Every good meal tastes best when paired with a breath of fresh air and gorgeous natural scenery. As autumn draws near and temperatures grow mild, it’s the perfect time of year to savor some mouthwatering Texan cuisine al fresco style, at one of today’s featured spots.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Austin born and bred, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters sports vast, multi-level patio featuring scenic waterfront views of the nearby lake. Relax and enjoy the scenery while partaking in Mozart’s “bottomless coffee” deal: unlimited refills of a daily selection of light, medium, dark, flavored and decaf brews for just $4.65.
Olive & June
Nestled in Bryker Woods lies Olive & June: a pleasant, three-story Italian eatery featuring an outdoor patio built around a sprawling, shady oak tree. Olive & June specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, with dishes such as handmade ravioli, pork meatballs, and mouthwatering desserts like chocolate tiramisu and peach panna cotta. The venue runs a happy hour weekdays until 6 PM, offering a 50% discount on beer, cocktails, and all dinner menu items.
This chic and stylish Spanish cocktail bar overlooks the lights of downtown Austin from its spacious outdoor patio, suspended above Shoal Creek. Named for a special basque drink combining coca-cola with red wine, Kalimotxo offers an array of wines and cocktails along with light snack fare known as “pintxos”, typically served in bars throughout northern Spain. For an unique evening refreshment, try the customizable Pintxo Board, featuring goat cheese-stuffed piquillo pepper, grilled marinated crimini mushroom, and grilled octopus.
Stylish with a “vintage chic” vibe, Lenoir offers creative Mediterranean and Indian cuisine. Diners can choose from an array of options a la carte, while lounging under the shade of sprawling trees in the picturesque wine garden. Lenoir prides itself on creating a menu that pairs with the Texan climate: light, refreshing fare that uses very little butter, cream or gluten. Try a small plate such as the Texas Apple Salad, with arugula amaranth and pecan miso dressing, followed by the mint marigold ice cream with peach compote and almond crumble.
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Dedicated to ranch-to-table dining, Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile is situated charmingly along the Colorado River, which guests can admire from the restaurant’s outdoor patio. The restaurant uses Jacoby Beef: bred, raised and processed in Central Texas by the Jacoby family and raised exclusively on pasture grass, hay, and feed free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Take in the scenic river views while enjoying the BBQ Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, smoked rainbow carrots and caramelized onions, or the Chicken Fried Steak, paired with mashed potatoes, arugula salad and black pepper gravy.
Inspired by “life’s rebel women”, Kitty Cohen’s is a retro-style cocktail lounge and patio bar located in East Austin. The spot serves daytime-friendly drinks and frozen treats, perfect for enjoying the warm sunshine next to the onsite wading pool. The menu’s “KC Frozens” includes drinks such as the Frozen Absolut Screw: Absolut Citron, Absolut Vanilla and Orange Juice.
What’s your favorite meal to enjoy in the great outdoors? Let us know in the comments!