Among a lot of other incredibly awesome things to do during summertime in Cleveland, there is also the chance for both you and me to enjoy wonderful, leisurely, outdoor dining at many fabulous restaurants throughout town.
In fact, Plain Dealer reporter extraordinaire, John Petkovic, recently culled a pretty impressive list of what he considers to be the top 50 spots for al fresco dining in our fine city. I happen to agree with him 100%.
(All photo and caption credits: The Plain Dealer)
|La Dolce Vita, 12112 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-721-8155,
The landscape is perfect here -- a great sidewalk cafe where you play voyeur over a cappuccino. The patio behind the restaurant is snazzy and manicured
|The South Side, 2207 W 11th St Cleveland, 216-937-2288,
The patio is open year-round. It features two sides, indoor/outdoor, along with a stone fireplace, comfy seats and tables that put plastic picnic fare to shame.
3164 Fulton Road, Cleveland
This quaint bar also rolls out a patio with a meticulous garden in the back that looks like something you'd find on an estate, not in the middle of the city.
|Flying Fig, 2523 Market Ave Cleveland, 216-241-4243, theflyingfig.com
It's so close to West 25th and yet so peaceful sitting here on the sidewalk of Market Avenue at the Fig -- a serene sister to the brew-haha of West 25th.
|Barrio, 806 Literary Rd. Cleveland, 216-999-7714, barriotremont.com
Raise a margarita and a taco to the good-time girl who lords over this Mexican-flavored Tremont spot. She's the flapper mural overlooking Barrio's chic but simple patio.
|Hodges, 668 Euclid Ave Cleveland, 216-771-4000, hodgescleveland.com
Yes, it has a snazzy, sprawling patio. But I'm still focused on this fantastic view of the skyline and downtown's vibrant future on a renovated Euclid Avenue.
|Luxe, 6605 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-920-0600, luxecleveland.com
This pad reminds me a little of some pad in South Beach. Except that you never feel like you're crashing someone else's party. It's welcoming and stylish without being pretentious.