GETTING OUT: Great Outdoor Dining Spots
Thursday, July 19, 2012
VIA Italian Table
89 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
With a patio that’s open three seasons a year, VIA is fully committed to the al fresco dining experience. Serving up “Italian comfort food,” VIA’s lunch and dinner menus feature staples of Italian cooking such as beef braciole, lasagna Bolognese, baked ziti, and many more. If you’re looking for a cocktail and a snack, head on out to the patio for happy hour, which features $6 appetizers and vodka drinks. The happy hour special is available Monday-Friday from 4-6:30 PM.
For the true carnivore now through August 5 VIA is offering a culinary experience: PigFest. Not only is the entire menu devoted to traditional Italian pork dishes, but also 50 percent of the proceeds benefit the Community Harvest Project in North Grafton.
BABA Restaurant and Sushi Bar
309 Park Avenue, Worcester
Named one of the “Top 100 Restaurants in the US,” Baba Sushi is one of the hippest and highest rated places in town. Sample award-winning chef and owner Wilson Wang’s creative culinary creations while sitting on the Japanese style outdoor patio.
For a truly unique experience sign up for a sushi making class, offered Sundays from 2:30-4 PM.
92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
144 Main Street, Worcester
If you’re looking to quench your thirst with a cold beer there’s no better place in town than the Armsby Abbey. Conveniently located in downtown Worcester, Armsby Abbey has 22 beers on tap in addition to a full bar and a menu stocked with locally sourced ingredients. Currently the Abbey is featuring Farmstead Cheeses from across New England that can be paired with chef’s accompaniments and house-baked bread.
Bring the family for lunch but after 6 PM Armsby Abbey is strictly 21 plus. Get there early to secure a table, especially if you want to be outside.
Flying Rhino Café and Watering Hole
278 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
Located in the heart of Shrewsbury Street, the Flying Rhino Café and Watering Hole is a great place to grab a bite to eat. Whether you’re people watching from the sidewalk seating or enjoying a martini at the tiki hut on the deck, owner Paul Barber said there is always a breeze to keep you cool. The Flying Rhino is well known for an eclectic menu that features an array of options from artisan sandwiches, great salads, and entrees ranging from sesame chicken to lobster ravioli.
Ceres Bistro at Beechwood Hotel Restaurant
No list of Worcester’s outdoor dining locales would be complete without Ceres Bistro. Located at the Beechwood Hotel, Ceres is known for its commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Ceres' patio is a wonderful place to enjoy casual fine dining.
Ceres is offering several events this summer. Each Thursday and Friday from now until the end of July Ceres is hosting its summer BBQ menu on the patio for $15 a person from 5-8 PM. From now until the end of August every Thursday from 6-9 PM is Jazz Night and every Friday from 7-11 PM features a Top 40’s DJ.
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