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Jun 23, 2014 >> Al Fresco Fun and Healthy Eats


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The season for meals al fresco is in full force—case and point: we caught up with Momma Cuisine to talk through two simple recipes for summer patio fun in this week’s G&F Interview. While the warm weather gets people outside, sometimes spontaneous cocktail hours turn to over indulgence. Since we’re talking all things green this issue, it’s the perfect time to dish our favorite healthy menu items at restaurants around the city.

G&F BLOG_AL FRESCO

They may not be 100% guilt-free, but these nutritious bites supersede the boring bowl of romaine or excessive visits to your neighborhood sushi spot. Not only are these dishes delicious and healthy, we totally approve these hot spots for noshing in style (and hopefully a cool breeze, too!). From a seasonal snap pea salad to a vegan burrito, find a seat in a few of our favorite outdoor dining spots—and with ordering like this, you deserve one more round!

The Winchester
winchesterchicago.com
1001 N Winchester Avenue
773.698.8703

The new patio in the back is the perfect size for a stress-free brunch—or our favorite? A fun place for a quick bite and jotting down your week’s to-do list.
G&F favorite: Nichols Farm raw snap peas, blackberry vinaigrette, quark, mint, lemon zest [PICTURED] 

Caffe Oliva at Ohio Street Beach
caffeoliva.com
East Ohio Street
312.612.0734

A perfect location meets super kitsch. With the beach only feet away, don your best vacation attitude to enjoy this little gem.
G&F favorite: portobello flatbread with grilled portobello mushrooms, grilled asparagus, red pepper, creamy goat cheese and fresh oregano

Mana Food Bar
manafoodbar.com
1742 W Division Street
773.342.1742

A vibrant post to watch the comings and goings of Division street, Mana Food Bar’s outdoor patio is a perfect night spent.
G&F favorite: vegan burrito with roasted potatoes, poblano peppers, black beans, arugula and spicy tomato salsa

The Dawson
the-dawson.com
730 W Grand Avenue
312.243.8955

A tricked out patio with great design and a big outdoor fireplace to keep summer night toasty, we love this al fresco city retreat.
G&F favorite: house made granola with greek yogurt, st. germain chantilly, macerated fruit and soft herbs

Fred’s at Barneys New York
15 E Oak Street
312.596.111

With a small sliver of space dedicated to the outdoors, this little post is a perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up
G&F favorite: rosemary lemon shrimp skewer with white bean salad and basil vinaigrette

TEXT BY ALAINA AFRICANO
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WINCHESTER