Take It Outside: 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 guide you to the best bets in al fresco dining.
Not only has Audubon stepped up the cocktail game and revamped their food menu, but they’ve also expanded their semi-secret, bamboo-lined patio to 35 seats. A neighborhood staple with a sleek modern design, Audubon’s kitchen is open everyday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight—and the bar stays open even later. With charcoal-grilled fare and an abundance of small plates, salads and sandwiches, Audubon’s menu is perfect for dining under the summer sun. Cool off with some Watermelon Gazpacho and a Grain Salad, or tame the heat the way they do in Old Mexico—with a Carne Asada Torta and Street Corn. And when it comes to cocktails, Audubon has some of the best shakers and stirrers in the game today. Try the drink of the day or indulge in the one of the new cocktail pitchers recently introduced to the menu. Sure the margarita pitchers are always great, but we recommend the Rome with a Brew. A take on the cocktail Rome with a View, the Audubon variation combines Campari, Dolin Dry Vermouth and adds a refreshing subtle fruit twist by topping it off with Harpoon Camp Wannamango Pale Ale.
Renowned as one of the best BBQ joints in city, you can smell the sweet scent of smoked meat as it wafts its way down Boylston Street. In addition to their bustling communal indoor seating, Sweet Cheeks boasts two outdoor seating options. For an intimate setting grab a table on the front sidewalk, or if you want a more lively atmosphere head to the adjoining beer garden that has its own bar, retractable roof and whiskey barrels for tables. Whether you get a sandwich, a tray or if you just want to order by the pound, Tiffani Faison’s Texas-styled menu offers tender, juicy pulled pork, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken and fall-off-the-bone ribs. And what is outdoor BBQ without a refreshing beverage? If you’re just having one try the Texas Press, a refreshing mix of vodka, elderflower, cucumber, lime mint and seltzer. And if you’re out with a group, we recommend the Bucket O’ Beer options and the 64 oz. John Daly Scorpion Ball (sweet tea vodka, lemonade and iced tea).
This is just the beginning! We'll be talking about our favorite spots all summer. Which ones should we check out next?