Something about summer just makes us want to take it outside—or maybe it’s our wee one’s penchant for tossing food and tantrums? Either way, we are grateful that Atlanta’s latest haute spots boast outdoor seating suited for the small set. Read on for four, fab new-ish patios that are totally tot-proof.


Smokebelly BBQ
With a mix of Southern charm and hip Buckhead vibe, Smokebelly BBQ’s inviting patio complete with outdoor booths and astroturf is perfect for a quick meal with the kids. Their menu is huge, and in addition to basic tot fare like mac-and-cheese and waffle fries, they offer bar snacks like bacon-deviled eggs. Pre-meal, they serve up pork rinds instead of bread. We’re ready to belly up to this joint.

Address:128 E Andrews
Phone: 404-848-9100


Flip Burger
Gather up your little burger, fry and milkshake lovers and head for the new rooftop patio at Flip Burger’s Poncey-Highland outpost. Along with a great view of the city (nice distraction for impatient kiddos waiting for their meal), the patio is also home to perfectly placed flat screen TVs, so you can catch your favorite game.  Choose from an amazingly diverse menu: the Southern Burger comes with pimento cheese and coca-cola ketchup.  The littles will love their yummy Sweet Potato Tots. Don’t forget a Nutella & Burnt Marshmallow shake to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Address: 664 N Highland Ave.
Phone: 404-815-1127


A mexican joint with healthy vegetarian options? Yup, you read that right. This Kirkwood-area patio is beautiful and spacious; perfect for talkative kiddos using their “outside voice.” Order up vegan options (like the killer Thai burrito with tofu), or feel safe chowing on their natural, hormone, and antibiotic free-meat. For the small set, order from the Tiny’s section of the menu for smaller portions and picky-eater pleasers.

Address: 1950 Hosea Williams Dr.
Phone: 678-705-9902


Buttermilk Kitchen
Buckhead brunch spot Buttermilk Kitchen’s patio is small but sweet. Perfect for your hungry little ones that love breakfast all day, pop in for pancake specials that change periodically—or, the Blueberry Cobbler Pancakes are definitely worth the calories, made with white chocolate cream, pie crumb, and Georgia blueberry compote.

Address: 4225 Roswell Rd.
Phone:  678-732-3274


Looking for other spots where the wee ones can eat and run? Click here for our list of restaurants with fenced in outdoor seating.

—Jessica Obenschain

Photos courtesy of Flip BurgerElmyriachiButtermilk Kitchen and Smokebelly BBQ via Facebook