It’s something resembling spring or summer in Grand Rapids! There’s nothing better than getting done with work, school, errands or meetings and being able to sit outside. Maybe you sip a beer, maybe you snack, maybe you play cards with loved ones. Whatever you choose, it’s better on a patio, I assure you! I scouted five of my favorites in the Grand Rapids area, check them out:
Grand Rapids beer ‘wunderkind’, Founders has grown faster and more widespread than any other brewery in the awesome Mitten. Before ArtPrize 2013, they showed a little love to their one and only taproom when they renovated making room for more beer and live music lovers. Their sprawling patio includes fire pits, flatscreens, an outdoor set of taps, and plenty of tables/stools/benches/ledges to perch on. If you aren’t sure what to try, order a Red’s Rye and the beer cheese…and then people watch!
At the heart of any good city is hot dogs. At the heart of GR? Truly great hot dogs. Yesterdog has been a staple in East Grand Rapids since 1976, and the interior is reminiscent of the 1940s. There’s something about the shredded pickles and soft buns that allow the consumer to eat at least three Ultradogs, impressive in comparison to what I generally put away at family cookouts. Their outdoor area overlooks the cobblestone of Wealthy Street and the only care in the world will be that your napkins don’t blow away. An important note before you try them: cash only here!
3. Tre Cugini
If you’re craving a tad more posh digs for relaxation, Tre Cugini could be the best patio fit for you. Located on Monroe Center in the heart of downtown, their umbrella-ed haven allows diners to look out on Rosa Parks Circle and walk just about anywhere you’d need to go downtown. Sit and have a gelatto, or tiramisu, with a glass of wine; this Italian gem has been open for fourteen years and knows how to make their customers happy.
This patio snuck up on me! It’s not very visible from the street, giving it a very private beer garden feel. The service at The Cottage Inn is friendly, fast, and their traditional pub food is reasonably priced and delicious (they’re known for their burgers but try the 7-layered dip, too). This patio would be perfect for a Sunday Funday with a deck of cards and a few beers, or to catch up on work e-mails while you unwind from the week!
For fantastic food and one of the most exquisite views in Gaslight Village, try Rose’s Restaurant. This would be an ideal location for a friendly Happy Hour with optimal hours from Monday through Saturday from 2-6pm, or a great backdrop for a date. They also feature Wine-Down Wednesdays…which sounds awesome. Happy Hour includes 20% off of appetizers and wood-fired pizzas, but you can also have a drink and wait for Rose’s Express to whip up some takeout for you to enjoy at home as well.
I can’t wait to start enjoying patios without even having a coat on! What patio will you be perched on this summer? Let us know!