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REGION — Food always tastes better alfresco, especially if you’re sitting on a front porch with a view. Here are just a handful of lovely places in our area that will satisfy that craving.

The Tusten Cup

OK, it’s more of a side porch, but you can’t deny that it’s got a killer view of the bridge over the Delaware. The smiling staff serves up killer coffee, too, plus it’s got great breakfast (Happy Camper: Two eggs, fried onions, sweet red peppers, cheddar and baby greens in a spinach wrap for $8.75) and lunch selections (Sgt. Pepper: Two eggs, chipotle mayo, pepperjack cheese, sweet red peppers, and crispy onions on ciabatta for $8), plus fun upstate merch and provisions.

The Tusten Cup

8 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY



Callicoon Brewing Company

Given its annual PorchFest, Callicoon knows a lot about porches. And this is a porch—times two! The beautiful twin covered porches on the front of the Olympia Hotel, now home to the Callicoon Brewing Company, are quintessential places to kick back with a brew or two. Try the Callicoon Cow Pale Ale, or the Callicoon No Bull IPA. Other local craft beers are on tap here, too, to enjoy with menu items like Irish Cannonballs (fritters of corned beef, colcannon, cabbage and Swiss for $9.95) or a Texas Wiener (deep-fried hot dog with toppings and fries for $7.95).

Callicoon Brewing Company

15 Upper Main St., Callicoon, NY



The Western Hotel

Continuing the Callicoon theme, this 1852 eatery is listed on the National Historic Register. Sit anywhere on the two-story covered terrace and picture an imaginary pistol duel (we’d bet on the white-hat dude). Open Mondays and Fridays for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers brunch and dinner on the weekends. After you stuff yourself, roll into bed in one of the beautifully updated six guest rooms.

22 Upper Main St., Callicoon, NY



The Settlers Inn

Guests of the inn can gather on the front porch for morning coffee. Locals make sure they get reservations for the farm-to-table restaurant any time they have a milestone occasion. In the warmer months, dine among Pocono breezes on the covered terrace. The menu is divided among Earth (such as pesto pappardelle with roasted zucchini and tomatoes for $24); Water (clams in corn and bacon broth for $26); Wind (gochujang-roasted half-chicken with black forbidden rice and farmers’ vegetables for $34); and Fire (skirt steak with Romesco sauce for $44).

4 Main Ave., Hawley, PA



Java Love

If you are so over Dunkin’ and Starbucks, hightail it to Java Love. They roast their coffee in-house, and it’s served in some of the best restaurants in the area. So treat yourself to a hot cuppa and a pastry, and take it out onto the front porch to enjoy a view of White Lake.

1577 NY State Rte. 17B, White Lake, NY



Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar

This restaurant has been a Milford staple since 1989. Although it doesn’t have a porch per se, it has a lovely deck on the Sawkill, where you can savor breakfast (like the Gristmill omelet: ham, onions, peppers and cheese for $9), lunch (grilled sirloin sandwich with sauteed onions for $17.50), or dinner (flat iron steak au poivre for $28).

150 Water St., Milford, PA



The Tusten Cup, Callicoon Brewing Company, The Western Hotel, The Settlers Inn, Java Love, Waterweel Café Bakery & Bar, porch


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