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).
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