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Photo by Bobbi Petersen play Dane Buy Local Special Advertising Section Around Town Al Fresco Eateries Open air makes for perfect summer fare There's something about dining outdoors that evokes what's best about the season. Local fare tastes more sun-kissed and fresh-picked. Beverages are more refreshing. Conversation is livelier in the warm breeze. Summer just tastes good al fresco in Madison. When looking for some of the season's most bustling eateries, find a spot on Sprecher's spacious patio, offering classic cuisine alongside Wisconsin-brewed beer and soda. Or step up to Umami's breezy balcony, where you can take in the Willy Street scene while noshing on dumplings, buns and other Asian-inspirations. For fancier open-air fare, choose steaks and seafood on Otto's west-side deck. Or spend a meal with quirky, gastropub eats at downtown's Graze, where outside mezzanine tables neighbor picturesque Capitol views. If you have a taste for lakeside dining, enjoy bistro-style samplings with a Lake Monona breeze on Sardine's shoreside balcony. If you'd rather ruminate on a rooftop, Fresco boasts a bird's eye view of State Street and fancy seasonal foods. Traipse a block off the bustling street and head to the second floor patio at Brickhouse BBQ (left) where saucy grub accompanies overhead lights at night. Or dine on pub picks and take in the sights of Middleton Hills from Craftsman Table & Tap's sunny top-tier patio. For an unexpected getaway in the city, try the tucked-away patio at Mickey's Tavern Despite the worn exterior, Tavern. Worth a Trip Take in historic Mineral the courtyard boasts a bright brunch Point's small-town charm at scene and lively late nights. Find MP Dining Company's quaint reprieve from the downtown noise hillside patio, serving local at Indie Coffee's off-street oasis, farmers' bounty. where you'll feel at home with feehouse fare. Or opt for all-American eats on the Comeback Inn's back patio, where lush trees and frequent live shows create a high-spirited retreat. July 2013 65

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