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Post by gringal Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:57 am

We frequent a local restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating adjacent to the main highway going East/West from Joco to Chapala.  We always sit inside.  The chairs are more comfortable, and I was wondering why people choose to sit outside instead.  Between noise and fumes from the traffic, it seems downright unhealthy.  So...why do people choose to sit outside, anyway? Just curious.
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Post by Carry Bean Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:28 am

Maybe they’re naturally warm so it’s cooler? Back in smoking days, maybe smokers preferred outside but now not many smokers.


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Post by mudgirl Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:33 am

It seems downright unhealthy to me to sit indoors potentially exposing yourself to Covid and whatever other contagious diseases people might be spreading.

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Post by gringal Wed Nov 02, 2022 12:33 pm

Good reason, theoretically, re diseases. However, we have found that we're usually the only ones sitting inside.

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Post by Jreboll Wed Nov 02, 2022 12:43 pm

Some sit outside to look at traffic and others go by. After all, we all go to the plaza to watch others.

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Post by mudgirl Wed Nov 02, 2022 2:37 pm

gringal wrote:Good reason, theoretically, re diseases.  However, we have found that we're usually the only ones sitting inside.

Servers and other staff can also spread Covid, etc, you know.

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Post by gringal Wed Nov 02, 2022 4:21 pm

Well folks, enjoy the noise and fumes.  (Our servers have been wearing masks.) It's not the same as observing the scene on the Plaza, though.
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Post by BisbeeGal Thu Nov 03, 2022 8:28 am

It's not as if it's a binary choice---eat indoors, or breathe fumes.

We almost always eat outdoors.  But seated in nice gardens or patios.

Our faves for outdoor dining currently are:
Lobo del Mar
Tabarka
Emma's
Savta
Cocinart
Nueva Posada
Baja Norte
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Post by Carry Bean Thu Nov 03, 2022 8:57 am

Some sitting outside might be snowbirds and like sitting in the sun since back home they’d have to be inside.

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Post by gringal Thu Nov 03, 2022 10:14 am

Carry Bean wrote:Some sitting outside might be snowbirds and like sitting in the sun since back home they’d have to be inside.

True, but the place I frequently dine has a roof over their outdoor seating! I agree with the list a previous poster entered, but none of those places are adjacent to a busy highway.
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Post by mudgirl Thu Nov 03, 2022 1:54 pm

gringal wrote:  (Our servers have been wearing masks.)

Well, kudos to them for doing so. But what I have seen is that even in places where employees wear masks, before they open the door to customers at opening time, none of them wear masks. Therefore the indoor air is full of whatever pathogens they may be carrying.
Like the taxi drivers who sit in their vehicle with the windows rolled up and the AC on, only slipping the mask on when they get a fare. That's just Covid theatre- if the driver has Covid, the passenger will be breathing infected air.

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Post by CanuckBob Fri Nov 04, 2022 7:40 am

I enjoy sitting in outdoor cafes and restaurants in very busy downtown sections in cities I travel too. Paris is known for its outdoor cafes and restaurants....

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Post by BisbeeGal Fri Nov 04, 2022 7:55 am

CanuckBob wrote:I enjoy sitting in outdoor cafes and restaurants in very busy downtown sections in cities I travel too. Paris is known for its outdoor cafes and restaurants....

In Paris most cafés are arranged so everyone has a street view. We weathered through them one Valentine's Day visit years ago.

Just back from 2 weeks in Spain...ate primarily at outdoor eateries on plazas since most cities have multiple plazas of all sizes almost all with restaurants. Ate a few times at places on city streets, and while people-watching is fun there can be annoyances from street beggars, street performers.
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Post by ferret Fri Nov 04, 2022 8:41 am

LOL! I especially hate listening to musicians that are off-key and their musical instruments are out of tune. Brings back a great memory of my hubby and his best friend who devised a marketing plan whereby the final result would end up with them receiving money from a Restaurant to NOT play. It was hilarious as the plan was developed over the course of a meal which was frequently interrupted by so called musicians.
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Post by gringal Fri Nov 04, 2022 9:22 am

I also enjoy meals on plazas, complete with sunshine. That's a whole different experience from that of sitting near a busy roadway with the noise and fumes from passing traffic. So...enough, eh?
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