Dining al fresco
Establishment: Blue Canyon
Location: 8960 Wilcox Drive,Twinsburg (22 miles north of downtown Akron); 330. 486.2583
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 5pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 5-10pm; Sunday brunch 11am-2pm; Sunday dinner 4-8pm. Patio remains open through Sept. 7.
Reasons: Outdoor dining enthusiasts will be pleased to know that this year, whatever is being served indoors at BC is also available in the great outdoors. From pretzel-crusted trout and bacon-crusted pork chops, to pasta primavera and lobster linguine, to braised beef short ribs and wild boar tenderloin. Lighter, more seasonal offerings are also offered and change on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, and “summer” wines complement the restaurant’s regular selections. The patio is a feast for the eyes as well. It features a waterfall, a fire pit, and beautiful views of the area’s tree-covered hills.
Establishment: Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar
Location: 54 E. Mill Street, Akron; 330.762.8000
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11am-10pm; Fri. 11am-11pm; Sat. 3pm -11pm. Patio remains open through September.
Reasons: Full-service bar, plentiful seating with more than a dozen tables, a fire pit, portable heaters for chilly nights, large umbrellas for sunny days, and live music by local artists Monday through Wednesday and some weekends. All this, and a great view of downtown Akron, too. Olé!
Establishment: The Office Bistro
Location: 846 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls (7 miles north of downtown Akron); 330.376.9550
Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11am-11pm; Fri. 11am-Midnight; and Sat. 11am-Midnight. Patio close date is weather-dependent.
Reasons: The patio has a fireplace and is directly across from the scenic High Bridge Glens Park and the riverfront. It is also within walking distance of historic downtown Cuyahoga Falls. Plus, there are the daily drink and dinner specials featuring fresh seafood and steaks.
Establishment: Sarah’s Vineyard
Location: 1204 W Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls; 330.929.8057
Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am-11pm; Sun. Noon-7pm. Pavilion close date is weather-dependent. | Patio
Reasons: A newly opened pavilion seats up to 125 and features a large, 3-story fireplace. The menu includes wood-fired pizzas and Pasta Sundays. A separate deck offers a beautiful view of the grape vines and the raise patio features a fire pit for gathering around with friends.
Establishment: Aladdin’s (Hudson)
Location: Hudson (15 miles north of downtown Akron)
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10:30pm; Fri.-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun. 11am-10pm. The patio closes in mid to late October.
Reasons why: Fresh Lebanese-American cuisine served in an intimate patio setting in picturesque Hudson makes for a unique and delightful dining experience. The Spring/Summer “Simply Delicious” menu includes Chicken Curry Pitza, Kale Quinoa Tabouli, and a Mujadara Power Salad.