Eats: Outdoor dining

  • A mountain breeze is a fantastic condiment, and while no one has figured out how to bottle it yet, Universal Joint’s burgers and beers benefit from the way the fresh air wafts over them just before diners dig in. Their large porch and retractable garage door convert the entire space into an open-air mecca. If it’s not packed with happily munching Xpress readers, the patio is a fantastic place to stretch out and spend the afternoon with whatever great beer they’re selling as a $3 special. Take your dog. Take your friends. Xpress readers have spoken: The restaurant’s attraction is — dare we say — universal. — E.P.

    Universal Joint

    784 Haywood Road

  • The Southern Kitchen and Bar

    41 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville NC

  • Mellow Mushroom

    50 Broadway St., Asheville NC