Best Outdoor Seating

Blue Willow

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The patio is a large piece of shade, a refuge from the inferno that is a Sonoran Desert summer. Cool bricks below, dark shade cloth overhead, lush greenery all around, and a fountain babbling off to the side make you feel like you've entered some earthly Zen food garden. For more than 20 years, Blue Willow's patio has been the perfect pre- or post-movie rendezvous spot after you've caught the latest edgy art flick over at the Loft or the Catalina. If you're one of those folks who can eat breakfast any meal of the day, this is the place for you. And Blue Willow's famous chocolate desserts are still to die for. Exotic chocolate and a quiet place to talk-it's a movie critic's paradise.

Runners up:

2. Caruso's, 434 N. Fourth Ave., 624-5765

3. Old Pueblo Grille, 60 N. Alvernon Way, 326-6000

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