When you have a restaurant in Brookside as small as Chef Celina Tio's, JULIAN, a large, well-appointed, well-positioned, 3-season patio can make or break your your entire year. A patio can double your seating, and when the weather is nice, like it is today, there is nothing better. It literally can print money for you, when the weather is on your side.
Today, I was running errands when I rolled down my window and realized what a gorgeous day it was. I had been craving a good burger since July 4th, and on the recommendation of my burger sensi, Paul M Ingold, I decided to hit the patio at JULIAN for one of Celina's burgers.
Say whatever you want . . .there is always that one perfect burger that you enjoy every single bite of each summer. Today, I found my own personal Jesus in Celina's cheeseburger.
I could not have been more satisfied. I ordered my burger with cheddar and grilled onions. I had them cook it medium rare. The juices from the burger came running out of it and onto my chin, plate, t-shirt. It came on a soft brioche bun with house made french fries and homemade ketchup. Do you guys have any idea how much time it takes to make housemade ketchup? Forever . . .and then some. Celina's was delicious . . .as was my entire lunch. That lovely, drowsy feeling of satisfaction and utter bliss after a nice burger on a pretty patio on a gorgeous day.
Summer is for taking days like today and acting like a European . . .so go and enjoy lunch al fresco on the patio of your favorite lunch spot. Take total advantage of this weather while it is here, my friends. Fall is lurking right around the corner.