Patio-a-go-go

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Sitting on a restaurant’s patio in the summer heat is a summertime rite of passage. Here’s a list of al fresco places around town to eat, drink, see, and be seen.

Aguas frescas at Cinema Taco (Photo by John Robinson)

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What says summer better than a slice of fresh fruit in your hand, its juice dripping from your chin? Fruit poured into a glass, that’s what. Here are three of our favorites. Mild Get an aguas frescas (1) from Cinema Taco (we’ve seen watermelon and lemonade there) and pair it with some chips and tomatoey salsa. Misty The watermelon-lime Italian soda (2) at Mudhouse makes your mouth go pop, pop, fizz, fizz. Relax with a tall glass on the patio out front. Mixed Slurp down a Snoop from Bang!: Tanqueray with cranberry, pineapple, and orange juice. That’s practically a daily serving!

Cool as a cucumber sandwich

A hot, humid summer day will kill your appetite. All the things you usually crave sound heavy and sleep-inducing. But getting by on a handful of carrots and doubling your caffeine intake isn’t going to help your metabolism any, and come mid-afternoon, you’ll be in for a blood sugar bonk. Here are three cold lunches that will keep you going and tickle your taste buds.

The rice noodle salad at The Box is, like many of its new lunch offerings, Vietnamese styled. A pile of vermicelli topped with thin-sliced cucumber, carrot, cilantro, and jalapeno beside bean sprouts and your choice of pork belly or skirt steak. Pour over a generous helping of nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce) and you’ve got something light enough to eat under the sweltering sun and substantial enough to keep you moving.

Sitting outside can be cool if the summer breeze is just right, but during a brain-killing heat wave you’re going to want to seek shelter. Miyako, tucked away in York Place, occupies a dark, windowless universe in a large air-conditioned building. The only thing on the lunch menu is sushi, and you can order a la carte, but a better deal, more suited to a quick lunch, is to order the kaisen donburi, lunch chef Ted Nogami’s choice of sashimi artfully arranged over a mound of perfectly-cooked sushi rice. You’ll get pieces of the usual suspects—salmon, tuna, tamago–and you might also get a spotted sardine if you’re lucky.

The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar is another Downtown Mall hideaway that offers a cool, dark oasis on a sweltering day. Order a Zen Wrap, a tasty combo of organic tofu, seaweed, and salad topped with ginger-carrot dressing and done up in a teff pancake. Pair it with one of the freshly iced teas on tap if you’ve got a cool combo that will stand up to the hottest day of the year. Moroccan mint tea will help with your garlic breath.

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Mykonos
Panera Bread Co.
Rhett’s River Grill
Sultan Kebab

Barracks Road Shopping Center
Aromas Café
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chipotle
Five Guys
Greenberry’s
HotCakes
Panera Bread Co.
Tara Thai

Belmont
Beer Run
Belmont Bar-B-Que
The Farm Cville
La Taza
The Local
The Lunchbox
Mas Tapas
Pad Thai

The Corner/Fontaine
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Atlas Coffee
The Backyard
Baja Bean
Basil Mediterranean Bistro
The Biltmore
Bodo’s Bagel Bakery
Boylan Heights
Buttz BBQ
Christian’s Pizza
Fry’s Spring Station
Guadalajara
Jimmy John’s
Mellow Mushroom
Michael’s Bistro
Para Coffee
Pigeon Hole
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Sushi Love
Take It Away
Trinity Irish Pub
The Virginian

Downtown
Baggby’s
Bang!
Bashir’s Taverna
Bizou
Blue Light Grill
The Box
C&O Restaurant
Café Cubano
Chaps
Christian’s Pizza
Cinema Taco
Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar
Eppie’s
Escafé
Fellini’s #9
Five Guys
The Flat
Fleurie (in the works)
Guadalajara
Hamilton’s at First & Main
Henry’s
Inn at Court Square
Java Java
Marco & Luca’s Noodle Shop
Miller’s
Mono Loco
Monsoon Siam
Mudhouse
The Nook
Petit Pois
The Pointe
Positively Fourth Street
Rapture
Ristorante Al Dente
Sal’s Caffé Italia
The Shebeen Pub and Braai
Shenandoah Joe
Splendora’s Gelato
Sweet Frog
Tastings of Charlottesville
Ten
Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
Vita Nova
The Whiskey Jar
The X Lounge
Zocalo

High Street/East Market
Fabio’s New York Pizza

Ivy Road
Arch’s
Foods of All Nations
Shenandoah Joe
Vivace
Zazus

McIntire/Preston
Café 88
C’ville Coffee
McGrady’s Irish Pub
Shenandoah Joe
Sticks

Pantops
Christian’s Pizza
Guadalajara
Lazy Parrot
Sticks
Tip Top

West Main
Albemarle Baking Company
Ariana Grill Kabob House
Balkan Bistro & Bar
Calvino Café
El Jaripeo
Feast!
Maya
Horse & Hound Gastropub
L’étoile
Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar
Sweethaus
West Main
Wild Wing Café
Zinc

Other
Café at Monticello
Clifton Inn
Fossett’s Bar at Keswick Hall
Pizza Bella

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