After the trials of last week (we wore boots and a sweater one day! Boots and a sweater and wool tights in mid-June! That’s just not right!), summer appears to be here for (knock on wood) good, with highs in the low 80s expected every day this week. What better way to celebrate a rare beautiful New England week than by eating outside in one of the area’s gorgeous outdoor dining areas? Below, four of our favorites.
•The South End continues to be our favorite neighborhood for people watching. Position yourself in a prime ogling spot with a table at Garden Of Eden. Munch on their excellent eggless Caesar salad while watching the endless parade of people. Marvel at the fact that every single resident appears to own a dog.
•Or perhaps Newbury Street is more your speed? In that case, hustle to Piattini for a glass of wine and a plate of fettuccini ai spinachi. La dolce vita indeed.
•As lovely as street dining is, sometimes you just want to get away from the madding crowd and escape into a serene enclosed patio. For those occasions, we love Harvest. Sit in the shade while feasting on chilled pea soup. Summer at its best.
•Boylston may not have quite the people-watching cachet of Newbury or Tremont, but the Parish Cafe more than makes up for its location by having the best sandwiches in Boston, bar none. Try the Oleana (pan-fried mussels and hot peppers served on a baguette with tartar sauce and lettuce) and a Geisha Girl cocktail (Stoli Oranjh, Cointreau, blood orange juice and lime). Tastes like summer.
[Photo: The Parish Cafe]