Take It Outside Part II: Outdoor Dining in The Fenway
All summer long, we will be featuring our favorite outdoor dining options from around the neighborhood. From patios and beer gardens to new poolside options, let us be your guide to Boston’s best outdoor bars and restaurants.
Tiffani Faison is running the show on the 1300 block of Boylston. Finalist of Top Chef Season 1 and chef/owner of BBQ joint Sweet Cheeks (featured in our first Al Fresco in The Fenway piece), Faison just added a 26-seat outdoor patio to her delightfully exotic Southeast Asian restaurant, Tiger Mama. With sidewalk seating right outside the front door, the patio marks Tiger Mama’s first season with an al fresco dining option. We recommend starting with bartender Charles Coykendall’s newest creation, The Mandalay Punch, and pairing it with the Singapore Street Noodles. Next, try cooling off with a modern take on a classic tiki concoction with a whimsical name. The “Taiwan On” combines El Dorado 3-year-old rum, Batavia Arrack, Thai basil, coconut and key lime that tastes like a vacation in a glass. If you don’t want to walk home crooked, drink it down in moderation and enjoy it with the subtly similar flavor profile of the Short Rib Randang. The patio is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tiger Mama: 1363 Boylston Street, 617-425-6262
Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar
Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar recently opened a seasonal patio in front of their establishment. Like Tiger Mama, Citizen’s patio boasts a 26-seat sidewalk dining option. It’s best to jockey for a space early, as these seats are sure to be in high demand day after day, all season long. With its close proximity to Fenway Park, it’s a prime place to people-watch along bustling Boylston Street. Citizen’s patio is so close to the action you can hear the roar of the fans from the stadium on game day. The location, plus a daily raw bar selection, makes this one of the best oyster spots in Boston. And when it comes to drinks, it’s always whiskey time. With over 200 types to choose from, their extensive list of Scotch, Irish, Japanese, Canadian, Taiwanese, French and American options is epic and has earned them the reputation as one of the best whiskey bars in the country. Whether it's small batch or Jim Beam, neat or on the rocks, this is the best place to drink the brown in town.
Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar: 1310 Boylston Street, 617-450-9000
If you had an hour or two spend drinking or dining outside, where would you head?