5/09/2013 11:30:00 AM

Al Fresco Spotlight: Farmstead Table, Union Street Restaurant and Shake Shake in Newton

Farmstead Table's back deck.
This is the month restaurants across Boston, the ‘burbs, Cape Cod and the Islands sweep off their patios and decks and start serving al fresco. If you find yourself in Newton, here are a few to visit.

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).


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