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Dec 16, 2006 05:44 PM

Al fresco in Atlanta?

Looking for recommendations for moderately priced restaurants that offer al fresco dining that does NOT offer stunning views of a busy, traffic-choked street or parking lot. A cheaper version of Canoe is what I've got in mind. Most places we know of you have to yell over your salad to be heard above the diesel engines (not to mention that lovely exhaust aroma). Something with an enclosed courtyard or rear patio would be ideal. Thanks.

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  1. I had apps and drinks last night before a movie at Apres Diem next to the midtown arts cinema. We sat inside at the bar, but despite occasional wiffs of cigarette smoke, that's a pretty outdoor setting.

    Basil's, for very good mediterranean has a nice front porch on a pretty street.

    1. Other options to consider:

      Las Palmeras (5th St, Midtown): Good Cuban food on a quiet residential street. Call ahead, as they have a tendency to be closed more often than your average restaurant.

      Baroanda (Peachtree St, near the Fox): Delicious thin-crust pizza and other well-executed Italian dishes, complemented by a nice list of mostly Italian wines. Though the restaurant's entrance is on Peachtree, the outdoor seating area runs along a side street, and it is quite pleasant.

      Sala (North Highland Ave, Virginia-Highland): Creative, upscale Mexican food with tasty margaritas, just north of the heart of VA-HI.

      The Earl (East Atlanta): Solid pub food, with the best original live rock music in town in the back room. Not the place to go if you are bothered by cigarette smoke.

      This is the second time today I have replied to an Atlanta-related post seeking hints for outdoor dining. (The other one sought information on take-out spots near Piedmont Park.) Global warming is a bummer, but it sure does expand the opportunities to enjoy outdoor dining, particularly in a climate like Atlanta's.