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July 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Sidewalk cafes: the more the merrier. Your favorites?

There’s cloud cover again this morning, but if the last week was any indication, it’s likely to be warm and sunny again later today. Of course a little cloud cover hardly puts the chill on our love for sidewalk seating. If you caught Saturday’s Seattle Times cover story on the subject, you’d have read this:

“Since Seattle eased its policy on sidewalk-cafe permits in late 2008, almost 100 cafe and restaurant owners have received approval or are awaiting approval to put cocktail tables and seats along the sidewalk.”

Right on, says me. And I’m far from the only one who looks forward to making “Yay!” while the sun shines (or not, as the case may be). Reporter Tan Vinh’s story got people talking — about the politics of sidewalk seating. But forget the politics: tell me which sidewalk cafes (and restaurants, and bars) entice you when you’re in the mood for a pavement party.

AJ Ghambari (left) of Cherry Street Coffee House, serves a great bagel and lox (among other eats) at his coffee house near First and Seneca. And my neighborhood Parisian-styled wine bar, Daphnes, next to the movie theater in downtown Edmonds, as seen early this morning. Sorry! You’ll have to wait till 4 p.m. to get a glass of wine and a nosh there.

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