|Farmstead Table's back deck.|
Farmstead Table, a quaint New American in Newton Center, has a darling back deck where you can enjoy dinner or (a best-kept secret) lunch, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM. The lunch menu includes Allandale Farm egg quiche of the day, grass-fed burger, petite steak frites and more. Lunch prices range $8-$21 (617-928-6000).
Another Newton Centre haunt is the casual Union Street Restaurant, which has a patio in the back with plantings and seats, and plenty of sun when it’s out. Plus, if you go Thursdays (11:30 AM-3 PM) there are half-priced burgers (617-964-6684).
Shake Shack in Chestnut Hill fills the tables fast at the patio overlooking Route 9 - that’s because there’s always a line for the quick-serve burger, the smooth cold custard and those crinkly hot fries (617-651-3406).