Diner: Outdoor Dining

Critics' Pick: Indigo Casual Gourmet Cafe

Jared M. Holder

Scene: Indigo's patio is set back from the street and offers a shady, low-key place to dine al fresco. Set among trees, and perched a few doors down from the bustle of Hyde Park Square proper, the patio at Indigo is a quiet little urban hideaway. The vibe is less Hyde Park see-and-be-seen, and more casual and relaxed, which is exactly why we like it here.

Eats: The menu is perfect for summer outdoor dining. There is a wide selection of salads (try the Black and Bleu Tuna Salad, made with spicy blackened tuna $9.90), as well as filling calzones, good pizzas and sandwiches. If you're trying to be more health conscious, order your deliciously cheesy pizza and calzones with whole wheat crust. (Craig Bida)

INDIGO CASUAL GOURMET CAFÉ, 2637 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-9952. Summer hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday ­ Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

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