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Al fresco Philly Suburbs

I'm looking for recommendations for a nice place to eat al fresco in King of Prussia, mainline, west chester or somewhere off Rt 3 between West Chester and Havertown. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS!

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  1. EEK! that's a tall order. hrm, you've got mckenzie's and meredith's off the top of my head. fine for drinks. spinach + artichoke dip at mckenzie's is pretty decent putting them first in the running. but there is a real void here.

    my REAL advice, since you do say *any* suggestions, is to head down to the intersection of routes 3 and 252 in newtown square, get yourself a hoagie from a cut above deli, and do like i do and picnic in between cars in the parking lot. probably not exactly what you were looking for, but it's damn good i promise!

    1. I would suggest 333 Belrose in Radnor. They have great food and a nice porch for al fresco dining. You can google their website and if you go, make sure someone orders the Java Pork Tenderloin.

      1. The Desmond (hotel & conference center) used to have some great evening deals -- oldies nights? -- out on the big deck off their bar/restaurant. Might be worth looking into.

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          1. re: PattiCakes

            desmond's balcony is gorgeous but their food is atrocious, IMO. i steer clear of them unless i'm invited to a company-paid function. they really need to work on that.

          2. Brasserie 73 in Skippack Village and Zacharias Creekside (Worcester) both have outdoor dining.

            1. A few of the chains in KoP have outdoor seating: Maggiano's, Bahama Breeze, and Champps. Speaking of chains, the Iron Hill in Phoenixville has a patio. If you'd like to actually eat relatively decent food, the Black Lab in Phoenixville also has some tables outside.

              1. Taquet at The Wayne Hotel right on Lancaster Avenue has beautiful porch seating. French menu but not too fussy. The only drawback is they do not take reservations for outdoor dining (indoor, yes).

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                1. re: the dog ate my homework

                  The latest issue (July 2008) of Philadelphia Magazine has dining al fresco in Philly & the 'burbs as its cover story.

                  1. re: PattiCakes

                    Rumor has it that they have seating out back at Maia in Villanova, but I am sure that there's not much of a view (execpt possibly the blue route).

                    1. re: bluehensfan

                      There's really nIce outdoor seating at the upstairs Maia: about 7 or 8 tables with market umbrellas. This is the part of the restaurant with the fish menu.

                2. Check out the July 2008 Issue of Philadelphia magazine that focused on the Best in Outdoor Dining in the city and towns around Philly.

                  www.phillymag.com

                  Per your areas:
                  Westchester: Blue Pear Bistro, Avalon, Dilworthtown Inn, Coyote Crossing
                  Main Line - Taquet in Wayne, Maia in Villanova, 333 Belrose in Radnor, Pond in Radnor on King of Prussia Road

                  Enjoy!