NEWPORT NEWS—Put on your prettiest sundress and fanciest flip-flops, then head for a restaurant that features outdoor dining. You'll feel refreshing breezes brush your skin while you dig into a salad, sandwich or seasonal specialty. Please call ahead or visit the online sites for more details.
Captain Chuck-a-Muck's Ship Store and Grill
Jones Creek in Rescue, Isle of Wight County
5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; noon-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2-8 p.m. Sunday
Relax on picnic tables overlooking the scenic creek while you chow down on hand-breaded crab cakes, oysters and shrimp or munch on fries and slaw served with fresh seafood boats. Hush puppies are a side specialty. $6.95-$9.95 for boats; $14.95-$19.95 dinners.
Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant
James River Bridge, Newport News
11 a.m-11:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday
A screened-in porch and picnic-style tables provide views of boats going up and down the river, Evening sunsets are the greatest around. Raw bar, appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches and daily fresh-catch entrees. $1.95-$17.95; market price for crab.
Firkin & Frigate Pub
City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News
11:30 a.m. daily except noon on Sunday, closing midnight-2 a.m. A full patio welcomes diners who need a respite from shopping at numerous nearby boutiques. Veggie and other burgers, all types of salads, chicken, soups and burgers. $6.99 lunch specials. Laides night 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays with music.
Gold Course and Green Course clubhouse grills
315 and 651 S. England St., Williamsburg
757-565-8460 or 757-220-7549; www.goldenhorseshoegolf.com
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Golf courses are green and scenic, so dining outdoors at their clubhouses is just as nice as playing a round. Chicken quesadillas, boneless buffalo-style wings, salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers are on the menus. Take a mulligan and enjoy a glass of wine, beer or ale. Boxed lunches to go. $5-$12 for food.