Fall is one of the best times of the year: it’s cool outside, the leaves are changing, and sweaters are worn.  Eating outside goes hand in hand with this season.  If you’re looking for some new restaurants to try that outdoor space, check out these five places below.

The Grinning Mule – This new restaurant on Morningside Drive off of Commonwealth Avenue is a great first choice.  The patio is currently decorated like a pumpkin patch with hay bales and pumpkins!  How fun!  Enjoy a great shareable small plate and a craft cocktail, and lean in to the fall season.  I recommend the Crab Cakes and Charred Fall Salad to nosh on, and Butternut Brandy to sip!  Oh, and feel good about dining there because this restaurant is a nonprofit!  Win-win.

The Artisan Palate – Located in the Noda Plaza on 36th Street, this restaurant is a great spot to enjoy the fall weather.  While the building itself has a garage door that opens in the front, the restaurant has recently expanded their patio for more seating.  While it’s a fantastic date location, I love their brunch on Sunday morning.  Start with a cheese plate featuring cheese from Orrman’s and then enjoy a fresh Frittata or some Brioche French Toast.  Don’t forget to order a delicious coffee or mimosa!









The Goodyear House – This newer spot is one of my favorites!  Located in NoDa,  it has an indoor/outdoor feel with garage doors, a courtyard strung with lights and an open air bar.  Right now they’re having a pumpkin patch every Tuesday which makes it a great place for pictures.  The food is a new take on American Southern.  You must try the Chilled Beets and Red Devil Chicken when you go!  Cool your mouth with a Battle of the Barn or a Froze.  No matter what you order, you’ll love it!

The Degenerate – Also recently opened, this patio friendly spot in Villa Heights offers a lot of tasty options.  The menu is a mash up of the executive Chef’s favorite NYC cuisine. There are hand-rolled pierogies, banh mi and falafel!  The flavors are very authentic and fresh.  Don’t forget to try a drink while you’re there.  With an extensive beer and wine list and a full bar, there are many options.  My favorite is drink is the Beetle Juice – a mix of vodka, beet and orange juice, ginger, sugar and lemon.  It’s a surprisingly spectacular concoction!