What to Do This Weekend

trax restaurant and cafe!

After cruel blizzards and torrential downpours, spring’s finally here. Take advantage of the sunshine at these alfresco spots.

Trax Restaurant and Cafe

What: The former train station is now a little Eden with a breezy, covered patio.
Why: Veggies and herbs plucked right from its garden end up in classic American dishes.
When: Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-10 p.m.; Sat., 4:30-10 p.m.
Where: 27 W. Butler Pike, Ambler (215-591-9777).

Cafe Lutécia

What: Just off the beaten path sits a smattering of umbrella-covered sidewalk tables surrounded by sweet chirping birds.
Why: Start the morning with a leisurely latte or stop in for quiche, soup, and other French fare during the bustling brunch.
When: Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 2301 Lombard St. (215-790-9557).

Octo Waterfront Grille
What: Slushy drinks, seafood, and boats bobbing up and down on the river make you feel like you’re on vacation.
Why: It’s the new home of the ever-popular Sundae party, so expect to become a regular.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 4-10:45 p.m.
Where: 221 N. Columbus Blvd. (215-923-6286).


What: Tucked away on a busy Center City block, the sun-dappled oasis serves salads, omelets, and decadent brownies a la mode.
Why: Grab an office mate for a quick lunch. You’re bound to return refreshed.
When: Tues.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 251 S. 18th St. (215-732-3606).

Photo: Courtesy of Trax Restaurant and Cafe

251 S 18th St
@ Rittenhouse Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Octo Waterfront Grille
221 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Trax Restaurant and Cafe
27 W Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Cafe Lutecia
2301 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146