Happy weekend, Kansas City!
Having successfully uploaded my book manuscript and accompanying visuals, I find myself back and ready to blog with a vengeance! I had toyed with an idea of compiling a quick list of best patio drinks/dining in KC, but then fall appeared and I resigned myself to wait until the city had shaken off its sleepy cocoon of cold.
Yet a brief spring has made its triumphant return, so in honor of this weekend’s amazing weather, here are a few of my favorite spots to drink and dine outdoors. Feel free to add your favorites to the list!
>Cafe Trio, 4558 Main St. It’s hard for me to confess I haven’t yet been to the new Cafe Trio, but I’ve heard nothing but enthusiastic reviews about the restaurant and lounge’s spacious new digs. The patio provides a breathtaking view of the Plaza, especially dramatic at night, and heated lamps help ward off the after-dark chill that comes so early this time of year.
>Classic Cup, 301 W. 47th St. I’ve recommended Classic Cup so many times that it’s become one of my Kansas City staples, a bistro-like setting with one of the best patios in the city–and a grilled chicken pita sandwich for which I’d walk through fire. Enjoy a glass of wine while partaking in one of my favorite pastimes: people-watching.
>Aixois, 301 E. 55th St. For a Francophile like me, Aixois is about the closest you can get to France while still in Kansas City. The large patio that offers views of scenic Brookside Boulevard is a true al fresco delight, whether you’re enjoying a full French meal or are simply stopping by for a cafe au lait.
>O’Dowd’s Little Dublin, 4742 Pennsylvania Ave. Grab your cocktail of choice and head straight to O’Dowd’s rooftop, a sizable patio perched high enough above the Plaza to warrant several Facebook-worthy photo opportunities. Heated lamps make the patio a drinking destination year-round, and it’s worth a stop at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve when you (and dozens of fellow revelers) can toast the New Year in Dublin with complimentary champagne. Slainte!
>The Well, 7421 Broadway. Waldo’s newest bar and restaurant already has the city abuzz thanks to a large rooftop patio that not only boasts ample seating (ladies, don’t be afraid to break out the stilettos) but also great views of the surrounding neighborhood and drink specials that make a night out a little easier on the bank account.