Midtown’s Favorite Patios

By on 7 November, 2011 in Karren Pell with 1 Comment

One of the best parts of fall in Alabama is outdoor dining. Oh now, don’t tell me the evening breeze is too chilly! Many establishments have heaters to warm you up. Sitting out in the crisp night air or the golden afternoon sunlight is a delightful experience. Let me suggest four of my favorite restaurant patios.

The first two are side by side in Old Cloverdale: Sinclair’s and El Rey. Their menu is different, but both patios are fabulous. Drinks, dinner, appetizers, and ambiance — all are delightful. El Rey’s loves to sponsor special nights, and these events are even more special on their two patios. For example, on Nov. 15 they will host “King’s Day and a Coast to Coast Toast to Vanberg and Dewulf Importers.” That is all the information I am providing here — I don’t want to spoil it for you. Go to www.burritolounge.com for details or just show up for a great time, fabulous food, and awesome beverages. Everybody loves to go to classy Sinclair’s and the patio is never better than in the fall. Gather some friends around a big round table and revel in the good life.

My next choice is Michael’s Table at Zelda Place. While Michael’s is upscale, it is not so much so that any of us need to be shy about making Michael’s a regular favorite. The patio is called a “piazza” and is open on Sundays. They agree with me about outdoor dining in the fall and invite guests to have “A long lazy get together in the fresh air.”

Third is my newest discovery: The Cantina in the Alley downtown. Sit outside and people watch! The food is fun and fresh and the wait staff friendly. Remember that song “Downtown — everything’s waiting for you!” Well it is — get down to the Cantina, grab an outdoor table, and start having fun.

So gather some friends and a sweater and head out to a great fall evening — on a patio!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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  1. Jay Croft says:

    Not to disparage patios, but the problem is that smoking is allowed, and that spoils the experience.

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