Good food, live theater and a warm summer evening. Sound like the perfect combo? Then grab a blanket and join the Actors' Theatre of Columbus at Schiller Park for their always-popular summer theater season.

Good food, live theater and a warm summer evening. Sound like the perfect combo? Then grab a blanket and join the Actors' Theatre of Columbus at Schiller Park for their always-popular summer theater season.

The premiere of "King Arthur and the Sword of Britain," written by local playwright Philip J. Hickman, kicks off the season. The comedic re-telling of the Camelot story follows the adventures of Merlin and young Arthur and runs through mid-June. The playful Shakespeare classic "Twelfth Night" runs late June through late July.

Best of all, admission is free. Make a night of it by stopping in at these German Village gems before and after the show.

Dinner in the Village

Start your evening with a classic. Tucked away in the heart of German Village, Lindey's has been serving sophisticated yet comfortable fare to lunch and dinner crowds since 1981. Share the ahi tuna Tartare ($15) to start or the beef Carpaccio ($10)-shaved round eye paired with grilled portobello mushrooms.

Customers adore the Tournedos of Beef ($31), a Lindey's staple that manager Chad Gill says has been on the menu since the restaurant opened. Two four-ounce filets sit atop a baguette topped with bearnaise, with garlic whipped potatoes and asparagus on the side.

Sweet Treat

Before heading to the show, grab a cone at nearby Jeni's. Just a couple blocks from the park, the German Village location is one of Jeni's mini scoop shops-but you'll still find your favorite flavors.

For a seasonal treat, go with a scoop of tangy Lemon Yogurt with Blueberries or Backyard Mint ($4.50 for a small), made with fresh mint from Jorgensen Farms in Westerville.

If you haven't tried one of Jeni's amazing ice cream sandwiches, this is the night. The chocolate hazelnut ($6) is their most popular-rich dark chocolate ice cream sandwiched between two hazelnut-flour macaroons and topped with roasted and salted chopped hazelnuts.

Drinks al Fresco

Mosey over to Barcelona after the show for a drink (or two) on the restaurant's lovely outdoor patio. General manager Tim Hawkins suggests the flirty Belvedere Sparkle ($9.50)-Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka, elderflower liqueur and fizzy cava (the Spanish version of Champagne) served on the rocks with a twist.

And you can't go wrong with the house-made sangria ($6.50 for a glass, $26 for a carafe). Choose from red, white or a seasonal flavor (think summer fruits like strawberry or peach).