The long holiday weekend's weather forecast -- partly sunny skies, temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s -- has "patio" written all over it.

That's as good a reason as any to dig into the Burger Friday archive and select five premium burgers, served on five premium patios. 


No. 1: Surly Brewing Co. This sprawling, $30 million-plus facility is an ideal destination for impressing out-of-town visitors, including the stretch of picnic tables (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) that line the stellar patio just outside the brewery's vast beer hall. 

Earlier this year, chef Jorge Guzman retooled his double-patty burger (pictured, above), and it's a must for fans of the genre. Guzman, a rare talent (and a 2017 nominee for the James Beard Foundation's coveted Best Chef: Midwest award), is leaving in early August, That's when his extraordinary Brewer's Table -- located on the brewery's second floor, is closing (burger fans, not to worry: the beer hall isn't going anywhere). Guzman's departure, and the Brewer's Table demise, is a huge loss for the city's culinary scene.


No. 2: Mercy. The Le Meridien Chambers Hotel's restaurant is now in its fourth incarnation in a decade (for those not keeping track, the first three were Chambers Kitchen, D'Amico Kitchen and Marin Restaurant & Lounge), and what chef/owner Mike Rakun's recent remake has in common with all of its predecessors is its proximity to the hotel's most-excellent patio, a well-appointed courtyard respite that's tucked off the busy beaten path of most downtown Minneapolis sidewalk cafes. Burger-wise, Rakun is bucking the double-patty format, and the delicious results will no doubt set a trend, if they haven't already.


No. 3: Esker Grove. The just-debuted patio at the Walker Art Center's new-ish restaurant has got it going on, and then some, taking full advantage of its proximity to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. In the going-overboard department, the patio also boasts downtown skyline views. When it comes to their burger, chefs Doug Flicker and T.J. Rawitzer are also demonstrating their affection for -- and skill set with -- the single-patty model. It doesn't hurt that the kitchen bakes a heckuva burger bun.


No. 4Revival (St. Paul). When co-owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone opened the Cathedral Hill outpost of their fried chicken palace late last year, they chose a storefront (the former Cheeky Monkey Deli) that has many advantages over the original Revival's cramped south Minneapolis headquarters. Namely, space, including a nicely decked-out alley patio. More seats equals less waiting for a table in this no-reservations zone, right? Well, probably not. But this diner-style, bacon-crowned cheeseburger -- it played a major role in jump-starting the Twin Cities' burger craze -- is more than worth the wait. 


No. 5Constantine. Monello chef Mike DeCamp looked to his formative teenage years, when he worked the line at McDonald's, for inspiration when he devised the over-the-top burger that he serves in the evenings at Constantine, the basement-level bar below the restaurant. When the weather turned warm, and Monello's very pleasant patio kicked open, DeCamp started serving a doubled-up patty version (with fries) at lunch.


Calendar item: Burger Friday is on vacation, and will return on July 14.