It’s outdoor dining season! This week, I got to enjoy a tasty, al fresco dinner with some good friends at a super adorable spot. Vidalia Restaurant is a quaint, little BYO place just off the main street in Lawrenceville, NJ.I had passed this restaurant while on a bike ride a few days earlier and was so charmed by it’s patio dining area. The owners have turned their side driveway into a sweet, open air dining room with a white picket fence, big umbrellas, pots full of colorful flowers and strands of twinkling lights. I couldn’t wait to get there to eat! I tried my best not to look at the menu beforehand, thinking I might like to be surprised by the choices. I made it a few days too, but then I had to go online to make a reservation, and that’s when I peeked at the dinner selection. One thing about me is that I often enjoy the anticipation of something about as much as the event itself. Which was true in this case because I enjoyed thinking about artichoke francese as I finished up my day at work, artichoke francese as I picked out a bottle of wine and artichoke francese as I waited for my gas tank to fill up on my way there. Most of all, I enjoyed eating artichoke francese while chatting with my friends and sipping said wine. Outside! Ahhhh… There were also some salads. I couldn’t pronounce mine, Insalata Palermetana, which consisted of organic baby leaf lettuce, shaved parmigiano, fennel, oranges, and almonds; drizzled with homemade honey infused balsamic vinaigrette. My friends both had an asparagus appetizer that seemed to be wrapped up in some yummy bread and Insalata di Mela, organic spring mix lettuce with walnuts, gorgonzola, apples, and topped with the same honey balsamic dressing. The meals were delicious, the atmosphere was charming and the company was the best! I’m definitely going back and I know exactly what I’m getting next!