Some restaurants and bars live comfortably outside the PR and marketing stream. They have a neighborhood-centric and sentimental customer base as solid as an old-growth

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Best Unsung Patio

Serafina

Some restaurants and bars live comfortably outside the PR and marketing stream. They have a neighborhood-centric and sentimental customer base as solid as an old-growth tree, and so neither need—nor get—the buzz. Serafina on Eastlake has a loyal clientele, thanks in part to its crack service staff and greenery-bedecked patio, which looks more like the courtyard of a getaway spa or a gardener's cottage than an Italian restaurant. You feel as if the leaves just might encroach on your table and drain your mussels of their spicy, smoky broth. On weekends, snippets of live jazz drift from the dining room as you enjoy the restaurant's unique brunch. Indeed, you'll need to eat your gnocchi with eggs in the fresh air so you don't faint from how good it is.—Maggie Savarino

 
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