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Good Eats By Patti Restivo For Howard Magazine

Open-air spots

Five favorites that embrace the ambience of the season

 

Foodies who love dining alfresco will find plenty of options to whet their appetites as popular eateries open their patios and verandas to spring.

 

Whether hungry to paint the town, for a romantic evening by candlelight, for spectacular views or a casual get-together with friends and neighbors— or for a prime spot to eat while enjoying fair-weather festivals and events — diners can find an open-air spot to suit the occasion.

 

Below, we present five favorites that embrace the ambience of the season.

 

Alexandra’s American Fusion

 

The patio at Alexandra’s American Fusion overlooks stunning views of impeccably manicured greens and the 18th hole of the original golf course at the 1,000-acre Turf Valley resort.

 

Three fire pits, a fountain and a garden add to the ambience of the scenic outdoor spot that can be rented for private parties and seats more than 50 guests. Diners can enjoy a variety of seasonally inspired dishes and seafood selections crafted with locally sourced produce and meats, as well as a popular Sunday champagne brunch that features live music.

 

2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City. 410-480-2400. alexandrasrestaurant.com

 

Ananda

 

Maple Lawn’s refined Ananda restaurant dwells in an unmarked building that resembles a medieval castle, where classic Indian dishes are served on starched white tablecloths and the decor nods to colonial India.

 

Complementing the sophisticated wood paneling and stained glass windows of the smaller interior dining rooms, the veranda— an elegant glass-enclosed outdoor space heated by gas fireplaces— is open year round.

 

Guests can watch the sun set over Maple Lawn and