15 N. Robinson
The food, drink and indoor fire pit are enough to draw a crowd. But Flint recently opened its patio, too, complete with a patio menu. It includes loaded, house-made potato chips, chicken bites and the restaurant’s delicious hummus.
Cafe Do Brazil
440 N.W. 11th
Enjoy a nice breeze and a special on empanadas at Bossa Nova Bar, the name of Cafe do Brazil’s upstairs patio area. A perfect stop for Sunday brunch, try its feijoada rolinho (a mix of black beans, rice and shredded pork) and an Anazon, a drink named after owner Ana Davis.
The Wedge Pizzeria
4709 N. Western
Holy patio, Batman! This backyard oasis has a little something for everyone. There’s a play area for kiddos and covered seating for those who don’t want the sun’s direct rays. The full menu, including bar items, is available outside.
Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
6305 Waterford Boulevard
Bellini’s patio is the perfect place to feel one with nature without also having to gather your own food. For lunch, get the luce (light) to mangiare bene! (eat well!), featuring items such as arugula and beluga lentil salad to half of a roasted trout seared with capers.
Louie’s Grill & Bar
1601 S. Intersate 35, Moore
The menu is a mecca of American-style food. Get the chicken tenders or a turkey chicken club salad. Mix it up with a veggie wrap, black beans, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, onions and cheese. For a sweet tooth, try the cherry chocolate cheesecake.
The Earth Natural Cafe & Deli
746 Asp, Norman
If you’re leaning green and prefer your food do the same, this cafe has plenty of options. Enjoy an organic smoothie made with apple juice, soy milk or both in a variety of flavors. Chow down on a Benevolent Earth Salad, mixed baby greens with veggies and farmer’s cheese.
Bolero Spanish Grill and Tapas Bar
200 S. Oklahoma
The indoor/outdoor is dreamy, especially in the months before summer steals away all the temperate air. The tapas menu features golden-fried goat cheese drizzled with honey and asparagus with roasted almonds. Pair it with a pitcher of white sangria.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock