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Readers' Choice: Where's the Best Place to Dine Outdoors?

St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva have wonderful opportunities to sit outside and enjoy the weather, the wine, the coffee or the cuisine. Which will be chosen as best in the 2012 Patch Readers' Choice Awards?

We're putting out an all-points bulletin for Al Fresco. Is Al Fresco in the house?

Of course not. Al fresco is outside. That's where you'll find the most relaxing and romantic places to dine or talk over a glass of wine, an ice cream cone, gelato or cup of espresso.

Years ago, a friend mentioned how much the Tri-Cities reminded him of Europe. The river views, the shops, the beautiful outdoor cafes and restaurants.

As you might have noticed, we're seeking Patch 2012 Readers Choice selections in 25 business categories. But there might be none more competitive that this category of Best Outdoor Dining.

Nominations were accepted on Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles Patch through July 9.

Winners in all Readers' Choice categories will be announced on Aug. 24.

The poll will open to accept votes from registered Patch users starting on July 23 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

So, set down your wine glass, turn to your laptop and start making your selection in our Patch poll. And while you're at it, ask your buddy Al Fresco to join you.

john dlugolecki August 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Villa Verone is my choice for top quality food, excellent service and superior selection of refreshing beverage... Here you are treated like family... always very comfortable. The best live music on weekends. Simply, the best of the best, that the Fox Valley has to offer...
Lee Leroy Anderson August 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Fiora's hands down !
Lois Lane August 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Do you still work at Fiora's, Leroy? The three times we've tried to stop and just have a beverage we're told they are closed for lunch and will reopen at 5. Why isn't the bar open all day? Especially during festivals, doesn't make sense???
joe carr August 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Villa Verone!!
Lindsey McDowall August 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Fiora's!! Moderate pricing! GREAT drinks. Live entertainment outside (mostly) every Friday and Saturday!! Half off EVERY bottle of wine on Wednesday. Full outdoor bar connected to the patio. Great service. All great combinations for the best patio!!!

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