Enjoy the cooler fall weather and give yourself the night off from making dinner at one of these spots with delicious food and amazing patios.

Shake Shack

Grab a delicious burger, grilled cheese, hot dog, fries, shakes or floats at the Alpharetta location. Vegetarians will love the ‘Shroom Burger, a fried portobello mushroom burger. For a limited time, try the Triple Chocolate Brownie Shake or OREO Cookie Funnel Cake Shake, and through Nov. 30, use code FAVESHAKE to score a second shake with the app, online or for pickup (see terms). Check out the other metro Atlanta locations. 11780 Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-450-0950. Sun.-Thur. 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Howell’s Kitchen & Bar

An eclectic American restaurant bar serving up shareable snacks, delectable pizzas, sandwiches, salads and modern takes on the classics you know and love. In the Underwood Hills neighborhood, kids can get their energy out on the green space while they wait for their choice of chicken tenders, pizza, burger, grilled cheese or pasta. During Weekend Brunch, sip coffee or cocktails with beignets, French toast, hash, chicken and waffles and more. 1962 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta. 404-565-2221. Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


With six locations in metro Atlanta, this delicious Tex-Mex restaurant serves fajitas, enchiladas, steak, fish, tacos and more. The whole family will enjoy sharing the Queso Fundido. For weekend brunch, try the Huevos Rancheros, Huevos Divorciados Con Chilaquiles or Huevos Mexicanos. Some locations, including Buckhead, Dunwoody and Alpharetta, have covered patios, so you can enjoy your taco feast rain or shine. See website for hours.

Vintage Pizzeria

The Dunwoody location of this delightful pizza spot has an awesome covered patio. Specialty pizzas include Vintage, Meat Lover, Cheesesteak, Blue Pie, Veggie, Carmen’s Own, White, BBQ Chicken and Traditional. Kids will love building their own pizza or getting a pasta; they offer spaghetti, lasagna, chicken piccata, chicken parmesan, fettuccine alfredo and more. They also have calzones, stromboli, subs and sandwiches. 5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. 470-359-5982. Closed Mon.; Tues.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. 11:30-10 p.m.; Sat. 4-10 p.m. and Sun. 4-9 p.m.

Lazy Dog

Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with these TV dinner-inspired plates. Dinners include chicken pot pie, lemon chicken, pot roast, cheese enchiladas, ham and broccoli mac and cheese, fried chicken, chicken parmesan or Salisbury steak. Kids can choose from a mini corn dog or a chicken nugget plate with steamed edamame and a rainbow confetti cake. Located in The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, there are plenty of sidewalks and green spaces to explore when the kids need a little break from the table. Also, check out the Perimeter Mall and Alpharetta locations. 5224 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners. 470-735-4501. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-midnight.

The Treehouse Restaurant and Pub

This pretty locale has an ambient, covered outdoor patio surrounded with plants for a lush, woodsy vibe. Selections include quesadillas, tacos, salads, burgers, grilled chicken, pizzas and sandwiches. Adults will love the wine, beer and spirits selection. The brunch menu includes eggs, salads, brunch pizzas, waffles, sandwiches and more. The area is also dog-friendly for your pup! 7 Kings Cir. NE, Atlanta. 404-266-2732. Mon.-Tues. 5-11 p.m.; Wed.-Thur. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

LEON’s Full Service

Located just off the Decatur Square, this cool restaurant used to be a gas station but is now a unique space with heated and covered patio dining. Get a delicious appetizer for the family to share, such as Diabla Fried Tofu or Loaded Frites. For adults, try the Smoked Quarter Chicken, and the vegetarian in your family will love the Impossible Burger or grilled tofu. Seasonal items are also available in unique meals, and adults will love sipping on the fun cocktails. Kids can choose from classic items: grilled cheese, burger or chicken. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500. Mon.-Tues. 5-10 p.m.; Wed.-Thur. and Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-midnight.


Part of the BeltLine, this cool spot has recently renovated their patio space. Located in an old train depot, chow down on burritos, tacos, sandwiches and more. Adults will love the delicious cocktails. Don’t miss their breakfast options! From matcha to breakfast burritos, they have something for everyone in your party. 904 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta. 404-748-9254. Sun.-Thur. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

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