Take It Outside Part III: Outdoor Dining in The Fenway

All summer long, TheFenway.com will be featuring our favorite outdoor dining options from around the neighborhood. From patios and beer gardens to curbside corners like those of Europe, let us be your guide to your best bets in Al Fresco dining. In Part I, we enjoyed the neighborhood’s best outdoor burgers and BBQ, followed by oysters and next-level Thai in Part II. Now, let's hit Beacon Street for authentic Spanish tapas and a trip to Brookline’s new Irish gastropub.


Taberna de Haro
Just over in Brookline, Taberna de Haro has occupied this quaint corner of Beacon Street since 1998. Now, with a 48-seat patio open every day at 5 p.m., this streetside dining area offers a relaxed and quiet view of an otherwise bustling city street. Bringing the exotic yet casual feel of the great tabernas of Madrid to The Fenway area, this tapas restaurant offers over 50 menu items featuring authentic delicacies from every region of Spain. Try Madrid staples and capital city favorites like Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician octopus with EVOO and sweet paprika) and roasted sea bass with creamy ham croquettes. More adventurous eaters can try the Ancas de Rana (frog legs sautéed with lemon, garlic and brandy) or the Orejas a la Plancha (griddled crispy pig ears). And, of course, no Spanish restaurant experience is complete without trying the traditional rice dish, paella. Here the specialty of the house is made with squid ink and cuttlefish. When it's time to hoist your glass and wet your whistle, try a cocktail crafted from the Straight Law Bar. Voted best cocktail bar of 2015 by Boston Magazine, the bar specializes in gin and sherry cocktails and brings the Spanish gin and tonic craze to Brookline by offering 28 different artisanal gins and 5 tonics to choose from. And if it’s wine you want, you’re in great hands—chef/owner Deborah Hansen is also a sommelier trained in Spain! With over 325 bottles of wine from 36 Denominaciones de Origen, Taberna de Haro’s wine list has been heralded as one of the world’s best.

Pro Tip: Taberna’s great patio atmosphere gets even better on Thursdays as a flamenco guitarist performs out front.
Taberna de Haro: 999 Beacon Street, 617-277-8272


Waxy’s
Across the street from Taberna is Waxy’s. A self-proclaimed “Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen,” Waxy’s is the newest addition to Beacon Street’s row of restaurants. With 12 tables spaciously laid out on its wooden front deck, you can avoid the surplus of TVs that overwhelm the interior for a pleasant view of the brownstones of Brookline. When you think of an Irish pub, you probably think of Fish & Chips and Guinness. And while you’re sure to find those here, Waxy’s goes above and beyond basic pub grub. With the careful selection of fresh, local and natural ingredients, the kitchen is outfitted more like a gastropub than an old Irish haunt. Try Waxy’s specialty appetizer Scotch Eggs (soft-boiled free-range eggs wrapped in Portuguese chorizo with seasoned breadcrumbs, fried and served with paprika aioli). The Corned Beef Reuben and 8-oz. Maine Family Farms Bar Burger are two standout sandwiches and their take on Irish favorites like The Good Shepherd’s Pie and Fish & Chips are menu highlights and traditionals done right. For the vegetarian, there are several salad and pasta options and rumor has it they even have gluten-free options. You’ll probably want a Guinness, Smithwicks or Magners to fit the mood, but there are also 41 taps of craft brews including selections by Troegs, BBC, Brooklyn Brewery, Coronado Brewing, Stone and Boulevard.  
Waxy’s: 1032 Beacon Street, 617-651-8323

Well...what'd we miss? Do you have a favorite spot for outdoor summer dining in The Fenway neighborhood? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and we’ll make sure to visit this month.

 

 

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