Saint Helens – Seattle, WA
Saint Helens is exactly what the North Seattle neighborhoods have needed for a long time. Located right off the Burke Gilman Trail on NE 45th, it’s the perfect location for all the surrounding neighborhood folk to meet. Whether by bike or car, stop on by anytime of the day. Summer days and nights will be perfectly spent on the outdoor patio area fit with a fire pit to keep you toasty at night.
Open morning to night, you can stop in for the most perfect coffee and pastry (the scones are to die for), tartine sandwiches, or linger at dinner with some wine and cocktails. The patio/deck is the perfect summer hangout!
Spencer’s – Palm Springs, CA
This was my first time to Spencer’s but it won’t be my last. Nestled up again the San Jacinto Mountains, the setting is beautiful and I can only imagine what it would be like at night seeing that we were there to enjoy a late lunch. Outside on the patio under the trees is by far the best seat in the house – it’s no wonder they won the award for Best Outside Dining:)
The menu is American with hints of Asian and Mediterranean influences. Being a hot afternoon I chose the Baja Shrimp Salad. It came with roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes and tortilla strips with a lemon tequila dressing…yum! I added a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt…DE-lish!