Round-up: Take advantage of spring patio weather
I've long said that I love living in the Midwest because we know how to make use of a sunny day. It doesn't matter if it's July, October or February - if it's sunny and above 60, we're hanging out on a patio. So with patio weather arriving once again this weekend, consider occupying one of these outdoor spaces.
Condado Tacos, Short North
In contrast to the black and white Day of the Dead theme inside, Condado's picnic table-lined back patio is decorated with colorful wall-to-wall murals. It's a fitting setting for the fun that goes hand-in-hand with eating at the Short North taco joint, where you can build your own tacos, dig into bowls of queso and savor margaritas in mason jars.
Basi Italia, Victorian Village
This hidden gem is known for its intimate back patio, which features a beautiful concrete bar surrounded by greenery and lit with strings of white lights. It's the ideal place to sip a glass of wine and enjoy Chef John Dornback's marvelous Italian specialties.
La Chatelaine, Worthington
Whether it's for a breakfast of coffee and an almond croissant, or a dinner of charcuterie and boeuf bourguignon, the patio at La Chatelaine's Worthington location creates the atmosphere of a rustic village bistro. The brick-lined patio is also an ideal spot for starting a morning stroll through the Worthington Farmer's Market.
Flatiron Bar & Diner, Downtown
Behind the Flatiron's signature triangular building sits a square-shaped patio. Reclining out there you'd never know you're Downtown. It's a quiet getaway perfect for enjoying the joint's Cajun- and Creole-themed menu of jambalaya, muffuletta, fried oyster sandwiches and more.
El Arepazo, Gahanna and Brewery District
If you're jonesing for an El Arepazo fix outside of lunchtime hours, head to its two newer locations in the Brewery District and Gahanna. These are quiet spaces that allow for laid-back people-watching while you sip sangria and douse a plate of fish tacos with fabulous cilantro sauce.
Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer, coffee and Columbus atbreakfastwithnick.com. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures.