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Summer has made a mercury-soaring entrance. And though the Bay Area’s microclimates still sizzle and chill depending where you are, these days are pretty darn perfect for outdoor dining and sipping.
So here are some of our favorite new alfresco spots across the San Francisco Bay Area, with gorgeous patios, rooftops and decks that bring the feast outdoors.
Puesto, Santa Clara
The first Bay Area branch of this SoCal taco temple is a definite summer dining destination, from the colorful, festive decor and sensational mezcal-centric cocktails to the gourmet Mexican street food.
The patio: Furnished in bright blues, this enclosed patio wraps around the restaurant, offering hydraulic windows and plenty of seating for people-watching with a Puesto Perfect margarita, made with blue agave reposada tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice and agave nectar, in hand.
The dish: Tacos, of course. Get the trio ($16) and make sure it includes the award-winning chicken al pastor taco which is topped with melted crispy cheese, hibiscus and chipotle tinga, avocado and piña habañero pico.
Order an irresistible trio of tacos — chicken al pastor, filet mignon and tamarindo shrimp — at Puesto. Maritza Cruz/ Bay Area News Group
Details: Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily at 2752 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara. Coming soon to Concord; http://eatpuesto.com. Take a peek inside here.
Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack, Oakland
Farm League Restaurant Group (Drake’s Dealership) is behind this fast-casual restaurant and beer garden, which opened last year in MacArthur Annex, a mixed-use space constructed from shipping containers. With 17 local craft beers and ciders on tap and chef Michael Williams (formerly of Rivoli, Corso and Gregoire) churning out gourmet pizzas and bar snacks, North Oaklanders need look no further for alfresco fun.
The patio: Rows of wooden picnic tables provide plenty of seating in this family-friendly, dog-friendly beer garden. Tables are enclosed in booths fashioned from wooden slats to provide a bit of privacy. Don’t miss the sandbox for toddlers and the magnetic board for kiddos.
The dish: A slice of piping hot veggie (or meat) of the day pizza ($3.75 each) washed down with a pint of Social Kitchen’s Who Let the Dog Stout ($6.50), plus a malted vanilla soft-serve on an old-school cake cone ($3.60) for dessert, natch.
Details: Open from 11:30 a.m. daily at 4006 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, steps away from …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle