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The sad truth is inescapable: Patio season is winding down.
So we took on the challenge of visiting six spots you might want to try as you make the most of the remaining outdoor dining weather. Most are new, some are off the beaten patio path, but all offered us a great experience!
It’s big, it’s new and while you definitely won’t be the only diners at the new Barrel House patio, you’ll want to check it out. There are tons of seating options, personal fire pits and great daily drink and food offers. Plus, even when cooler temperatures roll around, an all-season area will offer that outdoor feel without the elements. The Barrel House is at 4701 E. 54th St.
This one is a bit of a well-kept secret, but it’s one of our favorites. Walk straight back through Johnny Carino’s at 2310 S. Louise Ave. and you’ll discover a patio accented with umbrellas, a small waterfall and access to the city’s recreation trail. It’s a great place to enjoy a signature Italian sangria or bellini!
Here’s another hidden gem. Behind M.B. Haskett at 324 S. Phillips Ave. awaits a little patio with vivid murals and lush plants. Enjoy a locally sourced breakfast, lunch or dinner, or nibble on artisan meats and cheeses. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license, but there’s an ever-changing choice of red, white and sparkling wines from around the world and craft beers by the bottle.
With a two-story waterfall, you won’t notice that you’re sitting next to a parking lot when you’re on the new patio at Tinner’s Public House. The recently remodeled restaurant at 449 W. 69th St. also revamped its patio, adding a stone wall, fire pits and new seating. It’s a great spot for happy hour, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close on weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekend.
Here’s our off-the-beaten path offering — Will’s Training Table at the Sanford Sports Complex in northwest Sioux Falls. The restaurant rebranded this summer after operating as Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, and the improvements include plans to turn the patio into a three-season area with more protection from the wind and weather. Choose from 18 beers on tap, or be adventurous and try the bubblegum martini!
Golfers undoubtedly have discovered this popular spot at Willow Run, but if you haven’t, don’t miss dining outdoors here while the season lasts. The Willows has two patios, offering different views of the course, and fantastic daily happy hour specials.
The sad truth is inescapable: Patio season is winding down. So we took on the challenge of visiting six spots you might want to try as you make the most of the remaining outdoor dining weather.