Why is it that while out of town, dining alfresco, in the fresh air, seems absolutely normal? In fact, we seek out restaurants that offer outside dining. But when going out to eat locally, we rarely eat outdoors.
That’s changed this past week.
First, we acted like we were on vacation last Wednesday when we went for a bike ride through the southeast part of town and then ended our ride at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille where we dined alfresco overlooking the newly renovated square. The cooler fall air made eating outside enjoyable, and I must admit it somehow seemed special drinking a Hurricane and eating a shrimp Po’Boy while seated at a wrought iron table on the sidewalk. Not quite New Orleans, but not quite Ocala either.
After walking across the street to check out the square, we rode the short distance home on our bikes.
Then yesterday, I joined friends for lunch at Silver Springs State Park where we brought our lunches and ate at the picnic tables overlooking the spring. Again, this is more like a vacation activity than something done on a Thursday afternoon a short distance from home.
October is the perfect time of the year to partake in outdoor dining whether it be at a restaurant, a park, or on the patio at home. There’s something about dining alfresco that makes the meal special. Maybe we’ll order a pizza and eat on the porch tonight.