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America's Coolest (As In Temperature) Restaurants

07/11/2012 09:11 am ET | Updated Sep 10, 2012

2012-07-03-MAINdavios_facebook.jpgThe brutal summer heat can drive some people to stay inside, for fear of getting drenched with sweat within minutes of stepping outdoors. So to make things easier and much more comfortable, some restaurants take it upon themselves to help their customers beat the heat.

Many eateries offer beautiful outdoor patios, but when the temperature starts to skyrocket the thought of dining alfresco can be extremely unappealing. The restaurants on this list have come up with some inventive ways for their customers to cool down. Mr. An's Teppan Steak & Sushi in Tucson, Ariz., cools diners off with its refreshing and soothing mister system, which offers guests a light mist of water as they dine on the restaurant's outdoor patio, and Smithfield's in Ashland, Ore., takes things a step further by offering a 30-foot slip and slide to overheated customers.

Whether you'd prefer to dine in a climate-controlled patio or cool-off with a booze-filled ice pop (offered only on days when the temperature climbs above 100 degrees), these weather-conscious restaurants are there to help.

- Molly Aronica, The Daily Meal

America's Coolest Restaurants