Al Fresco Dining in Cumberland County

April 11, 2017

April has brought the perfect weather to Cumberland County, and we are looking for any excuse to spend our time outside, preferably over a great meal. Luckily, many restaurants here feature beautiful outdoor patios—offering the perfect setting to celebrate any occasion al fresco style.With Mother’s Day and other holidays approaching, consider these three popular destinations in Cumberland County for al fresco dining with friends and family.

Italian

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Photo Credit: @LuigisItlalianRestaurantandBar

The covered patio at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to be dining out on a spring day. This restaurant’s history dates to the 1950’s, when the owner, a Greek immigrant, opened his first establishment in downtown Fayetteville. Some of the original sauce recipes are still on the menu at the present-day site, conveniently located in the heart of Fayetteville. Luigi’s is also known for its award-winning wine list, featuring over 250 selections. On Thursday evenings, the restaurant hosts a wine tasting, and on the weekends, guests are treated to live music in the lounge. Reservations are recommended, especially for weekends and holidays.

Tip: Treat yourself to the Veal Piccata for a bright, lemon-based sauce, or the Veal Marsala for a rich, wine-based sauce. Then top off your meal with the cannoli (you will thank us later).

American

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Photo Credit: @TheMashHouse

Fayetteville is quickly becoming a microbrewery destination, and one of the first breweries to put this city on the map was Mash House Brewing Company. The best part about this company is that it is also a restaurant, offering its visitors both award-winning brews and classic American fare, like steaks and chops. They are known for butchering all meat in-house and for featuring many locally grown products on their menu. One of the restaurant’s biggest perks is their outdoor patio, where a wood-burning fireplace keeps diners warm on cool nights. Follow Mash House on social media to learn about beer dinners, holiday specials, and other events coming up.

Tip: Do yourself a favor and order the appetizer, Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese and balsamic reduction, and pair it with a Mash House original or seasonal beer selection.

Mexican

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Photo Credit: @LaCocinaHopeMillsNC

La Cocina Restaurante Mexicano can boast several establishments all over North Carolina. Their newest restaurant, and Cumberland County’s only one, is conveniently located in front of Millstone Towne Centre—a popular shopping center in the Town of Hope Mills. We suggest grabbing a table on the large, covered patio and relaxing with a Texas Margarita or Dos Equis. The menu features a wide variety of everyone’s favorite Tex-Mex dishes, plus many house specialties, such as Botana de Carnitas and Ceviche de Camaron. This restaurant is well known for its tasty dishes, fast service, and kid-friendly atmosphere.

Tip: Order one of the taco plates for some authentic “street-taco” flavors. If you are an adventurous foodie, we recommend trying the pork sausage (chorizo) or beef tongue (lengua) tacos.

The diversity of Cumberland County’s many restaurants is well documented on the International Cuisine Trail. This “Cultural Heritage Trail,” created by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB), includes a range of dining options to suit almost any taste. While planning your next foodie experience here, be sure to check out the FACVB’s Calendar of Events for fun things to do when visiting our area.

Featured Photo Credit: @TheMashHouse

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