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Dining ‘Out’
Hungry for a great place to eat and drink in the open air? Check out these 15 hot spots.

by Gwyneth Donahue

There are few simple pleasures better than taking a seat at an alfresco café. These hot spots, known for their excellent cuisine and outdoor seating, will have you soaking up every last drop of summer.

Bowman’s Tavern, New Hope
What better way to unwind after a long work day than enjoying $6 tavern-style appetizers and classic cocktails with friends? An outdoor patio and a menu that includes a lineup of terrific grass-fed burgers will turn you into a regular. BowmansTavernRestaurant.com
 
Brittingham’s, Lafayette Hill
When it comes to alfresco dining, Brittingham’s has an embarrassment of riches: tasty food, refreshing drinks and a view worth fighting for. It’s easy to see why Brittingham’s is a summer favorite to so many. Brittinghams.com
 
Buona Via, Horsham 
Buona Via checks off all the boxes: an elegant bar, with one of the area’s most exhaustive wine lists; bartenders who pour some seriously inventive cocktails; a wonderful food menu, particularly if you’re fond of Mediterranean-style seafood; and, of course, a cozy outdoor seating area that will make you want to linger. BuonaVia.com
 
El Poquito, Chestnut Hill
Diners can take a seat and relax on the charming outdoor courtyard, enjoying a food-and-beverage menu reminiscent of Baja’s beachside cantinas. Is there a better cure to a bad mood than street-style tacos and a freshly juiced margarita in the sunshine? We can’t think of one. ElPoquito.com
 
Firepoint Grill, Newtown Square
Firepoint Grill always delivers a good time, especially when the covered patio is bustling. Whether the day stays sunny and 85 or turns gray and tumbles into 60-degree territory, the temperature-controlled patio ensures guests will want to stay long after they finish a burger, steak or something else from the menu of fine American classics. FirepointGrill.com
 
The Goat’s Beard, Wayne
This sister to the original in Manayunk places an emphasis on local ingredients and a strong community feel. It’s also the perfect spot to enjoy a cold cocktail or glass of wine (maybe complemented by a cheese plate or another starter) out of doors. TheGoatsBeardWayne.com
 
Hickory Kitchen, Doylestown
Hickory Kitchen may be best known for its award-winning smokehouse barbecue, but it also boasts some of Bucks County’s finest vegetarian fare. (Either of the veggie burgers will delight even the pickiest omnivore.) Menu aside, it’s one of Doylestown’s most welcoming spots for dining in the sun. HickoryKitchen.com
 
Jarrettown Hotel Italian Restaurant and Bar, Dresher
It’s hard to say enough about the umbrella-shaded patio at the “J-town.” Whether you crave crab cakes, oysters or a perfectly cooked pizza, there’s a good reason this Dresher institution becomes such a hot spot when the weather turns warm. JarrettownRestaurant.com
 
Jasper’s Backyard, Conshohocken
Enjoy handcrafted specialty cocktails done up with fresh fruit and infused herbs on Jasper’s spacious outdoor patio. The artisanal menu offers a wide variety of dishes with local, fresh ingredients to suit any palate. JaspersBackyard.com
 
The Landing, New Hope
Great food meets riverside dining. What more can you ask for? Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Landing is a memorable spot, with amazing views of the Delaware River beneath nothing but open sky. LandingRestaurant.com
 
La Stalla Restaurant, Newtown
A special Italian dining experience awaits you on La Stalla’s outdoor patio. We recommend starting with something from the copious list of Tuscan antipasto. LaStallaRestaurant.com

The Logan Inn, New Hope
Drink and dine alfresco while “people watching” along Main Street. Whether you are looking to meet up with friends or savor a romantic evening under the stars, The Logan Inn has become a staple of one of Bucks County’s most vibrant restaurant scenes. LoganInn.com

Paramour, Wayne
Located within the charming Wayne Hotel, Paramour serves modern American cuisine in an elegant setting. Guests can enjoy fine dining while admiring the award-winning gardens on the Veranda. Our recommendation: Make reservations. ParamourWayne.com
 
Puck, Doylestown
If you have an appetite for great food and live music (and who doesn’t?), then head to Puck for an outdoor dining destination that’s tough to beat. Whether you prefer rock ‘n’ roll or soulful singer-songwriters, Puck has you covered. PuckLive.com
 
Taphouse 23, Bridgeport
When the weather turns nice, Taphouse 23 turns up the outdoor ambiance, with multiple roosts for plein air dining and imbibing. Don’t forget your sunglasses! Taphouse23.com
 
Jarrettown photograph by Jody Robinson
 
 
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life Magazine, June 2018. 
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