Tis the season to head back outside to eat, and restaurant owners are wasting no time in getting their patios in tip-top shape. Here are a few of the ones that I’ve heard are already open. I’m sure there are others, so please share.
- Momocho. This place boasts a very cute and intimate patio. It’s well covered with lots of greenery and small lights. We had a lot of great evenings on this patio last summer and looking forward to more this year. Also, be sure to check out Momocho for Cinco de Mayo. Can you think of a better place to be?
- Light Bistro. This place is expanding both up and out. Their newbie patio just opened this week, for both lunch and dinner. And apparently the owners didn’t feel the need to stop there and moved the renovations upstairs with the addition of a second floor dining room. This space will be used for both everyday dining, as well as private parties, including showers and rehearsal dinners. And to top it all off, the chef has added to the happy hour menu. Look for a selection of food items for $5 each (like the pork belly sandwich), beer and wine specials and even bottles of vino for just $10! Happy hour is available Monday – Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Grovewood Tavern. The patio just opened last night – the earliest ever for the owners. And on April 21, Grovewood will play host to Mario Rizzotti, a previous Iron Chef judge, for a balsamic and olive oil tasting dinner.
Of course my favorite patio in town is at Baricelli. I’m actually not sure if it’s open yet, but this is a great place to sit, even if it’s just for some good cheese and wine. Ironically, Baricelli will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo tasting dinner for $35 per person. The prix fixe, 3-course dinner will feature their take on Mexican classics, with your choice of three starters, entrees and desserts, plus margaritas and sangria, and single-barrel tequilas. While this sounds interesting, I still think Momocho is the place to be for an authentic celebration.