Ahhh, the music of wavelets lapping a bulkhead, the reflection of city lights on a still river, the sound of crickets in the night. Could there be anything better than dining en plein air? Herein, alfresco for foodies.
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Kelly’s Logan House
Kelly’s patio and porch offer dining among mature trees and shrubs atop a rolling brick-paved sidewalk that offers no shortage of charm outside the historic tavern. Good pub grub, a sunny corner and blue umbrellas add to its appeal. 1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 655-6426
Soft jazz drifts across the patio, which has, thanks to a new awning, become a year-round destination. When the weather is fair, the place opens wide and the party begins in earnest. Daily drink specials include $2 domestic pints and $3 rail drinks at happy hour. Seafood night is a hit on Thursdays. Sunday brunch remains a weekly tradition. 14th and Scott streets, Wilmington, 658-4054
Kildare’s Irish Pub
The view from the second-story deck of Kildare’s is of a parking lot and the backside of a dormitory, but, as at any fine Irish public house, it’s all about the people. Gastro pub fare and traditional Irish dishes rule the day. 45 E. Main St., Newark, 224-9330
Fans panicked when the restaurant left Milton, but rejoiced when it reopened in Lewes. One part of the patio looks onto Second Street. The other, defined by a white picket fence, runs along Bank Street. Red umbrellas shade some tables, and battery-operated candles stay lit on the breeziest of evenings. All menu items are available—including the roasted chiles with roasted garlic mayo. 111 Bank St., Lewes, 645-7887
The Kitty Knight House
When the outsized deck at the Kitty Knight House opens for the season, as many as 130 “history buffs” turn out for drinks and live music. As the weather heats up, so does the action. Sunset views of the Sassafras River Harbor are fabulous. 14028 Augustine Herman Hwy., Georgetown, Md., 410-648-5200
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