Dining out(side)

Why spend gorgeous summer days and nights taking your meals within the stuffy confines of the indoors, when our area enjoys such a vast array of glorious outdoor-dining venues? Here’s just a sampling of the patios, terraces and sidewalk spots that await you:

Bistro 1896, 7 Pack Square, Asheville; 251-1300 (seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches, soups).

Cafe on the Square, 1 Biltmore Ave., Asheville; 251-5565 (California-style cuisine emphasizing grilled chicken, seafood, pasta, salads).

Cioli’s New York, New York, 13 Walnut St., Asheville; 250-9030 (killer lasagna, shrimp, steak, unique pasta dishes).

Grove Street Cafe, 11 Grove St., Asheville; 255-0010 (Charleston-style, low-country cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood).

Hannah Flanagan’s Pub, 27 Biltmore Ave., Asheville; 252-1922 (sandwiches; salads; hearty Irish specials, including the ever-popular bangers and mash).

Hathaway’s, 3 Boston Way, Asheville; 274-1298 (omelettes, quiches, sandwiches, gourmet coffees)

Havana, 113 Broadway, Asheville; 250-0420 (spicy and sweet Cuban specialties, fresh seafood, grilled chicken, vegetarian specials, out-of-this-world paella).

La Caterina Trattoria, 5 Pack Square, Asheville; 254-1148 (impeccable gourmet Italian).

La Paz, 10 Biltmore Place, Asheville; 277-8779 (gourmet Mexican, specializing in fresh fish and vegetarian dishes).

Laughing Seed Cafe, 40 Wall St., Asheville; 252-3443 (gourmet vegetarian, specializing in ethnic dishes).

Magnolia’s, 26 Walnut St., Asheville; 251-5211 (fresh seafood, especially oysters and other shellfish).

Max’s Celebrity Deli, 130 College St., Asheville; 258-1162 (specialty sandwiches, overstuffed hoagies, burgers, soups).

Mellow Mushroom, 50 Broadway, Asheville; 236-9800 (gourmet pizza made with spring-water dough, hoagies, calzones, salads).

New French Bar, 1 Battery Park Ave., Asheville; 252-3685 (ever-changing menu featuring innovative sandwiches, salads, soups, fruit-and-cheese plates, a variety of pates).

Old Europe, 18 Battery Park Ave., Asheville; 252-0001 (homemade desserts, specialty coffees).

Patsy’s Italian Bistro, 1378 Hendersonville Road., Asheville; 277-0760 (wood-fired, oven-baked pizza, northern Italian specialties).

Pedro’s Porch, 1 Lodge St., Asheville; 274-9388 (fresh, healthy Mexican fare).

Southside Cafe, Dingle Creek Crossing, Asheville; 274-4413 (homemade soups, seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken).

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