So, hounds, where are great places to eat outdoors?
I am thinking that hidden courtyard where you can escape from the heat or a sidewalk spot for people watching or places that are humble and hearty and off the beaten track - (No grumbling about Upstairs at the Pudding, for example. And I know there are places on Boylston but if I wanted to pay $5 for a Coors Light, I would have still be at BC.) ;-b
So places everyone knows -
Barking Crab - Don't forget their sewage violations last year!
Atlantic 101 - Seafood, don't know a thing about it.
Joe's, The Marriott, and others of that ilk.
Some that are more hidden -
Cafe Pamplona - Just a coffee and dessert place near Harvard Square - A favorite of the intellectual elite at Harvard - Grab an iced espresso and try to spot the prof. who gave you a C- in Contem. French Lit.
(Everyone knows no one gets F's at Hahvard)
Union Street - Newton - Bar and restaurant with usual fare - But on non-weekend nights, fenced-in patio can be a nice place to linger.
So let's hear some more...
I ate at the Cambridge Brew House in Kendall Sq tonight (1 Kendall Square - near the movie theatre). Sat outside. They had tables under an awning and also in open-air. It was very pleasant. Standard brew house menu. I had the grilled tuna special - very tasty, and the weather was just right. Next door, the Coyote Grill (mexican food) also had outdoor seating.
Back Bay (trying to pick out a few restaurants that aren't ridiculous, e.g., Stephanie's on Newbury, etc.):
- Casa Romero (near the Prudential Center and right by an alley by L'Espalier) has an inner courtyard that is very cute. The food is upscale Mexican and can be spotty at times. I've had great luck with the homeade guacamole, a mushroom quesadilla-like appetizer, the steak fajitas and the pitchers of sangria.
- Tapas on Newbury St. Never tried it and heard it's not as good as its cousin, Dali.
- Bangkok Blue on Boylston St. This is my favorite Thai restaurant in the city (love the pad thai w/peanut sauce and the curries). They have some outdoor dining but sometimes the Boylston crowd makes it less than fun.
- Ma Soba. Overpriced (the sushi is certainly better value elsewhere...), but on nice nights they open up the glass paneled windows creating an outdoor feel.
- If you like government types, the Black Goose (right by the state house) has a nice patio and reasonable -- if rather uninspiring -- food.
- The Kinsale has outdoor dining, but I find the food truly mediocre and overpriced for what it is.
- Sail Loft, Joe's, etc.
Please avoid Tia's.
Don't really know of any, but would be interested in suggestions. I think Henrietta's Table in the Charles may have some outside seating options. There are also some places on JFK (e.g., Iruna?) that may work.
- Tremont 647/Sister Sorel. If you want to spend some money, Tremont 647 is quite good. If you don't mind a very limited menu (5 items in the $8-$12 range), give Sister Sorel a try. It uses the same kitchen as Tremont 647 (and the whole menu is available) but has some bargain items (representative items: a great burger, a salmon salad, steak quesidalla, chicken parmesan and swordfish over Asian noodles)
- Garden of Eden (on Tremont near Clarendon I believe). A very reasonable menu and an attached bakery/deli etc.