FoodView – Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco
By Chris Murphy

There is a huge change happening in our world of dining. Outside is the new inside and our local restaurants are fighting hard to stay alive and there’s creativity in the streets and parking lots and even drive-throughs. With the closing of indoor dining, outdoor became the solution so tables can be socially distanced and people can stay safe.

If you have been missing the amazing food from your favorite restaurants, now is the time to check out the street-side, curb-side, patio-side experience. Do you love the Chicken Cordon Bleu at Tresetti’s? How about the Ft. Knox Burger at Rivets? How about the Firecracker Pork Fusilli at Fuzio? Maybe you want a Porkstrami at The Food Fix or maybe a charcuterie board at Camp 4? There are so many delicious things at your favorite places that maybe you have missed.

Parking lot for your car? Let’s rethink this. Some of your favorite places have converted much of their parking lots to covered dining. Park nearby and get a good outside walk. When you arrive, you can have your own bungalow at Wildfire, special table for just you. You can even have your own special table at Bauer’s Downtown 209, or Skewers. Maybe enjoy an Italian night with some great Chianti at the Chef’s Of New York. There are so many other ways to enjoy, like drive at the A&W? Grab a giant slice of pizza at Stuart’s and sit on the sidewalk tables. If you really want to enjoy, there is live music on the patio at Ralston’s Goat. You can enjoy a great meal, support a great local business and support a local musician all at once, all while practicing safe distancing.

With MoCertified guidelines in place, proper table distancing, and safe server guidelines, it is time to experience your favorite local food, served at the restaurant. What ever your mask beliefs are, check them at the door and think about other. Your servers will be protecting you too so you can enjoy your experience.

Don’t forget, you can still enjoy Grab and Go and Curbside if you prefer to take your food home or eat in. Be comfortable, be safe and do what’s right for you and let’s make sure that we support the local businesses in our community.

Here is the catch, the nice weather is only going to last so long. We all have to work together and be safe so we can bend the curve down so we can open inside before the winter. Please check out your local favorites, check out the new patio dining, and let’s do great food right.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.