12 Favorite Places to Eat Outdoors in Greater Phoenix
|Del Frisco's Summit Bar|
Although this Dallas-based corporate restaurant, built around modern-day comfort food, has a pleasant patio (with cool vertical garden) at ground level, you'll probably want to take the stairs to the second-floor Summit Bar -- a sleekly designed, al fresco hangout offering splendid views of Piestewa Peak. Admittedly, from this vantage, you can also see Biltmore Fashion Park and cars racing down Camelback, but there's something fun about being at the heart of the action yet slightly above it. Grab a couch, a table near the glassed edge, or a seat at the rectangular bar for cocktails and appetizers, brunch, lunch or dinner. Happy hour is coming soon.
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House of Tricks
When you're hungry for quaint and cozy, nothing beats this converted 1920s bungalow, fronted by a patio that sports a fountain, fire pit and grape arbor, not to mention a veritable jungle of flowers and plants. Kelly Fletcher's Modern American menu, which wanders the globe (choose among apps such as smoked Korean-style baby back ribs, harissa-spiced PEI mussels and asiago arancine with tomato jam), is worth the expensive trip, but when you've got a budget to stick to, opt for the terrific happy hour, offered at a roofed al fresco bar built between two towering shade trees. You can't lap up this much charm or sophistication -- at this price -- anywhere else in town.