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Indian Summer Supper

Where to enjoy the last of Seattle’s alfresco dining?

By Kathryn Robinson September 21, 2009

Dear Critic,

I can’t let summer go! I know it’s officially leaving us today but the weather forecast for the week isn’t exactly putting me in an autumnal spirit. Where can I dine well this week while soaking up the last of the season’s fresh air?

Outdoor Lovin’ Diner

Well O.L.D…

To this diner, Indian Summer begs for outdoor stage sets more rustic and cozy than brazen with sunshine.

Myself, I’ll be heading straight for the leafy courtyard behind Serafina this week, where the heaters are out if you need ’em but the wine and slow-roasted pork belly with sweet corn will do their best to warm you.

The cobbled patio of Tilth has a similarly autumnal feel, abetted by Maria Hines’ to-the-minute seasonality. Which means lobster mushroom risotto and corn-embellished poussin, among other glories.

Or, if you haven’t yet been, beeline it to Bastille, where the line between indoor dining and outdoor dining is happily blurred, thanks to the heated, covered, and just about glassed-in (but awaiting thumbs-up from the bureaucrats) side patio. Somehow steak-frites just taste better in the breeze of a warm fall day.

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