Best of Boston

2006 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Casa Romero

Not many restaurants are willing to dedicate a chunk of valuable real estate for the few weeks that merit outdoor dining. But chef-owner Leo Romero’s mission is to let guests experience the joys of una noche Mexicana, and his colorful patio, lit with twinkling candles, does just that. Try the utterly un-Tex-Mex enchiladas verdes and cool house margarita—then enjoy a memorable evening under what might as well be the starry skies of Veracruz.

30 Gloucester St., Boston, 617-536-4341,