It’s doubtful that any other burger joint can claim such a well-appointed patio. The menu’s 20 burgers range from a no-frills basic all the way up to two half-pound patties topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and an onion ring. The deep fryer is on permanent full throttle (fries, cheese curds, mini doughnuts), and those dining after 9 p.m. (on non-Xcel Energy Center event nights) save $2 on every burger. Lunch and dinner daily.
242 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3100, burgermoes.com
It’s Greek to Me
The Arambadjas family’s hospitality has anchored Lyn-Lake long before the bustling area was ever branded Lyn-Lake. Every Greek-American standard makes an appearance on the sprawling menu, and the bar keeps several dozen Greek wines on hand. As for the patio (and its gurgling fountain), the word oasis comes to mind. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, lunch Saturday and Sunday.
626 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-825-9922, itsgreektomemn.com
One of the city’s most appealing outdoor dining districts — the Mississippi River-facing decks outside Tuggs Tavern and Vic’s in the St. Anthony Main complex — just got even better, thanks to this newcomer. Much of the menu is devoted to $10-and-under Mexican street fare, supplemented by a dozen larger plates in the $12-$25 range. The bar pours a half-dozen mezcal and tequila flights, along with a pair of sangrias. Dinner daily.
219 SE. Main St., Mpls., 612-255-2000, jefeminneapolis.com