Twin Cities - Non-smoking outdoor dining?
Are there any non-smoking outdoor patios or sidewalk cafes in the Twin Cities? I'm desperately allergic to cigarette smoke, so I usually have to sit inside when I go "out" to eat. (At least my restaurant choices have expanded lately, for which I am very thankful!)
I know that the Birchwood Cafe has discrete "No Smoking" signs near their sidewalk tables, and I think that the Signature Cafe also requests that outdoor patrons not smoke.
Are there any others? I would love some other options for our gorgeous summer nights (and days). I've included a link to the Pioneer Press's outdoor dining guide for ideas.
Happy, happy, happy me! I found another non-smoking patio: Punch Pizza in St. Paul.
We went there last night, and I was pining for an outside table. I just assumed that smoking was inevitable, but I didn't see any ash trays, so I finally thought to ask. Hooray!
Caution for other smoke-sensitive people - the tiny patio is "in" the parking lot (slightly elevated) and is right next to the entrance. So when Punch is crowded (as it often is), and people are waiting outside for a table, there are likely to be some smokers standing right next to the patio diners. So truly smoke-free dining is iffy on a busy night. But on a slow Monday, like last night, it's pretty safe.
My lungs are so happy!
Time for some places links for the restaurants with truly all-non-smoking patios.
3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Punch Neapolitan Pizza
704 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Signature Cafe & Catering
130 Warwick St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
4300 Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro
1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
331 Broadway Ave South, Wayzata, MN 55391
Il Vesco Vino in the old Vintage spot in Saint Paul has one of the prettiest undiscovered patios in the city. Maybe I shouldnt mention it either. Bartender told me smoking was only allowed at the actual outdoor bar. They have new wood fired pizzas now too that are as good as Punch without the wait.The patio is huge and they have live jazz out there on the weekends too.
i sat on the wee patio at obento-ya the other day. there was a no smoking sign prominently posted near the door, and nobody was smoking-- since nobody tried to smoke, i can't speak to enforcement, but i sure didn't see any icky butts anywhere. it was a very cute patio, with nice shade from tree, some landscaping with running water/fountain, not a bunch of tables all jammed together on a hot surface, you know? it was very nice!
I found another all-non-smoking patio in the Twin Cities (or, rather, on the outskirts).
Patrick's Wayzata Bistro
We ate there last night. When I asked if they allowed smoking on the patio, the answer was a prompt and enthusiastic "no". Yippee! It was the end of the evening, and only one other table was occupied, so I don't know how hard they enforce the non-smoking policy. But at least their heart's in the right place!
P.S. Our dinner last night was very nice, although not completely up to par with the very high prices. Best was my husband's duck, followed by the astoundingly rich quail terrine. The baked goods, oddly enough, were the weakest part of the meal. But where else can you dine al fresco on French food with a view of Lake Minnetonka? And on a non-smoking patio, to boot? I love this place!
Good luck! The main reason so many restos have opened up their sidewalks and back patios is to accommodate smokers, now that you can't smoke indoors anymore.
I think I would look for the places with the biggest and most charming patio spaces, with the idea that they could find a space for you that's upwind of the smokers.
In my 'hood, that would include the Monte, and your suggestion of Joe's Garage would probably also work. Their roof is quite large. And for some reason, I have a vague recollection that the Black Forest courtyard is at least partially non-smoking, but I'm not sure.
The alternate idea would be to find places with patios so small that you are the only one there and it won't matter! 112 comes to mind. During mid-week, there are seldom people out on the sidewalk.
Again, good luck!