Two great patios for sipping wine & enjoying the outdoorsPosted: Updated:
Bomberos Café & Wine Bar
8801 N. Central Avenue, Suite 104, Phoenix
7051 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale
When the weather is glorious and you want to spend every second outdoors, both Bomberos and Fine's make great hangouts for wine sipping, snacking and lounging around.
Housed in an old fire station in Sunnyslope, Bomberos (which means "firemen" in Spanish) is a South American-inspired wine bar, owned by Uruguayan-born Oscar Mastrantuono and his wife Kristi. The 25-bottle wine list offers South American wines exclusively, including Brazilian Merlot, Argentine Malbec and a handful of more obscure varietals. The morning menu is limited to wonderful coffee and Willo-baked scones and muffins while lunch revolves around panini. At night, you'll find more panini and a handful of wine-friendly snacks — bruschetta, cheeses and charcuterie, served with things like nuts, dried fruits, roasted peppers and olives. Thanks to its roll-up windows, Bomberos invites comparison to Postino, but Bomberos has one singular advantage: a mesquite tree-shaded patio furnished with a fire pit and lots of cushy furniture. Although Bomberos looks absolutely great inside, it's the outside that makes you want to just move in. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $-$$
Fine's Cellar, located on the west end of Fifth Avenue, has charms of its own — a retail wine shop, an adorable gelato-coffee bar, a handsome, contemporary dining room and a simple patio surrounded by small shops. Chef Cullen Campbell (formerly of Camus) has five Contemporary American menus in place, including breakfast in the coffee bar, lunch, dinner and a four-course tasting menu, complete with wine pairings, called "La Dolce Vita." The tasting menu is actually a great way to go, although adding wines can jack up the tab pretty quickly. Lunch options, including the truffled grilled cheese sandwich, the Monte Cristo, sweet potato fries and duck a l'Orange salad, are fun and less expensive if you're in the mood to lounge, sip wine and soak up the sunshine. Do try the gelato with cookies. Very simple and homey. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Tuesday through Saturday. $-$$$