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Best Patio Dining

Atlanta is home to lots of patio restaurants, and rightly so. The weather's perfect for it. Unfortunately, most of them are marred by views of parking lots and traffic-clogged streets. But at VIRGINIA'S, located inside the wide-open entrance of The Stove Works, the alfresco spot is surrounded by views of architectural details tastefully rendered in corrugated steel, brick and wood lattice. Above the red and orange umbrella tables are strung colored lights, and tons of oversized tropical plants fill every nook and cranny. The centerpiece, a tile fountain, provides a soothing aural backdrop of continuous gurgles and splashes. And the food's not bad either.

The Stove Works. 112 Krog St. 404-827-9005.

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