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America's Coolest (As In Temperature) Restaurants

Posted: 07/11/2012 9:11 am

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.

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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.

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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

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  • Tobacco Road — Miami

    This Miami standby will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. In addition to offering live music and classic comfort foods, Tobacco Road also offers Oasis Happy Hours during the summer, which include a 30-foot dual track slip and slide. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>This Chef Allegedly Spiked Chocolate with Ecstasy</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Flickr/Phillip Pessar</strong></a>

  • La Hacienda de los Barrios — San Antonio

    Diners can enjoy authentic Mexican food while escaping the summer heat, thanks to an expansive outdoor dining area shaded by oak trees and hanging fans to encourage a breeze. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see America's Best Family-Friendly Restaurants</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Yelp/Ajk</strong>

  • III Forks — Dallas

    Offering a fine dining experience in Dallas, III Forks serves up upscale steakhouse fare. The restaurant has 25,000 square feet and a variety of dining rooms, including an enclosed courtyard, which is climate-controlled to offer diners a view of the grounds while maintaining shelter from the heat and humidity. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see Which Processed Foods Are Ruining Our Health</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Facebook/III Forks</strong>

  • Davio’s — Philadelphia

    To help diners beat the sweltering heat in Philadelphia, this trendy Italian restaurant has been known to offer booze-filled ice pops on days when the temperature reaches higher than 100 degrees. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see Outrageous Restaurant Marketing Stunts Through History</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Facebook/Davio's</strong>

  • Ice Cream Shop at David Burke’s Primehouse — Chicago

    Throughout the summer, chef and restaurateur David Burke offers scoops and cones of premium ice cream every Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (or until the ice cream runs out). The pop-up ice cream shop opened in May to help Chicagoans stay cool throughout the balmy season. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see What the 1 Percent Eats at the Ballpark</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Facebook/Primehouse</strong>

  • Tundra Las Olas — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Diners don’t have to bundle up to enjoy this ice-themed restaurant, but they will certainly have the opportunity to cool down. Chilled seafood dishes and cocktails are served on icy platters and the dining room is decorated with elaborate ice sculptures. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Click here to see 8 Ice Pop Flavors You Didn't Know Existed</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit:</em> © <strong>Tundra Las Olas</strong>


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