Where: Los Angeles
What: Al Fresco Dining
hanks to the Border Grill
co-founders and Kajsa Alger
of Blue Window
, who took over the food program at The Huntington Gardens
in November of 2016, you can now have your garden views and eat like a foodie with them too. In celebration of their success in uplifting the outdoor oasis into a dining destination, Mary Sue Miliken
and Susan Feniger
of Border Grill call out their top picks on where else to dine al fresco in Los Angeles.
Mary Sue Milliken (L) and Susan Feniger (R) at the The Huntington Library. Image courtesy of @bordergrill.
Visitors to the The Huntington Library and Gardens can enjoy food from the Border Grill Taqueria and more from Café 1919 in the open air on this patio. Image by Luke Gibson
The Huntington Library
Susan Feniger: The Huntington Library tops the list as it’s one of the most beautiful places in all of California. You really have to come very hungry in order to take advantage of all the amazing eats! The new Border Grill Taqueria inside Café 1919 has handmade tacos and a ceviche duo that is perfect for a patio lunch gazing out at the Orbit Pavilion silver sphere and gardens. General Tso’s Cauliflower from the Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House is the perfect late afternoon snack in the Chinese garden and the view overlooking the pond is exquisite. On weekends the Patio Grill is a great place to hang with the family and have freshly grilled treats, sandwiches and salads. And if you can plan ahead, the high tea in the tea room is an amazing way to take a break on your long and winding stroll through the grounds.
Mary Sue Milliken: The Hollywood Bowl is better than ever! Nothing beats sitting outside in that canyon listening to beautiful music and eating Suzanne Goin’s summer picnic fare.
SF: AOC’s patio is pretty romantic and of course the food is always, always amazing. Suzanne is a fantastic chef and so you almost feel like you might be in Italy, or Northern California or somewhere on the Mediterranean, hanging out, drinking delicious interesting wine and eating yummy food.
MSM: Pick up Madcapra’s “go Big” tasting menu at Grand Central Market and sit out on Broadway after a bike ride around the city and you’ll forget you’re in LA--- it’s like a vacation in a big, grown up, city!
MSM: Metro Café has Serbian specials and a nice selection of wine that Sasa, the owner, loves to get you tasting. Sitting out on Washington Blvd while enjoying Bernie’s big salads and a bowl of mussels or grilled chevapchichi with Serbian salad is the best.
Back on the Beach Cafe
SF: Back on the Beach is the perfect Santa Monica eating place. You can put your feet in the sand, watch the bikers, walkers, kids, ocean and eat yummy food. And love the owner, Fred Deni, he’s always there.
Pine & Crane
MSM: Pine & Crane has great fresh Taiwanese flavors and lots of vegetables from the farm. We always start with the spicy peanuts and sea salt black milk tea, then get lots of small plates and grab a table out on the Sunset Triangle Plaza patio.
MSM: Sitting outside for brunch is a favorite and Terrine has an awesome menu and a patio. Kris Morningstar changes it up and offers everything from ancient grains with poached eggs to pickle brined fried chicken and grits.
Coral Tree Cafe
SF: Coral Tree is my go to when it’s cold and rainy out. There’s a great firepit outside, heat lamps and it feels cozy and comfy. The food is interesting and healthy, delicious teas and coffees, and a great late afternoon spot to just read and grab a bite.
MSM: Winsome in Echo park has a great patio and an exciting, crowd-pleasing menu … from roasted bone marrow to crispy tofu to duck egg toast.
MSM: Mare on Melrose for a dinner under the stars is incredible. Love the mussels or clams and salt roasted potatoes.
Patio Grill courtesy of The Huntington Library
Exterior of Café 1919 courtesy of The Huntington Library
Image courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl
Image courtesy of Justin M.
This interview was conducted by Arden Shore
Header image of Patio Grill offerings courtesy of The Huntington Library