A Picnic Lunch

Picnic, that cute little sandwich shop on Bissonnet by the owners of Raven Grill just two doors over, specializes in customized, to-go box lunches.

The shop has everything you need for the perfect picnic. Lettuce-free salads stock the shelves in abundance - potato salad, pasta salad, chicken salad, fruit salad and cole slaw. And there are snacks like Zapp's chips, gazpacho and cheesecake brownies.

Picnic's proprietors have thought of everything - even where to have your picnic. Given the great weather this week, we decided to put Picnic's list to the test and visit a few of its suggestions.

Martha Fleming Park- Within walking distance of Picnic, Fleming is a cute little pocket park with tables and benches and a playground. Just don't stay too long - unless you plan to hike back to Picnic to visit the little girl's room.

Cullen Sculpture Garden- Cullen is best for dining solo while watching passersby whisper quietly amongst the sculptures. The atmosphere is tranquil, which is greatly needed after the parking headache that is the museum district.

Miller Outdoor Theater- Hermann Park cannot be tackled in a lunch break. While the people-watching is prime, traversing the vast terrain in search of the perfect locale is best left to the weekend.

The Green, Green Lawn at The Menil Museum- With shade trees, lots of lawn space and free parking close by, the Menil was made for spending the day in peace, and the short stroll to the Rothko Chapel is the perfect way to walk off a few calories.

Honorable Mention: The most frequented, but least glamorous, picnic spot: your cubicle.

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