Outdoor Dinning to Die For (yes, another list!!)

22 11 2009

One of the many pleasures of warm weather is eating outside.  It’s not common this time of year, but a recent trip to the Florida Keys made me think of the great places to dine outside.  Here are my top 5…

1.  The Tin Roof | Mallory Square | Key West, Florida

If you trek all the way to the end of Duval Street, wander past a hotel entrance, down the dock a little ways and through the door of a fence, then you will find The Tin Roof.  It sits on the docks with crystal blue water all around.  The menu is amazing and the drinks are fast and cold.  The sunsets are better than in Malibu!

2.  World Cafe | Santa Monica, California

On Main Street in Santa Monica, this outdoor garden spot is everything LA without being in LA.  I recommend either the brunch or the Happy Hour.  The people watching is stellar and you never know who you will see.  Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson were dining mates of ours (thought they didn’t know it!) on a particular Sunday afternoon.  Free pizzas from the brick oven at the bar during Happy Hour are a great treat.

3.  County Line BBQ | The Riverwalk | San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Riverwalk County LineThey do Texas BBQ right!  Huge portions, sweet iced tea, cold beer and great scenery along the famed Riverwalk.  The sister restaurant in Austin has been featured on the Food Network numerous times and these guys do the exact same thing, only with better views.  Pay attention to the time of year as it gets VERY HOT in the summer months.

4.  Wahoo’s | Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina

This is the ultimate sumertime local.  Fresh sushi, fish and vegetables are among the favorites.  The Grilled King Crab Legs are nothing to miss as well.  Sit outside under the tiki bar, listen to some live music, drink some Sweet Tea Vodka and enjoy the boats coming in.  After dark, this place turns into the happening spot to be amongst the locals.  See and be seen!

5.  Moonshadows | Malibu, California

Seats go quickly at this local eatery for the Hollywood crowd.  The views over the ocean are stunning, especially at sunset.  Great food and great drinks.  Private cabanas for those who are very important.   This is a great place for a glass of wine and some quiet time.  Just watch the paparazzi on the way out.

Here are a few of my favs that didn’t quite make the top 5.

Hudson Hotel in New York City, Nicki Beach in Miami & Atlantic City, The Lobster in Santa Monica, The Rooftop at the Maritime Hotel in NYC, Big Oak Drive In in Indian Beach, and The Boathouse in NYC.

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