Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Eating out.(Special Section)

Byline: Emily Van Cleve For the Journal

Restaurant patios offer fresh air, top-notch views and tasty meals

Santa Feans love to eat outdoors," says Courtney Carswell, owner of the popular restaurant The Shed. "When summer arrives, our patio is the first dining area to fill up."

Restaurant owners throughout the city have responded to the passion for alfresco dining by creating patios that allow customers to enjoy the birds, the bees and the deep blue New Mexico sky.

The Shed's patio is one of the oldest in town. It was named Prince Patio in the 17th century when Bradford Prince, a New Mexico governor, bought the hacienda surrounding it.

This summer, The Shed celebrates its 50th anniversary. Carswell's parents, Polly and Thornton Carswell, founded the restaurant, which moved from Burro Alley to 113 1/2 E. Palace Ave. in 1960.

Trumpet vines that produce orange blossoms all summer were growing in the patio when the Carswells moved the restaurant. The couple added a honey locust tree and Austrian Copper roses.

Diners can enjoy burritos, grilled chicken, steaks, shrimp, sandwiches, burgers and enchiladas during lunch and dinner hours. …

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