I came, I saw, and I sat.
I spent several weeks working on what I called The Patio Project â€” a story about restaurants with outdoor dining areas â€” decks, courtyards, sidewalk tables, verandas, whatever you choose to call them.
I drove and walked around Davis, Weber and Morgan counties with an eye out for oversize umbrellas and outdoor tables. And I put away a few calories, too.
My story ran in the July 28 Standard-Examiner â€” at least, most of it did. I didnâ€™t realize that I inadvertently omitted the last part of the story when I emailed it to my editor.
The article was already pretty long, so perhaps my mistake was for the best. But, Iâ€™d like to point out some of the excellent places that you missed in Sundayâ€™s story.
â€˘ Ogdenâ€™s Historic 25th Street could be called Patio Alley, there are so many outdoor tables. That includes Tona Sushiâ€™s new space, the side-by-side patios of Bistro 258 and The Athenian, and the more secluded area at La Ferrovia.
Roosters Brewing Companyâ€™s street-facing patio is shaded with canopies strung with lights for festive nighttime dining. A tall, red wrought-iron fence separates it from the sidewalk.
Lucky Slice has some sidewalk tables on the buildingâ€™s west side, and a large picnic table in the back.
Union Grillâ€™s new patio near the Union Station fountain is still a work in progress, with eight vintage-style tables shaded by trees.
Jasoh! offers a nice view from its second-floor screened-in balcony.
Sidewalk tables can be found at Two Bit Street Cafe (bordered with colorful petunias), A Good Life Cafe & Juice Bar, Great Harvest and Grounds For Coffee.
â€˘ The fountain plaza at Station Park in Farmington (900 W. Clark Lane) has become a summer hot spot. Park Stone Wood Kitchen and Settobello Pizzeria Napoletana both offer a nice view of the fountain, which spurts out a light-and-sound show every hour on the hour. Itâ€™s choreographed to songs such as â€śRollinâ€™ In the Deepâ€ť by Adele, â€śJump!â€ť by Van Halen, or â€śCelebrationâ€ť by Kool and the Gang.
Both of these restaurants have patios shaded by umbrellas. But they also have glass walls that retract like a garage door, giving the feeling of alfresco dining with the comfort of indoors. All the while, the heady aromas of wood-burning stoves, baking pizza and sizzling steaks waft through the air.
If youâ€™re eating at Park Stone Wood Kitchen, Iâ€™d recommend sitting on the east side to avoid the squeals from the nearby kidsâ€™ playground.
The fountain is surrounded by outdoor seating, so another option is to get takeout from Bandidos Mexican Grill, Sugar Daisy Bakery or Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, and sit on the plaza.
The Rock the Park concert series takes place around the plaza every Saturday in the summer, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you want to enjoy the entertainment, get there early, since the restaurant patios fill up quickly. The July 27 concert with an Eagles tribute band, â€śThe Long Run,â€ť attracted more than 1,000 people. So if youâ€™d rather avoid the crowds, plan accordingly.
â€˘ The Junction (from 23rd and Washington to 24th and Kiesel) in Ogden has been growing a restaurant destination around its nicely manicured garden plaza. Sonora Grill, Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Company, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Iggyâ€™s and All the Perks Espresso CafĂ© have outdoor patios facing the colorful flower beds.
Most of them are shaded with umbrellas, and Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Company has overhead shades on the west side that can be lowered for shelter from the afternoon sun.
Heading south, Brixtonâ€™s Baked Potato has a couple of umbrella-topped tables, too. So if youâ€™re spending time at the Treehouse Museum or Salomon Center, or if youâ€™re on your way to a movie or Raptorsâ€™ game, you have several options where you can pause and refresh.
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Some other local, independent Top of Utah restaurants with patios or sidewalk tables that you might also want to check out:
â€˘ The Cantina Southwestern Grill, 296 Main St., Layton
â€˘ Gabor Brothers Main Street Grill, 197 N. Main, Layton
â€˘ C&B Maddox, 698 N. Main, Layton
â€˘ Vitoâ€™s Italian, 100 E. 100 South, Bountiful
â€˘ The Bun Basket, 96 S. Main, Bountiful
â€˘ Zeponie Pizza, 1097 S. Main, Centerville
â€˘ Huntsville Barbecue Company, 235 S. 7400 East, Huntsville
â€˘ Earlâ€™s Lodge, Snowbasin Resort in Ogden Valley (Sundays only)