The large, rectangular gas-fueled fire pit at Ted’s Montana Grill is bordered by roomy rattan chairs, and the surrounding patio seats 40, with plenty more room for mingling as guests enjoy drinks or a meal. Whatever the weather, it’s a popular year-round gathering place. Says manager Marco Farfan, “Even with snow, they go outside.”
105 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg; 301-330-0777; tedsmontanagrill.com
With only five tables and a stone-rimmed, marble mantel fireplace, the little café at Praline Bakery is a coveted spot on a cold winter day. Hot pink walls with photos of macarons and croissants add to the charm, as do a cup of tea and a lemon drop cookie.
4611 Sangamore Road, Bethesda; 301-229-8180; praline-bakery.com