Summer is quickly coming to a close and that means that your opportunity to enjoy an outdoor meal in Michigan will soon pass. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore before the cool fall air rolls in and gives way to winter.
1. Apache Trout Grill, Traverse City
The owners of this beautiful spot opened the restaurant after relocating to Traverse City in the mid-90s. They combined their love of fishing and outdoor adventure with their love of good cuisine. After more than twenty years they are still severing their specialties and have a beautiful patio on which you can enjoy your meal. Experience breathtaking views of Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying their key lime pie and choice steak and seafood dishes.
2. The Mermaid Bar and Grill, Saugatuck
This family-owned, full-service restaurant opened in 1995 and quickly became a favorite with locals and tourists alike. The owners treat their guests and staff like family and go out of their way to ensure that guests have both a memorable and favorable experience. The patio looks out over the water and is often adorned with strings of lights, ivy, and various floral arrangements, creating a soothing dining experience. The covered dining area is perfect for drinks and nosh through the summer and fall.
3. The Lunch Room, Ann Arbor
Located in the Kerrytown Market building, this vegan restaurant has been a favorite in Ann Arbor since it opened in 2013. The outdoor seating area features beautiful seasonal foliage and is has a layout that is perfect for both large parties and intimate dinners. There are two separate outdoor spaces available, one at the back of the restaurant and one in a courtyard area to the side of the building.
4. Bricks Street Bar and Grill, Grand Blanc
If you are looking for good food, friendly staff, and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place for you. The food on the menu comes in large proportions, the servers are friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. The outdoor patio has a southern California feel to it with its big umbrellas, bamboo furniture, and the heating lamps come in handy on the cooler nights. If you are looking for a perfect date night spot, bear in mind that dinner or drinks at sunset add a certain level of romance to the meal as well.