Al Fresco Dining

Enjoyable outdoor dining spots in our region:

TOFANELLI’S GOLD COUNTRY BISTRO
Tofanelli’s handsome outdoor patio is a popular spot in the historic downtown. In summer, a stainless steel, slow-cook smoker is cranked up to offer barbeque ribs, chicken, tri-tip steak or pulled pork. 302 W. Main St., GV. Tofanellis.com

IKE’S QUARTER CAFE
Ike’s tree-covered patio is one of the finest outdoor dining spots in the foothills. Ike’s specializes in Creole food, using fresh, or- ganic ingredients. 401 Commercial St., NC. IkesQuarterCafe.com

LEFTY’S GRILL
Sit outside and listen to Deer Creek gurgling below. Lefty’s prepares all dishes from scratch, with daily specials, award-winning pizzas, unique sandwiches and more. 101 Broad St., NC. LeftysGrill.com

MARIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
An outdoor patio includes pink flowering plants and a colorful awning. The surroundings let you escape South of the Border, where you can eat authentic Mexican food and sip a Margarita. 226 E. Main St., GV. MariasGrassValley.com

MONKEY CAT
The Palapa bar at Monkey Cat is one of the foothills’ best outdoor patios for dining and cocktails, with a South Seas decor. The patio is Wi-Fi accessible and dog friendly. 805 Lincoln Way, Auburn. MonkeyCat.com

MORGAN’S LOBSTER SHACK
Morgan’s, known for its “wicked fresh” fish, lobster rolls and salads, has picnic benches, and tables and chairs with Truckee River views. It also has a fish market. 10089 West River St., Truckee. MorgansLobsterShack.com

SUMMER THYME’S BAKERY & DELI
An attractive outdoor dining space. Summer Thyme’s offers sandwiches, soups and salads with fresh, local ingredients from local farms. 231 Colfax Ave, GV. SummerThymes.com

THE STONE HOUSE
A delightful outdoor patio for brunch. Enjoy eggs benedict, cornmeal waffles, a morel-mushroom omelette and other imaginaive entrees, as well as bottomless Mimosas. 107 Sacramento St., NC. Stonehouse.io

DIEGOS
Diegos has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, a trellis and colorful plantings. The eclectic surroundings are redolent of a neighborhood Latin America cafe, with food ranging from lomito sandwiches (roast, shredded pork) to fish tacos. 217 Colfax Ave., GV. DiegosRestaurant.com

(Photo: Rick Tracewell)

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