Karen Krauskopf, recommends The Grove (above) a clean, modern restaurant bordering a park downtown. "It's a very peaceful place--my escape for a cool glass of white wine. Even when it's 100+ degrees and 90% humidity, this place set amongst the oak trees and skyscrapers cools me." The Grove 1611 Lamar Street (Discovery Green Park), Houston TX
Karen also loves Backstreet Cafe (left): "This quintessential neighborhood spot is right around the corner from us. Good food, nice wine list. Intimate (it's a re-purposed house) and romantic, but also a great place to meet friends. The courtyard offers a wonderful, almost private outdoor dining experience, especially at night. Again under giant oak tree. We do love our big trees here in the blistering heat of the south." Backstreet Cafe 1103 South Shepherd Drive, Houston TX
JaJa Bistro 5641 South Nevada Street, Littleton CO
Trish Woodson writes a knitting blog ttwcreative, and although I don't knit a stitch, we have discovered so many common loves through our blogs, I just knew she'd have a great recommendation for a Chicago café. And she did:
"We only get a few months of alfresco dining here in Chi-town, but we know how to make the most of it. One of our best little spots is Anteprima, a regional Italian eatery focusing on fresh, local and organic food. This particular spot is especially perfect for Style Maniac readers because it's mere blocks away from nationally-recognized (but still affordable!) interior design shops like George Lowell, Scout and Brimstone. If you're in Chicago one nice day, pop on your can't-miss sundress and head to the Andersonville neighborhood for shopping and a wonderful dinner. Don't be disturbed by the busy dining room, you called ahead and made a reservation for the secret garden hidden behind the restaurant, didn't you? Sip a cocktail while sitting amidst the beautiful greenery and peruse a selection of starters--you can get 8 of them for $15. While you decide between the risotto with peeky toe crab and crispy trout, sit back and enjoy the wonder that is Chicago in warm weather." Anteprima, 5316 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL
PHOTOS 1 & 2 via The Grove Facebook Page, PHOTO 3 via Backstreet Cafe Facebook Page, LOGO via JaJa Bistro.com , PHOTO 4 via anteprimachicago.net
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