East Sixth Brewing Co.

Now that dining in the open air is deemed a safer option than eating indoors, restaurants with comfortable patios are catching the eyes (and dollars) of Central Arkansas diners. So what do we do in a late summer characterized by tropical storm winds and an unseasonable amount of rain? We decided to put a list together of rain-or-shine restaurant patios for our readers. (Of course, if the storm is severe and the rain is coming in sideways, it might be a better idea to grab your food to go.) And remember: A lot of restaurants are experimenting with when they open their doors and what to serve when they do, so be patient. Take a mask and either make a reservation or check the restaurant’s hours at the links before you go. And budget for a generous tip; 2020 is hard.

Ciao Baci. Kick back on a rainy day with a craft cocktail and enjoy the People’s Choice Burger, one of the best in the city. ciaobacilr.com

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Ciao Baci

The Faded Rose. The Faded Rose has been diligently serving up platters of Cajun and Creole specials for nearly 40 years. Enjoy a soaked salad, fried green tomatoes and shrimp tchoupitoulas under the covered patio on Rebsamen Park Road. thefadedrose.com

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Maddie’s Place. Right next door to The Faded Rose, small but equipped with plexiglass dividers, you really can’t go wrong with this New Orleans-style fare. Try one or all of their Po-Boys. maddiesplacelr.com

East Sixth Brewing Co. Relax with a locally made East Sixth Hustle Blonde — “The perfect patio beer … a river rat’s companion … the beer that fuels your backyard barbecue,” — from their patio overlooking the beer garden. eastsixthbrewingcompany.com

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Petit & Keet.Forget about your stressful day and check out happy hour on this West Little Rock patio. On Mon.-Fri. from 4-6:30 p.m., you can grab $5 glasses of wine, well drinks and select draft beers, plus $5 Kung Pao Brussels, Boudin Sliders, Truffle Fries and Beef Cheek Tacos. petitandkeet.com

Cheers in the Heights. A small patio but a quaint and comfortable location for a glass of wine and a delicious salmon salad. cheersith.com

Cheers in the Heights

The Fold Botanas & Bar. Try a jalapeño margarita and the BBQ beef tamales and you won’t be disappointed. If the small patio is full, try out the new parking lot veranda. thefoldlr.com

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The Fold

La Terraza Rum & Lounge. Authentic Venezuelan food and a pitcher of mojitos after work? Yes, please. Reserve your table here.

La Terraza Rum & Lounge

Casa Mañana. Casa Mañana is one of those restaurants where everyone you talk to has a different favorite dish. Six different iterations of Huevos, Tacos San Martin and the huge Casa Mañana burrito are all perfect after a shot of tequila with a sangrita chaser. The patio is newly renovated. The West Little Rock location has a covered patio, too. casamananamexicanfood.com

Lost Forty Brewing. In May, Lost Forty built a new patio to resume its dine-in service. Enjoy a seasonal Hunter Oktoberfest or any of the Lost Forty craft flavors with an Arkansas BLT. facebook.com/lost40beer

Lost Forty Brewing