With warmer temperatures and longer days, al fresco dining season is upon us. And doesn't everything taste better when enjoyed outside? Up next, I'm looking for some tasty ribs, so please make suggestions at my Facebook page.PLACE DESCRIPTIONPRICES/MENU
INSIDER TIP IN A WORDCommon Man
21 Water St.
websiteThe Common Man/Claremont is in a restored mill building with a spacious deck on the banks of the Sugar River.Comfort food favorites. Entrees range from $12.99 to $22.99. All the desserts here are worth their calories, but my favorite is the Mud Pie.
HistoricRamunto's Brick Oven Pizza
176 Main St.Keene357-3555websiteHaving taken over the premier outside dining location in Keene, Ramunto's offers brick-oven pizza made with fresh ingredients.New York and Sicillian style pizza. Specialty pies range from $17.95 to $23.95.Try the Garlic Knot pizza but make sure everyone in your party tries a slice.
HipLee & Mt. Fuji at the Boiler House
50 Jaffrey Rd.
websiteOne of the most beautiful waterside dining spots in the Monadnock Region, the outdoor deck at the Boiler House overlooks Noone Falls and the Mill Pond. Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Chef specialties range from $12.95 to $18.95. The view is better than the food, but the experience is worth the trip.
75 Arms St.
websiteA fixture in Manchester's Millyard, Cotton's twinkle-lit patio surrounded by shrubs feels secluded and intimate despite being situated near a parking lot.Modern take on comfort food. Entrees range from $13.95 to $27.Reservations are not accepted for the patio, so be sure to arrive early.
RomanticPoco's Bow St. Cantina
37 Bow St.
websiteA Seacoast landmark since 1982, the newly remodeled deck at Poco's offers a gorgeous water view and is the place to see and be seen.New England seafood with Mexican flair. Entrees range from $8 to $16.Camp out with your friends and share a pitcher (or three!) of sangria.
This article appears in the June 2011 issue of New Hampshire Magazine