If there's a deck in Austin, we'll be in on it. Just have the space heater or fans (or both) ready to go.
The patio at Olive & June.
Isn’t spring magnificent? Balmy temps lure us outdoors so we can dine on a patio. Even when winter makes its curtain call and the thermometer plunges into the 40s, we’re out on the patio. Then, when summer shows up early and turns on the broiler, you’ll find us—of course—stoically, relentlessly lunching on a patio. Two Austin truisms: The weather is totally unpredictable, and no matter what the sky’s doing, Austinites will be on the patio at Contigo or Odd Duck or Olive & June or—well, if the restaurant doesn’t have a patio, why even bother? Otherwise, we’re at a picnic table near a food truck. Never mind that we’re sweating or shivering or sneezing from ragweed or mold or whatever’s ravaging the air. We’re dining outdoors, and that’s that! From winter through early spring, restaurants like Perla’s and Justine’s Brasserie coddle us with patio tents and heat lamps. Summer’s heat brings out the patio misters, but all misters do is further frizz the hair. Californians talk about dining al fresco, but here, we call it dining al blazing hot. Here’s a secret: There’s really nothing more delightful than dining alair conditioning.