What's Your Patio Personality?

Posted on February 24, 2012

Ahh, the great outdoors. When I am not anchoring my feet to the ground in an attempt to save myself from blowing away to Kansas, I enjoy it. While we have had a fun little bout of wind and snow and temperatures so low I had to don the ever-attractive marshmallow look and waddle my way around town, the weekend is shaping up to be a whole other story. Take a look:

There may be a cloud under that cartoon sun, but under that cloud are some numbers worth smiling about. I really never thought I would get excited about temperatures in the high 40s, but Colorado will do that to you. It makes you frustrated, because in the morning you are nice and bundled up with your scarf and fuzzy fleece jacket(s), but by the time you walk wherever it is you’re going, you are sweating like a marathon runner at the end of a race in the middle of July. Why Colorado, why? So, although I am aware that this little diagram could be completely invalid by the time you are done reading this, I wanted to share with you some exciting news that comes with temperatures about 40 degrees: eating outside.

There is something about drinking a cup of coffee on a patio while enjoying a delightful pancake breakfast that just really starts my day off right. Or having a good lunch while soaking in the sunshine somehow makes the food taste better. I don’t think I am alone in saying this, or else Boulder would have a population of one and all these restaurants would not be offering patio seating. So, when you are strolling around trying to figure out what patio looks the best, consider your patio options: the rooftop, the on-the-bricks people watcher, the intimate, or the more sneaky back area. 

The rooftops are ideal for lunch. They are most always festive and give you plenty of room to enjoy your meal and whatever company you may have with you. The Lazy Dog, The West End Tavern, Bacaro, and Rio Grande have some of the best rooftops around. If you want to kill two birds with one stone and do your people watching while you dine, the on-the-bricks patios are best.  Boulder Café, Cheesecake Factory, Antica Roma, Hapa, and Woody Creek are right on the bricks and make you feel like you are having an intimate dining experience while still being in the middle of all the action. If the middle of the action is not what you’re looking for in a patio companion, then try for a more intimate location. Foolish Craig’s, The Unseen Bean, Trident, Laughing Goat, and Zoe Ma Ma are excellent choices for a less crowded patio. And if the intimate patio is still not secluded enough or you just don’t want anyone to know that you sometimes like to eat outside, then these sneaky back patios are for you: The Mediterranean, Spruce Confections, Sherpa’s Adventures, Mateo, and Centro Latin Kitchen. They offer  large, beautifully decorated patios which make it feel like you are enjoying a private meal with a bunch of your best friends.

So, in honor of a weekend with lots of sun (and possibly a little gray cloud or two), let us confidently say, “Yes, I would like to sit outside.”  Be sure to check out our complete list of downtown restaurants with a patio, because more options are never a bad thing. And don’t forget to look at the dog-friendly patio list too! Even our furry friends like to enjoy a pancake in the sun.


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