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Looking for a great place to catch a meal, sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I am not a huge fan of Classic Cup.

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  1. I like dining outside at "Spin" pizza. Spin is at 119th and Nall. The patio is somewhat hidden and very nice. I also like Andre's (Swedish food) at 119th and Nall. The food there is very good and the service has always been really good.

    I don't like the "Classic Cup" either. I find the service to be terrible at best.

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    1. re: jm054

      Lidia's has a very nice outdoor dining area. Great appetizers and drinks.
      I'm sure Andre's does Swiss inspired food, I've never seen Swedish food there.
      Sol Cantina is very fun, on 31st Street.

      1. re: zataar

        You are correct about Andre's. I meant to say Swiss "inspired". ;)


    2. I like Spin's patio too- the shades are nice when it's sunny. La Bodega's also fun to sit outside at.

      1. Sol Cantina on 31st street (Martini Corner) has a great patio in the back. It's fenced in so you don't feel like you're sitting in the alley. Cheap food, good drink specials -- it's a winner! I particularly like the Baja-style fish tacos.

        Also, Harry's Country Club downtown has a nice patio area. I *think* they have live music out there at times. Menu is better than average grill and bar fare.

        River Market isn't much for charm, but there are a few tables scattered outside. Succotash is the safest bet as they have their own seating area. Now that I think about it, so does Winslow's if you need BBQ.

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        1. re: larkspurKC

          Thanks for the Sol Cantina rec. My friends and I enjoyed the beautiful 80 degree KC afternoon, not to mention the margaritas, chips and queso and lunch. I had the steak and chicken kabobs with salad (house dressing) and rice. All were nice. What a great way to spend the afternoon.

        2. I have eaten outside at Lil's and liked it a lot. They are dog friendly on their patio.

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          1. re: steveb

            Where is Lil's and what type of cuisine do they have?

            1. re: amy_rc

              I'm not too familiar with KC, but here is their #. 816/421-4441. AOLcityguide gave it a nice write-up (sort of a puff piece), but I've eaten there a couple of times and liked it. It's kind of expensive but I felt like I got my money's worth.

              1. re: amy_rc

                It's in the west side, on 17th street. Right Near Blue Bird Bistro if you're familiar with that.

            2. Does La Cucina de Puerco still have their outside seating? Not the best locale (just off Metcalf), but an idea. Governor's Meeting House in Shawnee has a lovely little patio on the west side of the building that's tree-sheltered.

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              1. re: GiGiWy

                Yep, they still have the patio, but it's not called La Cocina anymore- it's now Austin's Cantina.

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Really! I did not know that. Is it as good? BTW, the reference above to the dog-friendly patio at "Lil's" is, I believe, actually Lillie's on 17th, 815 West 17th Street, in mid-town. We were there for lunch and it was delightful. They don't have a website but if you Google it there's a 2005 review from Lauren Chapin.

                  1. re: GiGiWy

                    We haven't been yet, but here's the scoop that Aaron learned by calling: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38996... I just about cried when I drove by the first time, but Aaron assures me that they are still serving the same carnitas, and it's still the same owners.

                    1. re: Katie Nell

                      Oh no! Katie Nell say it isn't true . . .it is new owners but same food and menu? You were one of the first people I had ever read on Chowhound who recommended La Cocina. When you go, you must give us a full report.

                    2. re: GiGiWy

                      Lill's on 17th is just funky, fun with a nice front patio and worthy sangria. It used to be called Lillie's on 17th, but the owners got into a legal battle over the name apparently one of the major hotel restaurants in town had Lillie's so they were forced to change the name to Lill's on 17th. Still dog friendly, still same owners, still terrific for both lunch or dinner.

                      1. re: jvergara

                        Well, you're much more up on the latest that I am, jvergara. It's been a couple years since we were there; however, everything I could find on websites still called it Lillie's. Oh well ...

                2. Harry's does have some great sangria and outdoor seating. I was there last weekend and enjoyed the live music, a $5 cover though.
                  At lunch the Cashew today, with all of the garage windows open it feels like you're outside.
                  McCoy's in Westport has a deck and a pretty good view, can't beat their pizzas and root beet.

                  1. Harry's has a band on Wednesdays playing the outside, and I actually think River Market's high on charm.

                    Not open for dinner, but Woodyard BBQ has a wonderful outdoor seating area in KCK, which I took advantage of for lunch today. There are some winter pics here (http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?...), thought the patio is covered in snow.

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                    1. re: Aaron Deacon

                      Okay, here are a few of my recommendations now that we can all sit outside and enjoy a meal (took forever for the weather to cooperate, didn't it.):
                      1) Aixios - http://www.aixois.com/
                      2) Joe D's Wine Bar - http://www.kansascitymenus.com/joeds/
                      3) Thomas Restaurant Rooftop - http://search.cityguide.aol.com/kansa...
                      4) McCormick and Schmicks - http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/i...

                      My final recommendation will seem a little off the wall, but having just been last week to the downtown Central Library's Eclectic Eats seminar featuring Charles Ferruzza and Em Chamas, I have to say if you go to the 5th floor of the library to the Helzberg Auditorium, right outside there is the most modern, wonderful deck with table and chairs to sit and enjoy a 5th story view of downtown. So swing by your favorite place and grab something to go, or pack a lunch and take it to the Central Library 5th Floor deck, you will see right across the way that you are even taller than Big John's Deck, and I promise the food will be better as will the views.

                      1. re: jvergara

                        I just noticed on page 36 of the May24-30 issue of the Pitch,"Patio Pages", a listing of outdoor dining. It listed Aladdin's Cafe, Brio, Brooksider Bar & Grill, Cactus Grill, Daily Dose, El Patron, Garozzo's. Katie's Pizza, Granfallon, Grand St Cafe, Harry's Country Club, Harvey's, Pangea, Ricco's, Thai Place and Trezo Mare.

                    2. I would try Blue Moose! Great enviorment, drinks, lots of outdoor seating but it does get busy really quick outside if it is nice out.

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                      1. re: Sarah P

                        Man, I gotta disagree on Blue Moose. Went there a few weeks ago, and I can't speak for the patio, but the food was pretty bad-to-mediocre. Not really offensive, I guess, but no place I'd purposely go back to. Can't speak for the patio, though.

                        Did really enjoy Harry's Country Club.

                      2. It's been a couple of years since I have lived in Kansas but I forgot to mention Westport as well. There are a lot of bars/resturants with outside seating.

                        I use to manage spin pizza and yes the outside is really nice but can get really crowded and annoying if busy.

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                        1. re: Sarah P

                          Earlier this month, we were in KC visiting my son. We had an excellent meal at Aladdin Cafe, 3903 Wyoming. We ate outside - as did just about everyone - and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There was literally one couple eating inside. The rest of us were all eating outside. I ordered Aladdin's Feast @ $13.99 - hummus, falafel, dolmah, and lamb, beef, chicken kabob and gyros along with baklava for dessert. The weather was abolutely perfect on June 1.