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Food Critics: Where Are The Best Places To Dine Outside In The KC Area?

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In Kansas City it's expected that the weather will jump from snowy, to balmy, to sultry in a matter of weeks.

But now that we're firmly into spring, and summer is just around the corner, restaurants are opening their outdoor patios, decks, balconies, rooftops and sidewalk seating.

Many diners love the opportunity to dine al fresco, surrounded by the beauty of nature – or asphalt parking lots. Other Kansas City diners see outdoor dining as a nightmare of bugs, noise, cigarette smoke and gawking strangers.

Our food critics, Charles Ferruzza, Emily Farris, Chris Becicka and Lou Jane Temple take us dining in the great outdoors… with napkins to uncover some of the best places to eat outside around Kansas City.

Here is a list of places mentioned during the show:

Here are the new and notable restaurants talked about at the beginning of the show:

Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.