5 places to eat outdoors
Don’t curse the months that make you want to stay inside; celebrate the months when you can do anything outside, including dining at some of Western New York’s best
The Hatch /
1 Erie Basin Marina
The menu selections at their waterfront eatery are grilled hot dogs and burgers at the fore, plus wraps and salads, made to order or ready to grab, in addition to hand-cut fries, regular and sweet potato. This year, the Hatch is will add a full bar with cocktails crafted with fresh ingredients plus a craft beer selection.
The Silo /
115 N. Water St.
For a family sightseeing trip that combines good hot dog stand food with great views of the Niagara River landscape and Ontario, try the Silo. It’s an all-but-guaranteed kid-pleaser of a restaurant that offers first-class views of an interesting landscape: a hot dog with a view.
Rue Franklin /
341 Franklin St.
Rue Franklin offers a quiet, intimate dinner surrounded by the natural beauty of blossoming flowers in an exquisitely gardened courtyard. The garden combines trees, shrubs, ground cover and 12 more varieties of flowers to offer a colorful, verdant setting that changes week by week with the seasons. Tables tucked into the courtyard’s green nooks, served with grace by a veteran staff, are among the best in town.
Roycroft Inn /
40 S. Grove St.
/ East Aurora
The peristyle, a broad covered walkway at the Roycroft Inn, offers a classy summer dinner experience framed with historic architecture and blithely free from concern about looming rain clouds. The walkway has the feel of an extended porch, enclosing a formal garden and fountain. The inn’s full menu is available.
Root Five /
4914 Lake Shore Road
A glorious view of the sunset over Lake Erie from a comfortable deck, with capable upscale casual dining. On weekends there might be a band playing jazz, but the main attraction is straight through and out back. The deck is broad, with an arching canvas cover that offers protection from ultraviolet rays. The menu is broad, too, upscale casual with basics like prime rib to more creative daily specials and focaccia.