Best Patio Dining - 2012
Monarch at the Hotel Zaza
With a view onto sprawling Hermann Park, the beautiful Mecom Fountain and the lush Museum District, dining on the Monarch's shaded patio feels a little like noshing at a swank Central Park spot — especially as you traipse through the elegant lobby to get there. Much of chef Adam West's food seems purpose-built for patio dining, too, with modern picnic-like dishes such as heirloom tomato tartare and roasted chicken with sweet corn maque choux and a lemon/fennel marmalade. An expansive brunch menu amps up the fun on the patio during Sunday Fundays.