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Outdoor Dining: The Unexpected Hit List

Hot days and warm nights are finally here! Now where to eat outside? Sure, you know Foreign Cinema and pretty much any restaurant at the Ferry Building (from Slanted Door to Gott's). You've probably hung out drinking pisco sours on the patio at La Mar, had a bowl of mussels along Belden Place or done your share of carbo canoodling at Sociale. But when you're racking your brain for somewhere else, somewhere less expected, return to this list.

First Bite: Bistro Aix Remodeled and Refreshed

For the past nine months, Bistro Aix—the beloved Marina restaurant—has been undergoing a Heidi Montag-like remodel—fully gutted and rebuilt. But unlike The Hills starlet, the 15-year-old restaurant is no Barbie-en-Provence. It might not be the hippest spot in town, but it's been redone in fine, grown-up good taste. Dark-wood gives the restaurant a cozy lodge feeling, which is accentuated by a custom-made, roaring wood-fired grill, which, should you choose to sit at the bar, you can see flickers of from your seat. The back patio now has a permanent glass pyramid ceiling for the indoor/outdoor effect without the need for a heat lamp.

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