It's getting to be that time of year: the few languid weeks where it's too hot to bother with a boiling pot or a 375-degree oven, but you're tired of the backyard brat-and-breast grilling rut you seem to have fallen into. Remembering how fleeting this time is makes you want to soak up as much of the summer as you can and dine al fresco whenever possible, but effortlessness is key, and even a sidewalk patio feels too formal for the kind of experience you're seeking. What you need is a picnic. But your focus should be on getting the best spot on the lawn (a little shade, mostly sun, and far enough away from everyone that it's quiet enough to nap when you're done eating), not on prepping and packing dinner. So slap on some sunscreen and find a blanket you don't mind dirtying, because we found a few local restaurants that are happy to wrap up a thoughtful, tasty meal and paired them with some of the best nearby spots to take a picnic. All you have to do is BYOB — that is,... More >>>