicilian Style in San Francisco

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by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Sunday was National Pizza Day and I marked the occasion by visiting Pizza Squared in the Design District for a slice. Three slices, actually.

PorkChop & Bubba's BBQ | Bakersfield

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by Melanie Wong 6 months 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...

Rustic @ Francis Ford Coppola Winery | Geyserville - Sonoma County

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by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Lured in by the 20% discount offer for June, this week I had lunch at Rustic, the restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. https://www.facebook.com/CoppolaWine/posts/10154316085098466

Patty's Original Cheese Zombies | Concord

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by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

A couple years ago, proximity to Patty's Original Cheese Zombies in Concord while in the far East Bay for another matter was my chance to check out the beloved fast food treat invented by the Mount...

Ice Cream & Shop(pe) | Uptown Palm Springs

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by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Ice Cream & Shop(pe) opened last summer at Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs. I admired the cute aqua-colored ice cream pedestal dishes and asked that my order be served in one. Sadly, they're for displ...

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

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by Melanie Wong 1 year 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...

Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen | Marin

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by Melanie Wong 5 months 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

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by Melanie Wong 5 months 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

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by Melanie Wong 5 months 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

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by Melanie Wong 12 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

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by Melanie Wong 6 months 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

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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

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by Melanie Wong 6 months 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...